Tennessee Shoots Self in Foot, Congratulates Self on Making Illegal Immigrants Afraid of Coming to State and Being Shot

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?

25 thoughts on “Tennessee Shoots Self in Foot, Congratulates Self on Making Illegal Immigrants Afraid of Coming to State and Being Shot

  1. foreign citizens might (might, that is) be able to use an “international driver’s license” as a work-around. there’s problems, though;

    – IDL’s require you have a valid driver’s license from your home country; if it too is expired, you’re SOL;
    – and not every other country’s DL’s are accepted, even with an IDL.

    (an “international driver’s license” is simply a slip of paper saying that that other funny document you’ve got is a valid driver’s license from a country whose licenses are supposed to be accepted by your host country. oh yeah, and have fun trying to convince the nice cop who pulled you over of all this, too. some of them accept it, some don’t.)

  2. There’s a perfectly good explanation for all of this. The law was designed to appease everyone who’s been whipped into a furor over the Foreign Brown Menace. While they gnaw ferociously on that bone, they won’t pay attention to the royal screwing they’re getting from all the other policies that get put into action. It works every time.

  3. But, B, you don’t need to speak English to get the joke in a Three Stooges movie. Oh, wait, those legal residents quoted in the article did speak English. In that case, I got nothin’. I’m gonna hafta go with “what CS said,” then.

  4. i don’t get why that law was written with a minimum length of remaining lawful residency in it. just a cut-off that no driver’s license could be issued valid longer than the person’s remaining legal residency should have done well enough, i would think. which one is more common in Tennessee, incompetence or malice?

  5. Does your legislature have term limits by chance? In my state, I have found that our legislature in Michigan passes all kinds of unworkable crap (let’s eliminate 20% of our revenue with neither replacement revenue or the ability to cut spending 20%) because they know that they won’t have to be the ones to fix it.

    The comments on that story show profound naivety regarding the state of the world economy, as you so rightly pointed out earlier.

    (Long-time fan, first time commenter.)

  6. There are so many ugly truths about the state of the American workforce that it literally frightens me. No one wants to say it, and when I do say it, somebody is always compelled to say I mean every single American worker, ever. Which is, of course, ludicrous. But without exception, the managers I’ve interviewed all say that the work ethic of too many Americans is a huge problem. Part of this I understand, a rich country’s citizens are not training themselves or their children to dig ditches. Everyone wants to be Donald Trump. We look down our noses at those that accept low paying jobs. We tell them to study, learn, and then go achieve! Meanwhile, no one is doing the heavy lifting, except those trying to gain a foothold here. Jesus sometimes this State’s lawmakers just embarass the hell outa me.

  7. Welcome, Miranda! No, we don’t have term limits. We just have a Democratic party that treats corruption like an art form and a Republican party that thinks being called willfully ignorant is a compliment.

    Well, Mack, I think that the problem is, in part, that those jobs suck and the pay isn’t commiserate with how much those jobs suck. And so, folks who are well aware that other people just as smart as them are sitting behind a desk somewhere get resentful and surly at the thought of digging ditches.

    On there are folks who are willing to dig ditches because they’re just happy to have a job, yes–those folks trying to gain a foothold.

    But I bet they don’t think that, if they do their time in the ditch, their kids or grandkids will still be digging ditches.

    The other thing is that some folks see themselves first and foremost as their jobs.

    Other folks see themselves as themselves first and their jobs as just a way to get by.

    There’s a big difference between “I am a ditch digger” and “I dig ditches” even if they sound like the same thing.

    I think, anyway.

  8. Anyway, if the recession we’re not in continues or blows up into a depression, that will change anyway. Folks will take what jobs they can get.

    But that’s going to make things a lot uglier for a lot of people, so that’s really no solution.

  9. As I understand it, none of us citizens is trained to work properly because we’re all going to take it easy and live on our inherited wealth if only Congress completes the repeal of the estate tax.

  10. In the interests of full disclosure, my previous job involved digging a lot of ditches. It was dirty, hard work, and there’s nothing like trying to get six feet deep in clay in February without the assistance of a backhoe. I’m sure other ditch diggers can tell some far tougher tales. Anyway, my point is that I rather enjoyed digging ditches, and at the time I thought the pay was pretty decent. But that was a union job with a major local utility, and such jobs are all but gone now. (When I was a kid, I wanted to be a janitor or a sanitation worker.)

    I’m with you on this one, Aunt B.: if we pay decent wages and provide comprehensive health care to all, then we won’t have to import poor people from abroad to do our dirty work. Not everyone wants to be Donald Trump, but our larger culture teaches us that we have to strive to be Donald Trump if we don’t want to be treated like shit. Personally, I don’t begrudge someone having more than they can ever hope to spend. That is, I don’t begrudge it unless their having that excess forces me to choose between living as a serf and trying to fuck over my fellow human beings for a few extra crumbs.

