Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Walmart Planned for Byram

Byram Mayor Richard White announced recently that we would be getting a Walmart in Byram. I don't mind having a Walmart, but two things bother me about the way it's being done, and I hope that they bother you, too:

1) The location. They want to build it on the southwest corner of the intersection of Siwell Road and Terry Road, where Byram Middle School used to be. There is already far too much traffic in that part of the city, and building a Walmart there would just multiply the problem exponentially. I advocate for smart growth, and that includes spreading the financial success and the traffic out over the entire city, and not concentrating too much in one place. There are better places in Byram to build a Walmart, like the I-55 East Frontage Road, and Byram Parkway.

2) The former board of aldermen said that they would not allow a Walmart to locate in Byram because they believed that a Walmart would kill local mom and pop businesses. Richard White, current mayor, was on the board of aldermen at the time. Before the former board left office earlier this year, they decided that they would allow Walmart in. The new board, who took office at the beginning of July, 2013, could have still said no to Walmart had they wanted to do so, not being bound by what the old board had done, but they did not. I sincerely hope that you have a problem with people breaking their promises, whether you want a Walmart or not.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Byram, MS Municipal General Election

With the Byram Municipal General Election a week and a half away, we should all remember some things about the incumbents who now occupy the offices of mayor and aldermen.

All of the incumbents have lied to us, and they have spent our tax money as fast as they could. They lied in that they told us that when Byram incorporated, they did NOT want to be officeholders in the actual, official government. But when those positions in the city government were offered to them, they did not hesitate to take them.

They lied to us at a meeting in the parking lot of Trinity Wesleyan Church on Siwell Road when they said that they would NOT give anyone living on the south side of Forest Hill Road over to Jackson in any kind of deal to incorporate Byram. Then they did. And they hurt the people living there. Their home values decreased, and they became a part of high tax, high crime Jackson.

They have put in traffic signals that we don't need. They want to build fire houses that we don't need. While the police give out tickets for speeding (which, the law should be enforced, but the speed limit should be 50, not 40, on a large portion of Siwell Road), the police themselves are often seen by us citizens speeding themselves, while there is no apparent emergency.

They have spent our money as fast as they could, and on what? When Siwell Road was paved, it was done with FEDERAL dollars, not city dollars. And then the City of Jackson messed up part of our brand-new road when they dug it up to run water to a new building.

That brings up another point: Byram should have its own city services. We should not be on Jackson water. And that brings up something else: People in Byram who live within one mile of Jackson have an extremely high water bill! THE CITY "LEADERS" IN BYRAM HAVE HAD FOUR LONG YEARS TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE FOR US, THE CITIZENS, AND THEY HAVE UTTERLY FAILED US.

And those people who hold the offices that they said they didn't want are now running for office AGAIN. They have even had the audacity to put up a billboard on I-55 which says that "we" fought hard for "independence," and that we should vote independent. That is just an obvious political ploy to win the offices that they have never deserved! Richard White, alderman, is running for mayor as an Independent, saying that political parties divide us, while he was in the state senate for years, and all that time, he called himself a Republican. There is a real Republican running for mayor, and his name is Phil Rodgers. Other aldermen, who are running for election as aldermen, who SHOULD NOT be elected because of their lies and because of their total FAILURE to do any good for the citizens of Byram, are Kent Alday, Theresa Marble, Amy Douglas, and Danny Ford. There ARE some good candidates running; PLEASE vote for them. The City of Byram does not belong just to the ones who supposedly "worked so hard for incorporation" for "all those many years," and for oh, so "selfless" reasons. The future of OUR city depends, in part, on us voting for the BEST candidate running in each race. God bless you.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

General Election Candidates, Byram, MS, June 4, 2013

Candidates in the General Election in Byram, Mississippi, to Be Held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

As best I can tell, these are the candidates who will be in the General Election on June 4, 2013. I will try to update this after I see the Mississippi Secretary of State's official results posted on their website.


