Last Utah General Legislative Session for 2011, I remember seeing bill after
bill sponsored by Sen. Dan Liljenquist pass the house. I was amazed at the
respect he and the bills had. I was amazed at how both republicans and democrats
voted for them.For example, his 2011 SB 180 Medicaid Reform bill
passed both houses with no votes against it from either party and was signed by
the Governor.With at least 7 bills, both the house and senate, both
republicans and democrats all voted for the reforms Senator Dan Liljenquist
proposed. In all, 9 of his bills were signed by the Governor.We need
that in Washington DC. These are the same areas that are bankrupting our nation.
Again, we need Dan Liljenquist in Washington DC. Yes, we have a US Senator with
35 years of seniority, but remember that in 2011, Senator Dan Liljenquist was
still in his first 4 year term. He did it without seniority.
I do have concerns that vouchers could be a tool to have State Government, (and
perhaps even the Federal government), have more control over private schools.The Federal government has no Constitutional right to be involved in
education. The State Constitution is pretty clear that "Neither the
state of Utah nor its political subdivisions may make any appropriation for the
direct support of any school or educational institution controlled by any
religious organization. "So vouchers couldn't directly help
any private religious school, any school accepting vouchers could have more
government control, and any private school not accepting the vouchers could be
at a disadvantage to those that do.I am more open to private charity
scholarships and/or tuition tax credits, as they are less apt to run a foul of
the State Constitution or create more government intrusion. The numbers would
have to be looked at and work, as the last thing we want to do is hurt either
the students or the teachers. Charter Schools are public schools with more local
control. They interest me. We should monitor their progress. In some cases
Charter Schools are doing great.
I wish LaVarr Webb, who is right on 99% of what he says, could realize something
about vouchers. It will not privatize education as desired. It will
"publickize" private schools as they accept the subsidy. It will end up
bringing all the regs on the private schools, while forcing private schools, who
wish to remain independent by not accepting vouchers, out of business. Look at
what happened to Sweden and what IS starting to happen in Indiana. That takes
away choice rather than enhancing it.
Re: Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT"Senator Dan Liljenquist was still in his
first 4 year term. He did it without seniority."There is a world
of difference between being a state senator and and United States Senator. When
Hillary Clinton was elected to the US Senate she went in like a whirlwind and
was quickly put in her place as a junior senator where she was expected to be
seen and not heard. That is just the way it is. Seniority is
everything in Washington.
I remember Dan...wait, no, I don't. He missed 24% of the votes the year
AFTER his pension reform Missed the key redistricting vote while on a Disney
Cruise, expanded the s-chip federally unfunded entitlement program, accepted a
billion dollars of TARP bailout (voting against the most conservative Utah
legislators). I think I'll support Romney, and replace Hatch...in 6 years
when he retire. 63% conservative rating for Dan just won't hack it.
Walkers survival is Obama's doom. Wisconsin was a BIG loss for unions and
the Obama agenda going forward because it clearly demonstrated that a state
could indeed CUT its debt from over 2 billion down to 100 million and reduce
unemployment from 7.8% to 6.7% all the while forcing a leveling the playing
field for unions. People in the state responded positively for Walker because
they clearly saw an improving economy brought on by following principles
opposite from what Obama preaches (borrow and spend). Wisconsin is going to be a
GREAT case study that Romney can use to show that - cutting and not spending -
is the best way forward to jump start a dead economy. This is really exposing
Obama-nomics for the fraud that it is and showing people that common sense is a
far better way forward for the country as a whole.