MCDANIEL: Limited Government, Moral Truth and Conservatives Greatest Challenge.

12 July 2013 Leave a comment

The answers given are typical answers that have nothing to do with the betterment of the state……and as I asked….who asked these questions of him? As long as we Mississippians keep elected people like this we will forever be at the bottom of all good lists and the top of all bad lists….,it is that simple.

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BY: Chris McDaniel @senatormcdaniel

Recently, I was asked to answer a number of questions regarding political thought and philosophy. Three of which are answered below. I hope you enjoy.

(1) Often in society virtue is identified or linked with collectivism, why is a limited government the most moral option?

Collectivism, if truly voluntary, has the potential to result in positive outcomes – for example, faith communities, civic clubs and charities. However, collectivism cannot properly be defined as moral or virtuous if any degree of coercion is involved. This is particularly true when government is mandating collective solutions. Forced collectivism often works as an antisocial instrument, crippling the division of labor, voluntary interchange and even individual creativity.

On the other hand, limited government – or put another way, liberty – allows for the exercise of personal choice, which is an indispensable component of morality. Indeed, how can an action be considered…

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Mississippi Supreme Court will look at constitutionality of death penalty law.

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The Mississippi Supreme Court may decide the constitutionality of a 1994 state law that allows it to find “harmless” errors committed by juries in death penalty cases.

Roger Lee Gillett challenged the law in his post-conviction petition that seeks to overturn his death sentence or to get him a new trial.

The law was enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a Mississippi case in 1990 that state appellate courts can uphold murderers’ death sentences, even if their sentencing juries wrongly considered some adverse evidence.

Chandler Clemons had challenged the reweighing of the sentencing evidence in his case. The case dealt only with the sentencing phase of a capital murder trial, not Clemons’ convictions.

The U.S. Supreme Court stopped short of upholding the Mississippi death sentence of Clemons. But it ruled that describing a crime to juries as “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel” without further definition — as was…

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MS Supreme Court won’t stop Hinds County Judges hearing on open-carry law.

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The Mississippi Supreme Court on Tuesday said it won’t undo a circuit judge’s order that’s blocking an open-carry gun law from taking effect.

A panel of three justices said they made their decision for procedural reasons, and “the panel expresses no opinion respecting the merits of the matters pending before the circuit court.”

Their ruling means that Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd can hold a July 8 hearing he had already set, to decide whether to extend the injunction he handed down this past Friday.

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Education By Lotto

Today is the magic day….the day when Mississippi’s new charter school law goes into effect……I bet you are asking just what the Hell is that all about…..will read on, McDuff…..

The new law allows up to 15 start-ups a year under the only authorizer in the state: the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. In low-performing Districts (those rated ‘D’ or ‘F’), these schools can launch without local school board approval, but local districts will have veto power over start-ups in A, B and C districts. One of the proponents of this new law, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, feels that once charter schools prove themselves, the A, B, and C-rated districts will welcome start-up applicants as well, but for now Mississippi’s law clearly directs charter schools toward the lowest performing communities.

Mississippi has a notoriously poor education system even though the residents are promised a better one with each election and seldom see any change…..but Bryant and his band of confederates have given us a ‘new’ program….that being one of charter schools.

Charter schools where your child’s education is in the hands of an idiot with a bingo machine….it is a lotto….and you know your odds of winning the lottery, right?

Critics feel that it is unacceptably difficult to enforce the provisions of the charter, which they say makes charter schools essentially accountable to no one. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this greater accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups, including the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them. Charter schools can theoretically be closed for failing to meet the terms set forth in their charter, but in practice, this can be difficult, divisive and controversial. One example was the 2003 revocation of the charter for a school called Urban Pioneer in the San Francisco Unified School District, which first came under scrutiny when two students died on a school wilderness outing. An auditor’s report found that the school was in financial disarray and posted the lowest test scores of any school in the district except those serving entirely non-English-speakers. It was also accused of academic fraud, graduating students with far fewer than the required credits. Yet charter-school advocates led a heated and divisive protest against revoking the charter. In addition, even greater concerns arise when, as in Michigan, many charter schools are run for profit. Many educators worry that education will suffer when funding is split between profit and educational spending, rather than going completely toward teaching as is done in traditional public schools. Studies have already shown many instances of charter schools cutting programs or refusing the educate students with special needs so as to maintain profitability. Charter schools in Michigan, where for-profit charters are common, have largely been poorly implemented and students have performed at a much lower level than their traditional public school counterparts.