GENERAL ELECTION:

Mayor

Phillip L. (Phil) Rodgers - R
Richard White - I
Kevin D. Lavine - D

Alderman-at-Large

Richard Cook - R
Erma J. Johnson - D

Alderman - Ward 1

Jim Moser - R
Melody A. (Molly) Gill - I
Robert L. Barnes, Jr. - D
Kent Nathan Alday - I

Alderman - Ward 2

Adrienne Hamby - I
Diandra Hosey - D

Alderman - Ward 3

Jimmy Ray Horton - D
Theresa Marble - I

Alderman - Ward 4

Teresa Mack - D
Amy Douglas - I

Alderman - Ward 5

Mary V. Gordy - D
Wanda Smith - I

Alderman - Ward 6

Gregory McMillan - I
Takiyah T. Martin - D
D.L. (Danny) Ford - R

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Official Candidates List for Byram Municipal Elections

Mayor

Phillip L. (Phil) Rodgers - R

Richard White - I

Kevin D. Lavine - D

Alderman-at-Large

Richard Cook - R

Carl "Benji" Wade - R

Erma J. Johnson - D

Eugene Hawkins Drake - D

Alderman - Ward 1

Chuck Gray - R

Jim Moser - R

Melody A. (Molly) Gill - I

Robert L. Barnes, Jr. - D

Kent Nathan Alday - I

Alderman - Ward 2

Adrienne Hamby - I

Diandra Hosey - D

Lavaughn Rankin - D

Alderman - Ward 3

Darryl L. Jones - D

Theresa Marble - I

Alderman - Ward 4

Bryan White - D

Charles (Charlie) P. Robinson - D

Eric L. Trim - D

Teresa Mack - D

Amy Douglas - I

Alderman - Ward 5

Mary V. Gordy - D

Wanda Smith - I

Alderman - Ward 6

David Moore - R

Takiyah T. Martin - D

Gregory McMillan - I

D.L. (Danny) Ford - R

POLLING LOCATIONS:

Ward 1: Relate Church, 6885 South Siwell Road

Ward 2: Trinity Wesleyan Church, 6950 South Siwell Road

Ward 3: Marl Grove Church of Christ USA, 7437 South Siwell Road

Ward 4: Byram Baptist Church, 5866 Terry Road

Ward 5: Wyndale Baptist Church, 11287 Springridge Road

Ward 6: Hillcrest Baptist Church, 5950 Terry Road

ELECTION DATES:

Primaries: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Run-Off (if needed): Tuesday, May 21, 2013

General Election: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Winners Take Office: Monday, July 1, 2013 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Unofficial Candidate List - 2013 Byram, Mississippi Municipal Elections

Here's the UNOFFICIAL candidates list for the 2013 Byram, Mississippi municipal elections. This list is NOT official.

Information is, by law, supposed to be verified before it becomes official. (I.e., for all candidates, it needs to be confirmed whether they actually live in Byram, and if running for Alderman, whether they live in the ward which they want to represent. Also, candidates running as Independents had to get 1,000 signatures on a petition to run. Each signature must be confirmed as being that of someone who is a citizen of Byram, living within the Byram city limits.)

But this IS the list of those who have filed papers to run, so it DOES give you an idea of who we will have to vote for in the upcoming elections. You will notice a capital letter beside each name, to the right of each. Please note that "R" stands for Republican, "D" stands for Democrat, and "I" stands for Independent.

I will also include, after the candidates list, the polling locations for the City of Byram in the 2013 municipal elections, and the dates of the elections.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE FILED PAPERS TO RUN FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IN BYRAM, MS IN 2013:

