Wendy Warburton Doubles Down on the Dumb

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As a general rule, when you have to introduce your argument with “believe it or not,” it isn’t true. Representative Wendy Warburton proves that adage in this argument from Annals of of the Idiotic:

Believe it or not, clamping down on medical marijuana is a big jobs issue, too! Companies with safety concerns, like oil companies, have been nervous about doing business in Montana since the proliferation of marijuana use. We heard testimony that Montana is now labeled a “source country” like Mexico and South American countries. Motorcycle gangs and organized crime have moved into Montana to ferry drugs grown here to their cohorts on the coast. Bills to repeal marijuana or to severely restrict its distribution are working through the legislature.

Putting aside how idiotic and ill-informed these claims are, how does Warburton reconcile her jobs claim with her bill (HB 201) which would have allowed employees to bring guns to work? Or her vote for Krayton Kerns’s HB 384, which allows concealed weapons in bars and banks, and which was opposed uniformly by businesses? Are we to believe that oil companies are too afraid to come to Montana because of medical marijuana but somehow will be unconcerned about employees and customers packing heat?

It’s interesting to note that the Representative didn’t mention her other job-creating bills, like criminalizing miscarriage, pretending that global warming doesn’t exist, creating a militia, or allowing underage designated drivers.

P.S.: Representative Warburton, Montana, despite your efforts, is not a “country.”

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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