Facing a $500 million shortfall in the state budget and a host of other serious, very real problems, one of the five top priorities of some elected officials in Jefferson City is…non-English street signs and driving tests. Take it away, fellas:
Rep. John Cauthorn, R-Mexico, said he likes the idea [of doing away with road signs and driving tests in other languages] and thinks his constituents will, too.
“The average guy on the street hates Spanish, and it is everywhere,” Cauthorn said. “To the average guy, that is important. We are almost to the point of losing our identity as a nation.
“If folks are going to come here and work, they need to work toward learning the English language,” he said.
My first reaction was, “Has anyone, anywhere, ever packed so much stupid into four short sentences?”
But being equipped with logic and reason, I thought I should investigate for myself these accusations of proliferating non-English road signs. What I found…well, it shocked me. They’re everywhere! Examples here, here and here…I even found one near Rep. Cauthorn’s hometown. Communisms!
Now I haven’t read up on this bill, but reclaimin’ our identity as a nation can’t happen a moment too soon. Perhaps we can start with renaming, oh, Mexico?