There are Too Many Lunatics in the Senate

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Issues

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The Medicare Trustees’ have just verified that we are facing a $63 billion combined unfunded liability for Social Security and Medicare.  You would think that senators would be working diligently to solve the issue and ween people off government dependency.  Instead, they are dealing with things like this:

Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would remove all references to the word “lunatic” from federal law, a step they said is needed to reflect the country’s modern understanding of mental-health conditions.

Conrad said that by eliminating “lunatic” from federal law, the 21st Century Language Act, S. 2367, would help reduce the stigmatization of such conditions.

“Recently, a North Dakota constituent contacted my office to express support for legislative efforts to remove this outdated and inappropriate language from federal law,” Conrad said Wednesday. “Sen. Crapo and I agree that federal law should reflect the 21st-century understanding of mental illness and disease, and that the continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the U.S. Code.”

Really, senators.  Really?  This is your concern?

The amazing thing is that it’s not coming from somebody representing one of these deep blue states.  Mike Crapo represents Idaho for goodness sakes!  He should be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Jim DeMint and Mike Lee fighting against the Postal bailout, the highway bill, the student loan bailout, and the Violence Against Women Act.  Woops, on second thought, Mike Crapo is actually the lead Republican co-sponsor for that travesty.  He was also a member of the “Gang of Six,” a group of members who wanted to raise taxes in exchange for illusory cuts.

If we continue to elect these clowns from red states like Idaho thinking that they are conservatives we are a bunch of…dare I say, lunatic?