AL Utility Commissioner Doesn’t Understand His Job

AL Utility Commissioner Doesn’t Understand His Job February 5, 2015

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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