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Opening Arguments

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Sometimes the cleverest remarks come from people who blurt out their frustrations at things not going their way. In an Indianapolis Star story on legislation still alive in the General Assembly at the halfway point of the session, a lawmaker who voted against a ban on texting while driving vents a little:

Rep. Mike Murphy, R-Indianapolis, was one of the three lawmakers to vote against the bill, calling it nothing more than a feel-good bill that would be difficult to enforce and was aimed at "outlawing stupidity."

And a lawmaker who is for the proposed statewide ban on smoking is vexed that amendments kept getting added exempting everything from taverns and private clubs to small businesses not open to the public:

We've exacted this down to the point where I think it's only illegal to smoke inside an oxygen tent in the intensive care unit of a hospital," said Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington.

But those of us our here in Stupid Taxpayers land probably need explicit instructions from the nanny state, so maybe they ought to have a bill specifically spelling out that ban on oxygen-tent smoking. Otherwise we're probably going to see hospitals blowing up all over the state.


tim zank
Wed, 02/03/2010 - 11:35am

Your last paragraph sums it up rather succinctly, Leo. Anybody else out there remember waaaaaay back when, ya know when your parents told you what to do instead of your elected officials?


Bob G.
Wed, 02/03/2010 - 1:47pm

I do...I do!!!
And 'ya know the funny thing about THAT era?
...it WORKED.

Nice touche', Leo.