In an unintentionally ironic commentary on CNN, Republican John Feehery warns that now that the Democrats have a 60 seat majority in the Senate (with Senator Al Franken), we can expect such horrors as The Metric System (are you scared yet?)!
What will this lead to? Soft drinks sold in liter bottles? Oh yeah, they already are. In fact, pretty much all industry has gone multinational, meaning that even US companies are metric. But we still stick with our unique and bizarre system of measurement, which means that our science students have a big handicap versus their international peers, everyone in the US with a toolbox needs to have two sets of wrenches, and our remaining manufacturing companies are less competitive in the world market.
As evidence that the Democrats are going to push for metrification, he points out the last time Congress passed a bill trying to move the US to the metric system. It was signed by Republican president Gerald Ford. Oops.
But my favorite part is that at the top of the article, the editor gives a brief bio of Feehery. They list him as president of an “advocacy firm”. Translation? He’s a lobbyist. His clients include the News Corp. (i.e, Fox News), Ford Motor Company (whose cars are all metric anyway) and the US Chamber of Commerce (who under its current president, has become a cheerleading group for Republicans). Before that, he was a lobbyist for the MPAA (motto: not quite as evil as the RIAA).