When I was at Cedar Point, I saw someone wearing a T-shirt reading, “Santorum is Latin for asshole.” Want to know why? Read this, a story which, I guarantee you, has nothing to do with the Pennsylvania senator’s feelings about abortion, homosexuality or man-on-dog relations. It’s about Santorum’s support of a home-state business, Accu-Weather, and its “competition” with the National Weather Service. It’s just another stupid way that free-market Republicans can twist their arguments every which way:
Some people think the entire weather service should be privatized. I don’t happen to agree, but it’s an argument you can advance without making a fool of yourself. But Santorum doesn’t want to block the NWS from the tedious business of collecting weather data; he wants NWS to collect weather information and then to turn over that information to private companies to disseminate it. It’s as if FedEx wanted the post office to gather together in one convenient location all the mail packages people sent, leaving actual delivery to FedEx. That would save FedEx a lot of trouble. But why would the rest of us choose such an arrangement?
As someone who now carries a weather radio on open water — in other words, as someone for whom accurate weather information is no longer merely interesting, but actually important — I have two words for Santorum. You already know what they are.