To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Observercast

Oklahoma Empowerment Act Empowers Who? Why?

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I’m more than a little worried about President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, putative leader of the Oklahoma Senate.

First, he files a bill that puts the Legislature in charge of knowing when, if and for how long women have menstrual periods. Yes, it’s true ladies. Some politician from Poteau, Prague or Podunk will be just one of many “inquiring minds” that think it is their business to know details about such personal and private matters.

Bet that makes you proud doesn’t it?

So in effect Treat is playing doctor with one unconstitutional proposal described above but he has topped that lunacy with another one that, if it becomes law, will impact the education of every child in this state. In summary, that bill proposes parents can choose to let their children drop out of public school, then the family will receive, apparently directly, the amount of money annually that would have been spent on their kids had they stayed in the local community school. The family then supposedly will use the cash to attend private or charter schools or simply choose homeschooling.

What the children cannot do is re-enroll in their former public school or any other in Oklahoma.

This may be the single, most ridiculous education spending plan introduced in the country this year. It has more holes in it than found in Leader Treat’s skull starting with: [1] complete unaccountability for taxpayers’ money; [2] The absurdity of paying students to drop out of school; [3] Massive fiscal encouragement to entice homeschooling with no standards, graduation requirements or safety guidelines … at all.

These two absurdities introduced by the soon-to-depart Treat are an abuse of power by the Senate leader. Treat had to rig the vote in the Education Committee to even get his abortion of an education destroying proposal out of there on an 8-7 vote … not an encouraging sign for the lame duck and apparently brain-dead duck Greg Treat.

Oh, and the other losers? About 645,000 school kids who deserve better from their elected officials who act like these young people’s education is simply a game to be played in The People’s Building for a few months each year. With term limits kicking in for the irresponsible Greg Treat, he soon will no longer be in a powerful position, or in fact any position, in the annual circus on NE 23rd Street.

And speaking of circuses, Treat gives a bad name to clowns everywhere and that’s no laughing matter.

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.