Before members of the “Republican-controlled” S.C. General Assembly arrived in the capital city for their annual orgy of unnecessary spending, status quo preservation and crony capitalism, this website humbly commended a few substantive reforms for their consideration.
In fact, we even color-coded our list of “do’s” and “don’ts” so that the less literate of our elected representatives could follow along …
On our list? Individual income tax relief, universal parental choice, a hard revenue cap, comprehensive government restructuring and a host of ethics and transparency reforms.
Not on our list? Legislation by S.C. Rep. Joan Brady (RINO-Richland) that would impose a $100 fine on teenagers (well, parents of teenagers) who send each other sexually-explicit messages on their cell phones (a.k.a. “sexting”).
Nonetheless, the “Brady (Sexting) Ban” passed a legislative subcommittee this week and could wind up on the floor of the S.C. House of Representatives soon.
This isn’t the first time that Brady has introduced this nonsense … nor is it the first time we have smacked her around for doing so.
Our justification for doing so?
“Preventing teens from sexting each other is impossible … but assuming for a moment that it could be done, the responsibility would fall with the parents, not the state,” we wrote back in 2010 when Brady originally filed this legislation, adding that “we suspect this bill is more about depriving parents of cash than it is ‘alerting them to the dangers of teen sexting.'”
Indeed … this is a revenue grab disguised as a garden variety government overreach, not to mention an effort to create a whole new class of criminals in our state. It’s also sadly emblematic of South Carolina’s broader doctrine of costly sanctimoniousness when it comes to addressing the issue of teenage hormones.
Brady has spent her eight years in the S.C. House on ridiculous, time-wasting, liberty-infringing legislation like this … while fighting (whitened) tooth and (well-manicured) nail against fiscal reform and expanded parental choice.
In fact Brady was one of just sixteen “Republicans” last year who voted to kill a universal choice bill aimed at providing some long-overdue accountability to our state’s worst-in-the-nation public education system.
Ironically, Brady’s House district – located in Northeast Columbia, S.C. – is home to Richland County School District Two, which is currently having problems preventing its middle school students from accessing porn on the government-funded iPads it purchased for them.
Our “humble” suggestion to Brady?
Investigate the government-funded porn problem before attempting a statewide crackdown on teen sexting.