What Is Insanity? Mississippi EditionPosted: 21 June 2012
Since the 1980′s, probably longer, Mississippians have been promised two things with every election…..lower taxes and a focus on education…it has been so thru the 90′s……..the 2000′s and on until the 2010′s…..and the last election every candidate promised the same tired old rhetoric from the election that preceded it….taxes and education….(redundant for make a point)
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome…….the voters of Mississippi have been doing the same thing over and over….and still have not found what they are looking for…….workers are paid some of the lowest wages in the US…..poverty is rampant……health is atrocious………education sucks…….but taxes are lower….well at least for corporations….the average Mississippian is being taxed unchanged for decades……
So is it insanity to keep buying into the BS of the election process…..knowing that NONE of it will come true?
You bet your butt it is! Some say that Mississippians are optimistic about their candidates….but let us look at the 2010 election….the governor and state reps almost to a person talked about jobs and education…..promising better of both if they were elected and they would work tirelessly to achieve these goals…….How did they do?
These are the bills passed by the state legislature and sent to the governor to sign…….
n COAST INSURANCE: A bill authored by Rep. Scott DeLano, R-Biloxi, requires insurance companies writing policies in South Mississippi to offer defined “actuarially sound” discounts to homeowners who fortify their homes against storm damage. The Department of Insurance will adopt a set of standards, and insurance companies must file a list of discounts by 2013, although some are expected to do so sooner.
n BP MONEY: A bill passed that would direct any settlement for economic damages from the BP oil disaster to a fund controlled by the Legislature. The final bill was much changed from an original one that sought to capture potentially billions in Clean Water Act fines and other money the company will have to pay.
n SCHOOL START: A bill authored by Rep. Mark Formby, R-Picayune, and pushed for years by Coast business leaders, states schools cannot start before the third week in August. Tourism officials estimate extending the summer will bring an extra $100 million in tourism spending statewide.
n POOL SAFETY: The governor has signed The William Lee Montjoy Pool Safety Act, authored by Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis. It requires safety gates and latches and enclosures for public and quasi-public pools. There is a grandfather provision for existing pools, but some measures apply to all pools, including existing ones. The bill is named for a Coast toddler who drowned.
n MARRIAGE: A measure pushed for years by Natchez and Coast lawmakers does away with the three-day wait and blood test for a marriage license, a move supporters say will help the state become a wedding tourism destination.
n GAUTIER TAX: Gautier voters will decide whether to enact a 1-percent tax on restaurants and hotels to fund parks and recreation projects, tourism and economic development. Local leaders will set the election date. At least 60 percent of voters must approve it.
n ABORTION: A bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant requires doctors who work at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to a local hospital and be certified OB/GYNs. Could close the state’s only abortion clinic.
n REDISTRICTING: New maps were drawn that favor Republicans. They could cause some Democratic incumbents to face each other for seats.
n CHILD PROTECTION: Bill creates new requirements for reporting on suspected sexual abuse of children. Also requires fetal tissue to be saved as potential DNA evidence of statutory rape when girl seeking abortion is 14 or under.
n WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: Makes changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system. Proponents say changes would make the system more fair to employers. Opponents say the changes would make it difficult for people hurt on the job to receive compensation.
n ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney general’s power would be limited by giving elected officials and state agency heads other options when they disagree with attorney general on legal issues.