What is it with policritters that they can't just leave well enough alone?
It's been my experience that 90% of perceived problems will work themselves out just fine if they're left alone.
Take smoking. It's my feeling that if the General Public decides that second-hand smoke is enough of an irritant that it amounts to a problem, then the General Public will deal with second-hand smoke -- people will shun smokers, private property owners will decide whether or not they want smokers on their private property, that sort of thing.
You don't want to inhale smoke at a bar -- don't go to that bar and don't give the bar owner your hard-earned cash. Enough people go somewhere else, and the owner will either accommodate the wishes of his clientele or he'll go broke.
If he's still making a profit, then obviously not enough people think it's a problem.
No muss, no fuss, no mess.
I don't see a need for legislation -- but nobody asked me.
A Texas State Senator -- Democrat -- from Houston has decided to foot a bill in the Texas Legislature to ban all indoor smoking throughout the State that isn't in a private home or automobile -- and all smoking at the outdoor seating of entertainment events.
Why is it the business of the State of Texas whether people are smoking in my bar or not? Can someone tell me this?
And what if I want to spend my money and start a cigar bar, hmm? It's my money, it's my sodding bar and if people don't want to be exposed to stinky cigar fumes -- then go somewhere bloody else!
If you don't want to smell second-hand smoke at lunch -- don't go to restaurants that allow smoking.
If you don't want to smell second-hand smoke at work -- take it up with the private owner of the company. Or quit.
Why do we need legislation?
"But LawDog," I hear you say, "It's for our own good! Second-hand smoke is bad for us!"
Well, me boyo, lots of other things are "bad for us". Double cheeseburgers. Indoor gun ranges. Reloading spent ammo. Charcoal grilled food. Beef.
If the government is going to regulate how much second-hand smoke you're exposed to, what's next, hmm?
I'm an adult, damn it. Kindly allow me the common courtesy of making my own decisions, thankyewverrymuchly. In simpler language, the government needs to bugger off and minds it's own beeswax.
And -- truth be told -- if the Government of the State of Texas is so bored that it needs to poke it's nose into the private affairs of citizens and private businesses, then it seems to me that the Government of the State of Texas either has too much money on its paws, too much time to spare, or too many people on the payroll.
Time to do some trimming.
I suggest that smokers remember this -- and remember the Democratic Party that is backing the sponsor of this -- come next election.