Mayor

Phillip L. (Phil) Rodgers - R

Richard White - I

Kevin D. Lavine - D

Alderman-at-Large

Richard Cook - R

Carl "Benji" Wade - R

Erma J. Johnson - D

Eugene Hawkins Drake - D

Julius R. Williams - D

Richard Matthews - I

Alderman - Ward 1

Chuck Gray - R

Jim Moser - R

Melody A. (Molly) Gill - I

Robert L. Barnes, Jr. - D

Tamara Jackson - D

Kent Nathan Alday - I

Alderman - Ward 2

Adrienne Hamby - I

Diandra Hosey - D

Lavaughn Rankin - D

Alderman - Ward 3

Darryl L. Jones - D

Jimmy Ray Horton - D

Theresa Marble - I

Alderman - Ward 4

Bryan White - D

Charles (Charlie) P. Robinson - D

Eric L. Trim - D

Teresa Mack - D

Amy Douglas - I

Alderman - Ward 5

Wanda Smith - I

Mary V. Gordy - D

Alderman - Ward 6

David Moore - R

Takiyah T. Martin - D

Gregory McMillan - I

D.L. (Danny) Ford - R

POLLING LOCATIONS:

Ward 1: Relate Church, 6885 South Siwell Road

Ward 2: Trinity Wesleyan Church, 6950 South Siwell Road

Ward 3: Marl Grove Church of Christ USA, 7437 South Siwell Road

Ward 4: Byram Baptist Church, 5866 Terry Road

Ward 5: Wyndale Baptist Church, 11287 Springridge Road

Ward 6: Hillcrest Baptist Church, 5950 Terry Road

ELECTION DATES:

Primaries: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Run-Off (if needed): Tuesday, May 21, 2013

General Election: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Winners Take Office: Monday, July 1, 2013

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Byram 2013 Municipal Elections

The filing deadline for running for municipal office in Byram, MS is in March. I've only been made aware of a few candidates to this point. Every person who currently holds office should be voted out; that includes the "mayor" and the five "aldermen." They were all illegally "serving" for about a dozen years as an "interim" government. They were foisted upon us in 2009 by a then-governor, and the "mayor" was installed illegally, as he does NOT live in our city. (See the Mississippi Constitution and the Mississippi Code.) They have lied to us, and sought their own purposes. They all said that once Byram was incorporated, then they did not want to be the real government, but when the city incorporated, they happily accepted their ungodly appointments. In May and June 2013 (the Primaries and the General Election, respectively), we have the opportunity to elect a city government for the first time since the June 2009 incorporation. The only incumbent I have seen who is running so far is Teresa Marble. She should definitely be voted out. And if that fire chief decides to run, then he doesn't need to be in there, either. If you are a Christ follower and you feel called into politics, then please pray about whether you should run for alderman or mayor. We need you!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Byram City Elections in 2013

Good news. It looks like we will FINALLY get to choose our own city leaders in 2013, and it appears that we will be voting on SIX aldermen instead of the current five, in addition to mayor, although it does look like the ward lines have not been determined yet. So, come on, you politicos, let's get some good people on the ballot and elect us a good city government!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Byram Municipal Elections in 2013

Our municipal government here in Byram was sworn in, in a very underhanded way, in 2009, when it was too late to have municipal elections that year. We got stuck with a government installed by Haley Barbour, Phil Bryant, and Delbert Hosemann. For a dozen years, "Mayor" Nick Tremonte and the five-member board of aldermen called themselves a municipal government. That should be illegal if it's not, and I believe it is.

They said they didn't want to be the real government when we incorporated. They lied. They said that they would not give the people on the south side of Forest Hill Road over to Jackson. They lied.

They have spent money. They have made laws. They have zoned property. They have raised our property taxes. They have raised the rates of our water and trash pick-up. They are in the process of deciding the political boundaries of our wards for the election of aldermen. The "mayor" does not live inside the city limits.

You had better learn who will be running for office in Byram in 2013.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Abortions Still Being Done 20 Days After Bryant Sworn In as Governor of Mississippi

Phil Bryant has been Governor since January 10, 2012. That's 20 days. Abortion is still legal in Mississippi, and abortions are still being done in Jackson at the one remaining abortion mill. Governor Bryant said on the campaign trail that he wanted to end all abortion in Mississippi. He could, if he would only enforce our laws against murder.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Tuesday's Election

There are three very important ballot initiatives on which to vote in the election coming up this Tuesday, November 8, 2011. I encourage everyone to get out and vote "Yes" on the Personhood Amendment (#26) to stop baby murder in Mississippi, "Yes" on Voter ID, and "Yes" on stopping eminent domain abuse by the government.

