Should government help some and not others to vote?

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedIt seems there is a large number of people out there who refuse to, or cannot, understand this simple argument:

Government using tax dollars to deliver students to the polls is government promoting the voting turnout of a specific set of voters, a voting demographic, over others not assisted. Such is inherently discriminatory as much as if tax dollars were used to bus labor union members from a local plant to the polls while not doing so for other groups; other voting demographics. It is inherently discriminatory and thus bad and objectionable public policy.

Just because one thinks it a civic good to have young people vote doesn’t override the duty of governments to remain neutral in the process.

Since many shallow people cannot understand this argument, based on their online and email comments, and have it in their heads that it is a great thing that Hermleigh ISD drove seniors to the polls to vote in the Scurry County rollback election, let me change the word discriminatory to favoritism.

It is government showing favoritism to a specific voting demographic, in this case young students, if it expends funds helping them to vote that are not spent for everyone, all other demographics, equally. That is what Hermleigh ISD did, and admitted to in a public statement.

That some do not easily see why it is bad policy for public schools to bus students to the polls, especially in West Texas, is shockingly disturbing.

That some do not easily see why it is bad policy for public schools to bus students to the polls, especially in West Texas, is shockingly disturbing. Based on some comments this blind spot to propriety for some seems to relate to the cult-of-public-schools where anything and everything a school does is somehow pure and honorable.

Just because one thinks it a civic good to have young people vote doesn’t override the duty of governments to remain neutral in the process.

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