Rep Jason Chaffetz R-UT “conservative” Republican from Utah and sponsor of the ironically named “Internet Radio Fairness Act” shocked his constituents by accidentally admitting to his belief in dinosaurs and evolution while attempting to taunt musicians and urging government interference in markets. In response to musicians opposition to his bill he told The New York Times.
“The old-school dinosaurs are trying to help, but they’re stuck in the tar,” he said. “They can go talk to the pterodactyls.”
Never mind the taunt doesn’t make any sense. It brings up some intriguing questions:
Old school dinosaurs? Are there new school dinosaurs? Who are the dinosaurs trying to help? Musicians? Or Pandora? Or are the Musicians the dinosaurs? Wouldn’t the pterodactyls be flying around and not stuck in the tar pits? And who’s supposed to talk to the pterodactyls ? the other dinosaurs? Or the musicians? Do the pterodactyls represent internet radio? Are pterodactyls the implied “new school” dinosaurs? And I’m not trying to be purposely obtuse but I’ve been to the LaBrea tar pits and it was mammals like mastodons and sabre toothed tigers that got stuck in the tar pits. Not dinosaurs. Is this part of the metaphor I don’t understand? Is this a zen koan? Is the Congressman operating on a higher level of consciousness?
All kidding aside, should we really be surprised that Chaffetz could be so ideologically flexible? And to be clear there is nothing wrong with being ideologically flexible to a certain extent. According to Wikipedia the anti-gay marriage conservative Utah legislator is half brother of actor John Dukakis the adopted son of Governor Dukakis. Chaffetz was originally a democrat. Indeed he was the chair of the Dukakis For President campaign in Utah. Later in life he switched party affiliations to the Republican party. With strong support for gay rights and democratic policies coming from his father and extended family thanksgiving dinners must be pretty complicated affairs at the Chaffetz house!
So it should be no surprise that this supposed free market advocate could be “ideologically flexible” enough to sponsor a bill that asks the government to set prices; to pick winners and losers; and force musicians through government mandate to bail out a private company that continues to stick with a bad business model (one minute of ads an hour). Oh and this private company happens to be a campaign donor.
What happened to the free market ideals? I guess that’s for dinosaurs.