Is it just me or did Adam Groves wake up one day and decide to become one of the most indispensable bloggers in Tennessee?
It doesn’t matter, I guess. The point is that today he brings to our attention a story that should make just about everybody have to put their heads down on their desks and wait for the stupidity to pass.
It turns out that, in our continued efforts to remind illegal immigrants that they are damn, dirty law breakers who should skulk around this state only in the dead of night like the monsters they are, we have made it impossible for some people who are here legally to get or renew their driver’s licenses.
But don’t worry. I’m sure if you need your neurosurgeon in the middle of the night, the extra time it takes for him to get his wife and baby up and around so that she can drive him in won’t be of any detriment to you.
Listen, Tennessee, it’s time we had a frank talk. Only 20% of us have a bachelor’s degree or higher, which means that, if large, multinational corporations are going to relocate here, chances are they’re going to have to import folks with the qualifications they need to fill some positions, not just for short-term training, but for long-term career-building reasons.
If we really think that we can and should somehow run this state and the stuff in it with only Tennessee-born and -bred folks, we need to be dumping a lot more money into education and, once we get that fence up to keep people from shopping in other states (and thus robbing Tennessee of its rightful tax money), we ought to use it to keep our college-educated kids from leaving.
Otherwise, we need to make it easy for the folks corporations need to run their businesses to relocate here and live here lawfully and conveniently or we won’t have the jobs they do need us to fill.
Second in the frank talk department, this–
Gov. Phil Bredesen, whose administration wrote the law, agreed it is badly flawed. “That is clearly a poorly drafted law,” Bredesen said. “I don’t know where the fault lies, with our people drafting it … or somewhere in the Legislature. I just think you could see that problem coming down the road from miles away and I don’t know how it got through the process.” Bredesen vowed to fix the law, but that won’t happen without the Legislature. Lawmakers go into session in January, but it could be months before a new version of the law is enacted.
–is unacceptable. If you can see a problem coming miles away, you swerve to avoid it; you don’t go careening head-long into it and then look at how the aftermath has affected innocent people and say, “Oh, well, I guess we really should fix that.”
We have the eighteenth largest economy in the country and we act like a state full of the Three Stooges.
If we have to base our state on a sibling comedy troup, can’t we at least aspire to be like the Marx Brothers?