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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Get the 2007 Candidate Survey

Want to know what the candidates think about the issues? Check out this survey of the New Brighton Mayoral, City Council, and the Mounds View School Board candidates.


Blogger John Galt said...

This just makes me feel like I don't want to vote for anybody. Some of these school board candidates have a really odd mix of views. Bob Sundberg, who looks otherwise unobjectionable, says "Yes, the Bible is my source of moral standards" AND "yes, I support state casinos and lotteries?" How is this possible? Sure, sometimes we can make a separation between acceptable state policy and Biblical moral standards, but in the case of state-sponsored gambling, which so clearly amounts to exploitation of the poor and leads to all sorts of degradation, I don't think any responsible policymaker should separate morality and policy.

10/31/2007 7:31 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

For the most part I second John's sentiments. Other than Sundberg, the slate of candidates appear to be the prototype mouthpieces for Education Minnesota and further entrenching the liberal education bureaucracy. Check out the EM lockstep stands on tuition tax credits or vouchers.

Theoretically the school board is supposed to look after the interests of the students, the community, and the taxpayers. This bunch, with the exception of Sundberg, appears to be actively working against our interests at every opportunity. The board is nothing but an extension of the teacher unions and liberal political interests.

The choices offered in this election are just more evidence in a long line that the current education bureaucracy is broken beyond repair and must be dismantled in favor of a market driven, primarily privatized system.

10/31/2007 11:51 AM  
Blogger G-Man said...

There are very few "perfect" candidates. Many good ones will differ with their apparent ideology on at least one issue. I don't always know if this demonstrates man's ability to make exceptions for pet issues or a simple disagreement with the interpretation of their ideological framework.

Still, if Bob Sundberg is to be singled out from this survey, he should stand out as the conservative's ONLY choice for the Mounds View School Board. He is the only candidate who appears willing to serve as a steward for the taxpayer and for the parents of students. As Right Hook points out, all the other candidates appear to be hand-picked representatives of the union bosses at the MEA.

Here's a tip to prospective school board candidates. Should you seek my vote, you had best support – and not fear – tax credits (or vouchers) and tax deductions for private school tuition. If you feel the government school system offers a superior product, then don't be afraid of the competition – embrace it. Moreover, have the courage to put that which is right before that which is union gospel.

Let's be honest here. There is one reason and one reason only to oppose tax breaks for private school tuition – the teachers union wants NO competition. PERIOD. As then Secretary of Education, Bill Bennett learned, no budget increase is high enough to convince the National Education Association to accept tax breaks for private tuition. It's not about the money, its about keeping the monopoly on schools.

Parents who send their kids to private school are currently forced to pay for the education of their neighbor's kids as well as their own. This is like buying your house outright while paying the mortgage for your neighbor's too. After relieving the government school system of the responsibility to educate their kids, parents who choose private school deserve to receive tax breaks that approach the money that would otherwise be spent on their kids by the government. Instead, the MEA school board candidates want these parents to forfeit this benefit – a benefit toward which they have been paying in taxes for many years before their kids grew old enough for school.

There is one shining light in all of this. The Mounds View School Board does not control government sponsored gambling – other than gambling with our kids education.

11/01/2007 5:11 PM  
Blogger Force50 said...

I agree with G-Man. About vouchers, tax credits, everything. Also Bob Sundberg is starting to look like an outstanding candidate unafraid to speak his mind and stand up to the union.

A while ago I saw an article about the outrageous salaries paid to NEA managers and how one of the main focuses was pushing the gay agenda in the public schools. I misplaced it. Does anyone know a source for this info. It's a good bet the typcial NEA starts at 10 and ends 2 with a nice break for lunch ...

11/02/2007 9:36 AM  

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