Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Minor Musing About The South Dakota Legislature And Frat Movies

Via Madville, I learn the shocking totally predictable news that Governor Daugaard will offer a 1.6% increase for K-12 public education. Daugaard is content to "do the minimum." Meanwhile Pat Powers predicts "this next legislative session is going to spend an inordinate amount of time on common core."

Doing the "minimum" and spending an "inordinate amount of time" on situations that likely will not change reminds me of being a college student. For the legislature, the comparison is perhaps more apt; the legislature often seems like little else but fraternity for folks who should have left frat life behind when they turned 22.

The two best movies about frat life are Animal House and the under-appreciated PCU. Both movies contain quotations that predict what will happen during the upcoming session. First, from PCU,
These, Tom, are the Causeheads. They find a world-threatening issue and stick with it for about a week.
The only question is what eccentric "world-threatening issue" will dominate discussion each week. The issues about funding and other important issues will be dealt behind the scenes.

Of course how the issue is dealt with is often as important as the issue itself. From Animal House,
I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.
The only question is what "really futile and stupid gesture" will be proposed to solve the "world-threatening issue" du semaine.


caheidelberger said...

Techincally, since semaine is feminine, the phrase will be de la semaine. :-)

Kal Lis said...

Google didn't tell me that.

Oh well, as long there's no confusion if the soup du jour is clam chowder or tomato bisque.