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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Rick Santorum is on to You

Have you heard or seen a weather forecast lately, on the radio, TV, in the paper or online? If so, you probably didn’t pay for this information, right? OK, welfare chiseler, your freeloading days are over. Senator Rick Santorum knows all about you, and the free lunch is over.

That’s right, this socialist giveaway program is coming to an end. While other wimpy politicians are wringing their hands over terrorism or the trillion dollar deficit, Santorum has his priorities straight. He’s introduced a bill to ban the release of free weather forecast information.

AccuWeather and The Weather Channel provide their information through paid services or ad-supported websites. And Santorum wants government meteorologists to stop offering free information and “competing” with them. Well, that certainly is one of the burning issues of the day.

Now, this is probably not related to anything, but AccuWeather has been a long-time heavy contributor to Santorum. But hey, what’s that got to do with it?

Doing his best George Orwell imitation, AccuWeather’s executive vice president insists that this bill would improve public safety. Of course. It’s right up there with the Clear Skies Act that rolls back clean air standards, and the Healthy Forests Initiative which basically tells the lumber companies “if it doesn’t move, chop ’er down!”

12 Comments:

Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

I doubt this bill will go anywhere. Even most Republicans will take one look and laugh. They will laugh because it just sounds stupid, not because their Party has suddenly decided supporting businesses over people is the way. Cheers!

April 23, 2005 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

OK Democrat: I don't think the bill has a chance either, for the exact reasons you said. But sometimes an idea that sounds wacky, will stay there on the fringes and eventually become mainstream. Ronald Reagan first suggested privatizing Social Security 30 years ago, and nobody would touch him with a 10 foot pole; now of course the whole party is pushing for it.

If this gang of robber barons and High Priests stays in power too much longer, God knows what sort of zany ideas will become fact.

April 23, 2005 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Brother Kenya said...

Yeah, but what about gay marriage!

April 24, 2005 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Brother Kenya: Oh, that's right. Can't forget that burning issue.

April 24, 2005 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger TrueJerseyGirl said...

Thank God our politicians have solved all the important issues of our day and can now get to the burning issue of free weather! Whew!

April 24, 2005 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

TrueJerseyGirl: We can dither around with terrorism and the economy after we coddle and soothe AccuWeather. First things first.

April 24, 2005 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I just wanted to let you know I surfed through via Blog Explosion!
Have a great day!

Kim

April 24, 2005 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Thanks Kim.

April 24, 2005 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

These guys just don't quit do they? It amazes me that anyone would vote for someone like this. Of course, the average American doesn't pay quite close enough attention to the news and the doings of his/her representatives. I bet if I asked 20 people who don't blog if they heard this story, most would answer no. BTW, polls indicate Santorum is on his way out in the next election. At least from what I've read.

April 24, 2005 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Kate: This seems to be one of those "under the radar" stories. I never saw anything in the daily paper about it or even a "mainstream" website like MSNBC. And somehow that makes it even more maddening: they know that weather forecasts are less important than terrorism or Iraq or the economy, so they just assumed that a sleazy underhanded maneuver like this would go unnoticed.

I sure hope Santorum is on his way out.

April 25, 2005 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Piltdown Man said...

Surprise, surprise; AccuWeather is based in PA.
Funny, he wants to make free weather illegal, but the GOP, at the same time, wants to create fake news. Go figure!

Whether Ricky is on his way out or not is still a matter to be settled in a year or so.

He is currently running something like 16 points behind the Republican challenger, Casey, but Santorum is not someone to be counted out. This will be the THE Senate race next year, folks. It's going to be nasty.

Piltdownman

April 25, 2005 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Piltdown Man: That sure would be a diss if Santorum got pushed out by another Republican. But like you say, people like him (and W.) that get dissed and made fun of, are the ones who keep bouncing back stronger than ever.

I'm from Pittsburgh originally, and I sure hate to see my home state represented by such an asshole.

April 25, 2005 at 10:33 AM  

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