This will do little to improve the education of all students….it will however help some to a good education and the raising of profits for the private companies that will be in control…..

Is this the educational system you were promised or for that matter the one you voted for in the last comedy we call elections?

Breaking: State Judge blocks Open-carry law from taking effect.

29 June 2013 Leave a comment

This is a silly law….guns everywhere…..idiots with guns is never a good idea…..we will see how far this goes…legally that is…..

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A state judge blocked Mississippi’s open-carry gun law from taking effect next week, writing in a Friday ruling that the law was vague and that an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd scheduled a hearing July 8 to consider more arguments about whether to extend the injunction.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith requested that the law be blocked, and Kidd granted the temporary injunction during an emergency hearing.

House Bill 2 clarifies that people in Mississippi don’t need any kind of state-issued permit to carry a gun that’s not concealed.

The bill’s main sponsor, Republican Rep. Andy Gipson, of Braxton, said the law simply restates the state constitution’s right to bear arms. But some sheriffs and police chiefs worry people could become trigger-happy and hurt civilians or law-enforcement officers.

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Future Of Casinos

24 June 2013 Leave a comment

Back in the day when casinos were coming to the Mississippi Coast I wrote a piece about the Law of Diminishing Returns to argue against an unlimited amount of casinos….it seems that they were building casinos to have something to do……..

Law of Diminishing Returns simply put is if there is a finite amount of casino revenue, say $10 million, then the more casinos there are the more diluted the revenue will be…..now with the slowdown of the economy the casinos have suffered the same fate……when the bill passed the state legislature the deal was that the tax revenue would be used to sure up the sagging education system……well we stilkl have one of the worse systems around and the funds found there way into the “general fund”…….

But could the casino become a burden on the state?  Under normal conditions they should not……but there is nothing usual about the Mississippi gaming system……what could be a possible result of a casino failure?

Well, let’s look at Delaware, shall we………

Lawmakers appear ready to support Gov. Jack Markell’s plan to use $8 million from higher-than-expected state tax collections to bail out the state’s casino industry. But it’s not clear if the state aid will forestall layoffs threatened by casinos that have seen revenues plummet from intense regional competition.Sen. Robert Venables, who chairs the General Assembly’s join Bond Bill committee, said Tuesday $8 million is “better than nothing” for the industry, which has pleaded with lawmakers and the governor in recent weeks for help to reduce its tax burden.

If the proposal makes it into the final draft of the Bond Bill, tied in with hundreds of millions in school and infrastructure spending, it’s likely to pass the General Assembly without debate.

Now how is that?  An industry that makes obscene profits could get a government bailout…….could this be the future of the failing casinos of the Gulf Coast?

Save Mississippi’s Medicaid

19 June 2013 Leave a comment

During the regular legislative session, lawmakers did not reauthorize Medicaid funding. Thus, on July 1, Mississippi’s Medicaid program will no longer be funded. This will not only affect individuals covered by Medicaid, but all who are employed in jobs that are funded in full or in part by Medicaid dollars. The defunding of Medicaid will result in thousands of layoffs and firings in the health care field.

 

That’s why I started a petition to Governor Phil Bryant, which says:

 

As July 1, 2013 ticks ever closer, we understand the tremendous impact not funding Medicaid will have on our state. Not only will thousands of children, pregnant women, and the disabled not have the health care they desperately need, but money for sliding fee scale clinics, STD testing, pregnancy prevention, and mental health services will be cut off from the community. This lack of funding will lead to massive layoffs and firings within the Mississippi health care and social services sector.

The health and well-being of Mississippi is not a partisan issue. Call the special session immediately!

 

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

 

Thanks!

 

–Laurie Roberts

 

Time to step up and help the people of Mississippi….we have had enough vague promises and political games……time to get serious about the state’s residents……