Tennessee. What's up, friend? Quick question: How can the state that houses the happiest place on earth, aka Dollywood, be so fucking daft?
This bill—which Campfield claims will teach responsibility to welfare deadbeats—is one of the most irresponsible ever dreamed up. It jeopardizes the health and safety of poor kids all over the state.
Campfield said he was postponing the vote for a week to answer questions about the bill from another senator. But he loves to annoy liberals, and he pulled the same stunt with his “Don’t Say Gay” bill in previous sessions, delaying votes week after week and milking the publicity for all it was worth. It's impossible to shame or embarrass Campfield out of pressing for cold-hearted laws to hurt poor people.
Under the legislation, a student who doesn’t have satisfactory progress in school will cost his family 30 percent of their welfare assistance. Welfare mothers can avoid losing benefits by going to a couple of parent-teacher conferences or attending eight hours of parenting classes. The bill came out of a House committee yesterday and appears headed for passage there. The governor has said he might veto it.
Child advocates testified during legislative hearings that the bill could cause children to go hungry. They said angry parents might take it out on their kids by abusing them in some way if they lose benefits.
This morning during his weekly media avail, House Democratic Caucus chairman Mike Turner summed up this bill nicely:
“It’s just mean-spirited. It’s obviously aimed at inner-city children. It’s bigotry at its best. It’s wrong.”