News We Couldn’t Have Said it Better
posted by March 2 at 17:38 PMon
Today’s P-I has an editorial blasting the state senate for moving forward with legislation allowing dogs in the outdoor portion of restaurants while failing to make progress on important issues like lowering interest rates on payday loans.
This measure illustrates all too clearly the direction we’re going as a society, where it seems we expect the general public to accommodate our lifestyle choices (having pets, strict diets, smoking, etc.), at the expense of common sense. […]
It probably says something about our legislators, and us, as a community, when we’re further along in the debate as to whether to let dogs into restaurants than we are with such issues as delaying the WASL until 2010 (ah, it’s only our education system, folks) and lowering the cap on payday loans from 391 percent down to 36 percent (the poor can wait another year). Clearly, those concerns aren’t as urgent as being able to take dogs to bars.
While I agree with Goldy that a focus on one non-substantive issue doesn’t imply a total lack of interest in substantive issues, I don’t agree that it’s “silly” to suggest that payday interest rates and other pressing issues be resolved before the legislature invests its time and energy debating idiotic proposals like allowing dogs in bars. It certainly isn’t complicated: By allowing payday lenders to charge sky-high interest rates, the state is saying it’s OK to fleece the poor. The solution: Put a cap on interest rates. Not complicated, not silly, and certainly more important than debating over dogs in bars.