AL Utility Commissioner Doesn’t Understand His Job

Chip Beeker is a member of the Alabama Public Service Commission, whose purpose is to regulate utility services like electricity and water. He seems rather confused about that because he apparently prefers to use the meetings of that body to rant incoherently about gay marriage and teen pregnancy.

But as is often the case, Tuesday’s meeting turned political as Beeker and two other commissioners decided to speak out against U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade’s Jan. 23 ruling against Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban.

Beeker said he was reminded of “the difference of our federal government when we were children and how then they did not punish success and they did not reward sloth.”…

Beeker praised Gov. Robert Bentley (R) and state Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) for vowing to block same-sex marriages and “this usurpation of the rights of Alabamians.”

“We see the moral decline in our nation,” Beeker said. “You do not have to look further than the schools to find it.”

The commissioner then pointed to teen pregnancies as evidence of that decline.

“Just this morning, it was reported that a daycare located inside a public school has been closed due to the threat of a measles outbreak,” he explained. “A daycare inside a public school! That kind of thing unthinkable a generation ago is common in some part of our country.”

Beeker also lamented that schools were no longer required to post copies of the Ten Commandments.

“But the results of the removal of God from the schools is as plain as the results of the attempted removal of God from all of the United States,” he opined. “Over the last 20 years or so, we have turned from God and his principles in order to be politically correct.”

Which has what to do with utility regulation, exactly? This was an official meeting of a government agency and they spent their time ranting and raving about things that had nothing whatsoever to do with their jobs. This is what happens when you put tea party ideologues in power instead of reasonable people.

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  • busterggi

    Tea Baggers just can’t get past 1955 and they won’t even try.

  • John Pieret

    a daycare located inside a public school has been closed due to the threat of a measles outbreak

    Oh, good! You’re in favor of the government making measles vaccination mandatory for all children who are medically able to receive it?

    Beeker praised Gov. Robert Bentley (R) and state Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) for vowing to block same-sex marriages and “this usurpation of the rights of Alabamians.”

    You meant Jefferson Davis, didn’t you?

  • JustaTech

    A daycare inside a public school? Oh heavens forfend, this can only be a sign of sin, and not that, maybe, the teachers needed daycare for their kids? And what, exactly, does this have to do with utilities?

    (Yes, I know that daycare inside a public school are usually for the children of students, but at least these girls are finishing high school. And if you’re so upset about teen pregnancy, Mr. Beeker, why don’t you encourage schools to teach comprehensive sex ed? Because you’re a reactionary trilobite.)

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Look, if those sluts girls have their babies, they will need more water and electricity. That means less for the rest of us. Thank goodness we have Chip looking out for us and our need of those precious resources!! He is 100% doing his job and definitely not wasting time! Also, socialism!! And Jesus!!

  • eric

    “A daycare inside a public school! That kind of thing unthinkable a generation ago is common in some part of our country.”

    “Why in my days, those dirty dirty sluts would not have been allowed to get an education or become self-sufficient…”

  • kosk11348

    Daycare in schools were unthinkable decades ago! Not because teens never got pregnant, but because they were shamed into dropping out of school and prematurely ending any chance of becoming a productive member of the workforce.

  • eric

    “But the results of the removal of God from the schools is as plain…

    Military Desegregation? The fair housing act? The civil rights act of 1964? They all happened a year or two after the landmark school prayer cases.

    … as the results of the attempted removal of God from all of the United States,”

    Now look, if Jesus doesn’t want to be removed from the US, tell him to carry his papers with him when he drives through Joe Arpaio’s county. That man has it in for swarthy middle-easterners.

  • scienceavenger

    As usual, the Teatard rants are evidence free, since the teen pregnancy rate has been declining steadily for the last 20 years. So sorry Beeker, looks like you are the one with a morality problem.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Beeker said he was reminded of “the difference of our federal government when we were children and how then they did not punish success and they did not reward sloth.”…

    Let me guess [1]: “when we were children” was before the Civil Rights Act, wasn’t it?

    [1] I didn’t peek. Really.

  • dugglebogey

    Daycare in public schools just makes sense, and I don’t know why they didn’t have it when I was in school. Most of my teachers were women, so wouldn’t they need someplace to keep their young children while they work? As meager as their salaries were, they couldn’t afford home care or outside child care.

  • Sastra

    Does this mean that right-wing talk show hosts are now going to start speaking soberly and reasonably about utility regulation?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Beeker said he was reminded of “the difference of our federal government when we were children and how then they did not punish success and they did not reward sloth.”…

    He’s older than the New Deal? Explains a lot…

  • daved

    the teen pregnancy rate has been declining steadily for the last 20 years

    Not to mention that those immoral Blue States have lower teen pregnancy rates than the highly moral, bible-belt, Red States.

  • lofgren

    The ever constant conservative refrain. “When I was a kid, everything was great.”

  • Al Dente

    eric @7

    Military Desegregation?

    Happened in 1948 when Truman issued an executive order banning it.

  • grumpyoldfart

    One day all government departs in America will be run by men like that – and dissent will be vigorously discouraged.

  • tbp1

    Do ANY of these Tea Party clowns have any interest at all in the actual jobs they were elected to do?

  • NitricAcid

    Ah, but he thinks that providing day care to teenage mothers will only encourage more girls to get pregnant out of wedlock.

  • caseloweraz

    I predict that his next step will be to self-publish a book-length rant and distribute it to the people who report to him.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    According to fundies, gay marriage causes severe weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. So he obviously was trying to have a discussion on planning how to deal with energy transmission disruptions caused by a dramatic increase in gay sex in Scandinavian countries.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    … it was reported that a daycare located inside a public school has been closed due to the threat of a measles outbreak …

    Shit. I sure hope they catch whoever phoned in that threat.

  • abb3w

    The most obvious connection between removal of God, prayer, and the ten commandments from schools to utility regulation would be that the former must be the result of introducing foreign substances into our precious bodily fluids via the water supply, as General Jack D. Ripper feared.

    Incidentally, this isn’t the first time Beeker has popped up as a bit of a loon — although there, the policy connection to utility regulation was explicitly made.