Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) had an excellent opportunity on ABC’s This Week to lay out the intricacies, merits, and ideological foundations of the Republican Party’s platform on a variety of policies. Rather than providing depth and insight, Barletta instead chose to go on a bizarre simile spree.
Be it gun regulation or immigration reform, no topic was too complicated for the Congressman to reduce down to a simple simile.
First, let’s talk about guns. Complicated issue, right? Wrong. You see, assault rifles are like kitchen cutlery. Let Lou explain:
Excellent question, Congressman, would banning spoons stop obesity?
You certainly picked the correct venue to ask, given that you interrupted a Nobel Prize-winning economist to insert that query. Even Paul Krugman was stumped.
The world will never know if rounding up all the spoons will stop the morbidly obese from eating delicious, delicious ice cream.
While we’re on the topic of rounding things up and getting rid of them, Congressman Barletta also had the chance to speak about his favorite issue: getting rid of Hispanic people.
Barletta stated that he cannot support the Senate framework for comprehensive immigration reform because the current laws are not being enforced.
Equipped with another one-liner, Barletta said that “you wouldn’t replace your carpet at home if you still had a hole in the roof.”
Home repair preferences aside, Congressman Barletta’s claim that immigration laws are not being enforced seems to ring somewhat hollow. If President Obama maintains his current rate, 2 million people will have been deported by 2014. But that’s just not enough for Sweet Lou.
Lately, Rep. Barletta has been on an especially strong anti-immigrant kick.
Just last week, he told the Morning Call that anyone in the GOP who “believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken,” adding that the majority of these immigrants are “low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma.”
Fortunately for Barletta, the voters in the 11th Congressional District have something in common with immigrants–they may not even have a high school diploma. Barletta was handily re-elected in 2012.