Thursday, February 20, 2014

Putzes, anyone?

In this post: A pair of putzes.

I’ve got a couple of truly stunning Putz of the Week awards today. In case you’re interested, I might change the name of this feature to Putz of the Hour considering how many Republicans continue to meet my criteria for this ongoing recognition.

First on my list is Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell, a right-wing Poppin’ Fresh doppelganger who’s attempting to pass a bill that would keep uninsured in the dark about their healthcare options and prevent the state of Arkansas from using federally-provided funds to promote the Affordable Care Act.
“We’re trying to create a barrier to enrollment,” Bell explained, who apparently has no clue how insurance works and believes that low enrollment translates to lower costs. “In general, as a conservative, if I have the opportunity to reduce government spending in a program from what’s projected, I’m probably going to take that deal.” Bell’s amendment would prohibit Arkansas from advertising ACA plans on television, radio, in print or online.

WTF, people. More conservative Christian values at work! It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? Basically, their entire platform is: “We’ll getcha born, then we’ll drive a bus over your sorry ass.” I guess it’s pretty clear how the GOP’s “rebranding” campaign is going.

And now, putz number two! Meet Arizona State Senator Steve Yarbrough, a Republican who championed a bill — which passed in the state senate — allowing business owners to cite religion as an excuse to refuse service to gays. “This bill is not about discrimination,” Yarbrough said. “It’s about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith.”
Holy mother of crap. These people are Nazis.

The general premise of this bill is so outrageously hateful I can only come up with one response: THANK YOU, ARIZONA, FOR STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE AND BEING THE TARGET WE NEEDED. This is without a doubt the nation’s most blatant Jim Crow law for gays and will eventually be the driving force for clear and legal anti-discrimination precedent. In a few years we’ll be able to look back with a smirk and point to this as the straw that broke the camel’s back, courtesy of the God-fearing Republicans in Arizona’s legislature.

This is giving me a headache. Maybe braunschweiger would help.

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