Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, faced with his legislature's refusal to pass one of them-there "religious freedom" laws that allow folks to discriminate against gays, issues an executive order aiming to accomplish what the legislature would not. And right-wingers everywhere are outraged that this Louisiana Caesar has defied the will of the people as expressed by the legislature, right? Right? I kid, of course. But wasn't this the same guy who said not too long ago that Republicans need to stop being the Stupid Party?
Ho hum, the House just passed H.R. 880, the so-called American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, which supposedly "spurs research and innovation" but would actually just gives corporations more welfare handouts that benefit no one but themselves. How so? The bill would allow research on pretty much whatever, such that a corporation could claim a tax deduction for "developing a new flavor of soft drink," which doesn't sound like a great boon to civilization, plus it would allow corporations to grab the tax credit retroactively via amended returns, as if corporations routinely go back in time to conduct research. And, of course, the tax cuts are unpaid for, because freedom. Personal to those who say corporations should determine what "research" really is: no, we need to do that. It's what civilized people do.
ProPublica describes "64K," a massive military headquarters in Afghanistan that gobbled up $25 million of taxpayer money and which we never used. Maybe that's an understatement: it's entirely possible our government never intended to use it, given that it wouldn't have been operational until after the Obama surge of 2010 ended, despite three of our generals openly advocating against its construction. But you know that jerk who keeps calling up NPR and listing million-dollar Big Gummint boondoggles involving poor people and unbuilt bridges? I bet he doesn't mention this one.
Did you hear about Luis Lang, the Republican who blamed the Affordable Care Act for his failure to get health insurance in advance of serious diabetes-related medical problems? Well, he's changed his tune, saying he's renounced the GOP and thinks America should have universal health care. He also said one of the reasons he didn't sign up originally was that the sign-up process was so terrible -- which it absolutely was, at least at the beginning -- and it's entirely possible he's been saying that all along and the "liberal" media simply didn't report it, because it made the story too "complex." But even if that weren't true, we still shouldn't dump on this guy -- most of what we learn, we learn through experience, not through thought experiment.
Finally, for a truly novel interpretation of whether the Iraq war was a mistake, House Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claims that Mr. Bush wouldn't have invaded Iraq had he known Barack Obama would succeed him and screw everything up. Like George W. Bush ever cared about anything but the extreme short term! And the lengths to which these jerks have to go in order to avoid simply saying they were wrong! Needless to say, if Mr. Gohmert really thinks Barack Obama is "helping the enemies," he needs to stop grandstanding and call the FBI and have Mr. Obama arrested. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that he doesn't ever do that.