What is the party of small government and fiscal responsibility up to in Arkansas?

In Arkansas a bill has been introduced that would siphon taxpayer dollars to religiously sectarian schools.  Father says it very well…

I am thoroughly disgusted with our new Republican controlled Arkansas legislature. I have never seen so much contempt for the constitution and established jurisprudence in such a short time as these clowns display. Two clearly unconstitutional abortion bills and now…..House Bill 1352, filed Thursday by Rep. Randy Alexander, R-Fayetteville, would allow funds from the Arkansas Better Chance Program to go to a “faith-based” preschool. The bill would remove this sentence from Arkansas Code Annotated 6-45-106(a)(1)(B): “All applications submitted by sectarian or sectarian-affiliated programs must first be reviewed to assure that any approval of funding will not result in a violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

As if SAYING it doesn’t violate the First Amendment means it IN FACT doesn’t violate it!?!

I am appalled by the blatant contempt for the constitution by these theocratic ideologues. They will squeal like stuck pigs about your gun rights but your freedom of religion, separation of church and state, and privacy rights can just take a hike as far as they’re concerned.

I’m angry and I’m getting frightened. Very frightened. THIS…THIS RIGHT HERE…..is exactly why I rail against religion. What is wrong with moderate Christians? They don’t stop the theocratic extremists and the cretinous legislators who pander to them. That’s what.

The AU and ACLU has already told the sponsor of this bill (and the 22 co-sponsors, lest you think this is the result of a fringe politician) that this will wind up in court and that the Tea Party reps will lose.  But like Jessica Ahlquist, the wingers don’t care.  Hell, it’s just taxpayer money and they’re happy to piss it away to lose for Jesus.

Of course, then they’ll turn around and gripe about Obama and wasteful spending by the government, right before painting themselves as the party of small government and fiscal responsibility.  “The economy’s so bad under Obama!”  And how is the GOP reacting?  By setting shit like this as their priority.

The GOP in its present configuration is the party of fiscal responsibility and small government like the Vatican is a role model for living modestly.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    Do you think the legal fees spent getting this bill declared Unconstitutional counts as a tithe?

    Fucking Judaical Review, how does it work?

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      I wonder if it is tax-deductible.

  • http://www.aramink.com Anne

    I have had a knot in my gut this entire legislative session. I vacillate between wanting to read all the news and rage, and wanting to hide in my bed and hope that when I wake up it will all have been a bad dream. Two more months of this is a recipe for batshit-itis.

    The problem is not so much that it’s a Republican-controlled legislature. Arkansas’ legislature has always been conservative, so the party labels don’t apply here as much as they do elsewhere. There really are reasonable conservatives who have the people’s best interest in mind – but not enough of them occupy elected offices here in Arkansas. Or in Washington, for that matter. On a national level, our Democratic Senator, Mark Pryor, is a born-again young earther who seems to vote with Republicans more than he votes with Democrats. He is not worth a pimple on his daddy’s backside. (His father was governor then Senator, and did a lot of progressive good for the state.)

    “Conservative” has become synonymous with an agenda focused on God, guns, and fetuses. These idiots don’t even want to expand medicare to help sick people who God won’t, people who are injured by guns, and those fetuses brought to term that are a devastating medical burden to their families because of crippling, qualify-of-life-denying birth defects. (Yes, I know that last category is Medicaid, but still.)

    The biggest problem I see is that this particular legislature, with its anti-progressive agenda, is subject to the whims of out of state interests like the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity (there’s a joke of a name) while simultaneously pursuing Tea Party irrationality and rabid anti-intellectualism. This complete disregard of experts absolutely staggers me. These idiots pass laws not because they should but because they want to.

    It disgusts me that the Republican party – which used to stand for smaller government and less government involvement in the daily lives of Americans – now wants to micromanage the most personal decisions people will ever make, intends to spread conservative evangelical Christian dogma at any cost, and is in the process of rewriting the history of this country while doing so.

    Are Democrats much better? Not really. But they aren’t engaged in this rabid, Inquisition-like pogrom against wombs, access to health care, and the economic principle of laissez-faire. I will never, ever vote Republican in this climate. I used to be much more discerning about individual candidates, but these days the individual representative doesn’t matter any more than Republicans seem to think individuals matter in the population. Party voting blocs have turned legislatures all over this country into an “us vs. them” cage match, and it isn’t pretty to watch. I’ll vote the Democratic ticket when there are only two choices because the Democrats will do less harm.

    There’s that quote – I think by Mark Twain – that points out that the opposite of PROgress is CONgress. We’re seeing that here, in spades.

    I have often thought that the most productive legislative session in any state or in D.C., would be one in which the legislature does nothing but repeal crappy laws. I can make them a list…

  • http://www.aramink.com Anne

    Oh, and I almost forgot. This Arkansas legislature just passed a bill that will allow people to carry guns into churches. School shootings happen because we took God out of schools, so obviously they need to be able to carry guns into that other place where God definitely is not in residence.

    And this legislature just passed a bill that will allow guns on college campuses. Because Virginia Tech was a great idea. Or something.

    • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ M

      I’ve been reading about campuses (only a few so far but it’ll probably grow) starting to allow guns. I wonder how many more women will be killed- stalking and rape are already huge problems on college campuses, so let’s make it easier to murder people-we-don’t-think-are-actually-people!

      Or professors killed by disgruntled students upset at low grades. Or drunken arguments between frat brothers that turn deadly. Or a paranoid student shooting their roommate after waking in a panic. Or suicides. Most gun deaths aren’t from rampages, but steady trickle of incidents that kill one or two people.