Apparently, some Republicans didn’t get the memo from Gov. Bobby Jindal about not being the “stupid party.” Because if you live in Montana, you can thank state Rep. Steve Lavin (R) for taking the Supreme Court’s misguided notion that “corporations are people” to new heights of stoopid. Lavin introduced a bill to allow corporations to vote in local elections. Under Lavin’s bill, under the proposal, “if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote.”
But apparently Lavin’s not the only Republican not checking his email from Gov. Jindal. Idaho State Senator, and Chairperson of the Senate’s Education Committee, John Goedde (R) introduced a bill requiring that all high school students, to graduate, must read Ayn Rand’s, “Atlas Shrugged.” Goedde was asked by the Idaho Spokesman-Review why he picked that book. At least his partisanship was on full display when he said, It ““made my son a Republican.” He went on to add, “well, he’s not a practicing Republican. But it certainly made him a conservative.”
And just for the record, Ms. (all about personal responsibility) Rand drew her Social Security payments and Medicare.
Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara (R) has decided his fellow lawmakers shouldn’t even be allowed to propose gun control regulation. Leara has proposed legislation that would make it a felony for “any member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States.”
And because science (along with common sense) so often contradicts the world Republicans want to live in, something must be done. That bastion of scientific thought and discovery, Kansas, has a bill before their House Education Committee (the bill has no specific sponsor, only the Republican controlled committee itself is the sponsor) which would make schools include evidence against climate change in science classes. According to the bill, science teachers would be required to “provide information to students of scientific evidence which both supports and counters a scientific theory or hypothesis.”
Then move right long to Oklahoma, where the Oklahoma Common Education Committee approved the so-called Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act. If passed, this bill would make it illegal for biology teachers to fail students who write papers against evolution, climate change and other theories…you know, those theories accepted as scientific fact by nearly 100% of real scientists…because, you know, we’ll lead the world again when our science is based on the book of Genesis.