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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Politics: Our Tax Dollars Hard at Work 

Two-four-six-eight, who do we appreciate? Not the Texas House of Representatives.

In yet another stirring example of governmental over-reach, the Texas House has banned "overtly sexually suggestive" cheerleading. No wonder these guys only meet for six months every other year.

"Girls can get out and do all of these overly sexually performances and we applaud them, and that's not right," said Democratic Rep. Al Edwards, who filed the legislation.

Edwards argued bawdy performances are a distraction for students resulting in pregnancies, dropouts and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
In a session that's seen one lawmaker try to outlaw the BCS, as well as a near floor fight over a proposed Willie Nelson Highway, it's not surprising to see out state government produce frivilous legislation. I'm shocked, however, to see a Democrat propose a bill that screams "Religious Right" stodginess (or would that take a proposal to ban homosexuals from joining the cheer squad?).

And let's get something straight. The guys that spend the most time ogling cheerleaders, "bawdy performances" or not, are the guys that have no shot at scoring with any of them. I know; I was that guy. So let's hold off on the hyperbolic rhetoric for a few moments. No one's getting knocked up, and no one's pecker is turning purple, just because a few ditzy gals in skimpy skirts want to shake their God-given goodies.

2005 might qualify as the most worthless Legislative session since... I don't know when. If out-of-control teenagers are dropping out of school and spreading disease (and I wasn't aware these maladies had reached epidemic proportions) then I'd take a stab and say that bad parenting, not bump n' grind cheer routines, is the root cause behind it. So where's the legislation to curb that problem?


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