The Real World Strikes Agin! (sic)

this week in brownbackistan

You know, it’s one thing to postulate any kind of crackpot theory — imaginable or un- — if you can get enough non-skeptical true believers to sign on.

American history is testament and proof of this.

It’s another thing to hoodwink those who make their living by studying reality and then adjusting the odds:

Schools Seeking to Arm Employees Hit Hurdle on Insurance
Steven Yaccino / New York Times

 As more schools consider arming their employees, some districts are encountering a daunting economic hurdle: insurance carriers threatening to raise their premiums or revoke coverage entirely….

The law of unintended consequences remains unbroken.

But this idjit notion (odd that the same bad notion would pass simultaneously in such disparate locales, as all had the same majoritarian notion at the exact same time. Kind of like the exact same abortion and clinic restrictions striking several states far removed in virtually the same week. No national hydra coordinating it nationally with a tentacle or two in each state there. Nosirree! And they’ve found the sweet spot in American politics, too big for the states to stand up to, too ‘local’ for the Federal government to regulate — often using the anonymity of 501(c)4s to hide their sources. Like, say, Americans for Prosperity, who are rolling out this anti Obamacare ad this week in a million dollar ad buy in “key” states.)

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As I was saying: but this idjit notion found six other states to make school “safer” to go along for the magical, untested true-believers’ ride! Woo hoo! (Including, alas, my own.)

During legislative sessions this year, seven states enacted laws permitting teachers or administrators to carry guns in schools. Three of the measures — in Kansas, South Dakota and Tennessee — took effect last week.

But already, EMC Insurance Companies, the liability insurance provider for about 90 percent of Kansas school districts, has sent a letter to its agents saying that schools permitting employees to carry concealed handguns would be declined coverage.

“We are making this underwriting decision simply to protect the financial security of our company,” the letter said…. [emphasis added]

That’s the Real World™ calling. Let’s hope that sometime soon, more and more states will have actual persons in their capitals to answer the phone when it rings.

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Courage.

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A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.

 

  

Author: HART WILLIAMS, Guest Voice Columnist

A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog, His Vorpal Sword (no spaces) dot com.

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