Friday, January 06, 2006

Vouchers, (Unconstitutional), Vouchers (Lite), and Vouchers (Stupid)

Well, well, well. Whaddya know. Jeb Bush’s proudest achievement just went down in flames. Florida’s Supreme Court ruled Frank Corte’s favorite thing un-freaking constitutional!

Jebbie now wants to find a way to fund his vouchers privately. Well, he should check with these San Antonio families first. These parents from the privately funded (by major Frank Corte supporter James Leininger) voucher program in the Edgewood School District in San Antonio, also say vouchers are a failure. And they should know, they took them from Mr. Leininger. And they found their kids sinking even deeper into failure, and themselves sinking even further financially, for they had to transport their kids to schools themselves, they had to pay out of their pockets for tutoring that public schools furnished free, and they had to pay even more for after-school care that is offered at many public schools at a reduced rate.

Never mind that the Florida Supreme Court found that vouchers undermine public schools and violates Florida’s constitutional requirement of a uniform system of free public education..

Jebbie needs to check with Frank. Frank has come up with some doozie voucher-lite plans.

But what Larry Stallings wants you to consider is that there are some cheaper, more effective ways to improve public schools.

The Bushes and their boy, Frank Corte, need a rest from all this school fixin’ that ain't fixin' nuthin'. They need to let Little Larry have a crack at helpin’ fix the schools that need fixin’ in the Great State of Texas. And y’all need to elect him to HD 122 so he can do it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Republicans. Smaller Government. Didn't this used to be their THING?

Ok, so first Frank Corte authors this bill, which was designed to delineate the rights and responsibilities of parents. Because this, apparently, is a matter open for some debate.


I mean, seriously, whether or not parents are in charge of the upbringing of their children or not is a huge controversy that must be addressed by the Lege. Because otherwise, we parents are gonna be all confused over the subject and might forget we have young'uns to raise? And drop them off at the mall to be watched over by the perfume sample girl until they turn 18?

But this bill isn't my example of Republicans getting too big for their "small government" britches. Because, contain your glee, it gets weirder.

I'm using it to point out my confusion about this bill instead.

Now this bill, THIS bill, requires anyone that provides Internet access in Texas to provide at least trial versions of blocking software that can limit childrens' access to objectionable material. The fine starts at $2000.00 per day with a maxiumum fine of no more than [koff, koff] $60,000.

Which is it, Frank? Either I'm responsible for "the duty of care, control, protection, [and] reasonable discipline" of my child, or I'm completely untrustworthy and you have to force my ISP to provide me with porn blocking software.

Here's a better idea. I'll keep my computer in a common room so I can monitor my children's online wanderings; and you spend all this time, attention, and fine-levying to get my ex-husband to pay his many months of past-due child support.

If you really want to care for and protect children, that would be the infinitely more productive route.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Morality Corner - Who Decides Who Dies? Frank Corte?

Express News staff writer Maro Robbins wrote an
article on May 25, 2005 concerning Senate Bill
60. It proposed granting Texas juries the choice of the death
penality or life without parole. The vote in
the Texas House was 104 to 37 in favor of granting
juries the option of selecting life without parole.

Only one San Antonio representative voted against this
bill. Frank Corte. The same Frank Corte who claims to
be a deacon, Sunday school teacher and a pro-life
advocate. The same Frank Corte who actually wrote
legislation to place the words In God We Trust in the Texas House.

Mr. Corte should take the time to read from the Book Of Exodus, chapter 20, verse 13.

That verse says "You shall not kill".

Now, this old soldier has been more than prepared to kill during my 30 year military career. I am still prepared to do so if I must to protect those I love from harm. And in my heart, I am not 100% against the execution of those who perpetrate particularly horrible crimes. But I trust my fellow Texans serving on a jury to decide who those particular criminals might be who should be executed.

I don't think Frank Corte should decide in advance what good Texans should be deciding in the jury room. Do you?