The Hat Trick Of Government Corruption Is Now Complete In Alabama


Ah, today was yet another horrible and embarrassing black eye in the history of the Alabama government.  Ever since the state of Alabama became a state in 1819, and especially since the adoption of the constitution of 1901, the longest and most corrupt constitution in the world, Alabama has seen it’s share of politicians of both parties and from all branches of government get charged and convicted of corruption charges, or resign before they go to jail, the easy way out.

Today, Robert Bentley took the easy way out and resigned his governor post.  Before he resigned, he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.  Sure, he will have to pay back his campaign funds, pay some fines, forgive his retirement money which is a HUGE blow, and serve some community service, but Robert Bentley took the easy way out.  He should have spent some time in our beautiful and well run state prison system.  I’m being sarcastic there, our state prisons are horrible!

He even had the guts to “thank” the people for being their leader of the state.  Glad you are outta here Bentley!

In the past year, the leaders of all three branches of state government have been removed from office.  It’s the hat trick of government corruption!  Some legislators were saying states like New York and New Jersey have had corruption governors removed before.  Yes, most states have had to remove a corrupt leader before, not every person is clean as they say when they were running for office.  But never before the speaker of the state house, the chief justice of the state supreme court, and the governor have all been removed because of corruption, in the same term, and all within a one year period.  It has never happened before in any state!

I’m sitting here watching the local news and I hear state leaders say things like “the future is bright in Alabama”, or “the worst is behind us.”  And I think to myself, what a horrible thing to say!  We continue to have leaders in our state government be corrupt or do things based on how much money they receive.  It was a big problem when the Democrats were in power in Montgomery, and now it’s a big problem with the Republicans in power now.  But hey, quit blaming the legislators, judges, and government officials for the problems in Montgomery, we need to start blaming ourselves.

Most people in Alabama will either vote via party lines or vote for the person who says they are for “family values”, or say they are a good “Christian person”, or say they will keep “government small” and “keep taxes low.”  You know what I mean, we see these people in every election cycle.  And these people who say these things are mostly the ones who always gets in trouble with the law and become corrupt inside state government.  Until we QUIT voting for these idiots, the cycle of corruption and wrongdoing will continue!  We can’t continue to keep voting for Darth Vader, right?

We can’t keep saying “thank God for Mississippi” anymore!  Alabama has the third highest unemployment rate in America.  We have a state prison system that is in shambles.  We have a Medicaid crisis where people can’t afford to see a doctor.  We have infrastructure that is crumbling with no funds to fix it.  We have schools that are rapidly declining with horrible math and reading scores.  We have hardly any mental health services or a good court system.  I can go on and on with the problems Alabama is facing, it’s not good!

Every year something stupid comes into the news from Montgomery, from the Luv Gov, to HB 56 which scared many people, to a current bill that would install “ransomware” onto all phones and computers to stop porn (who comes up with these things?)  The people in Montgomery continue to propose and pass stupid things that causes Alabama to be embarrassed in the worldwide media yet again, or yet another government official becomes corrupt, or we have to spend taxpayer money defending bills that are unconstitutional,  it’s a neverending cycle that seems like it never wants to end!  It’s like our leaders in Montgomery has money to burn baby!

How about doing something different for a change?  How about reforming our archaic 1901 tax structure?  How about maybe raising the property taxes from being dead last in America so we can properly fund education?  Yes, that means quit listening to those so called lobbyists from ALFA Insurance and Alabama Power.  How about allowing us to vote on a statewide lottery so we can quit seeing millions leave the state?  Yes, that means quit listening to the Business Council of Alabama for a change.  How about requiring insurance companies to pay for Autism therapy like 46 other states already do?  Yes, that means kicking the bums from Blue Cross / Blue Shield out of the state house.  I can go on and on about things to improve Alabama!

And how about something radical, like making marijuana legal?  Yet, you clowns in Montgomery will continue to listen to those churches who those attending have to listen to politics instead of preaching from the Bible.  Alabama will continue this cycle of being dead last in everything, having multiple government officials being corrupt, and being embarrassed almost every day in the national and worldwide media.  This has to stop, and soon!  We are now in a worldwide economy, and everyday this continues, Alabama loses!  It’s like Willy Wonka telling us “You Lose” every single day!

