I’m one of the few people I know that have actually been outside of the US borders and can speak intelligently about foreign issues. Though, they were many years ago, I visited many different nations because of my time in the service. That was one of the great joys about serving then – seeing places … More Remembering travels
This is from a document I found on my new laptop after transferring all my files. It’s from June 2015, I must have meant to post it. A little after one on Saturday afternoon, my phone buzzed that familiar vibration that I had just received a work email. It was a work phone, all managers … More Job Misery
The sun is finally out after the record-setting rains have given way and the storms receded. My family is healthy and intact; my home is safe; only minor damages to the yard. I give thanks that we are whole and made it through this unscathed. Others were not so blessed. We have friends that needed … More Thankful for a dry house
I have waves of anger that come over me now and again. I have to fight the urge to dwell on these feelings and to let them pass. I’ve been down that road before – it’s what got me into this situation. I have to use new tools and techniques to conquer the feelings of … More Between faith and fear
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.