Georgia has one of the highest rates of poverty in the nation and an unemployment rate that remains above the national average. With those issues begging to be dealt with, one might expect to find them at the top of a list of issues a state legislator wants to concentrate on for 2015.
If you live in Georgia and your representative is Tom Kirby, a Republican from Loganville, you would be wrong — those issues aren’t even on his list of issues for 2015.
Kirby’s priorities lie elsewhere. His top two priorities are a bill that would end the state’s income tax and replace it with a consumption tax that would shift the tax burden from the wealthy to the state’s poorest citizens and another bill that he likes to call the Ethical Treatment of Embryos Act.
His website says:
“We in Georgia are taking the lead on this issue. Human life at all stages is precious including as an embryo. We need to get out in front of the science and technology, before it becomes something no one wants. The mixing of Human Embryos with Jellyfish cells to create a glow in the dark human, we say not in Georgia. This bill is about protecting Human life while maintaining good, valid research that does not destroy life.”
Kirby told a reporter for WSB-TV that he introdued his bill as a preemptive measure to make sure that no one in Georgia incorporates jellyfish DNA into human embryos to create glow in the dark people.
The reporter asked Kirby why he thought the bill was needed.
“It’s not a subject people sit around the dinner table talking about,” Kirby replied.
Kirby went on to say that he didn’t know of any such research being done in the state but he “had people tell me it is but I have not verified that for sure” and that he just wanted to “get in front of it.”
When the WBS reporter asked State Senator Vincent Fort, a Democrat, what he thought of the bill he seemed to find it amusing.
“I didn’t know that was a problem. I’m really kind of taken back,” Fort said, adding that it would not be a top priority for him. “It’s a waste of precious time, when we could be dealing with issues like transportation, education and jobs.”
Watch the WBS report in the video below.
h/t: Huffington Post