Still More Forehead Slappers

Being a highly truncated edition of recent idiotic statements that pass for actual thinking on the right.

Barry Smitherman was a Rick Perry discovery. Perry appointed him to the Public Utility Commission and from there to the Texas Railroad Commission which regulates not railroads, but oil and gas. Smitherman has determined that aborted fetuses would have voted Republican. Climate change is not a problem because there have been no major storms in Austin for some time. He re-tweeted a list of Republicans who voted for a gun control bill, with the word “treason” and an image of a noose accompanying their names. [Crooks & Liars, 13 November 2013]

On Aug. 13, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a voter ID bill that was widely denounced by civil rights advocates. Not only did it mandate government-issued photo IDs at the polls, but it reduced the state’s early voting period from 17 to 10 days. According to McCrory, however, he didn’t actually shorten the voting. “First of all, we didn’t shorten early voting, we compacted the calendar,” he said.

Texas Senator John Cornyn, immediately after the signing of the first agreement with Iran on freezing their nuclear capacity, tweeted: “Amazing what WH will do to distract attention from O-care”. [23 Nov 13]

“I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!”— Dinesh D’Souza, a Tweet, November 26, 2013. D’Souza, a former policy analyst under Reagan, has been a relentless critic of Obama for all the usual non-reasons.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage thinks we’re not looking at the bright side of global warming. (What? A Republican governor admits there is such a thing?) The northern shipping lanes are open, shaving 4,000 miles off the route to the East. [Raw Story, 5 December 2013]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) opposes extending unemployment benefits for workers. His  argument for this stupidity is that it would be a “disservice” to jobless individuals. Like other True Right Wingnuts, Paul believes no one will work if they are given enough money to keep them in poverty. [7 December 2013]

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), who chairs the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has no use for climate change science (or actually, science in general), and less use for the efforts to regulate carbon emissions. Setting standards for polluting power plants is partisan politics, he recently argued, blasting the EPA for trying to do so. [Alternet, 8 December 2013]

Always good for one more idiotic statement, Rick Santorum used the death of Nelson Mandela to draw yet another stupid parallel, this time for Mandela’s fight against apartheid as equal to his fight against the “apartheid” of health care. This is insulting to Mandela’s memory and cements in place Santorum’s vanity and stupidity. [Raw Story, 6 December 2013]

Republican state senator Bob Rucho from North Carolina thinks that extending health care to all Americans is worse than Hitler, Stalin, and terrorism combined. [Raw Story, 16 Dec. 13]

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) wants kids to learn early in life that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. To make sure they absorb that lesson, he’s proposing that low-income children do some manual labor in exchange for their subsidized meals. [Huffpost, 18 December 2013]

As I have said, this ongoing litany of stupidity among Republicans damages not only the GOP, but the entire country. We can’t afford to have the richest and most powerful nation in the world run by fools who have no common sense, let alone an adult understanding of science and critical thinking.

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