Paul Scott: Wasting Your Time

Posted by – January 20, 2010

There’s a guy named Paul Scott who’s running for Secretary of State in Michigan. You know, that state that gets TB when the rest of the country has a cough.

I haven’t been flabbergasted for some time, but this hatefulness blew me away. In his opening bid to become Secretary of State, he lists four things he aims to do:

There are also policies that I will work to change:

  • I will stand strong against illegal immigration by verifying a valid social security number before issuing anyone a driver’s license, an issue Representative Dave Agema has been pushing for 3 years.
  • I will actively push to encrypt the traceable RFID chip in the enhanced driver’s license.
  • I will make it a priority to ensure transgender individuals will not be allowed to change the sex on their driver’s license in any circumstance.
  • I will work tirelessly to repeal the over $100 million dollar tax increase on drivers in the form of driver responsibility fees.

The third one, which I’ve put in bold, completely surprised me. I thought for a minute I was reading a parody & checked the page to make sure it wasn’t The Onion. On the one hand, I’m kind of blown away that the need for gender marker changes on ID is even being recognized as something transgender people need to do. On the other: really? Is blocking a transgender person’s right to change their gender marker a key issue?

Wow. Maybe his tag line should be “Vote for Paul Scott: He’ll Waste Everyone’s Time with Big Brother Bullshit.”

(h/t to Adrien and Paula, via FB)

3 Comments on Paul Scott: Wasting Your Time

  1. Sounds like a personal vendetta. Maybe he took a girl back to his hotel one night and she didn’t know the meaning of the work “disclosure”! I wonder if his wife knows? LOL

  2. Yeah, word on the street is he’s using trans issues as a screen to distract from more important things. Michigan has a decent policy on trans ID changes which has been in term for a while. He’s just being an extremist picking out the most offensive topic to his community that he can find that still sounds new and interesting. Guess he didn’t want to try the good o’l abortion act.

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  3. jadecath says:

    A priority. A priority? That’s just weird. Like, talk-to-your-therapist-about-this weird.

    I think the great majority of people we’d describe as “trans-hostile” don’t actually want to expend time hunting down rights we already have, they just dislike the idea of making any active accommodation. I certainly hope Scott is wrong if he believes otherwise.

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