Sunday's Mike Myer column puts him in the lead for the annual "Dumbest Column of the Year Award"
When you have no proof, just make it up. Myer makes the following assertion early in the column after briefly discussing the Charlie Chaplin movie, The Great Dictator:
Some of the very same people who put Chaplin on a pedestal profess outrage that President Donald Trump would dare refer to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man.” Why, some of them have said, it’s just not right to belittle a man who is the leader of a sovereign nation.
As is usually the case with Myer, he mentions no names and cites no quotes. Go ahead and google it. Yes, try and find one Chaplin fan who has said nice things about the North Korean dictator. There's nothing there; Myer simply made this up. To give him some credit, however, he did manage to get 410 words out of one of the dumbest premises for a column that I've seen in a long time.
Ryan Ferns cheerleads for Republican leadership and right to work
According to West Virginia State Senator Ferns, the Republican legislature has done a great job of improving the state's economic selling points:
In the three years since taking control of the Legislature, the Republican Party has given the state plenty of economic development selling points. We’ve passed landmark legal reforms resulting in West Virginia finally shedding its reputation as a “judicial hellhole.” The Legislature has prioritized regulatory reforms that will put a halt to crippling red tape, repealing more than 160 obsolete rules and regulations in the process (approximately 10 percent of the total active rules for which the Legislature has oversight) and ensuring that new rules sunset after five years.
And of course, there's right to work which, according to Ferns, is going to make even more of a difference. (And he'll quote lots of Kentucky statistics to prove it.) Beyond Fern's enthusiasm, has the economic climate changed in three years?
Every July, CNBC ranks all 50 states for their business climate. Three years ago under Democratic rule, West Virginia ranked 48th. This July, after three years of Republican legislative control, we ranked 50th. I guess CNBC doesn't give bonus points for legislator enthusiasm.