CALL TO ACTION: KS HB2515

HB2515, to establish the Kansas Scholarship Act, is on the agenda for the Senate Education committee meeting today.

When did it become and where is it stated in the Constitution that it is the responsibility of government to manage the workforce?

It is NOT CONSTITUTIONAL.

It is NOT a characteristic of a LIMITED GOVERNMENT designed to protect the right and ability of Americans to enjoy lives of maximum individual freedom.

This bill embodies SOCIALIST characteristics.

This bill asks the GOVERNMENT to be involved in INFLUENCING the JOB market.

This is NOT an AMERICAN characteristic.

This bill is just one of several un-American bills that overwhelmingly passed the House.  It is sponsored by a House Republican, Representative Tarwater.  ONLY SIX representatives VOTED AGAINST it, four of whom were Republicans.

HB2515 provides for the annual COLLABORATION with the Department of Commerce and Kansas business and industry to identify up to ten job fields that currently have the highest need for skilled employees.  This is government WORKFORCE development!!!!

Why is it desirous, much less “OK,” for the GOVERNMENT to be determining and attempting to INFLUENCE the vocations of individual citizens?

And, it comes with an estimated hefty SOCIALISTIC cost of $17.3M and the additional cost to the taxpayer to pay administrative costs.

PLEASE, contact the following Senate Education Committee members and ask them to VOTE AGAINST HB2515.

Sen. Molly Baumgardner  Phone: 785-296-7368  Email: Molly.Baumgardner@senate.ks.gov

Sen. Larry Alley  Phone: 785-296-7381  Email: Larry.Alley@senate.ks.gov

Sen. Kevin Braun  Phone: 785-296-7357  Email: Kevin.Braun@senate.ks.gov

Sen. Bud Estes  Phone: 785-296-7359  Email: Bud.Estes@senate.ks.gov

Sen. Bruce Givens  Phone: 785-296-7678  Email: Bruce.Givens@senate.ks.gov

Sen. Dennis Pyle  Phone: 785-296-7379  Email: Dennis.Pyle@senate.ks.gov

Sen. Eric Rucker  Phone: 785-296-7374  Email: Eric.Rucker@senate.ks.gov

Sen. Mary Jo Taylor  Phone: 785-296-7667  Email: MaryJo.Taylor@senate.ks.gov

Sen. Mike Thompson  Phone: 785-296-7362  Email: Mike.Thompson@senate.ks.gov

Happy Constitution Day!

Paul1

We are happy to share this post by one of our Kansans Against Common Core moms…

Hi Everyone-

One of our recent and unsung holidays is Constitution Day.

About Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Federal law requires that all schools receiving federal funds hold an educational program for their students on September 17 of each year.

September 17 is Constitution Day, and we need to remind ourselves what this unique document does for us.  (Remember too that it is not a “living and breathing” document as some would have you believe. The framers realized that there may come a time where the document must change, and so they created the amendment process. That is a lengthy and difficult procedure, but it is so for a reason.  The law of the land should not be changed on a whim or at the will of only a few, for example.) An American citizen’s rights and responsibilities are delineated in the Constitution our founding fathers created in the late 1700s (1791, to be specific for the Bill of Rights) after we became an independent nation.  Among those guaranteed freedoms, of course, is the right to lawful assembly and the right of free speech, and the right to own and bear arms which many other nations do not guarantee to their citizens. (Thus the unrest, unruliness, and complete disregard for Americans when we exercise such rights, even if it may (or may not) be in poor judgment. Essentially, we have “it,” they don’t, and they don’t understand or respect “it” anyway.) 

In keeping with Constitution Day, I urge each one of you to take a few minutes to review the Constitution, if you have not done so recently.  It is always refreshing to realize how very lucky we are.  You can get a free pocket Constitution at www.Heritage.org, and no, I’m not affiliated with them and so I don’t get a check for sending you there, or anywhere (sounds like a Dr. Seuss story!)  Talk about it with whomever will listen, starting with your own kids. While school is just fine, it is our responsibility as parents to educate our kids on such things in the manner in which we see fit. 

Do you remember having to learn the Preamble to the Constitution in about seventh grade? Do any of you still know it? I do and this is how. It may be a little silly, but it is fun and so if you have a few minutes, watch the old School House Rock video on You Tube.

School House Rock Preamble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMyfGo-Pv58

Here is also a modern version rap of the Bill of Rights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7RxrQJrdh4

Also, I challenge you to take a few quizzes for fun. They are fast.

Constitution Quiz

http://www.constitutionfacts.com/?page=quiz.cfm

Founding Fathers Quiz

http://www.constitutionfacts.com/?page=foundingFathersQuiz.cfm

Declaration of Independence Quiz

http://www.constitutionfacts.com/?page=declarationQuiz.cfm

I have one other thing that I like to do around this time. I like to look at some of the words of our founders and think about them and ask if we are living by them today. Below, there are several quotations from Thomas Jefferson (who was actually serving in France at the time the Constitution was written, but who had great thoughts and opinions that we can all learn from today).  Copy and paste one into the open forum and give your thoughts. Here we go:

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

Have a Great Constitution Day!

Courtney