Tuesday, May 13, 2008

It's My Blog And I Won't Opine If I Don't Want To.

For some strange reason, it's my impression that Bloggers are supposed to bring something to their readers attention and then express a forceful opinion about whatever the hell it is. I saw this on the news last night and I think it's fairly moronic. Beyond that, I don't have any real deep thoughts about it.

If forced to take a position about it, I'll say this. For years, people have been able to make the argument that you need a license to drive a car, fix someone's electric wiring or plumbing, and any number of other things, but any moron can have kids. I'm dead set against depriving the masses of this argument.


Chris said...

I think this is a stupid idea. The government could have made me and my wife take parenting classes, but it would have been a waste of time; 11 years later, no kids and no plans for kids. Damn government, always meddling...

John the Scientist said...

So, unintended consequences:

1. Lower marriage rates for people in the district already shacking up.

2. Decrease in tax revenue in the district because people get married elsewhere in the state rather than submit to this nanny-statism.

3. Years down the road some academic will publish a study comparing this county to surrounding counties and show that the only beneficiaries of this law were the people selling parenting classees, because bad parents let all this advice go in one ear and out the other.

And in a final note, I am glad this nitwit is a Democrat, so he doesn't add more ammunition to the Republicans in the bedroom trope.

vince said...

Some parents are idiots and let anyone/anything else parent their kids but themselves. It would be great if we could identify them in advance and prevent them from procreating. But we can't, and I doubt we'll ever be able to.

Since we can't, I don't see how mandatory parenting classes prior to allowing people to marry will change anything. It's the old "you can lead a horse to water..." deal.

Now, make parenting classes and other resources available to parents and charge them based on the ability to pay to help them if/when they need help - that I would support.

And John, stupidity knows no race, color, creed, or political affiliation. Nice to see it's spread around so democratically.

Random Michelle K said...

Umm... how stupid are these people?

A year after we got married we took care of the possibility of having children.

Our choice, not the choices of the state.

You wanna do some good? Then take the amount of money you'd waste on that program and put it into child protective services, so you can protect and save some of the kids that are already out there.

Jim Wright said...


Who decides what good parenting is? Who decides what the curriculum looks like? Who decides what the standards are for passing the class? What happens when you don't pass - can you not get married (seriously, if you don't pass driver's ed, you don't get a license and that's the comparison here)? What's the textbook, Parenting for Dummies? What if you don't want, or can't have, kids? Do you still have to take the class? Is so, why?

I could go on here - but, seriously, WTF?