Thursday, April 29, 2010

Speaking of dim bulbs

Faithful readers here will remember posts about Tom Emmer’s Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act (to permit the state to ignore the federal incandescent light blub prohibition) and his bill for a constitutional amendment in Minnesota to permit the state legislature to nullify federal law.

But here’s a comment from Emmer about the feds looking into whether Arizona may have taken on an issue that doesn’t belong to it:

“I think what Arizona has done is a wonderful first step,” he said.

“I’m very disappointed at the federal government that seems to be now taking issue with the state of Arizona for doing what most of us expect should be done,” Emmer said. “Enforce the laws, and if you don’t like the laws, then change them.”

I am not sure exactly what else to say. Other than Emmer seems like a delusional and inbri---, well, never mind, demagogue lurching across the landscape, spouting whatever hypocritical nonsense comes into his head.

But we’ll try. Shorter Tom Emmer:

The states don’t have to observe federal law, but they are entitled to selectively enforce what they think (or want to believe) is federal law when it suits them. Then, if the feds disagree, they can change their own laws, which the states are then free to ignore if they want.

Got it?

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