When it comes to voting on public offices, however, I only intend to vote in the race for our local justice court judge. In every single one of the other races, I don't see much difference between the Democrat and the RINO running.

Here's just one example: We received a political postcard yesterday from our incumbent "Republican" (read RINO) state representative, Jim Ellington. I know for a fact that he has hired illegal aliens to work for him before. He says in his postcard, "As a father and grandfather, you can count on me to strengthen education by spending more money directly in the classroom and by always putting the academic needs of children first." That sounds like a liberal Democrat/Socialist/Communist! I'm sure that he wants for us to think that he cares about children (a liberal tactic), and that the money we spend on education is largely wasted and doesn't always make it into the classroom, which is true. However, we spend way too much on education (about two-thirds of our state budget), we don't have enough to show for it, and they deprive and harm our children by refusing to mandate the teaching of the Holy Bible and the true religion of Christianity to every child.

No, Jim Ellington won't be getting my vote on Tuesday. Neither will any other "Republican," because they all look like RINOs to me. Maybe we need for liberals to take over so that we can learn a hard lesson, like we're learning at the federal level right now with Obama being in the White House.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chances of Good Mississippi Governor Dismal

The chances of having a good man for our new Mississippi Governor are dismal, in my opinion. Phil Bryant is corrupt, as I've detailed in my book, A New Day in Mississippi: The Corruption In Our Government, and What We Can Do About It In 2011, available at my publisher's website, or at Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, or Amazon. Johnny DuPree is a liberal Democrat (i.e., a member of a political party that is officially pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality, pro-gun control, anti-God, and anti-Christian) who wants mandatory pre-K government indoctrination of all of the children in Mississippi. I am not impressed with the Independent candidate, and apparently, there are two people fighting over which one of them should be the Reform Party candidate, and a court will have to decide which one of them will get to run, if the court allows either of them to run. It looks like Mississippi will either get more of the status quo (i.e., corrupt politicians making it look like they're doing us a lot of good when they're really doing nothing good at all), or we'll be taken downhill at the State level as fast as Obama is taking our Nation down at the Federal level.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Mississippi Gubernatorial Debate

I wanted to share with you some things about the Mississippi gubernatorial debate which was held last night at the Mississippi College School of Law from 7:00 to 9:00 that, if you didn't watch it, you wouldn't know about because the press isn't reporting on it so far.

Each candidate was given two minutes to make his opening remarks. I publicly pledged to ban abortion by Executive Order on Day One as my first official act in office. I pledged to implement a Mississippi FairTax, eliminating 74 of the 75 taxes that our State now collects, leaving only the sales tax, and leaving more of Mississippians' money in their own pockets. I pledged to stop illegal immigration immediately using all means necessary. And I pledged to improve education by issuing school vouchers to parents so they could decide where their own children will go to school, privatizing education in order to create free market competition, and returning the Holy Bible to all of our schools. I also stated that I had kicked off my campaign on the anniversary of Mississippi statehood, December 10th, in order to show my support for our State Constitution as well as our Federal Constitution.

Eight reporters from around the State asked a question, and each candidate got to answer each question, although we had only two minutes to answer, and we had one minute to respond to the final question.

The question was on national health care reform. I stated that I am against Obamacare, and suggested removing the state-to-state restrictions which have been in place since the days of FDR and which prevent state-to-state competition which could lower our health insurance costs. I asked the audience in attendance and those watching by television statewide to imagine paying $300.00 for a CAT scan instead of $4,000.00. Having only two minutes to answer each question, I didn't have time to say that at the federal level, with the FairTax, the people in the top third of the economy would benefit by 4 or 5 percent, those in the middle third would benefit by 7 or 8 percent, and those in the bottom third could benefit by as much as up to 12 percent because of a disproportionate amount of their income paying income and payroll taxes versus paying taxes on new items at the retail level. The FairTax would increase GDP by 10.5 percent, capital stock by 42 percent, labor supply by 4 percent, output by 12 percent, and real wages by 8 percent, and that the same thing would work at the State level. Other States, like Texas and North Dakota, are implementing ideas such as those I'm talking about, an they are experiencing very healthy growth, job creation, a strong State economy, and budget surpluses.

