There's a meme going around the left side of the blogosphere that has spread so far it sometimes even makes the corporate-conservative MSM, and that is that the GOP concentrates on kill-all obstructionism because it's completely barren intellectually and doesn't have any ideas to offer in place of the ones the Dems are pushing.
It's an attractive meme but it's totally wrong. The GOoPers have plenty of ideas. The only problem with selling them is that they're hopelessly bad ideas.
Take the latest example from Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Fringe-Wingnut Republican Party. She's about to introduce a bill which under ordinary conditions would be dismissed out-of-hand, scorned as treacle, and the butt of jokes by every late-night comic from here to Zweisimmen-Hammerfest but which the Fox-TP Wingnut Machine will probably manage to have everybody in the Village chatting about in print and through electrons as if it makes sense, which it of course doesn't.
[S]ome senators seem determined to undercut the E.P.A.'s regulatory authority. These include not only Republicans who panic at any regulation, but also Democrats who say they worry about climate change but insist that the executive branch stand aside until Congress gets around to dealing with it.
The most destructive idea is a "resolution of disapproval" concocted by Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska. It would reject the E.P.A.'s recent scientific finding that greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare, effectively repudiating the agency's authority - granted to it by the Supreme Court - to regulate these gases. As a practical matter, it would also stop last year's widely applauded agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.
Because, as we all - or at,least, Glenn Beck and Jimmy Inhofe and they're the ones who count - know, climate change is a hoax because it still snows and gets cold in the South, and anything that limits oil consumption, let alone threatens its hegemony, is socialist, Commie, anti-American treason. So why does the EPA hnave to go sticking its nose in?
Well, to start with because the Bush SCOTUS told them to, and you know how anti-American they are. The point is that disemboweling the ability of the only agency of the Federal govt with the power to protect air and water quality by regulating polluters is an idea so monumentally brain-dead that the GoOPers are bound to fight for it to the death. Brain-deadness is the single characteristic all GOoPer "ideas" share. They've become the party that looks and acts most like your old weird uncle, the one who thought oysters should come with zippers so they'd be easier to open, and was convinced he could make a million dollars if he could just invent a machine that would tie your shoes for you.
He at least was lovable. The GOP is so not.
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