Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Dont raise the debt ceiling unless we abolish the Department of Energy

Conservative politicians have long opposed clean energy.  But Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) apparently is willing to go so further than most in his quest to destroy our clean energy future.  Think Progress has the amazing story and 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.

Watch it:

The U.S. has already hit its debt limit, but the Treasury Department is taking extraordinary steps to stave off default until early August. So Broun is demanding these departments be abolished within the span of less than three months. At the same town hall, Broun defended his vote to preserve subsidies for big oil companies, saying that while he believes we should “stop all subsidies,” the special tax breaks and expenditures for oil companies don’t really qualify as subsidies.

Zaid Jilani, in a ThinkProgress re-post

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17 Responses to Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Dont raise the debt ceiling unless we abolish the Department of Energy

  1. PurpleOzone says:

    Another Republican idiot who has not the faintest idea of what most of DOE’s budget goes for. Overseeing H-Bombs and A-Bombs.

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    Unbelievable. In Georgia, apparently the suckers go for it.

  3. Rob Honeycutt says:

    Where do the republicans find idiots like this? The hand shaped red mark on my forehead will surely go away in a few hours… but this guy will have to live with this stupid statement for the rest of his political career (hopefully a very short one).

  4. Rob Honeycutt says:

    Actually, I really hope more Republicans continue to make these sorts of statements because I believe Americans are starting to wake up to what’s going on. These people want to completely dismantle the government. This is nothing short of an attempted coup d’etat.

  5. catman306 says:

    Georgia, like Indiana, is a leader in this movement. Paul Brown, is an early adopter. The rest of the flock from elsewhere, will be squawking and fussing soon. Expect great methane production but very little oxygen. Bird brains.

  6. Jim Groom says:

    Rep. Paul Broun, Republican from Georgia. Who could have guessed he was a Republican? The fruitcakes are running the show, so we should not be surprised. If the make-up of the House of Representatives is not reversed next year this country is doomed. There is no excuse for such a cretin to be representing his state. He has no idea what the DOE, EPA or any of the other departments actually accomplish each and every day. Shame on him and those who put him into office.

  7. sault says:

    The Dems need around 25 House seats to switch to take back control while there are around 30 seats held by freshman Republicans representing districts that Obama won in 08. The math looks good already, but you combine that with the fact that all but 4 Republicans in the House voted for the Rep. Ryan budget that kills of Medicare (among other things). This bill polls between 70 to 80% of people AGAINST it and all the Republicans who voted for it are getting angry people showing up to their town halls. The Senate is supposed to take on the bill this week, but it isn’t going to pass. It will be interesting to see if it even gets 10 votes and who will cast those votes.

    Rep. Broun might be from a district so red that it’s really infrared, but a lot of those freshmen Repubs are extremely vulnerable now. Their opponents need to hammer away at the extremism we’ve seen from the class of 2010 so far to make it abundantly clear what the voters will actually get as a consequence of their ballot decisions.

  8. Barry says:

    The one thing you can say about the GOP is that they are going out with a bang instead of a whimper.

    Who would have thought that the GOP would so lose control of the messaging emerging from their party pols that they have ended up with a PUBLIC platform demanding “support Exxon not Education”.

    That stuff was supposed to stay behind closed doors. Not sure it will work as well with voters this way :-O

  9. malcreado says:

    I am not sure you are all not overestimating the American public’s ability to participate in a functional government. This probably sounds pretty good to some people; sad to say. And as far as Broun goes you might as well ask for it, Obama has been caving in to the right lately.

  10. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Jim Groom #6, I object to your comparison of this creature with cretins. Some of my best friends are cretins, and they ain’t this dumb. To paraphrase Muhammad Ali, this fellow appears dumber than he looks. I’m beginning to experience a frisson of fear that these homunculi really mean what they say, and are not engaging in some form of the theatre of the absurd. Even threatening to default on the US Debt frightens the tender souls of ‘The Market’, who, while inflicting risk, uncertainty and precariousness on the rest of humanity, go into a funk if they are not afforded absolute certainty in their dealings. I mean, with the new Bugatti, home number eleven and trophy wife number six to service (fiscally speaking, of course)and the executive jet requiring a new parquet floor, the poor dears are really, really, stressed out. One more worry and their ‘animal spirits’ might experience irreversible detumescence. Senator Broun might think that just because he was elected to the US Congress that he is some sort of demi-god, but on closer examination he displays that fatal and currently omnipresent combination of idiocy, absolute certainty and risible self-regard.

  11. adelady says:

    Mulga, I’m there too. I had thought that these people were cynically manipulating the all too familiar themes of US political culture.

    But it seems that these folks really are suffering from the used car salesman syndrome I read about years ago. It turns out that successful salespeople are themselves much more gullible than normal. So if you come across someone who seems good at convincing others of patently silly or false ideas, they’re much more likely to believe such rubbish when it’s fed to them by others.

    I think we’re seeing the consequences of genuine, but genuinely foolish, people getting their hands on the levers of power.

  12. prokaryotes says:

    Re #12, that’s what i call progress, and here almost 2 years ago the Guardian brought this story:

    Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist

    · Testimony to US Congress will also criticise lobbyists
    · ‘Revolutionary’ policies needed to tackle crisis

  13. Jim Groom says:

    Mulga #10 Please accept my apology as I certainly did not mean to insult your cretin friends. Dr. Broun brings out the worst in me and I misspoke. I hope that Dr. Broun was a better doctor than a representative, but I tend to doubt that possibility.

  14. Bill W says:

    Sadly, I know a few otherwise-intelligent people (one runs a corporate IT department, another owns his own computer and security business, a third owns multiple successful small businesses) who are in complete agreement with this clown. While my sample size is very small, this kind of attitude may not be as deeply unpopular as we think it is.

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Ah, Jim #14, the thought that the delicious Broun swore an Hippocratic Oath to ‘. first, do no harm’ then acts like this, is a real bummer. Still, years ago it was observed that when the most brutish, self-indulgent and arrogant trade union in the country, the orthopaedic surgeons, went on strike for a year, in an attempt to scupper the Whitlam Government’s public health scheme, leaving old ladies in pain for far longer while waiting for public hospitals to fix their fractured femurs, the oath ought better be known as ‘the Hypocritic Oath’ when uttered by certain types.