John Florez: Lawmaking is like a dog chasing a car

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  • Wally West SLC, UT
    March 2, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    and to paraphrase from The Dark Knight, "politicians would not know what to do with the 'car' if they caught it."

  • Neanderthal Phoenix, AZ
    March 2, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Dogs don't 'chase' cars. The reason dog go after cars is the same reason they bark at people... they're saying, in dog language, 'I'm protecting my territory so get the heck outta here or I'll bite you with these sharp, canine teeth.'

  • dyc Vernal, UT
    March 1, 2014 10:02 p.m.

    Wouldn't it be nice if our state legislature would focus on what really matters, which is that every child make at least one or more years worth of academic growth every single year. That could easily be monitored by schools. The teachers, schools, and districts are already doing that. Instead we have the very convoluted SB209 trying to grade schools and as John Florez said, SB209 is just one more of many unfunded mandates.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2014 6:10 p.m.

    This letter is very well done. Thanks! It shows for example how a person who was once a nurse in the health care industry obtained a measure of power and now fights to avoid accepting Federal money that would help tens of thousands of of needy Utah citizens. The values learned as a nurse didn't follow through to helping those in need once they had power.

    I'd like Becky Lockhart, and all Legislators sit in the Emergency rooms and see these thousands of uninsured poverty stricken people attempt to get medical care. Oh that's right, they get lifetime care under the State's Insurance programs as funded by what do they care?

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Law-making is more like cars chasing dogs. People want this or that done to please their own, or their groups' ideas. Some are good, some are not; some require quite a bit of fixing or retooling. Who does the fixing or retooling. Not a lot of time to get it done, either.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2014 7:31 a.m.

    "Until the public says, 'enough is enough, cut out the charade,' the games will go on. "

    That's the rub isn't it? As John understands Utah has a one party system. So there is no effective way for the public to say "enough is enough." Since it is unlikely Utah will have a two or multi-party system this side of 20 years, I offer the following.

    We socialists sometimes talk in term of big "S" Socialism or little "s" socialism. Right now we have the big "S" variety with large educational administration built on top of a political system which doesn't work for parents. The alternative would be the little "s" variety where education would be provided by relatively small teacher-parent cooperatives which set their own rules. This would have the added benefit of having worker (teacher) managed enterprise. That may be the only way out. What do you think?