Rep. Alcee Hastings is ready to sacrifice “Star Wars” droid R2-D2 for the good of American workers.
“We’re creating jobs for foreign robots instead of American workers?” the Florida Democrat asked while railing against an Arizona land-exchange bill Tuesday on the House floor. “No offense to R2-D2, but there are American workers who need help,” he continued in what seemed like another never-ending Hastings rant. (My good man, what, pray tell, did R2-D2 ever do to you?)
Hastings called the measure a “profit land giveaway to foreign companies looking to mine copper on American land.” And those foreign companies “are pioneers in developing automated and remote-control mining technologies,” so we do not likey. Or, at least, Hastings doesn’t. Not even the fictional world-famous astromech droid with an impressive résumé as a Hollywood superstar and, we hear, a list of references that include producer George Lucas, composer John Williams and Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamill).
HOH is holding out hope that C-3PO will challenge the Congressman to an intergalactic fight for picking on his good buddy.
Just because R2 might be made of metal and is likely battery-powered, doesn’t mean that if you prick him he won’t bleed, at least metaphorically.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.