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Monday, March 12, 2007

Minnesota House of Legislative Horrors - Part 3

Bureaucratic Deep Thought
Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul) wants to take a half-million from the poor taxpayers to pay for legislators to think about how to get more money to the poor taxpayers. The money would fund a “Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020.” (House File 1616)

Is there any wonder why government run aid for the "poor" programs (a.k.a. "redistribution of wealth") are about as efficient as filling a shot glass with a fire hose?

Glad They Tackle the Critical Stuff First
Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester) wants to finance six legislators and whatever persons “who have either technical or artistic skill in flag construction and design” to “study the form, style, and design of the state flag and suggest any desired changes.” (House File 1385).

Why stop at six legislators? The more we get working on something relatively safe like designing a flag instead of coming up with more legislation the better off we are. Maybe all of them should drop everything they're doing and work on this critical issue.

More Evidence that the Family Name was Originally "Paymore"
One week after the Democrats pushed through massive price hikes for electricity by mandating windmills and “renewable energy,” Rep. Michael Paymar (DFL-St. Paul) wants to scrap the state program for farmers with ethanol coops and replace it with “need-based” ethanol payments. (House File 1348)

These Bozos put the "mental" in "Enviromental"
First, Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-Minneapolis) wanted to create a board to provide "environmental justice," which means the “fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and income in the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws and policies.” (House File 205). Now, Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis) wants Minnesota to seek federal funds to create a map for where you are most likely to be arrested for crimes against “environmental justice.” (House File 1407).

Enviromental criminals take note: Get your taxpayer financed map to find the best places to perpetrate your heinous crimes and avoid the authorities. At least Rep. Clark is showing the intiative to seek federal funding for her little map project - why limit the shakedown to only Minnesota residents when they can get into pockets across the country.

Roadsides for Wildlife
Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) wants $150,000 for a “roadsides for wildlife” program. (House File 1373).

Now all we need is a program to teach wildlife to read the state-provided map.

Up in Smoke
Under current law, the government may sell seized contraband cigarettes at auction after they are used as evidence at trial. Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) wants to destroy them instead. (House File 1439)

Maybe we can convert all of the bars in the state into citizen run disposal sites. There will probably be a lot of volunteer labor available to take custody of the evil contraband and burn it at no charge to the state.

Maybe the Plant Can be Converted to Burn Cigarettes
Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul) announced a plan in the middle of winter to close one of the state’s largest electrical power sources, the nuclear power plant at Monticello. (House File 1513).

How does the saying go...something like "more nukes, less kooks"? If we raised the number of nuclear plants to even 1% of the number of DFL kooks we would have a virtual endless supply of cheap, clean energy. Even just reducing the number of kooks to the current number of nuclear plants in the country would benefit society immeasurably.

Someone Must Have Slept Through Public School Science Classes
Rep. Sheldon Johnson (DFL-St. Paul) offered a plan to make the State of Minnesota a “carbon neutral” form of government. (House File 1377).

I wonder if Rep. Johnson has ever heard the term "carbon based life form"?...Rumor has it that he is now using his massive intellect to come up with legislation to deal with the massive amounts of dihydrogen monoxide found in virtually all of our lakes...

City Slickers and the Great Outdoors Just Don't Mix
Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to ban motorized vehicles from at least half of every state forest, in favor of such activities as “berry picking.” (House File 1389).

Why do the restrictions on the great north woods usually seem to come from people in the Twin Cities?

And Just What is it the DNR Does Anyway?
Rep. Aaron Peterson (DFL-Madison) wants to give $4 million to the Department of Natural Resources to “develop ecological expertise on Minnesota's native habitats and associated species, and manage and restore native habitats through private stewardship efforts and on state natural areas.” (House File 1488).

Shouldn't the current staff at the DNR include at least a few "ecological" and "wildlife management" experts?

Simon Says: Throw More Taxpayer Money Down a Black Hole
Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to increase the “state elections campaign fund” from $1.25 million to $2 million. (House File 1547)

Apparently this moron doesn't think they siphon off enough of our collective wealth already.

And You Thought Liberals Were Soft on Crime...
Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) wants to make it easier for convicts to get jobs, housing, and access to your children. He has offered House File 1548 to make it easier to expunge the vast majority of criminal convictions or deferred dispositions of criminal cases. Minnesota's current systems of criminal background checks (one of the most comprehensive in the country) would be negated by this grand social experiment.

Gee whiz, do you think it might be a good idea if a school bus company knew that an applicant had a little problem with DWIs? Or maybe landlords should know if they are about to rent to someone that a liberal judge deferred a sentence on for operating meth labs? Maybe it would also be a good thing if a day care center knew that an employment applicant has this annoying habit of molesting children? And who's going to pay for the increase in lawsuits against companies that unknowingly hire dirt bags that end up harming the public?
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Whew! That's all for now.

Incredibly, all of this bonehead legislation has occurred in less than three months (and this is only from the House!). The troubling thing is that this collection of dim bulb socialists are still at it for another month and a half or so (and even longer if we get a special session).

The really disturbing thing is that none of this was made up. You can check it out for yourself here at the state's fine taxpayer funded web site.

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