Thursday, June 30, 2005

Is Rep. David Obey (D-Wis) Dumb Too?

Is dumb too harsh a word for this response to the proposed federal legislation:
In opposing a Republican amendment about the issue today, Rep. David Obey (Wis.), ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said on the floor today that the decision was "nutty" but that the solution is legislation or a constitutional amendment, not punitive measures.

"The idea that this House, every time we don't like a court decision, should decide that we're not going to allow federal money to be used to enforce that court decision is as nutty as the original court decision in the first place," Obey said. "So I would hope that we would recognize that the Founding Fathers created the system of separation of powers. They created three independent branches of government for a purpose."
What? The federal funding at issue is not funding of the enforcement of any Supreme Court decision. It's funding for the actual development of property. This isn't a punitive measure? Punitive against whom? It doesn't make sense. The Court hasn't ordered the federal government to fund private takings. There is no separation of powers issue. What are the Democrats talking about? Congress controls spending--that's its primary job.

I suppose a cynic would suggest that the Democrats are intentionally making nonsensical noise to avoid having to actually take a firm stand on the Kelo decision.