Fund it by eliminating the unconstitutional US Department of Education and reduce the cost by allowing unrestricted school vouchers for parents to pay the tuition (I'm sure these suggestions will be well received).posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 - 17:30
Yes Mr. Pitts, the terrorists also knew no one on the streets of jolly old England would likely be armed via a concealed carry permit, and be able to stop them from carrying out this heinous attack. So for those ABH commenters that legally carry concealed weapons, neither you nor Mr. Benson realize the true power given to thugs like those that hacked a man to death when governments restrict the lawful carrying of firearms. Weapons free zones, once again, have proven to be a murderers paradise. Sad the two of you seem to be oblivious to the real message of the attack.
Pitts closes with, "But the only power they have is the power we give them." More truth in that statement than he realizes. Look at the power the government, which is suppose to protect the God given right of life, has given to those that want to murder innocent people; whether it is a gun free zone or a Planned Parenthood Clinic.posted @ Monday, May 27, 2013 - 22:31
[quote][b]dahreese[/b] - Ridiculous, perhaps, if you are a male and see the wife as "the little woman" who's 'biblical duty' is to follow the dictates of her husband - even when he's wrong.[/quote]
Got to challenge you on this one. What scripture mandates that a wife's "'biblical duty' is to follow the dictates of her husband - even when he's wrong?"posted @ Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 19:13
Tanner is riding the wave of the current "sky is falling" hysteria that permeates the liberal play book. Make everything a crisis, fabricate anecdotal stories, and ignore the fact that any money paying for it is being borrowed - adding to the debt burden of generations to come. There are other answers to delivery of heath care that will reduce its cost and increase its availability, but no one should start with the erroneous premise that health care is a right. Once that line is crossed, housing, food, transportation, and myriad other items will be added to the list of rights.posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:10
Yarbrough's fictional homily aside, he has unwittingly provided the reason unrestricted school vouchers for accredited public, private, and parochial schools, and authorized home-schools, should become public policy.
He believes there is too much "bureaucratic and uncoordinated red tape at all levels of government from Washington to the local school board" for teachers to manage. He is right, and that is why all of this will be eliminated in a voucher program. Bureaucrats and teachers in the government schools will then be free to look at the impediments to educating students, and develop organizations that can get the job done. It introduces the free market into the education system that allows government school systems to compete for students. Our government schools employ some of the best and brightest. To oppose vouchers is to imply that government school employees, left to the invisible hand of Adam Smith, could not compete with what is offered in private and parochial schools.
Does Yarbrough hold such a low opinion of teachers and administrators in government schools that he believes they cannot compete given the unencumbered opportunity? Whether or not he realizes it, that is implied in his opinion piece.
By the way, Yarbrough did not give us the CEO's answer. The CEO, among other things, made the way for job opportunities so that people can own homes and pay the property taxes that are confiscated in order to fund government schools where the teacher has an opportunity to be employed.posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 - 23:10
@soulpen: No one mandates that people live in those areas. Your dogmatic assertion that this sequestration will cause these places to become ghost towns is simply unrealistic. Let the invisible hand of Adam Smith operate. I have a lot more confidence in American entrepreneurship.posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 - 15:44
@soulpen: Which rich politician did you vote not to reelect this past November?
By the way, I have viewed the sights from atop mountain peaks that are more than 14,000 feet tall. I have spent many weeks in the Wind River Range, the Sangre de Cristo range, the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon, the plains of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, the forests of the great northwest, the Black Hills, the Great Smokey Mountains, the Outer Banks, and many other National Parks in our great nation. Those places are not going to disappear because of sequestration.
There will come a day when all of the earth will be destroyed by fire, and a new earth will be created by our Almighty God. While we are to be good stewards of the earth God has given us, it inevitably will be replaced by one that is beyond our imagination. This is the hope we have in Christ Jesus.posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 - 15:38
@soulpen: There was a chance to fire the government - including Obama - last November and replace it with conservative representatives, senators, and executives. Obviously, it did not happen. Obama is the one who came up with the idea of sequester and pushed both houses of congress to pass it. Hopefully, you did not vote for the very person who is responsible for creating this boondoggle - but if it cuts the rate of growth in our spending, it cannot be all bad.
As for communities and others hurting due to the sequester, that is a straw man argument. Communities and job loss are due to the failed economic policies of Obama. So this is two "beefs" you should have with the president; not only the effect on the NPS, but the fact you have fewer opportunities for employment.
Maybe there is some hope that exists in the current budget. No, that cannot be so, because the US Senate has not passed a budget in 4 years. Perhaps Obama's budget for the next fiscal year will have some adjustment that will help the country get back on a sound economic growth plan. However, since he has unlawfully not submitted a budget, we have no way to find out.posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 - 15:26
Spending is not being cut by the sequester. This is the lie being perpetuated by the Obama administration. In Washington DC speak "a cut in spending" is a cut in the planned rate of growth. Spending will be more than was spent in the previous year, but the increase from the previous year will not be at the amount originally planned. There is still an increase.
Most of us would think that a cut in spending means that less money will actually be spent. For example, you spent $100 last year. A cut in spending is spending less than $100 this year. In Washington DC it simply means that the $110 you were budgeted to spend will only be $105. It is still a spending increase - to most of us - but in Washington DC it is a cut!posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 - 15:09
When I first read it, I thought I had fallen asleep and awakened on April 1.posted @ Monday, February 18, 2013 - 23:50
Ponsoldt asserts the bill will "undermine public education for purely ideological reasons." Odd, Ponsoldt is against the bill for purely ideological reasons. So whose ideology trumps the other - the government school establishment or the taxpayer's who want vouchers? I guess the people's elected representatives are the ones that will decide.
