Originally published http://tinyurl.com/3yncs68 10/09/10
This is a Q&A in response to my "11 Questions for Texas Governor Candidates" which you can find here.
The questions are from Marie Bagatela who comments here frequently. So My thanks to her.
Her questions are in bold, my answers are not and I encourage you all to click the links I provide and read and decide for yourselves. Please do this especially if you live in Texas. It's important we have an informed electorate!
Be aware, and I'm very open on this, I am a liberal. I support Bill White, the Democrat, for governor. I don't love the Dems but White is a better alternative than Perry.
1)No, woman should have a choice base on her conscience, do she wont to keep the baby & can she love him after when it start looking like the father!
Obviously, but considering the current crop of GOP candidates who are for taking out the rape/incest exception, and one is wanting to take out the health of the mother exception, t's a pertinent question this cycle.
2)it is a trick Q, creationism is not science!
You'd better tell that to the Texas State Board of Education who very nearly voted to weaken the study of evolution last year:
This is quite relevant as the Gov. has quite a bit of sway as he appoints one of the members to lead as chair.
3)No, being big don't give them the right to play God, civil right belong to people of different walk of life!
Yes but the TSBOE recently voted to play down the role of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and to play up the more violent rhetoric of the Black Panthers in history textbooks.
4)Mix of apple & oranges, War machine have nothing to do with poverty, even if they abandon the war industry all together, there will be still poor people because the system is creating them on a daily base!
This isn't true. For every bomb you make you take millions of dollars out of the federal budget that could go for meals programs and shelters. This is important for the candidates of all levels to answer because it shows where their values lie.
6)Select people with a strong conviction, follow their deed and if they go astray, vote them out next circle...but hey, that mean educated population also in civic and politics!
Rick Perry recently directed several million dollars to companies that also had given him thousands in campaign contributions. So I'd like to know how the candidates would propose to fix this loophole.
7)yes in general! But when I think about certain historical figure, no!
What certain historical figure do you mean? Term limits limits corruption and never lets a elected or appointed official feel too comfortable.If an elected official knows they'll keep their job forever it makes them less likely to think about the people or standing on their own principles and rather how to keep that job indefinitely.
8)have no clue about that one, don't live in Texas, and hear in Nevada never look at that!
As we struggle with budget issues, and as the Republicans are questioning the minimum wage, I'm thinking we should also be looking at pay cuts for congressional and state leaders as well as those on the federal level.
9)You not serious about that one...chip and dale! The way I understand Governor is like a
President of the state, he is not like most people, he suppose to be a leader, and the way he look, where he live and how he conduct himself should be a matter of pride, not arithmetic!- Sorry, my opinion!
First off, please never apologize for giving your opinion. You're in America and at least for now you have a right to it. and nope, I'm not making that up at all. In the fall of 2007 Rick Perry and his family started renovating the Governor's Mansion and moved into a house that costs the tax payers $9,900/month. Less than a year later, in June 2008, there was an arson fire at the Governor's Mansion and the Perrys have been living in the same rented house since.
Now, when Hurricane Ike struck the Texas Gulf Coast in 2008 a tree went thru a friend of mine's roof and they still had to live in their home until it was fixed. They didn't have the tax payers to help them out.
10)It is a shame! How the Hell the system is set that way? Can believe education is treated like a burden to the Society!
Ask Gov. Perry. In Jan. of this year he declined to apply for up to $700 million for the state's education fund. He argued it would too firmly tie his hands on education. For the record he has no history as a teacher or an educator.
More recently, to quote the Austin Chronicle:
On Sept. 3, Texas submitted an application for its $830 million share of the $26 billion in job support cash allocated by Congress under House Resolution 1586; $10 billion of that was set aside for education spending, intended to prevent an estimated 160,000 teacher layoffs nationwide and alleviate the pressures of low teacher salaries. If Texas' application had been approved, the Austin Independent School District stood to gain $17.5 million.On Sept. 3, Texas submitted an application for its $830 million share of the $26 billion in job support cash allocated by Congress under House Resolution 1586; $10 billion of that was set aside for education spending, intended to prevent an estimated 160,000 teacher layoffs nationwide and alleviate the pressures of low teacher salaries. If Texas' application had been approved, the Austin Independent School District stood to gain $17.5 million.
But on Sept. 8, the Department of Educa tion announced that it was rejecting Texas' application because of what amounted to a poison pill inserted in the application by Texas Education Com missioner Robert Scott on Perry's behalf that was designed to flout an amendment in the enabling legislation authored by Travis County Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
The amendment, which obliged Texas to maintain education spending for three years (rather than one year, as is the case for other states), was a response to Perry's use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money in 2009 to shore up the state budget.
Find the rest of that article here:
11) Ah, the death penalty! I believe those people who commit crime so terrible to deserve a death penalty are already dead deep inside, killing them is a favour for them, sort of liberation of the demons they carry inside, other then that...
It is not just Texas it is a whole USA that produce prisoners, that penalise its own citizen beyond comprehension! They use to say that is a sigh of decay, who know? The Justice system is based on money, like every other system, I do believe that is the real problem!
Possibly but this particular question is important to states that have the death penalty in general but to Texas specifically as we have the highest execution rate in the country.
So Michael, U have my answers...
Waiting for Your reply!
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