Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hung out to dry

After the Senate passed the controversial ultrasound bill, it has now apparently hit a snag in the House.  Unbelievable.  "Inconceivable!"

The much more right-wing House has actually stopped the forward progress of this reactionary bill.  I was sure it would sail right through, unmolested.  But an odd thing happened.  Actually, two odd things.  One, Idaho citizens finally objected to some of the extreme legislation that's in vogue in our Republican legislature.  And two, the legislators, or rather, the Representatives, listened.

They didn't listen to parents and educators about the education bills.  They didn't listen to local residents when rejecting local control over oil and gas activities.  But they listened to, well, I'm not sure.  Women, I suppose.

We don't know because they went into a closed caucus to decide to put off the scheduled hearing on the bill.  And isn't that just special?  They do their important business, as usual, behind closed doors.  Well, at least they did it.

Anyway, I'm guessing the Senators who voted for the bill are squirming uncomfortably right now.  I'd bet that they thought, like me, that it would cruise through the House, thus giving them cover.  But no.  Now the Senators are on record for supporting a bill that's too reactionary for even Idaho's House of Representatives.  That's saying something.  And apparently voters don't like what they're saying. 

Knock me over with a feather.

1 comment:

Norma said...

Of all the great and necessary freedoms listed in the First Amendment, freedom to exercise religion (not just to believe, but to live out that belief) is the most important; before freedom of speech, before freedom of the press, before freedom of assembly, before freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances, before all others.
Rich Santorum.