John Ransom

Former high school teacher, Representative Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe), chair of the state education appropriations committee, is bucking to become former Republican representative to the Missouri House from Caldwell, Carroll, Clinton, and Livingston Counties.

This week Mike made the terminal decision to hi-jack the state appropriations process to insert “$8 for tin foil hats,” according to “The line item’s exact language reads, ‘For two rolls of high-density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.’”

The line item is was inserted to chastise all those anti-Common Core activists who seem to have a problem with schools taking retinal scans of children without parents’ permission.

“When you deal with conspiracy theorists, you do logic first,” said Lair.

“If you can’t deal with folks with logic,” he continued, “I always felt you use humor.”

Oh too FUNNY, Mike. Way to pee on the base during an election year.

If he doesn’t have a primary for the GOP nomination for his seat, Lair should probably count on one now.

Because if there is an establishment GOP version former Rep. Todd Akins, who, when running for U.S. Senate in Missouri, made the verbal boner of saying that victims of “legitimate” rape rarely get pregnant, Rep. Lair is it.

When you wonder why citizens express increasing frustration with politicians who seem out-of-touch, Lair is exhibit one.

You might agree with the adoption of common standards, while having reservations about the data collection aspects that are always a part of an Obama initiative, without wearing a tin-foil hat.

In Wisconsin the GOP managed to address privacy concerns without blaming the parents for their concerns. Or insulting them along the way.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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