The theory of evolution has drawn a lot of skeptics recently, including a member of the U.S. House from Georgia who swears man and dinosaurs roamed the Earth together back in the day.
In fact, says the Peach State’s Rep. Paul Broun, a physician who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, evolution amounts to nothing more than “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
And can you believe this guy got re-elected in November without opposition? Daffy Duck must’ve had other business to tend to.
Seriously now, if Broun needs proof of evolution he need look no farther than his House colleague and GOP cohort Steven Palazzo of Biloxi
Palazzo became an overnight Cable news sensation when he cast a vote a couple weeks ago against $9 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey. As everyone from Seattle to Sarasota now knows, former Biloxi housing agency chief Palazzo stood at the front of the handout line for post-Katrina recovery aid.
Palazzo subsequently went through a media meat grinder that would’ve made a Chicago slaughter house foreman cover his eyes.
Enough of that, the two-term congressman decided when the opportunity came to vote on a $50 billion Sandy aid package Tuesday night. He joined 49 Republicans and 192 Democrats in voting to release the recovery funds that had been held up for months by GOP reluctance to provide the disaster assistance.
Further proof of evolution: Palazzo even tried to make switchers of some of the 179 Republicans who voted against the larger Sandy appropriation.
In a letter sent Monday to the 66 other GOP House members who voted against the earlier Sandy recovery bill, Palazzo urged them to reverse their votes and help pass the larger Sandy aid measure.
“I believe we as Americans will work to do what is responsible by reforming our disaster relief system, but we will also always do what is necessary to provide help to those in need,” Palazzo wrote in the letter, TPM Livewire reported.
Just as man’s emergence from the Stone Age occurred gradually, Palazzo’s evolution did not come overnight. He originally stood by his hypocrisy, er, decision. Any disaster relief money must come from budget cuts elsewhere, he insisted, though exempting the receivers of past, present and future Katrina recovery money from having to worship at the altar of almighty offsets.
A few days later a first-hand look at Sandy’s destruction in the Northeast gave Palazzo a change of heart. Indeed, his conversion on the road to Atlantic City was so strong that he delivered a floor speech Monday to urge passage of a reform bill that would speed up how the Federal Emergency Management Agency distributes disaster aid.
Among those untouched by Palazzo’s new zeal for fairness in disaster recovery spending was home state colleague Alan Nunnelee, the lone Mississippi House delegate to vote against helping victims of the late fall hurricane that ravaged heavily populated New York and New Jersey.
Surely the Tupelo congressman has ventured into his district to witness the destruction and federally assisted rebuilding that has been underway in Smithville, a tiny Monroe County community that was forever changed on April 29, 2011 when an EF-5 tornado roared down Main Street at 205 mph, destroying all but a handful of buildings and homes and killing 16 townsfolk.
Not for a second did the lawmakers in New Jersey and New York begrudge sending money, materials and manpower to Nunnelee’s Northeast Mississippi district to assist in recovery from the tornadoes of the horrible day nearly two years ago.
As any teacher still able to teach sound science will tell you, evolution is the real deal but it took ages for man to even walk erect.
That’s why we shouldn’t expect to see Rep. Nunnelle walking tall anytime soon.