Monday, September 12, 2011

That's It, South Dakota!

I'm waiting to get my new work computer set up, so I dug up this old draft post to share. The links are old, but the point remains: South Dakota's House comes up with some kraaaaazeeee things.

Crazier and Crazier

And this. And this. And this. And this.

My most current information is that the abortion bill passed the House back in  February. Not sure what the current status is. I don't think the mandatory gun bill passed. But the idea that these things aren't laughed out of the House is disturbing.

Also, South Dakota is a reason your credit card company can charge you such outrageous rates. In one of the more brazen instances of hypocrisy, the same Biblical right-to-life state that want to eliminate the right to abortions is perfectly OK with usury.  Laws regarding the terms of the issuance of credit cards and the terms of the Agreement you have to enter into to get one are different in each state. What happens when a national industry, credit cards for example, are controlled on a state-by-state level? Well, you get what is known as a "race to the bottom." States make laws more an d more attractive to business, almost always by stripping away or gutting protections for the rest of us (labor laws, environmental regulations, etc.). It is a dark side of "states rights" that states rights advocates usually forget to mention.

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