If you people living in Alabama wants to change this, there is only one thing to do, vote for someone else!  Vote for the person in the other party you don’t like, vote against the person who praises “family values”, or is a so-called “True Christian.”  Don’t believe the person who says they are for “small government” and “lower taxes.”  Those sayings means people are harmed and we have to rely on the federal government for funding.  I wonder how long that lasts with Trump in the White House?

Until we do that, we will continue to see self-centered, racist, greedy, corrupt, selfish, and bigot government leaders.  And in our world today, having people like that serving in our government means we lose!  I want to win!  We can’t keep welcoming people to Sweet Home Alabama for much longer if we stay corrupt and stupid!

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Sunday Discussion: Support An Alabama Lottery Petition


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As you know, the state of Alabama is super broke!  The state’s general fund budget has a deficit of up to $300 million dollars.  And Governor Bentley has proposed things like raising some taxes to make up the deficit shortfall.  Yes, when you cut as much as you can cut, and still have a deficit, you either cut services or raise revenue.  And you can’t cut many things the state is required to provide like troopers, prisons, roads, and other important things.

Now, Mr. Bentley has already come out and said that expanding gambling is not a part of his agenda.  And that is a very bad move Mr. Bentley, you should allow the Poarch Creek Indians to run their casinos, and pay taxes to the state, that is a no brainer!  You should allow Victoryland and Greenetrack to reopen, why has that not happened yet?  And, you should let the people vote on a state lottery!  This state is sending millions of dollars to other states each year. In Tennessee, the lottery funds will allow all high school students to go to a two-year college, and they thank the people in Alabama for the contributions.

I mean, a state lottery should be a no brainer and something that should have been passed in 1999.  If we allowed a lottery, it would have helped our schools, roads, state buildings, and disaster needs.  Since the proposal was defeated, it was never heard from again.  I mean, if Alabama now allows same-sex marriages as of Monday, Alabama should support an Alabama lottery!  Now, there is an online petition you can sign to force our lawmakers to pass a state lottery and let the people vote on it.

The petition is called “Support An Alabama Lottery: A General Fund Lottery.”  Remember, when legislators like Del Marsh say they refuse new revenue increases, and they say this is an opportunity to right-size government even more, they mean cutting services like courts and schools even more, and adding more outrageous fees so the poor is harmed the most!  So, if you want to make sure essential services are still offered in Alabama, without seeing them cutback so you suffer, you need to sign this petition!  To sign the petition, click the link or scan the QR code below!

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/alabama-lottery-general-fund-lottery/signatures

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Sunday Discussion: My Endorsements For The 2014 Alabama General Election


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On this Sunday Discussion, on a Monday, I am going to make my endorsements for the 2014 Alabama general elections, and the races in Calhoun County, where I live.  As you know, Alabama is in deep trouble.  From major cuts to education, very weak economic growth, overcrowded prisons, and much more, Alabama needs some help and fast.  I invite you to read my post called 10 reasons why the State of Alabama is in deep trouble by clicking here before you go vote.

Sadly, the candidates for the statewide offices are very weak.  Governor Bentley is going to win another term in office.  In fact, out of all of the governor races on Tuesday, Bentley has the best odds of winning another term.  His opponent, Parker Griffith, has no chance.  If the Alabama Democrats picked someone who was more connected with Alabamians, this might be a closer race.  The only major statewide race is for attorney general.  And for races like the US Senate, state treasurer, public service commission, and the major Alabama courts in Montgomery, you are only going to find one person running.

In my opinion, this is one of the smallest, and weakest ballets you will ever see when you go vote on Tuesday.  So, who do I endorse for the major statewide races, read on!

Alabama Governor – Robert Bentley

I really wanted to see a better Democratic candidate, but Parker Griffith will not win on Tuesday, and the governor’s race will be called quickly on Tuesday night.  Let me say this, Alabama has not done very well under Robert Bentley, the unemployment is some of the worst in America, and it’s not getting better.  But we will have to live with Robert Bentley for four more years.

