Tennessee School Wants Computer Class Exemption
By: Phil Trent
Date: February 11, 2002
I find it odd that the state sets regulations like this for a private school in the first place. If parents don't like it, they are free to put their kids in the local public school. Anyway, I think laws should be mainly to protect us from each other, not to tell each other what to do.
Sadly, freedom seems to be more narrowly defined with each passing year. First they made kids say the Pledge, then they didn't allow anyone to do it. Somewhere down the road, we started debating whether we should make them do certain things or prohibit those same things. As the government focuses more on inane activities that are way outside its bounds. After a while, no one is minding the store.
On the day of Sept. 11, Congress was debating Social Security and the President was promoting his educational plans. Since neither one was defined by the Constitution, I find this very ironic. If IBM gets into selling toasters and umbrellas then it necessarily cannot concentrate as much on computers and software. If the federal government were a business, there would be some hard questions by stockholders like "Why have you allowed yourself to become distracted with unprofitable activities to the point where you start getting into trouble in your core business."
Any individual or entity must focus on a few critical products or services to be sucessful. The state and federal government have been expanding their powers in society for 100 years. In this same 100 years, we have gone from less than 1% taxes to 43%. What do we get for these trillions of dollars, Columbine and Sept. 11th? Did anyone stop to think that not only did these dollars not prevent these atrocities, did they promote them by political distraction? Politicians should ask themselves what every business must ask itself: What business are we in?
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