Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Schwarzenegger channels Pa Bush

Remember the elder Bush? Yes, I'm talking about George H.W. Bush, not his idiot son.

Remember how every time Congress tried to accomplish anything, Bush would just veto it? (And remember how the media blamed Congress? But that's a whole other issue.)

The Bush spirit of serial obstructionism lives on in California's right-wing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger recently broke out his veto pen to nix a sensible bill regarding fur in clothing items. The bill - modeled after a similar law in other states - would have required clothing makers to disclose what their products were made of, including whether it was made of dog fur.

But Schwarzenegger - quite idiotically - vetoed the bill. He said he was worried about the costs to manufacturers.

Unbeknownst to many consumers, some unscrupulous clothing makers have been kidnapping dogs out of front yards, electrocuting them, and using the fur to make clothes. I guess Schwarzenegger is more concerned about protecting these criminals' livelihoods than in making sure the public knows what their clothes are made of.

After vetoing this bill, Schwarzenegger then vetoed a bill that would have prevented Texas's revisionist social studies curriculum from being adopted by California schools.

You see, Texas has been the elephant in the room of America's education system since at least the era of Mel and Norma Gabler. The Lone Star State screens textbooks to make sure they reflect a right-wing standpoint. Textbook publishers don't want to lose business from the second-largest state in population, so they eagerly comply.

The California bill would have directed education officials to watch out for the propaganda that Texas officials wanted added to textbooks.

But Schwarzenegger vetoed this bill.

So now California schoolchildren are being forced to learn that climate change is a hoax, the world is only 6,000 years old, and Title IX is a leftist conspiracy. Smooth move, Terminator.

And I thought Kentucky schools were the bullshit capital.

(Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/27/BA301FKFKN.DTL;

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