No More Republicans Jumping on the Bed
This op-ed from the Arizona Republic reminds me of the song "five little monkeys." If you haven't heard it before, well your loss. But, the silliness of the song resembles the Republicans in Arizona, who are getting down to monkey business:
Now that conservative Republicans have an edge at the Legislature, they can't resist trying to gum up projects and agencies that are humming along just fine, thanks.
This does nothing to move Arizona into the future.
We have an environmental department doing its job, a pro-football stadium going up, a light-rail project under way, a booming astronomy industry and an Indian commission dealing with Arizona's 22 tribes.
All rolling forward. And all with meddling legislators who want to step in the way.
Last week, taking advantage of the absence of a few of its wiser members, the Senate briefly pulled the plug on the Department of Environmental Quality. This is the agency that protects our water, air and soil from contamination.
If Sen. Bob Burns, R-Peoria, and others who led the charge against the DEQ, toasted their short-lived success, the appropriate choice would have been water laced with heavy metals and bacteria.
In another brilliant move, the Legislature adopted a budget that zeroes out the Commission of Indian Affairs. In a state where Indian communities are playing a growing economic and political role. Where reservations make up 27 percent of the state.
The great part of this for Democrats, is that the more ruckus the monkeys make, the more they'll fall off the bed and hit their heads. The black helicopter Republicans don't help themselves by making Democrats, especially smart Western Dems like Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano look smart. By acting crazier and crazier, they are giving away more room to Democrats in the middle. They can keep on acting like monkeys for all I care, though.
Your Personal Note:
Five little monkeys... lyrics right here.
Posted by: Kari Chisholm | Apr 6, 2005 2:33:43 AM
What exactly is a "black helicopter republican" this is a term I'm hearing all the time now. I heard it just last night on Eye on Washington, where all the panel members agreed that we need a national ID card because it will stop the illegals and then said we just need to make all the illegals legal and that that will solve all the problems there.
They then brought up the cesna that went into restricted D.C. airspace and Saletan was talking about the "black helicopter republicans" in connection with this. In any case, it worked out to be something like Saletan was saying that the black helicopters were here to protect us from the dangerous cesnas.
In any case, I just can't wait for everything to be provided for us by the benevolent government. The Dear Leaders are putting up cameras and microphones everywhere to keep us safe, and this is clearly a good thing. If you've nothing to hide, then what's the problem? I want the government to put cameras and microphones in everyone's dwelling so that we'll all be totally safe. I also look forward to being taxed and traced per mile I drive and going through all the neat toll roads with sensors to make everything run efficiently.
In regards to this Arizona issue, I think it's great that the government loves the people and is taking good care of them and their affairs. That's the nature of representative government, it always works without fail.
I also hope that more SLAM exercises are carried out in the schools. We need more simulated live action melodramas in the schools because tens of thousands of kids are at risk to becoming drunk drivers or getting hit by them. Every 15 minutes, you know. So, it's a good thing to have these SLAMs and then have mock funerals the next day, where the "dead" kids wear all black while holding cameras and the Grim Reaper is running around. It's all great fun. Then they get to visit a morgue. Sometimes they stay overnight at a hotel or at the school with the nice officers and psychologists and go through audio-visualizations of their own deaths. Great great fun from the Dear Leaders.
Double plus good article, by the way.
Posted by: S.D.C. | May 15, 2005 10:25:11 AM
The kids don't carry cameras, they carry candles. The cameras just film the role players getting booked into jail/going to the hospital and "dying" depending on which side it is. These videos are shown during the mock funerals.
Once again, keep up all the double plus good posts.
Posted by: S.D.C. | May 15, 2005 10:30:21 AM
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(and yes, we know that sometimes they're very, very wrong. Other times, they're right on.)