As the story makes abundantly clear, "stupid" is just a cover explanation for shoveling money into the hands of political paymasters, those who "invest" in politicians.
If you invest in something, you expect to turn a profit from it. National Memo (ht Joe Conason via Twitter):
Perhaps searching for a way to one-up their much derided anti-marriage law, North Carolina lawmakers are considering ban on science with a new bill that would essentially make it illegal to predict a rise in the sea level.The developers went to their bought pols, and the bought pols brought forth a bill:
After a state-appointed board of scientists determined that a one meter rise in sea level is likely by the year 2100 — echoing the scientific consensus on the issue — a coastal economic development group called NC-20 decided to push back against the results.
They are upset that such an estimate would thwart development along the coast, as it would be illegal to build in the “flood zone” where there is under one meter of elevation.
“If you’re wrong and you start planning today at 39 inches, you could lose millions of dollars in development and 2,000 square miles would be condemned as a flood zone,” Tom Thompson, the chairman of NC-20, told News & Observer of Raleigh.
So, with NC-20′s support, Republican lawmakers circulated Replacement House Bill 819.This isn't stupid, it's corrupt. It's stupid only at the level of the Matrix.
How much corruption is too much for the American public? If we keep calling it "stupid" there's a ton of room on the upside.
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