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House Republicans this week brought to the floor a Tea Party-inspired message bill that would have gutted the Energy Independence and Security Act, which requires light bulbs of all types to be at least 25 percent more energy efficient by 2012. The light bulb efficiency language passed the House in 2007 by a vote of 314-100, and was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) BULB Act — which failed under a suspension-of-the-rules procedure that required a two-thirds vote — is another example of Republicans pushing really hard on a symbolic button that doesn’t do anything. The bill bypassed the normal legislative process, including hearings.
What’s surprising is that our very own Rep. Jim Matheson (D?) voted with the Republicans to raise your electricity costs. Climate Progress points out that the current law will save consumers $12 billion a year.
Rep. Matheson hardly ever talks to the media, so we are left to guess what he was thinking. Maybe he’s been listening to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Perhaps he owes Rep. Michele Bachmann a favor. Maybe he’s just happy to support anti-consumer legislation no matter who sponsors it. Otherwise, I’m at a loss to explain why he wasted his vote on a Tea-GOP attack on a practical energy policy that used to have bipartisan support.
UPDATE: Jon Stewart had the last word on this idiotic bill.
UPDATE: This is sad. Fred Upton Pushes Vote to Kill His Own Light Bulb Efficiency Standards
UPDATE: House Passes Tea Party Light Bulb Joke By Voice Vote.
Glenn Beck will end his daily Fox News Channel program later this year.
His departure was jointly announced in a statement on Wednesday by Fox and Mr. Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts. The statement did not specify an end date for the show, called “Glenn Beck,” which has been telecast at 5 p.m. on Fox News since early 2009. Mr. Beck’s contract with Fox ends in December.
I’m guessing it wasn’t the lies (Faux News is OK with that). It was losing a million viewers and 300 advertisers.
I was watching the documentary Morning Sun and was struck by something the narrator said near the end of the film. Near the end of China’s disastrous Cultural Revolution, something odd happened. People began to believe in increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories. After almost a decade of cultural revolution, they had failed to root out their enemies and in fact their enemies seemed ever more present. Certain high ranking leaders were “revealed” to have been traitors. Something was wrong.
Regular purges didn’t work. The mythology of the revolution was under attack. The core, almost spiritual principles of the revolution were in danger. People were straying from the “true path” and must be brought back into obedience to it. And yet no matter how many enemies were named, how many punishments meted out, there was never success.
The only explanation the people could accept involved conspiracies, subtle, complex and successful, to undermine the revolution. And they began believing those theories. What made them dangerous was the fact that people in charge, people with power, actively believed in these conspiracies and they had the power to harm, to punish, to even kill, those the believed involved in the conspiracies.
As part of the Cultural Revolution, everything, even seemingly insignificant things, became massively significant. A stray word, singing the wrong kind of song, wearing the wrong kind of hat, everything was loaded with significance. Things which had been unremarkable before were now invested with massive importance. Words and gestures were examined for hidden meaning.
I found myself pondering something. At some point early in his presidency, Barack and Michelle Obama did a playful fistjab. The kind people do fifty times a day. The American right went crazy. Was it a signal? What did it mean? Barack Obama addressed school children via satellite – just as many previous presidents have done – and the American right went crazy. What subversive message was he going to give? Can we trust him to speak to our children? Good, patriotic parents should keep their kids home! And so on.
Whether it’s bizarre theories about Barack Obama’s citizenship, odd conspiracies about using the White House to institute Islamic Law in the US, or whatever unfounded conspiracy the right is spinning today, since the moment he was nominated for the Presidency, the American right has engaged in a series of increasingly unhinged discussions of wild conspiracies. When confronted, conservative politicians have either embraced those conspiracy theories (see Bachman, Michele) or refused to say that they know they aren’t true (see Boehner, John).
On a fairly regular basis, febrile emails spread across the American landscape, breathlessly claiming to report on the latest conspiracy to destroy America. All the while, very real social, economic and political problems remain unresolved.
I’m not saying that the Tea Party is the American version of Mao’s cadres. Yet, I find it provocative that both groups trade in conspiracy theories, engage in mythologizing revolutionary leaders, react to the world in similar ways. It seems to me that both are reactions to failures of ideological policies to produce the expected results. The Bush administration followed conservative doctrine almost to the letter and it ended in failure. Worse, a black guy with a funny name won the Presidency. The rightward tilt of the Republican congress, seeking ever more ideologically pure solutions to social problems, seems to me a strangely parallel response to the world as those who led the Cultural Revolution.
Nobody ever looks like Joe McCarthy. That’s how they get in the door. The true believers can’t believe it didn’t work and the only explanation must be some hidden, heretofore unexpected conspiracy to undermine the Reagan Revolution.
