Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Law of Conservation of Stupid

For the first time since I started this blog, I did nothing for it over the Christmas holiday. For the first time ever.

Let me tell you why.

When I first began this blog, I was a naive newcomer to the world of politics, and it shows. I was mentored by a really awesome blogger who retired the year after I got online. I kept going. Until last year.

Last year, Obama was re-elected. Like many Conservatives, I thought there was no way Obama would win re-election, but the Republicans nominated a nice guy who also happened to be a complete moron. When you have a voting district that goes 100% to one specific candidate, with no opposing votes whatsoever, you might have a problem. Did Mitt Romney question it? No. Did the Republicans question it? No.

Thank you for nothing, Geriatric Old Party.*

Anymore, I don't blog because nothing surprises me anymore. Unions demanding higher wages during a reception? You don't say. Obama raising taxes while families are struggling to get by? No surprise.

Today I was actually surprised by something, which is the only reason I'm back.

Obama's EPA is going to ban D-Con. In case you reacted like me, by staring dumbfoundedly at the computer, you read that correctly. Obama is going to allow the EPA to ban D-Con.

Via Gateway Pundit, who got it from the AP:

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of a dozen rat and mouse poisons sold under the popular D-Con brand in an effort to protect children and pets.

The agency said Wednesday it hopes to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures that occur every year from rodent-control products. Children and pets are at risk for exposure because the products typically are placed on floors.

The agency had targeted a handful of companies two years ago, saying they needed to develop new products that are safer for children, pets and wildlife. All but Reckitt Benckiser Inc., manufacturer of D-Con, did so.
I'm not trying to say that it isn't sad that accidents happen with stuff like rat poison (though since I can find no statistics on deaths caused by rat poison, I'm pretty suspicious), but I smell, pardon the pun, a rat.

Rats and mice carry lots of nasty diseases and as someone who has had to deal with mice before, they are unsanitary, noisy pests. I'm sorry people are careless and accidents happen, but this is something that I would like to call the Law of Conservation of Stupid. It's stupid that he government would take D-Con away. Just because accidents happen does not mean that an effective product should be removed from consumers.

When did we get so pathetic that we need the government to hold our hands for everything? (And where are the statistics on children who have been accidentally poisoned by D-Con, anyway? I'm getting lots of articles about pets, but none about children.)

And what happens when these new products that are 'safer' don't kill mice and rats? What then?

*I'm aware I called them old twice, but I couldn't find a synonyms for 'useless' or 'foolish' that started with 'O'. Either way, it's time for the Republicans to go the way of the Whig Party.  If they aren't going to stand up to the Democrats, then what do we need them for?