Credibility Lacking in this Blog: Yes I did read the post, I have read all of the posts and I follow David's blog and the generally negative comments. So David supported 123, so did a majority of voters, (I personally held my nose and voted for it). Why? Because David, myself and the majority of Arizona voters know that we need to get more money into our public schools and we need to do it now. I don't get your comment that my supporting 123 and TUSD, David "destroyed whatever credibility he might have had....."
I don't get the nay-sayer commenters on this blog. Education and education funding is the number one issue for Arizona voters. This from surveys conducted by both Republican and Democratic and independent pollsters. Why shouldn't David write about it? Why should'n't David report on the position of wannabe elected officials. The issue is important to most voters/taxpayers/citizens and it is of vital importance to our future, our children's future and to our economy.
Tax cuts have not worked, we've been trying tax cuts to grow the economy for 25 years, it has not worked. Perhaps investing in our kids might have a better outcome.
Thank you, David for this objective take on Diane Douglas. I, too, have been skeptical/critical/concerned and so forth about her tenure. But she did go on a listening tour and she has reached out to the community to learn our concerns. Unfortunately, I am afraid that she has "dulled her sword" by some of her antics and theatrics plus she is unqualified. I only wish she had the ear of the governor and that she had some credibility with him.
Keep it up!!
Here is the sad truth, about 2/3rds of our Republican Legislature are members of ALRC the Koch founded, corporate funded bill mill that introduces "model" legislation. The are opposed to our public schools and want the government to fund private for profit schools. They support private prisons and the entire Koch agenda. So.....when someone runs for office ask the question, "Are you a member of ALEC?" If they are, remember, they don't represent you they represent big business and the Koch industries.
David, again an excellent and well written article. This accurately describes what only six well meaning representatives can do. Your point is that by turning down Kids Care, we turn back $80 mil in Fed dollars for other states to use. Thus affecting negatively our economy.
What is not mentioned in this article is the outsized influence of ALEC and the Koch ideology. No mention of funding for the Koch "research" institutes at ASU and U of A. So the high jacking of our State government goes on.
The factoid that is missing in David's article is the fact that 2/3rds of our legislature including Biggsie and Lil Deb (Lesko) are members of ALEC the Koch founded and corporate funded special interest lobby group that works to defund education, build private prisons and reduce taxes for corporations. The defunding education is a prime tenet of their agenda. So....check your legislators, are they members of ALEC? Then vote them out.
And...by the way Frank Stagg: Head Start is a success based on an unbiased HHS study completed in 2010. You might argue that is it cost effective? I don't know, but the program is successful
Many of the commenters here seem to be confused about Arizona vs. the US government. David Safier is commenting about the STATE, about education and about the seemingly inexorable march towards acorporate controlled, ideologically driven mini-dictatorship. The fact is that we need the press to keep an eye on the legislature - Gowan has shown himself to be dishonest with his misuse of his taxpayer funded expense account - we need the press to at least expose this smarmy "public servant" for what he is. We need the legislature to quit messing with education and fund it. And, if we pass laws and rules about ballot collection, etc. these same rules need to be applied to the same representatives that pass them. I, for one, am tired of the hypocrisy
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