With the South Dakota Legislature reconvening tomorrow for the unusual purpose of using Veto Day to pass a state budget, Senator Gordon Howie wants to waste taxpayer time and money fighting health care reform. Tomorrow he'll try again to pass SB 137, the intent of which is to nullify health care reform and all the benefits it will have for South Dakotans. This absurd bit of Tea Bag grandstanding declares state law superior to federal law, and wouldn't withstand judicial scrutiny any better than Jackley's lawsuit.
The Senate already killed Howie's unconstitutional bill in February on an 11–23 vote. But, true to his professed Teabaggery, Senator Howie doesn't let numbers stop his futile sloganeering. Senator Howie even plans suspend the rules of the Legislature to ram his bill back onto the agenda.
What?! cry conservatives. Changing rules? Using parliamentary tricks? We're outraged! Nancy Pelosi can't subvert the hallowed rules of—wait. It's one of our guys? Oh, uh....
There's a fair argument that screaming Repeal! all year might alienate voters who are sick of the health care debate and want to get on with other issues. Gordon Howie and his fellow Republicans might do better to quietly admit defeat and turn their attention to jobs and the economy... and the state budget.
It's foolishness like this that explains why Gordon Howie would make a terrible governor. All posing, no pragmatism. Now that Ken Knuppe has his petitions in (good work, Ken!), expect Howie to place fifth in the GOP primary.
p.s.: Gordon, if you're going to waste the Legislature's time, waste big: why not attach an amendment to SB 137 banning the expulsion of God from South Dakota as well?
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