Here at the Big Bad Blog, we look at the news and wonder what is wrong with America’s right wing legislators.
We can express a modicum of understanding at the decision to starve women of their rights via a cut to the funding of planned parenthood. The Republican party has long been the enemy of the poor, women, and (particularly) abortion. We do not understand it, but we saw it coming.
We are flabbergasted that the state government in Wisconsin would draft a law that would end collective bargaining by employees in the state. Not only is it horrible and unjust, it also seems like poor strategy — the resulting strikes will almost certainly paralyze public services, and it hands relevancy back to unions that were becoming increasingly irrelevant in today’s world. We understand that Republicans are pro-business and anti-union, and that Republican governments look to curtail union rights. But this is monumental in its stupidity.
Finally, we are perplexed by Montana, where the legislature will be voting on whether or not physical laws happen to be true.
At least in the first two instances, the issues are social and a matter of government policy. Passing a legislation saying that the earth’s temperature will not change on the basis of emissions from Montana does not make that true. Emissions either do or do not contribute to global warming (they do), and no amount of legislating will change that.