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Yesterday I was reminded again that I work with some really smart wonderful people. I was chatting with a few staff when one of them started ranting about a bill that is about to clear our state legislature in record time. I hadn’t heard anything about it because I quit paying attention to alot of the local news a while ago. Our tv stations and newspapers have gone the way of media consolidation are are pretty much worthless. And it just makes my blood boil to listen to them or read them…so I stopped.
Anyway, back to this new law speeding through our state legislature. As my title indicates, its known as the “Hannah Montana Law” and it passed the House on a 119-12 vote and the Senate unanimously.
What’s all the urgency about Hanna you might ask? Well, it seems that ticket scalpers had a software program that allowed them to snatch up almost all the tickets to her concert here recently and WAY too many cute little white suburban girls couldn’t afford to go see their idol. Far be it from our heroes at the State Legislature to allow such a travesty to continue without the long arm of the law intervening to bring justice to the huddled masses!!! They passed a law that makes the software program the scalpers used illegal. After all, our constitution does protect the right of white suburban girls’ to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Of course the staff person who brought this to my attention was a little peeved. You see, he works with kids who don’t live in the suburbs and couldn’t afford to go see Hannah Montana before the scalpers invaded the ticket lines (not that they’d probably want to, mind you). Not only that, but he’s not seeing the legislature jump on taking care of any of the needs of the kids he works with. These are the kids who make up the 12% in our state who continue to live in chronic poverty and can’t even afford to buy school supplies, or pay the fees that our schools have had to impose to participate in sports and after-school activities. And they’re the kids who are suffering from abuse, domestic violence, and crime ridden neighborhoods without the community supports necessary to protect them. He sees that kind of neglect day in and day out without noticing our State Legislature running in to play hero for these kids. Its just the chirp, chirp, chirp of silence. So yeah, he’s a little angry.
No one would want to deprive suburban white girls of their right to see Hannah Montana at reasonable prices. But someday…he hopes the kids he works with every day will be included in that group of “no child left behind.” It really seems like such a simple request, doesn’t it?