Tomorrow, president Obama’s inauguration, will surely be an inspiring day. Fortunately so, because on the other side of the aisle, “new” ideas are rather depressing, following the old, long-traveled Republican route: “tougher and dumber.”
Take Mike Fasano (Republican Florida Senator)’s new bill proposal: having fathers who failed to pay child support work for a week wearing a t-shirt “Deadbeat Dads.” The goal: to shame fathers who do not pay child support. Fasano was supposedly touched by grace, that is the suffering of custodial mothers. In a nutshell, Fasano took a complex problem, which involves the criminalization of divorced fathers, the obvious biases of the justice system and the economic crisis. Instead of solving anything, he screams with the wolves and pretends he cares. Costs: zero; I guess the bill will even have the bastards pay for the t-shirt. Benefits: the female constituency, which will remember Fasano when he runs again. Solution to the problem: zero. Dead dumb.
Why doesn’t Fasano put his creative mind to improve employment or help fathers who cannot pay their mortgages in Florida?
If I were a Floridian father, I would gladly wear the t-shirt as long as I work fixing the voting machines.