I live in Florida. I am married. I took my husband's name when I married. I have a Forida Driver's License. Now that it is time to renew my driver's license, I find it is more expensive for me to renew my license than it is for my husband. I have had no tickets nor accidents. I have no restrictions on my license. Why is it more expensive for me than for my husband. Simple. I was a tradtionalist when I married and took his name. I have now found out that decision will cost me $15 more to get my license renewed. Fortunately, I haven't had more than one marriage so I won't get hit with any other surcharges for being married.
Why does this cost me more? When my name is noted as being different from that on my birth certificate, then I am required to obtain a certified Marriage Certificate, issued by a governmental agency, not a minister or any other person legally authorized to perform marriage ceremonies, but what is on record at the local Bureau of Vital Statistics. These can cost from $10 up to more than $50 each, depending on the state and the circumstances of purchase. Every time a name change occurs, marriage, divorce, death of male spouse, and remarriage occurs, the driver's license petitioner must purchase the appropriate document and present it to the DMV before issuance of a driver's license. Since men don't usually take their spouse's names, this exempts them from this charge. The only circumstances under which a male would be faced with this is with adoption and the unlikely event of him taking his wife's surname at marriage. My driver's license renewal is going to cost me thirty percent more than that of my husband.
I would urge any person contemplating marriage in the State of Florida to seriously consider keeping their birth name. Taking a male spouse's name is not legally required.
For a state with a Legislature and Governor who pretend to espouse "family" values, this seems very hypocritical.
We all know the medical care we receive in this country could be the best in the world. But, it isn't. Not by a long shot. As a nation, the US ranks very low in quality outcomes in medical care and the cost is the highest in the world. The care we get is definitely not cost effective. Now it seems we also rank highest in the developed world in internet access cost and have the slowest internet service in developed countries. Seems the technology and medical communities have collaborated to gouge us in costs and not deliver a good product.
I am not a socialist, but it is interesting to note that our legislators want to make sure the government stays out of health care and the internet, and leave everything to private enterprise and the so called Free Market economy. Doesn't seem to be working too well.
Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time. Methinks, our approach to medical care and internet access is a pretty good example of insanity.
If we want to remain a strong nation, we must have healthy citizens, people who know they can get decent medical treatment. If we want to compete on the world market, we must have a populace that not only has access to the internet, but equal access to the best possible internet in the world. At the present time, we have neither.
I hear people yell the government shouldn't be the entity to designate a person's health care provider. Insurance companies do this routinely. Try going out of your health insurance company's accepted providers and see what happens. I had a prescription drug insurance pharmacy tech refuse to fill a prescription for a super cheap medication, which had been on the market more than 50 years, and the insurer decided I didn't need that particular med because I was also taking another of the same class of drugs for a serious heart condition. I had to make a special appointment with my cardiologist, and have a note written, that my medical condition required both meds. I had been taking the two drugs for more than ten years, but suddenly an insurance company bureaucrat decided they were better at prescribing medication and seeing to my health than a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
Many people in rural or poor urban areas of the country don't have access to the internet, or if they have access, it is slow, erratic and very expensive. Children who don't have access have a decided disadvantage in education. Florida now requires at least one credit of Virtual School in order to get a high school diploma. Many children don't have access, and must either stay after school or find some way to get that credit. The district in which I live has 58 percent of the students on free and reduced price lunches. Between buying a computer, finding one at a library or church, or if they have a computer, finding a free wi-fi hotspot, or accessing the internet at home is at the very least, difficult. Having accessible broadband should be a public responsibility, the same as decent roads and streets and electricity.
Our nation is putting itself at serious security risk by not having a good health care program for all and good internet access for all. A healthy, informed electorate and populace is the only way a nation can maintain its place in the world.
I am a new blogger. I have opinions on almost any and everything. I can either be technologically impaired or almost proficient, depending on the mood I am in. I don't think the world revolves around me and mine, even though I think it should. I don't usually verbally attack an individual, but I will question the motives of politicians and people who are in so called leadership positions.