Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Killing fleas with sledge hammers?

IC 20-19-2-8 requires the State Board of Education to adopt guidelines for cheerleading safety.

The statutory language reads as follows:

Sec. 8. (a) In addition to any other powers and duties prescribed by law, the state board shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 concerning, but not limited to, the following matters:...
...(10) The establishment and enforcement of standards and guidelines concerning the safety of students participating in cheerleading activities....

I am not against standards and guidelines for cheerleading safety. Most schools already have them.

My question is this...

Why is the solution to every American problem these days...."Make another law."

It seems to me this is another case of killing fleas with sledge hammers.

4 Comments:

At Friday, August 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, at least it is not mandating the rhythms to which the cheerleaders are allowed to dance and how they are allowed to dance as in Texas... yet...

 
At Friday, August 19, 2005, Blogger Sycamore 02 said...

I've always felt that part of the reason our elected leaders take the path of 'passing another law' is to save face. If some chick breaks her neck after posting liberty (a cheer stunt), and there were no guidelines in place, then a congressperson gets to run on poor little Susie's injury.

I can already envision the photo- op. A middle aged man in khaki pants and a solid color polo throwing a ball to Susie as she recooperates in her neck halo. Next, switch to a shot of him, his blonde wife, with her son standing in front of her and the congressman holding his infant daughter in his arms. Behind them, waves the American flag!

If you think that some of our eleceted representatives wouldn't use something as tragic as Susie's broken neck to their political advantage, take a look at the Iraq war. On one end, you have an administration that at times is STILL attempting to justify a war because of 9/11. But the war waged in Iraq has ZERO connections to 9/11. On the other end, you have Cindy Sheehan who lost her son. The anti-Bush groups attached themselves to her immediately.

In summary, those involved in politics too often suck!

 
At Saturday, August 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

would it be great if for every one new law passed ten or more had to be taken off the books?

Elizabeth

 
At Tuesday, August 23, 2005, Blogger EdWonk said...

Sadly, the number of laws will just keep increasing. It's a historical inevitabiliy. The Education Code here in California is simply monstrous in its size.

 

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