No one’s blood should boil so early in the morning. But I heard back-to-back radio stories on the way home from taking my son to school that upped my temperature inordinately.
First, it appears that Florida’s toothless law against texting while driving will remain dentally challenged for some time. As it is, police can give a ticket (a ticket, only) for texting only if they have stopped a driver for something else. #huh? Enough members of Florida’s legislature oppose a full-scale ban to make such a law practically impossible. I’m sure they were texting each other about it as they motored around Tallahassee.
The second story was a by-now familiar refrain designed to knit the brows of parents of college-hopeful Florida students. Seems a recent test proved once again that in a nation of 15-year-olds that trail much of the developed world in science and math skills, Florida is worse than the U.S. average. Below the national benchmark. Other states had to step it up to pick up the slack for Florida just so we all could lose to the world. Yay us!
Who in their right mind, even if they crave re-election, would tacitly allow texting while driving, with full knowledge that it will lead to fatalities? Do people dumb enough to text in a moving two-ton block of steel even vote? And who would be satisfied with these educational results? In a state that is supposed to be home of the space program?
Y’know, sunshine is all well and good. But when it shines down on a peninsula of willful idiocy, governed by dumbfucks and churning out more dumbfucks, what’s the point? This is why, after more than 18 years, I still consider myself a Pennsylvanian on an extended visit. Paying taxes the whole time, mind you.
And next time anyone from the upper 49 points down here and laughs, I won’t be defending Florida. Alas, the state has earned whatever the rest of the country can throw at it.