A proposal by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to take away the driver’s licenses of high school dropouts sparked a confrontation on the House floor with the leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).It appears that Congressman Emanuel sees no limit on the government.One can only imagine if a Republican thought up this idea,it would be called "racism".
Emanuel pulled back on the legislation, but the episode inflamed existing tensions between Emanuel, the No. 4 leader in the House, and the minority caucuses. The Illinois Democrat has pushed the idea of getting tough on dropouts by taking away driver’s licenses for months.
Emanuel argued for the idea in a June 7 op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Dropouts should not be drivers,” Emanuel wrote. “Requiring drivers under 18 to verify they are working toward a high school diploma is a commonsense step that works to reduce the dropout rate.”
The article noted that West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia already deny licenses to students who drop out before turning 18.
But the issue didn’t come to a head until the day legislators left for their Independence Day recess.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Hill reports:
Posted by Steve Bartin at 10:26 AM