He goes further to assert that the vouchers will only direct taxpayer funds "for private purposes and private individuals who do not need financial help." Why does Ponsoldt assume the vouchers will not be used by individuals who need financial help to send a child to a private school for which the voucher will more than cover the tuition they cannot currently afford? Sounds like a very bigoted statement.
Ponsoldt cites unidentified stories about 180 school days being a magic threshold for students to "benefit significantly." This actually supports the need for vouchers in that it brings the "invisible hand" of Adam Smith into the market forces of education and forces creative solutions to issues such as Ponsoldt's 180 benchmark. No doubt there are those who would be able to teach the same material, to the same students, for less money per student, improve the quality of education, and complete it in 170 or 165 or 161 days.
There should be unrestricted school vouchers usable at any accredited school in Georgia, or approved homeschool program, for all students, so the parents can choose the education their child receives . . . public, private, parochial (in lieu of the 3 R's of education, this is the 3 P's of school vouchers).posted @ Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 02:51
@grove600: You are correct. Typical liberal response is, "It is someone else's fault and they must be punished." Personal responsibility and accountability are simply non-existent in the liberal mindset.posted @ Friday, February 15, 2013 - 10:55
Add one more industry to Snowden's list for economic growth: Medical industry. Whether educating (new Medical college campus), caring for, or research development that may support both.posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 16:08
"Employees who have showed signs of mental or emotional instability could not be armed in school, though the decisions on whether an employee should be disqualified would rest with local school officials."
They cannot carry a gun, but they are allowed to teach our children? If they are that unstable, why do we allow them to teach! Unbelievable.posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 00:24
Fact check on Rubio: He is 100% accurate.
Fact check on Obama: The truth is not in him.posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 00:13
There is a Greek word that describes Obama SOTU speech: Hogwasheo.posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 00:05
A look back at history reveals it was a passionate minority believing in the God given rights of life, liberty, and property that declared the 13 colonies to be independent and were willing to fight against tyrannical rulers to procure what God had already established. That generation did not compromise the God given rights, but willingly pledged their lives to set right the wrong.
This is the issue that confronts us today. Moral relativism has led many to believe there is no absolute truth as to what is right and wrong in our society. The founders and fighters for our nation had an anchor for the truths they believed - the Bible. Unfortunately, when the writers of the Constitution began "compromising" these truths, we had a document flawed with racial and gender injustices that reflected the humanistic views of society.
We must stand upon the truth of scriptures and not compromise - no matter who may try and twist the scriptures to their advantage, or ignore them for the ways of secular humanism.posted @ Friday, February 1, 2013 - 10:36
@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: Just remember, the Bible contains the truths, principles, and precepts that provide the wisdom necessary to vote in concert with a biblical worldview. It is not the sole source of information about any public policy, but provides the basis on which to evaluate the information to determine if the proposed public policy will be supported, amended, or rejected.posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 21:28
@broomsedge: Ah yes, the old Thomas Jefferson used the wall of separation phrase ploy. Go read the total letter he wrote back to the pastor and you will see the context in which it was used. And yes, I do agree with the first amendment as intended by the original writers.posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 21:14
@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: Absolutely. Since there is nowhere in the US Constitution that those words are used, why should I?
Btw - I like your moniker. The T J in my name actually is Thomas Jefferson!posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 10:02
@Lovedo: Read the penultimate paragraph in the letter and you will see these words: "I’m a registered Democrat and have been heavily involved in Democratic politics for more than a decade."
So yes, he states he is a registered Democrat. Also, why is it bickering when I express a constitutionally protected First Amendment right point of view that is contrary to the writer's? Why is it not a healthy debate?posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 10:00
Robert, you are a registered Democrat in Georgia? I wasn't aware a person registered with a party affiliation. Where do you live in Georgia that requires you register a party affiliation?
Also, in line with Used2b, how do you define compromise? Is agreeing with abortion on demand up to 21 weeks a compromise, or is it 20 weeks, or 22 weeks, or up to the point that the head of the baby is still in the birth canal? How does someone know at what point they will no longer compromise if they do not have an established set of values that guides them, no matter the pressure they get to abandon those values for the sake of bi-partisanship?
I will vote for a candidate that has a biblical worldview and who is not willing to compromise his or her worldview for the sake of appeasing those whose contrary viewpoint are based upon human secularism or moral relativism (that may meet your definition of extreme). Fortunately, I believe we will have such candidates from which to choose.posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 21:07
Here is the biblical perspective on gun control, as published in this paper: http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2013-01-11/haas-gun-control-efforts-are-...posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 15:21
@ponsoldt: You forget one thing. The president serves we the people. We do not serve the president. The president has the authority to order the military to lay down arms, but has zero authority to tell me what to do with mine. We have laws - not a dictator - that determines what I may or may not do. And if the president breaks the law, as the leader of only one of the three branches of our government, there is the ability of redress by the other branches. For some reason, people forget that the president does not have dictatorial powers.posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 18:48
@Ferrol Katz: Yes, she has expressed an opinion. The validity of it when compared to the reasons stated by our founders to include the 2nd amendment, is the issue. History is replete with governments, kingdoms, rulers, dictators, and others that oppressed the God given rights of life, liberty, and property by disarming the general populace. For some reason, we believe it will never happen in our nation - when in actuality, the rhetoric of today by some of our national politicians (Biden and Cuomo) shows the very real potential.posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 18:35
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