Hooboy, the fun never stops.
On the state and federal level, the people who get themselves elected on promises of being smart, and reasonable, and representative, waste no time showing their true colors: Stupid, unreasonable if not whacky, and representing only themselves, not us.
Maybe it’s the water in all those vintage drinking fountains scattered around Congress and the Utah Capitol.
On the Federal level, we have Sen. Mike Lee, the Tea Party darling who got himself elected promising to throw out the old ways of doing business in Washington and bring a breath of fresh air, taking government “back,” whatever that means.
Back to Tammany Hall, it would seem.
First he hired a lobbyist to work as his chief of staff. As we know, lobbyists are the real rulers of government, funneling millions of dollars in “campaign donations” (OK, bribes) to our congess people in exchange for their support of the military industrial complex and industrial welfare.
The latest indication that Lee is no radical is his failure to support, in a 92-4 vote, a rule in the senate that stops senators from being able to anonymously hold up appointments. Now, with the new rule, senators who put a hold on nominations will have to let their names be known.
It is amazing that Lee promised to change things in Washington and now votes to keep this rule the same. Anonymous holds are one of the most frustrating symbols of the gridlock that drives the public nuts. They allow any senator to play power broker, holding up the entire Congress from the comfort of his office while publically railing against people who hold up the business of congress.
Public frustration with Congress’ inability to do even simple appointments, driven by those very same anonymous holds, is what drove the Tea Party to electe Sen. Lee.
And now he’s proving, once again, that his desire in Congress is not to change anything at all, but play more internal power games, just like everyone else. Way to go Tea Party!
MEANWHILE back here in Utah, Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-dirty dishes) wants to repeal Utah’s limit on phosphorus in dishwashing detergents.
Phosphorus limits were put on because the chemical is highly instrumental in causing algea growth in water, which kills fish and damages the environment.
Against that we have Rep. Sandstrom’s drinking glasses, which have unsightly spots. Well, can’t have that!
There are other things he could add to his dishwasher to prevent spots — there are several products in the stores, or he could toss in a glass of vinager.
Or, he could get off his lazy butt and wash the glasses by hand, or at least dry them by hand. Really, has it come to this: The descendents of pioneers, people who walked on foot halfway across the continent, can’t stand up long enough to dry a glass?
But no, we need government to fix this problem because government is the solution to his dirty stemware! And if it costs more to run the water treatment plants to remove phosphorus from the water? Well, what the heck.