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  12. I’m sure you made some wonderful immigration points, but…

    It was hard for me to get past your assertion that one needs a batchelor’s degree to do the important work for big corporations.

    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.

    You would be AMAZED at how many folks are in my field, doing quite well, without any degrees.

    I know that wasn’t your focus, and I know that the IT world is like its own universe and cannot be compared to the real world, but, damn.

  13. Here’s my question for you, Slarti. 1. How easy do you think it is for someone now to get a job in IT without a college degree? and 2. If a high schooler came to you and said that he was thinking about going into IT, should he go to college or not, would you recommend he skip college?

    It’s not impossible to get a good job without a college education, but we all know companies use having a college eduation as a way to sort candidates. Getting a college education is a way to improve your odds AND let’s not neglect the other reason folks go to college, for access to networks.

  14. You would be AMAZED at how many folks are in my field, doing quite well, without any degrees.

    I know that wasn’t your focus, and I know that the IT world is like its own universe and cannot be compared to the real world, but, damn.

    Naw, I resemble your remarks. I got Noel Williams on the cover of PC Week back in the day, and I only have a high school diploma.

    But since I refused to steal for her employers, I got to go jobless for three years, and some.
    .

  15. At some point, there is a ceiling with respect to what certain jobs can and will pay. Of course paying a living wage will help, just let me know when everyone agrees on how much that is.
    Lets assume its somewhere in that 12 dollar range, though, for now. I use that figure because it is the average wage over at a huge company based in nashville. Still, around 1/3 of its workforce is non-english speaking. I have to ask, why would an employer, if he had enough qualified applicants, pick anyone to hire that didn’t speak English? Assuming, (like this company) that everyone starts at the same wage. If I have two applicants, possessing roughly the same experience, and one is going to require extra training time and might possibly have difficulty understanding instructions, I’m pretty sure I’m hiring the one with a handle on English.

    It isn’t just pay. We simply don’t seem to notice or value those that do the scut work.

  16. Well, because we are an elitist, stratisfied country. If everyone viewed all jobs as equally good jobs, it would undermine how things work.

    Now, I, of course, think this would be interesting. But let’s be fair that what you’re asking is for a whole system overhaul.

  17. I don’t see anything wrong with the license situation in Tennessee. You have to break a few omelets to make eggs. If a few legal immigrants have trouble getting their licenses so what? The important thing is no illegal gets a license. This illegal alien problem is so bad we have to do a few things that seem like shooting ourselves in the foot. Kick those damn illegals out of our colleges and make room for some Tennesseans. Tell ’em to get their education in some damn adobe hut in Mexico. Mine the border. No amber alerts for missing illegal kids or anchor babies. Keep them out of our damn hospitals too.

  18. If a few legal immigrants have trouble getting their licenses so what?

    Um, because companies that want to hire legal immigrants along with U.S. citizens (as, say, physicians, nurses, directors at Nissan, language teachers, whatever) will move their jobs out of Tennessee if their perfectly legal, trained at some expense employees can’t drive to work?

    There are other reasons too, of course, but since you’re into omelets and eggs I thought I’d get practical.

  19. Hey, nm, if a few hundred thousand Tennesseans have to lose their jobs to insure that no illegal immigrants have any, so what? The important thing is that no illegal immigrants have jobs.

    And, if we have to go back to only white, native-born, land-owning men being real citizens with a vote, well, surely you can see that that’s just the way it has to be.

    I, for one, cannot wait for the border landmines. Since, of course, the border is much thinner than a landmine and we can’t put landmines on Mexican soil… Well, we’ll just emminent domain the shit out of all that property along the boarder. That should be an incredibly popular move.

  20. we can’t put landmines on Mexican soil

    Why not? You can’t make huevos rancheros without breaking some eggs. Or even migas.

  21. I agree there’s nothing wrong with the license issue in Tennessee that can’t be worked-around to oblige the legal immigrants. It may be a little inconvenient for them to get a special license, but hey, with all the illegals here there’s probably not much room left for many legal ones to be here anyway.

    Send the illegals packing along with all you un-American open borders nuts.
    RON PAUL – TOM TANCREDO IN ’08!

  22. Sadly for you, many of the un-American open border nuts employ a great many Americans. Send them packing and you’ve put yourself out of a job.

    Also, I would love a t-shirt that said “Un-American open boarders nut,” but I don’t want to be shot.

    It reminds me of when Mack had the great idea to make “Reconquista First-Wave” t-shirts and sell them to the children of Mexican immigrants. It would have been hilarious, but also probably too dangerous for them to wear.

  23. Not to mention that, for the slogan to have had any meaning, you would have had to use some Nahuatl word instead of ‘Reconquista’.

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