(KPLR) - Dr. Linus Pauling won two Nobel Prizes, one for chemistry and the Nobel Peace Prize. He once said, “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas”. Thumbing through a list of bills introduced and approved in the Missouri legislature, I see a lot of ideas. I'm still looking for a good one.
Take house bill 10-46, approved by the Missouri House Of Representatives; sponsored by a state rep named Lyle Rowland, it would require anyone running for president or vice president of the United States who's on the ballot in Missouri to provide proofs of citizenship. This is nothing but tinfoil-hat paranoia from people who actually believe President Obama was not born in the U.S. But it makes you wonder, what's possibly going through the minds of our legislators when a majority in the house could actually pass this hallucination disguised as legislation.
That same House of Representatives has Okayed a bill allowing employers to deny insurance coverage to anything they object to for religious reasons. Things like birth control and abortion. Does that mean an employer who's a Christian Scientist can deny all employees medical coverage because he doesn't believe in doctors? Or what about a Muslim employer who agrees with the former head of the Islamic Medical Society, who said vaccinations are forbidden?
It's not so much that stuff like this was introduced in the legislature. Bizarre things are proposed all the time. It's that they actually were passed by a majority of lawmakers in the House of Representatives. It's good to know the economy's totally recovered, so they can waste their time on things like these.