Pilot columnist to VA GOP: 'Why you gotta be so mean?'

2/17/2012

Pilot columnist to VA GOP: 'Why you gotta be so mean?' 

 

 

Key quote: "The relentless efforts of the past five weeks to legislate morality won't help the unemployed get jobs. They won't teach students to write cogent essays or solve math equations. They won't build needed roads or repair bridges or widen tunnels.

"What state lawmakers have done, rather than fix Virginia's problems, is pacify the far right at the expense of those living on the margins.

"The House of Delegates, for example, took an already wrenching decision for a few women in poverty and made their heartache so much worse. Delegates banned the use of public money to pay for an abortion even when the woman's doctor has determined the baby will likely be born with a debilitating physical deformity or mental deficiency."

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Pandering, with a kick
By Candy Hatcher

The Virginian-Pilot
© February 17, 2012

I'm trying hard to look on the bright side. I really am.

The plan to deny unemployment benefits to a few dozen of Virginia's professional orchestra members - who make $35,000 or so a year - didn't pass. Pushed by the cash-strapped Richmond Symphony Orchestra board, this bill would have affected the state's 11 orchestras, singling out for punishment one profession that actually improves the quality of life in Virginia and helps attract businesses here.

It's dead. For now.

And a bill mandating that public schools investigate where each student was born and whether his parents are legally in the country died in committee.

But when I look at the Virginia General Assembly's overall focus this year, I find myself singing along with country star Taylor Swift:

Why you gotta be so mean?

The relentless efforts of the past five weeks to legislate morality won't help the unemployed get jobs. They won't teach students to write cogent essays or solve math equations. They won't build needed roads or repair bridges or widen tunnels.

What state lawmakers have done, rather than fix Virginia's problems, is pacify the far right at the expense of those living on the margins.

The House of Delegates, for example, took an already wrenching decision for a few women in poverty and made their heartache so much worse. Delegates banned the use of public money to pay for an abortion even when the woman's doctor has determined the baby will likely be born with a debilitating physical deformity or mental deficiency.

The short-term savings from that despicable action? $2,800. The likely long-term expenses, not to mention hardship? Indeterminate.

You have knocked me off my feet again...

Got me feeling like I'm nothing...

Calling me out when I'm wounded...

And all you're ever gonna be is mean.

Read the entire column here: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/02/pandering-kick