Sometimes I just have to shake my head and wonder aloud if our state legislators are all touched in the head or if they even bother to stop and think about what they're doing sometimes.
I'd like to think they know what they are doing, but if they do and they're not all idiots, then I'm afraid that means they know full well they're wasting our time and money and couldn't care less.
Either they're morons or they're charlatans. Either way, these people simply amaze me with how often they waste our tax money and our time when they're in session.
I've said this before, I know, but it bears repeating over and over. Facing a budget deficit that threatens valuable services, with numerous school systems and much of our public infrastructure crumbling around us and an unemployment rate that is one of the highest in the nation, you'd think our legislators would have better things to do than worry about shampoo rules and religious symbols on license plates.
I'm not even going to bring up the ridiculous number of useless ceremonial resolutions they spend time on every week congratulating this middle school team or that rotary club. That stuff happens all the time, and while it certainly makes someone feel good, it's hardly worth wasting our legislators' limited time on the floor of the Assembly.
So, I don't know if you caught this last week, but among some of the major items on the legislative agenda recently included a bill that would have required 1,500 hours of training for salon workers before they could shampoo someone's hair and another bill that would have permitted the state to issue license plates displaying religious symbols.
The shampoo bill is particularly funny because there is already a law on the books that requires 1,500 hours of training to get a cosmetology license, which by the way, is nearly five times the number of hours of training required to become a police officer.
As for the license plates, numerous courts have ruled time and time again that states are not allowed to use tax money or state resources to promote any religion, and as harmless as it might seem to allow someone to pay tribute to their religion on their license plate, putting it into law would only end up costing us millions in legal fees on something that is bound to be overturned anyway.
Just imagine the furor that would erupt the first time a Muslim citizen demanded that he be allowed to put "Praise Allah" on his license plate? If the Christians can do it, then Muslims, Buddhists, Wiccans and Satanists should be able to as well. They all pay taxes, after all, and I'll bet they all wonder what their legislators are up to as well.