The second question was about whether we would support a State lottery. I opposed it, and said that I would go farther and say that if the people choose me to be our next Governor, then I will close every casino in Mississippi. At that point, there was an audible gasp from about 120 of the 140 people in attendance. But I suspect that there were some people watching at home who were cheering because they know that gambling causes an awful lot of harm, and no good at all.

On the Voter ID question, I stated that I signed the petition to put it on the ballot (I have also signed the petition to put the Personhood Amendment on the ballot, on which the Mississippi Supreme Court has still not decided, and I have signed the petition to stop giving public monies to people who are on drugs and people who are not U.S. citizens), and made the point that it is imperative that we have fair and honest elections because the people who hold public office make decisions that affect real people's lives. I emphasized the point by telling a joke about three fellows who came out of a building and realized that their keys were locked in their car. The first fellow said, "Let's get a coat hanger, put it through the window, and try to unlock the door." The second said, "No, a policeman might come along and think we're trying to steal the car!" The third said, "Well, we'd better do something quick, because it's starting to rain, and the top's down." That drew a good laugh from the crowd. I said that many times in government, the common sense solution is obvious to most of us, but to the people at the top, they just either don't seem to see it, or don't want to implement it, and that we need a Governor with common sense.

The fourth question was about Mississippi being last in the nation - that we're the poorest State and the fattest State, etc. I responded that the solution is a combination of several things: enforcing all of our laws, implementing the Mississippi FairTax, creating a safe and predictable legal environment where entrepreneurs aren't being privolously sued out of business, and providing a quality education to all of our children.

On the question of illegal immigration, I made the point that I married a beautiful lady who was born and raised in foreign country, and that we went through the entire legal process of paying over $800.00 in what I consider another tax to the Government, studying for the citizenship exam, filling out all of the legal paperwork, and her taking and passing the exam, and that in New Orleans in 1999, she was sworn in and became a legal naturalized citizen of the United States. That's the right, legal way to come into our country. I pledged to use all means necessary to stop illegal immigration immediately. I said that our current public officials have only been pretending to do something about illegal immigration and a lot of other things, and I mentioned my book, A New Day in Mississippi: The Corruption In Our Government, and What We Can Do About It In 2011, in which I have detailed much of the corruption, fraud, waste, abuse, harrassment, and persecution that is being committed by State, County, and Municipal employees in our State. (The book is available in some bookstores and online at the websites of Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, amazon.com, and on my publisher's website at http://sbpra.com/jamesbroadwater.)

The sixth question was on how we would do legislative redistricting. I disagreed with the candidates who wanted a third party to draw the district lines rather than elected officials, and I said that the political party who wins the election has the right to draw the lines - that when you win, then you have the right to make the decisions. I did draw a pleasing reaction from the crowd when I said that the federal government has created an unconstitutional law in which they have mandated that we in Mississippi draw a congressional district which ensures the continual re-election of Bennie Thompson.

The seventh question was about what we have done to create jobs, and what we would do about unemployment. Several of the candidates were big business owners who said that they have created many jobs, and I had to say that my family and I started our business only last year and that we have created three jobs for ourselves, but that as we grew and as some of our students became Black Belts, then some of them would likely start their own martial arts studios, creating jobs - and I said that when we order sparring gear and related items, it sure felt like we were keeping the supplier in business and creating jobs for them!

The final question was whether we would support having open primaries. I said that while I have spent most of my life in Mississippi, we lived five years in Louisiana, where they do have open primaries, and that I would support it. I said that while I believe that my party, the Republican Party, has better ideas and ideals, that there are people who have Democrats who are running for local office for whom they want to vote in the Primary, but they would also like to vote for me but they can't because I'm running in the Republican Primary. I told the crowd and those watching at home and elsewhere by television and online that President Reagan made the point that the people should be able to vote for whomever they want.

