The definition of insanity

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. When I am trying to make sense of some actions and statements by members of the Republican Party, some interesting parallels come to mind.
A few examples:

Definition of insanityThe definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. When I am trying to make sense of some actions and statements by members of the Republican Party, some interesting parallels come to mind.

A few examples:

Taxes and the GOP
Republican supporters

Taxes

Let’s cut taxes for the rich and the economy will grow.

Republicans tried it again and again with disastrous results.

So what is the new approach adopted by the GOP?  CUT TAXES!

Gun control laws

More people are shot in America than in the rest of the developed countries combined.

The GOP proposed solution?

MORE GUNS!

So Americans buy more guns.

And more people die.

NRA solution
NRA solution

And now after 20 little kids were killed by a gunman, Republicans came up with the brilliant idea: Let’s arm teachers.

In order to do that, all teachers will have to complete firearms training.

Here we come, Police Academy!

Elections

Republicans lost the election because a sensible candidate could not win the GOP primary.

But they say: WE LOST BECAUSE THE CANDIDATE WAS NOT CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH!

Is it just stupid stubbornness or is it a pathological case?

Crazy fringe of the GOP
Way to go, GOP!

But we’ve got to get rid of these nuts, so go ahead, Republicans. Just continue to be stupid.

We’ll see if that will help you win the next election.

Make my day!

Dim and Dimmer

The problem with this nonthinking is that Reality stands in the way. Unfortunately, the only freedom Republicans crave is the freedom to be stupid, Tea Party freedom. Everything comes with a price. If Republicans continue on this path of nonsense I to believe America may look like the world of Charles Dickens more than that of Steve Jobs

Amid the debate over raising the nation’s debt limit comes a vote in Congress on … light bulbs.

Dim and dimmer
GOP Dim Bulb

House GOP leaders are ginning up excitement for Tuesday’s high-wattage vote to roll back light bulb efficiency standards—or, as Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, likes to call it, the “Save the Light bulb” bill.

The beautiful irony of this is that this efficiency standard was sponsored by a Republican representative and was signed by, none other than, George W. Bush.

The Natural Resources Defense Council issued an analysis concluding that when they’re fully implemented in 2020, these energy standards could save $12.5 billion annually . Some states, such as New York, Texas and California, would save more than $1 billion in energy costs by using more efficient light bulbs. 

“We support the notion that efficiency is a desirable thing, and this type of standard has been a part of our body politic for a long time,” says Moorhead of Philips. “The reality is, consumers will see no difference at all. The only difference they’ll see is lower energy bills because we’re creating more efficient incandescent bulbs.”

“If just a third of the 4.4 billion medium screw-based light sockets around the country were replaced with new, efficient incandescent light bulbs, one third with compact fluorescents, and one third with LED bulbs, the annual savings could be more than $12 billion a year,” says Moorhead.

By Terrance Heath

July 11th, 2011 – 3:50pm ET

“Nearly three of four U.S. adults, or 71%, say they have replaced standard light bulbs in their home over the past few years with compact fluorescent lamps or LEDs (light emitting diodes) and 84% say they are “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the alternatives, according to the survey of 1,016 U.S. adults taken Feb. 15-16.”

Which brings me back to that once-dim-now-dead bulb I mentioned. We’re in the middle of an unemployment crisis, driven and made worse by a GOP austerity agenda that’s led to public sector job loss in both federal and state agencies. In addition to the revenues lost from these job losses, the economic recovery is about to get another jolt when consumer spending is reduced even further as unemployment benefits begin to expire in several states.

Yet the Republicans have again walked out of debt deal negotiations. And thanks to a House caucus of Tea Party radicals, Speaker John Boehner has now been reduced to but an errand boy leading conservatives like Kathleen Parker and David Brooks to express “concern” (which is the political equivalent of having Courtney Love and Charlie Sheen show up at your intervention).

I am not an optimist. I have seen stupidity in my life. I am not easily surprised by its emergence. But this example of moronic behavior is exceptionally outstanding. Of all issues facing the nation and the world, the Republicans pick the light bulb? Why the light bulb? Why now?

This is an existential question that is simply unanswerable.

The Republican justification?  Any government recommendation for a more efficient incandescent light bulb is an infringement on American Freedom.  Americans must be free to use whatever the hell they want to illuminate their homes. Whether it is a hundred year old light bulb, candles, campfires, a Mack Truck  or an arsenal of weapons.

The problem with this nonthinking is that Reality stands in the way. Unfortunately, the only freedom Republicans crave is the freedom to be stupid, Tea Party freedom. Everything comes with a price. If Republicans continue on this path of nonsense I do believe America may look like the world of Charles Dickens more than that of Steve Jobs

America will become an exceptional nation of candles, horses and nuclear weapons.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Dim bulb indeed.