Dan Burton

Dan Burton, long-time Republican Representative from Indiana, announced that he will not be seeking re-election.  Good riddance to a politician who is even more stupid, greedy and hypocritical than most of them.  Yes, I am aware that there are honest and intelligent legislators, but “good public servant” and “Dan Burton” certainly don’t belong in the same post.

Burton was member of the Indiana General Assembly before he won a seat in the House of Representatives in 1982.  He’s handily won every election since then in his gerrymandered district which encompasses the area to the north and east of Indianapolis. 

I guess I shouldn’t claim someone is stupid, greedy and hypocritical without giving some evidence, since I’m all about the facts.  Okay, stupid first.  In 1995, during congressional hearings, he said our military should, “should place an aircraft carrier off the coast of Bolivia and crop dust the coca fields.”  Bolivia, of course, is a land-locked country and F-18’s can’t crop dust. 

Greedy?  That’s an easy one.  When the House passed a measure in 2007 to prohibit members from accepting gifts and trips from lobbyists, it passed by a vote of 430 to 1.  Guess who cast the one “nay” vote.

Hypocritical?  He had a real hatred of President Clinton and was one of the primary critics of Clinton during the impeachment proceedings.  He said, “No one, regardless of what party they serve, no one, regardless of what branch of government they serve, should be allowed to get away with these alleged sexual improprieties.”  You probably saw this one coming–yep, he committed adultery with a state employee while he was a member of the Indiana Senate and had a child out-of-wedlock.

There are many other reasons for my dislike of Burton, but to prevent this from becoming longer than his tenure in politics, I’ll mention just one more.  When his grandchild developed autism after having a vaccination, he apparently forgot (or never knew) that correlation does not imply causation.  He did a great disservice to the children of this country by promoting the idea that vaccinations caused autism with no proof whatsoever.  His legacy will live on for quite some time with every needless death because of his vaccine fear-mongering. 

In the words of Steve Hammer, Burton “was batshit-crazy 25 years before Sarah Palin made batshit-crazy cool.”  Bye-bye, Burton.

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