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  • Lake view: Oh no, not again

  • I am starting to think that if ever a solitary singularly good idea were ever to cross the mind of one of these rogue Republican lawmakers up in Jefferson City or in Washington, it would be the shortest trip in history.
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  • I am starting to think that if ever a solitary singularly good idea were ever to cross the mind of one of these rogue Republican lawmakers up in Jefferson City or in Washington, it would be the shortest trip in history.
    The good folks of Missouri are once again being embarrassed by two extremist legislators on the right who aresponsoring a bill which will be vetoed by the Governor if passed and tossed out in any court of law if challenged. The two geniuses behind this latest, "Second Amendment Preservation Act" — Sen. Brian Nieves and Rep. Doug Funderburk — know or should know that state laws are trumped by federal law in this matter.
    The Bill proposes to declare all federal acts related to gun regulation be nullified and would make any federal agent performing their duty by enforcing federal gun regulations in Missouri criminals subject to arrest.
    Apparently Nieves and Funderburk are at the controls of Missouri's crazy train for the moment while time is wasted all at the Missouri taxpayer's expense.
    A similar Bill was introduced last year which failed miserably and this new bill is as ridiculous as the first.
    This on the heels of a Republican controlled panel considering a resolution to impeach Governor Jay Nixon for allowing legally married same-sex couples from other states to file joint state tax returns here in Missouri.
    Never mind that the federal government already accepts joint federal income tax returns from legally married same-sex couples. In Missouri a provision in the state's constitution only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman.
    The St. Louis Post Dispatch quoted the impeachment hearing's sponsor, Rep. Nick Marshall, as saying, "He [Gov. Nixon] usurped the people and their authority to determine their constitution and their restraints on their government."
    I say that Governor Nixon did nothing of the sort, he simply allowed legally married folks to file their Missouri state income tax returns jointly.
    Legal marriages performed in other states between men and women are not subjected to the same inequality under the law in Missouri as are gay marriages, which makes Missouri wrong in doing so, just plain and simple.
    I say that Nieves' and Funderburk's attempt at passing another federal gun nullification law smacks of the Tea Party.
    Normally we can just dismiss the Tea party as a non-relevant group of backwards thinking folks, but nullifying federal gun laws in Missouri is a dangerous proposition.
    Fortunately the courts always undo the irresponsibility of these renegade lawmakers, Nieves and Funderburk will go nowhere with this waste of time.
    In the case of the impeachment hearings in Jefferson City, that is simply for show by the Republicans.
    Page 2 of 2 - It will go absolutely nowhere and will be settled by the courts before they could proceed anyway.
    But all of this is an embarrassing waste of time and it comes at a time when Missouri's lawmakers should be focused on the real issues facing the state.
    If the Republicans, Tea Party, The Right and the Libertarians would spend a fraction of the time they spend on disrupting, aggravating, creating unnecessary havoc on doing the people's business, the state's perhaps even the nation's problems would be fixed by now.
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