The train wreck this week was shocking. It was impossible to turn away from the carnage. But I’m not talking about the Amtrak derailment in Pennsylvania. I’m talking about the bizarre right-wing arguments against a bill that provides Idaho families with child support payments.
It started early in the week when Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard) posted on her Facebook page that a bill that funds child support payment enforcement “…will effectively transfer sovereignty of a process of (Idaho) government to a special commission appointed by the United Nations.”
She believes that because the bill contains a component that ensures dead-beat parents can’t flee to another country to avoid paying child support – or as Scott calls it, “tyranny.”
This is the same lawmaker who posted on her webpage, “I am frustrated when I see big government rob Idaho families,” which is ironic considering the thing that’s robbing Idaho families isn’t “big government,” it’s delusional politicians who want to stick it to “big government” by taking $205 million from Idaho’s single-parent children.
Yeah! That’ll show ‘em.
Yes, I know. The stupid hurts.
But it gets worse.
It’s breathtaking that anybody would argue against a bill that keeps Idaho families off public assistance, yet opponents of the bill have refused to back down. And much like George Zimmerman, they can’t keep themselves out of the news for all the wrong reasons.
The latest instance happened when Parrish Miller of the Idaho Freedom Foundation mused on Twitter that the parents don’t have an obligation to keep their children alive. He cited a 1980s libertarian author as the philosophical inspiration of his feelings. Meanwhile, thousands of Idahoans added the words “Parrish Miller” and “Child Protective Services” to their Google news alerts.
Hours later, Idaho Freedom Foundation founder, Wayne Hoffman, distanced himself from Miller’s comments much like Jeb Bush distanced himself from the invasion of Iraq on the fourth time he was asked.
That doesn’t mean Hoffman is in favor of the bill. Oh hell no! Even though its good public policy, his loyalists wouldn’t permit him to endorse a bill that cooperates with the feds. At this very moment, dozens of them are breaking out the crayons and writing angry letters chastising the federales.
But the freak show isn’t over. Lawmakers will hear public testimony about the bill during the extraordinary legislative session on Monday. Considering how much attention this will get, expect every secessionist, land transferer, anti-immigrant, tin-foil-hat-wearing tea partier in the state to vie for a moment in the limelight.
The bizarre has just begun.