Nobody asked me, but why do so many Republicans deny basic facts?

For example, last weeks unemployment number was 7.8 percent. Republicans jumped all over this as a conspiracy theory floated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to give the president a boost. Former G.E. chairman Jack Welch tweeted that "these Chicago guys will do anything."

The BLS said the number improved for the right reasons, not because people gave up looking for jobs, but because far more people reported having one.

I also give you U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who said that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell." He sits on the House Science Committee. Another member of that Committee, Rep W. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), rose to national attention when he brought the phrase "legitimate rape" into the political conversation. One could call it a public service since it helped bring attention to the well-documented Republican war on women.

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) refuses to believe that man-made global warming is happening. Nowhere is the deformation of proper science by Republican pressure groups more devastating than with the issue of global climate change. As long as there has been research into global climate change, there have been Republican attempts to squelch and distort its findings.

The most important fact to note when discussing the issue of global climate change is that for the professional scientific community, the debates about whether global climate change exists and whether human activity is contributing to that change are over. The scientific consensus is now so overwhelming that the only reasonable course of action is to treat human-created global climate change as a fact, and move the debate to what to do about it.

This is just a sampling of the way Republicans approach their constitutional responsibilities to govern. They choose people to write legislation on topics they deny need regulating, in order to solve critical life-threatening problems they deny exist. They refuse to accept the facts as proven by scientists and prefer to write scientific legislation based on their biblical beliefs.

These people are, by definition, unqualified to sit on any committee with the word "science" in its name. Until the Republican Party begins choosing qualified people to sit on committees overseeing various areas of our lives, they should have no voice on any legislation writing body except for voting.

Harvey Rabinowitz