When I was a child I tried to talk my dad into moving us to Texas. He’d laugh that laugh of his which signified that he’d just heard something dumb such as when our younger sister cheerfully told him he was going to “hell”. Here it is some twenty, twenty five years later and I have to say that he shouldn’t have just laughed. He should have smacked me upside the head and then laughed. This state is insane.
Take a recent bill that just passed concerning marriage. If you want to get married in Texas now, you’ve got to attend a silly course on communication and dispute resolution or the marriage fee is doubled to $60. If you think the state should act like your parents, the entire fee is waived. A companion bill will steal money from funds set aside for job training and aid for lower income Texans if would-be newlyweds can’t afford the course.
Did I mention that there are no regulations for this intrusive bit of “nanny state” legislation? As it stands, anyone can get involved in this racket as happened when the legislature passed a bill allowing people to clear their records if they took a defensive driving course.
Of course, the whole idea behind it is that people ought not get divorced which is a big no-no in conservative Christianity and guess what? The sponsor of the marriage bill, Warren Chisum, is a conservative Christian who will be trying the same thing in the next session, but with divorce. Perhaps that’ll wake Texans up to the beast they’ve put in charge here.
Until then, this state is insane. Try to avoid it if you can.