32 over-active imaginations

32 OVER-ACTIVE IMAGINATIONS…. I’ve been following with great interest Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) efforts to prohibit the Obama administration from giving up on U.S. currency in favor of a “global currency.” No one is talking about doing that, of course — Bachmann doesn’t understand what a global reserve currency is — which only makes her work on the issue all the more entertaining.

I’ve neglected to note that Bachmann isn’t just pushing legislation to address a proposal that doesn’t exist, she’s actually pushing a constitutional amendment to address a proposal that doesn’t exist. It’s H.J.Res.41, and it would “prohibit the President from entering into a treaty or other international agreement that would provide for the United States to adopt as legal tender in the United States a currency issued by an entity other than the United States.”

Bachmann was on Fox News yesterday, promoting her nonsense with … wait for it … Glenn Beck.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Glenn Beck’s TV show yesterday, to talk up her proposed constitutional amendment to stop the Obama administration from replacing the dollar with a global currency:

Bachmann boasted that she’s picked up 30 cosponsors so far, to which Beck replied: “I can’t believe that you’ve only got 30 cosponsors. I mean — how is it you could walk around going, ‘I just — this is just, hey, save the dollar.’ And only 30 people are willing to say, ‘Eh that sounds like a good thing, let’s give that a shot.'”

[bangs head against desk]

No one needs to “save” the U.S. dollar since no one is trying to replace the U.S. dollar. A deranged lawmaker misunderstood a news story, and conjured up an international conspiracy theory. Beck cares deeply about this because he’s too far gone to know the difference between the real world and the right-wing fantasyland.

Beck marvels that there are “only 30” lawmakers on board with Bachmann’s ridiculous campaign. Only? There are 30 elected officials in Congress who’ve signed onto a constitutional amendment to address a proposal that doesn’t exist? (It’s actually 31 co-sponsors, which rises to 32 if we include Bachmann. All 32 are Republicans.)

It’s frustrating enough when unhinged lawmakers, unconcerned about reality, introduce bad legislation that would produce an unwelcome result. But it’s just an embarrassment to the institution to have 32 lawmakers (and counting!) champion a constitutional amendment to address an imaginary threat.

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