Gov. Bryant hails successful legislative session

Gov. Phil Bryant appeared on the Paul Gallo Show on April 7th and discussed some priorities during his tenure and a range of legislative accomplishments during the 2014 session.  The entire interview is available free from SuperTalk Mississippi.

Regarding some of the successes during his tenure:

  • Teen pregnancy:  Noted a 10.3% reduction in teen pregnancy over the past year without passing out birth control in classrooms.
  • TANF Drug Screening:  Signed legislation this year requiring new applicants to be screened from drug use/abuse prior to receiving benefits.
  • 2nd Amendment Protections & Sales Tax Holiday:  Passed a sales tax holiday for guns, ammo, and related supplies for September 5th – 7th.
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act:  Gov. Bryant said the state law mirrors federal law that was written by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and signed by Pres. Bill Clinton.
  • Criminal Justice Reform Bill
  • Banning Abortion at 20 weeks:  “A huge pro-life victory in Mississippi.”

Gov. Bryan talked at length about his biggest disappointment of the session, the failure to pass the special needs education bill (HB 765).  Saying it’s a “sorry day” and a “dark day” because public educators refused to release the funding to support 500 special needs children, he says the legislature turned their back on special needs children and he vows to make this a priority “from now on.”

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“All Animals Are Equal”

Animal FarmIn George Orwell’s 1945 allegorical novel, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, lead a revolt against Mr. Jones to take-over the farm which they rename “Animal Farm.”  While attempting to establish a utopia they think humans failed to create for them, Snowball and Napoleon establish the Seven Commandments of Animalism with the 7th and most important being “All animals are equal.”

In the subsequent struggles for power, the pigs take-over and Napoleon runs-off Snowball and declares himself the leader.  Over the years, the pigs began to resemble the humans they once detested and the seven commandments are ultimately reduced to a single phrase, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Our nation’s obsession with civil rights is beginning to make some special interests groups more equal than others.  The current debate in Arizona over the right of a baker to refuse service to a person with whom he disagrees illustrates this.

If a merchant refuses service on personal, religious convictions, it is considered offensive, bigoted, and unlawful:

However, if a gay person refuses service to another based on a difference in beliefs, it’s considered heroic:

As long as you are in the preferred group, your “rights” trump others’ rights.  Because in 21st Century America, every one is equal–some are just more equal than others.

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