Usually known as the Hoosier State, this week’s Lame of the Week goes to Indiana, which will heretofore be known as the Loosier State, and its Republican-majority state government, and a week chock full of progressive and well thought out choices, starting with its recent decision to set 40 as the alcohol ID age.
According to the article, “Bill sponsor Republican Sen. James Merritt of Indianapolis said today that he would accept a proposal to no longer require store clerks to card customers who appear older than 40. Merritt had backed making the carding age 50, but he said setting it at 40 had the most support among legislators.”
Before expounding further on the idiocy of taking up precious time and dollars to make common sense decisions, it’s necessary that we understand the background of Indiana. Let us begin at the beginning….
· Hoosier, which means “land of the Indians” gave us the U.S. President William Henry Harrison who earned his nickname, "Tippecanoe," when he defeated the Indians in the Battle of Tippecanoe in the state.
· “Tippencanoe” it turns out, is Kikapoo for “white men ballsy and clueless enough to not only defeat native people but then to name their state and take on a moniker that celebrates the very thing they devasted.”
· Indiana produced former VP Dan Quayle (‘nuff said)….And yet, (we can’t help ourselves): Quayle it turns out means “not even worth mentioning” a universal term not just in Kikapoo Shawnee, Old English and Sanskrit but also was recorded as one of the first discovered aboriginal drawings in Namadgi National Park.
So it goes to follow that this backasswards place would go on to make other stellar choices. And the Republican-dominated legislature does not disappoint – its days have yielded a plentitude of news-making, fine choices including slashing funding from tobacco prevention efforts and the equally moronic move to be the first state to take away federal dollars from Indiana’s Planned Parenthood clinics.
Way to go Indiana – with forward movement like this, we can only hope Mitch Daniels does decide to opt to run for President so he can drive not just Indiana into the ground, but the U.S. as a whole.