Saturday, May 07, 2005

 

Dispatch weighs in on Santorum lunacy - what about Buehrer's

It was good to see that the Dispatch understands that "his frothiness's" idea to ban the National Weather Service from providing free weather information is a "really dumb idea":
In Santorum’s view, the taxpayerfunded weather service competes with private-sector forecasters, such as AccuWeather Inc., which is based in Santorum’s home state. His legislation would limit the national service to "severe-weather forecasts and warnings designed for the protection of life and property."

The plan effectively would close the free Web site, www.nws.noaa.gov, to the public. People who like to read weather reports on the Internet would pay double and their taxes still would fund the weather service while they’d pay fees for information from forprofit providers.
But Rep. Steve Buehrer's HB 188 is even worse! Although it only applies to Ohio's state agencies, it could ban ALL internet-provided information and services. No tax help, no traffic reports, no hospital info from the Health Department, etc., etc.

But will the Dispatch editorialize against that. We don't think so. Buehrer is the darling of the wackjobs at the Buckeye Institute and the Americal Legislative Exchange Council. Dispatch editorial page editor Glenn Sheller is a big fan of the boys at the BI and ALEC.

It's easy to mock a congressman from Pennsylvania when you in Ohio. Does the Dispatch have the balls to embarass one of Ohio's radical rightwingers favorite legislators? We'll see.

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