In my closing statement, I said that this election is about values. We need a Governor who takes seriously the fact that we can save the lives of 3,000 preborn babies every year in Mississippi with a Governor who will sign an Executive Order on Day One as his first official act in office banning abortion statewide, and that's exactly what I pledged to do. We need a Governor who will boost our economy and create jobs by implementing the Mississippi FairTax, which would eliminate every tax but the sales tax, which would tax only new items purchased at the retail level, and I pledged to implement the FairTax. I pledged to stop illegal immigration immediately, and to use all means necessary in order to do that. And I pledged to provide the environment for a quality education for every child by issuing school vouchers, privatizing education, and returning the Bible to our schools. For over 30 years, statistics have proven that home schooled children and children who attend private schools score higher on standardized tests than do children who go to public schools, and private schools and home school families are producing better results for a whole lot less money. I ended by saying, "May God bless you and your family, may God bless Mississippi, and may God bless America!"

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Book the Left (and the RINO Elitists) Don't Want You to Read!

My book, A New Day in Mississippi: The Corruption In Our Government, and What We Can Do About It In 2011, exposes exactly what it says, tells why Haley Barbour should never be President, and why people like Phil Bryant, Billy McCoy, and Lester Spell should never hold public office again. The press release about the publication of this important non-fiction, first-hand account was sent to the media back in December or January; however, they refuse to report on it. Some former Palin staffer just released a "tell-all" book about her, and it was all over the news. But my book may, thankfully, very well be having a good effect.

Since its release, Haley Barbour has announced that he will not be running for President in 2012. Billy McCoy has announced that he will not only be not seeking to be elected as Speaker of the House again, but he will not even be seeking re-election to the seat that he has held in the state house for so long. Lester Spell announced even before the book's release that he would not seek re-election as Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. (Could he have caught wind of it beforehand?)

Order your copy today at one of the following three websites:

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-new-day-in-mississippi-james-broadwater/1031017751

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/New-Day-Mississippi-Corruption-Government/dp/1609760700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1306954024&sr=1-1

Strategic Book Publishing
http://sbpra.com/jamesbroadwater

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Look Who's Supporting Bryant and Hewes

Look who's supporting Phil Bryant for Governor and Billy Hewes for Lieutenant Governor: Trent Lott.

See Clarion-Ledger story here: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110216/NEWS/102160334/Lott-supporting-Bryant-Hewes

Former U.S. Senator Trent Lott, who I write about in my book. Trent Lott, who resigned when it looked like he might be indicted for who knows what. Trent Lott, who resigned just one year into what turned out to be his final term, giving Governor Haley Barbour the opportunity to put whoever he wanted in that office to replace Lott. Trent Lott, who, as senate majority leader, refused to allow boxes and boxes of evidence to be admitted into the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. And according to this article, Trent Lott has done a fundraising event for Phil Bryant, which means that Bryant cannot disavow his acceptance of Lott's endorsement. I believe that this is yet another reason why we can do better than Phil Bryant, to turn a favorite phrase of Haley Barbour's.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Legislative Black Caucus and Education

The Legislative Black Caucus in Mississippi met yesterday to discuss their "concerns" over education. I am concerned about education, but not in the ways that they claim to be.

At least two members of the caucus claimed that throwing more money at our already failing education system would correct many of the ills in our state, and one stated that throwing money at the problem would mean that "we wouldn't have dropours exploding, we wouldn't be spending $400 million incarcerating people, we wouldn't have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation for the last eight out of ten years." They want to increase funding for education when we already spend 60 percent of our state budget on education.

I think that a better plan would be to privatize education, close down the state department of education, issue school vouchers to give parents a real choice in educating their own children, and stop robbing our children who attend public schools of the opportunity which is provided by having required Bible classes.

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