There have been a few news reports throwing the “behind-the-curtain” organizations trying to pull the strings of our government into the limelight. Today’s article in The Post and Courier titled “American Legislative Exchange Council has a hand in S.C. politics” by Stephen Largen and Robert Behre low the curtain back on the American Legislative Exchange … More Lawmakers could find themselves outsourced
If you believe the Mayans and their calendar, then you are expecting the imminent end of the world some time at the end of this calendar year. Some say the Mayans weren’t really predicting the end of the world or time for that matter. It’s just that they ran out of time. Imagine your tasked with drawing out a … More The end of the world is near? So what?!
The South Carolina brain trust is at it again in Columbia. In today’s Local & State section of the Post & Courier, there is an article describing the typical waste of taxpayer’s time and money that occurs in the state capitol. (Read it here.)
Seanna Adcox summarizes that the state Senate committee is trying to pass a bill that will strip licensed teenagers of their drivers’ licenses if they drop out of school or are expelled. My first issue with this idea is that it is a Republican bill being pushed through a Republican-controlled capital.
Yes, this is the same Republican Party that campaigns on smaller government and less intrusion in your personal business on the government’s part. Yet, here they go sticking their noses in your personal business and at the tune of half a million to start up the program and then reoccurring costs to maintain it. Plus, the GOP that lambasts our federal programs for making our country a “nanny state” wants to play mommy and daddy with the kid’s car. The hypocrisy, apparently, knows no bounds. Which leads to my second issue – do they really believe that this will prevent kids from dropping out of school?
The problem with the dropout rate in this state is due to the federal guidelines that have been imposed under the previous presidential administration and the fact that once a student reaches their senior year at high school, it is really only college preparation at that point. Well, for those that know that they will not go to college and they need to start working to earn money for life on their own – dropping out is the answer. It may not be the correct answer, but it happens none the same. Losing one’s ability to drive seems like a moot point when they already know they’ll be stigmatized every time they have to answer, “Did you finish high school?”
And these kids who do drop out and wish to drive so they can work will have to apply for waivers to get their licenses reinstated. Oh good. Waivers. That will add time and money and human power to a wasteful program that plans on punishing victims of a broken education system. The “small government” proponents should be more interested in how they can proactively and enthusiastically keep kids in school to finish whether or not they plan to go to college. That would be a much better use of taxpayer funds and the legislative process that has completely lost its mind. This is just blatant targeting of a population that has been left behind in a program which promised them they wouldn’t be left behind.
I read a very interesting article in Sunday’s Post & Courier of Robert Behre’s interview with SC Gov. Nikki Haley. (Read it online here.) The first question to the governor was how she would asses her first year in office. Much to my chagrin, the governor answered, “I learned early on don’t give grades because … More Governor has short-term memory problem.
Now that the championship round set, here’s where it stands – three defensively strong teams and the greatest offensive juggernaut since the Roman army. I absolutely love all the talking heads who are backtracking on their picks with the tag line “see, defense wins championships!” Yes, defense is important and especially in the playoffs. However, … More Brady and Belichick not done by a long shot.
The Moxie section of today’s Post & Courier carried an article on the front page written by Stephanie Holler, describing her annoyance with the 24-hour weather forecasting at the slightest sign of any change in the weather from other than “fair”. (Read it here online – http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2012/jan/13/skip-storm-details/) Ms. Holler’s article, titled “Skip Storm Details”, opens … More Wife doesn’t care for the weather reporting.