9 Right-Wingers Who Said and Did Colossally Stupid Things This Week
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Why, you say? Well, partly to get a laugh. He was speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation (yes, we agree that sounds redundant, but that’s the name).
“A whole lot of folks now are talking about legalizing pot. The brownies you had this morning, provided by the state of Colorado,” he quipped during his keynote speech.
“And you can make arguments on that issue,” Cruz continued. “You can make reasonable arguments on that issue. The president earlier this past year announced the Department of Justice is going to stop prosecuting certain drug crimes. Didn’t change the law.”
Fortunately, the Department of Justice announced in August 2013 that it would not target for arrest adults who used marijuana in compliance with state laws. But Cruz said the Obama administration should continue imprisoning people for using marijuana until federal law is changed.
Just ‘cause. It would be fun. Jails need more nonviolent offenders, and Cruz very much enjoys the thought of imprisoning people. When he thinks about it, he gets that shit-eating grin that shows he’s getting his buzz on.
8. Maine Gov. Paul Le Page: 'New Year’s Resolution: Get those 12-year-olds back to work again.'
Maine, of all places. Such a mild-mannered state. Such a crazy governor. Recently, Tea Partying Gov. Paul LePage suggested it was time to make it legal for 12-year-olds to work again. “Work never hurt anybody,” he said. “I worked when I was 11 years old.”
Currently, children in Maine younger than 16 who want to work must be enrolled in school, be passing a majority of their courses and obtain a work permit before starting a job. School-age children get those permits from a local school superintendent, and from there, the paperwork is sent to the Department of Labor.
According to the Bangor Daily News, LePage wants to change that requirement so students can bypass the superintendent during the summer months and go straight to the Department of Labor, to speed up the process.
As the Bangor Daily News notes, “The initiative falls short of LePage’s stated desire to lower the legal working age to 12."
Oh well. Oh, and he also wants to lower the minimum wage for those child laborers to $5.25, you know, cause that’s the whole point of having child laborers.
9. Followup: Congressman who suggested poor kids work for their lunches, expensed $4,200 in lunches for himself—to the taxpayers.
A little while back Rep. Jack Kingston from Georgia was eager to teach the poor children of his state the lesson that “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” Not for them anyway. He helpfully suggested they be required to do some janitorial work in the cafeteria for their subsidized lunch. Well, new development: it turns out that there is such thing as free lunches, if you are Jack Kingston.
An investigation by Georgia’s WSAV Channel 3 found that Kingston, who is currently running for Senate had expensed as much as $4,182 worth of lunches for his office over the past three years, the equivalent of about 2,000 free lunches.
Want a little hypocrisy with those mashed potatoes?