GOP Congressman Wants to Close Department of Education & Department of Energy

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How crazy can you get? It seems that Republican leaders these days want to turn the United States into a third-world country. Here’s one of the most ridiculous requests I’ve heard of (though, there are many, including abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency, which keeps our water and air clean and is trying to keep our climate livable): a Republican Congressman from Georgia wants to abolish the Department of Energy and the Department of Education! At the same time, though, he wants to leave Big Oil subsidies in place.

If that isn’t enough to get your blood boiling, you are either a saint or a robot or completely, completely disilluioned with the idea that the GOP wants to do anything good for our country.

Below is more from Think Progress and the video:

As ThinkProgress has been documenting, a number of Republican lawmakers are risking financial calamity by threatening to vote against raising the debt ceiling unless certain demands are met. Now, at a town hall event last week in Georgia, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) had a particularly absurd ransom to demand for raising the debt limit. In an exchange recorded by True South Radio and uploaded on YouTube, Broun said that he wouldn’t vote to hike the ceiling without major cuts. When asked what those cuts would be, Broun said he wants to see the Departments of Education and Energy abolished:

BROUN: I want to make this clear. I will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless we have major cuts in the size and scope of the federal government.

MULTIPLE CONSTITUENTS: Can you define major?

BROUN: I propose getting rid of the Department of Education. I’d like to get rid of the Department of Energy as well.

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