Alabama Lieutenant Governor – Kay Ivey

As with the governor’s race, the Lt. Governor race will also seeing Kay Ivey winning big.  If Democrats have put in a stronger candidate, the race would have been different.

Attorney General – Joe Hubbard

The Attorney General office has been a mess under Luther Strange, from corruption inside the office, to the office more worried about chasing old people out of gambling places than worrying about the five rapes that take place every day in Alabama.  Alabama needs something better, and that man is Joe Hubbard!

US Senate – Jeff Sessions

He is the only man running, so I have no choice but to endorse him

State Treasurer – Young Boozer

Only person running, so automatic endorsement

State Auditor – Jim Zeigler

Since most people would trust a Republican more than a Democrat when it comes to money, Jim Zeigler will probably win.

Commissioner of Agriculture – John Mcmillan

John Mcmillan will win easily.

Secretary of State – John Merril

John Merril will win easily.

Amendment 1 – NO

Did you know if amendment 1 passes, if you are married in another country, Alabama can not recognize it?  Or if children are adopted from another country, Alabama can not recognize it?  And some business contracts can not be recognized in Alabama, so vote no on this!

Amendment 2 – YES

Armories needs to be updated.

Amendment 3  – YES

Yes, mostly everyone will vote yes on this, since I support the right to own a gun, and most people in Alabama support guns as well.

Amendment 4  – NO

This amendment would make public education worse off, so no!

So, those are the major statewide races.  I am moving to the major Calhoun County races!

Senate District 12 – Taylor Stewart

Anniston/Oxford has one of the worst economies in the United States.  And if Anniston/Oxford is going to get better, we need new leadership.  Del Marsh has cut public education, and refused to pass important bills just to end the legislative session early.  I endorse Taylor Stewart!

US House District 3 – Mike Rogers

I wish the Democrats would have picked a better candidate.  When Jesse Smith compared some political leaders to ISIS, that ended the support from many people.  Sadly, the third district in East Alabama is one of the worst economic areas in America.  We will have to wait two more years for a better candidate.

State Rep. District 29 – Michael Gladden

State Rep. District 32 – Barbara Boyd

State Rep. District 35 – Steve Hurst

State Rep. District 36 – Randy Wood

State Rep. District 39 – Richard Lindsey

State Rep. District 40 – Ted Copland

Calhoun County Sheriff – Larry Amerson

Calhoun County Revenue Commissioner – Karen Roper

Calhoun County Coroner – Pat Brown

As for the county commission races, you will mostly find everyone running unopposed.  So people of Alabama, to make the state better, we need new people.  The process gets started on election day!  Go vote on Tuesday!

Legislative Roundup 2013: Week 1


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Legislative Roundup is back for 2013!  Each week during the 2013 Alabama Legislative session; I will be talking about some of the issues that is being brought up.  For week one, I wanted to talk about the State of the State address that was delivered by Governor Bentley on Tuesday night.

I liked how Governor Bentley opened talking about the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.  But the good news changed quickly.  The Governor said that unemployment is down.  And 26,000 new and future jobs have been recruited to Alabama in the last two years.  More than $6 billion dollars was invested in Alabama in 2012.  Companies such as Airbus and the Wrangler plant in Hackleburg was talked about as investment in Alabama.  He even talked about how Alabama workers are highly respected throughout the world.  I would say these are good things but for people like me; where are the jobs?

Then the governor talked about improving roads and bridges through the ATRIP program.  Over $614 million in road projects have been approved.  Six counties do not participate in the ATRIP program and he wants that to change. Using borrowed money to pay for roads is not a smart thing!  Then the governor talked about education.  He said the state has launched a statewide effort to bring education and the workforce together.  The College and Career Ready Taskforce was launched to make sure the students have the tools they need to compete in high-skill industries.  The governor wants high school and college students to have the skills necessary to compete in the workforce.  The governor wants Alabama to have a workforce that is second to none.  Again; where are the jobs since I have been unemployed for 19 months!

