Friday, February 3, 2012

Indiana shitstorm looms

I've been madder than hell the past couple days.

On Wednesday, as you may know, Indiana became the first new state in a decade to adopt a misnamed "right-to-work" law. Geographically, this makes the Hoosier State somewhat of an outlier, as no state that borders Indiana has this anti-American law. In addition to running afoul of the U.S. Constitution, this law plainly violates the Indiana Constitution: The latter document has a clause that prohibits not paying organizations for services they provide. In fact, that provision was likely written in an attempt to ward off "right-to-work" laws.

People. Are. Mad.

Hoosiers may have lost this battle back in 2010 when they allowed the Republicans to rig the election and win back control of the legislature. But do you honestly think they'd allow it now? The legislature must be dumber than a bag of boogers if they thought a law like this was going to be tolerated today.

As luck would have it, the Super Bowl happens to be taking place in Indianapolis on Sunday. Well, the "right-to-work" thought police really stepped in it, didn't they? In almost a half-century that the Super Bowl has been around, I don't think there have ever been any major demonstrations surrounding it. That's about to change in a big way. For starts, NFL players are unionized, and they don't look kindly upon legislators passing union-busting laws. Plus, hotel workers are planning on going on strike to protest the new law - right when thousands of Super Bowl tourists are in town. There's even been some talk of truckers blocking the freeways.

And then of course there's that nifty thing called the Occupy movement. I can't believe Disaster Daniels didn't think of that before he signed the bill. How much of an idiot does one have to be to think the Occupy campaign wouldn't notice a "right-to-work" law being enacted in a state with 7,000,000 people?

To see the Super Bowl completely shut down over this would be so satisfying. We can only dream of that happening, but if it did, that would be the political highlight of my lifetime!

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