And now for this week's "Things I Would Have Blogged, But I Ran Out of Pepto-Bimol", featuring your wacky Michigan Legislature.
About 2.2 million people, or two in 10 Michigan residents, get some type of government assistance -- 400,000 more than a year ago. While the state was forced to hire more child welfare caseworkers because of a federal lawsuit, it would require 700 more staffers to handle rising caseloads, said DHS field operations director Terry Salacina.
House Republican Dave Agema suggested during the hearing that state employees might want to consider carrying a gun. No, I'm not kidding. This has only been reported in Gongwer so far (that I've seen), and they have a great editorial at Dome Magazine this week concerning the whole budget situation.
During the same hearing when DHS workers worried about their safety, several legislators gave possible answers. One was kinda obvious: get a better economy, then more people will have jobs and the caseload problems will take care of themselves. Yes. True. And getting there requires what exactly?
But one legislator also proposed that those worried about their safety get a concealed weapon permit. In other words, get a gun.
Not for a second discounting the armed society is a polite society operating theory, is getting a gun an answer to give public servants? Would “I’m here from the government and I’m packing heat so how can I help you?” really work?
The Republican solution to everything. Get a gun. Maybe we should arm the clients too, and perhaps we can show the Republicans just what a real socialist revolution looks like.
Have a good Saturday, in spite of your elected officials. Remember, when you smile, it pisses off a Republican. So smile often, and at everyone you meet - we will get there someday.