According to MSNBC, Rep. Giffords was shot point blank in the head at a public event in Tucson.
There are few details at this point.
NPR and MSNBC are reporting the congresswoman is dead, as are six others. The shooter is in custody.
UPDATE 12:50 p.m. – MSNBC is now reporting the congresswoman is in surgery – she’s not dead but she is very critical.
You can always count on the Utah State Legislature to bring the crazy. Following the lead of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Glenn Beck, Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland plans to introduce the “Utah Sound Money Act” to require the state to accept gold for transactions, and create a parallel monetary policy for intrastate commerce tied to the price of gold.
Under the legislation that has been drafted, Utah residents could mint their own gold or silver coins, a storehouse would be created to stockpile the precious metal and the Utah Defense Force, an arcane state militia that may be called and armed by the governor, would be responsible for securing the inventories.
This is beyond nuts. It’s hard to describe how insane it would be reimpose the gold standard in America. Think Progress tries:
Gold or silver standards leave a nation completely powerless to control its own monetary policy, often tying inflation rates to completely arbitrary factors such as the rate that gold is mined in South Africa, rather than to the interests of a national economy. Worse, it leaves a nation without one of its most important tools to push back against economic downturns. In the 1930s, the United States was one of the last major nations to abandon the gold standard, and this failure to act was one of the principal causes of the Great Depression.
On his radio program this morning, the Faux News host and headmaster of Beck University Glenn Beck warned, as he often does, that there is a dangerous group of violent radical Communists who want to overthrow the government, and lamented that the mainstream media refuses to cover this allegedly imminent threat. As a point of comparison to the dreaded Communists, Beck mentioned Islamic terrorists, saying he suspects that close to 10 percent of Muslims are terrorists.
BECK: What is the number of Islamic terrorists? One percent? I think it’s closer to 10 percent, but the rest of the PC world will tell you ‘oh no, it’s minuscule.’ Okay, well, let’s take you at your one percent. Look at the havoc of one percent of Muslims causing on the rest of the world!
According to a Pew report from last year, there are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world. Thus, by Beck’s calculations, there would be 157 million Islamic terrorists — more than half the population of the U.S. In reality, less than 0.00001% of Muslims are terrorists.
Related One Utah post: Why Does Mohamed Osman Mohamud Hate America?
I have long claimed that what Glenn Beck does, amounts to treason, not because I disagree with his ratings-grabbing opinions, but rather he poisons the minds of millions of intellectually vulnerable people.
On his Monday radio show, Glenn Beck highlighted claims that before he started targeting a little-known, left-leaning organization called the Tides Foundation on his Fox News TV show, “nobody knew” what the non-profit was. Read the full Media Matters column Beck’s incendiary angst is dangerously close to having a body count, here.
And that violent stupidity continued through this summer when a dedicated Glenn Beck fan from southern California by the name of Byron Williams strapped on his body armor, loaded up his mother’s pick-up truck with ammo and set off on the highway for San Francisco in hopes of killing liberals in order to ignite a political revolution. Read Glenn Beck’s Audience Already Has Done “Something Stupid“
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just about violence. What if I told you there are clusters of these people who circle up to test out various defenses for Glenn Beck’s latest rating-calculted pronouncment.
For example: Here is a Facebook discussion called “IS THE FORCLOSURE FREEZE THE NEXT STEP?” in which Beckians are testing out arguments for why the freezing foreclosures are part of the liberal conspiracy to take over the country.
This involves ideas such as Wall Street Bankers are liberals and that they are in collusion with the the Feds to take over “everything,” whatever that means.
We have touched on. It will only grow!
This could be the final straw.
…If they went to Iowa and attacked corn, Iowans would fight back. Go to the Gulf Coast and ban drilling and they will raise a ruckus! Go to NY and attack the engine of their economy. Nary a sound. They are all progressives. The people and the banker!! It’s weird. The BIG NY banks will be bailed out(to big to fail). It’s the smaller community banks serving main street that will be wiped out. The NY bankers might end up taking over everything with the Fed. Their the other footsoldiers!
In so many ways, Progressives have already won. We are already too connected to the New World Order. I hate it!!
I’ve been paying attention. You are right that so many of these Wall Street firms are actually being run by LIBERALS. It became obvious when so many of them came out in support of the stimulus package. It wasn’t that they had the opinion that we NEEDED the stimulous, but how they went about supporting this Administration.
Here’s a fun scientific experiment. Go there and make case against something Beck has said. If they attack you personally, this is evidence of tribalism. Interestingly, they rarely defend Glenn Beck at all, but instead, defend themselves as if defending faith.