Bentley talked about the Amendment 2 vote which was to borrow money to recruit new industries and to pay for Medicaid.   Alabama consistency ranked in the top 10 friendly business environment and works as a team approach to recruit and retain businesses.  Alabama’s economy had dramatic improvements in the last three months of 2012.  When factors such as; total jobs, total unemployment, total wages, hours worked in manufacturing are combined.  Only 4 states saw higher growth than Alabama in 2012.  Again; I will believe this when I can find a job!

Sure; the governor wants Alabama to be number one. (without Roll Tide or War Eagle)  He talked about the low cost of energy because of natural resources such as coal, natural gas, nuclear energy, and hydroelectric power.  The governor will not allow the federal government or anyone else to stand in the way in the use of those natural resources.  Bentley compared Alabama’s budget to the feds.  He wants Washington to balance the budget!  While the feds are in debt over $17 trillion; Alabama has identified over $750 million in savings for Alabama taxpayers in just two years.  The governor wants $1 billion in taxpayer savings by the end of 2014.  And he wants the Alabama government to be rightsized.  Again; all while laying off people and making them suffer.

Alabama has laid off 4,000 employees to rightsize government.  And the government is running as efficiently as possible without raising taxes.  Both budgets are better than in 2012.  The governor wants the $437 million transferred from the Alabama Trust Fund to be payed back and the governor wants the repayment to be the first bill from the legislature.  Sadly; the governor then started to talk about social issues.  He talked about the constitution of America and Alabama; especially the second amendment.  The governor has the belief that people in America has the right to keep and bear arms.  He also talked about the tenth amendment and he said “the states created the Federal Government, not the other way around.” This earned a very long applause from the audience.  Here is my post about the NRA / gun control debate.  I encourage you to read it!

https://geekalabama.com/2012/12/21/the-nra-gun-control-debate/

Then he talked about the unborn; why Governor Bentley; why?  He wants to do everything to protect those who can not protect themselves and to protect freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.  He said “everyone is endowed with a right to a life.”  Should the governor and the legislature be worrying about jobs and the economy instead of social issues?  Back to education; he wants Alabama to continue funding the reading, distance learning, AMSTI, and advanced placement initiatives.  Alabama Pre-K is ranked number one in the nation but ranked number 33 for Pre-K access.  He wants the legislature to increase the access of voluntary Pre-K programs.  And the governor wants Alabama to close the achievement gap.  Where is the money for this?  I also want you to read my post about the war on women.

https://geekalabama.com/2012/03/27/the-war-on-women/

Bentley also wants to turnaround failing schools and allow the State Department of Education to fix failing schools.  He wants to give school districts flexibility without infringing the rights of schoolroom teachers.  The governor wants to give teachers and support personnel a 2 1/2% payraise to thank them for their service.  He also wants to give more frequent raises as the economy gets better.  Since the taxes in Alabama are so flawed, I do not expect to see any payraises.  He also wants to protect school personnel by forming a task force to look at ideas.  A toll free number is now posted at the governor’s website to allow people to report a threat anonymously.

After talking about accomplishments such as better services to care for the elderly, installing safe rooms, talking about the low infant mortality and teen birth rate, developing programs for students with disabilities so they can gain workforce training, record amount of children adopted from foster homes, and military service from the Alabama National Guard.   He then commended the people in Alabama like the people who helped in the Midland City, AL hostage crisis.

The final words from Governor Bentley: “Fifty years ago, the eyes of the world were on Alabama.  Today, let’s invite the world to look to Alabama again.  And let’s show them a state that works together, one that innovates and creates economic opportunity for all its citizens, regardless of color, regardless of gender, and regardless of politics.  A place we can all call Sweet Home Alabama.

God Bless you all.  And God Bless The Great State of Alabama.”

So here’s my thoughts.  Why can’t the Alabama Legislature do good things for the state of Alabama?  We need to quit worrying about things like state’s rights and start worrying on things like helping the poorer people.  Alabama needs to start a lottery, abolish the sales taxes on food, and restructure its taxes so the poor are not taxed more than the rich.  Also, there was no mention of Medicaid during the speech.  Alabama Medicaid is in big trouble and there was nothing mentioned to help save it.  Oh well; the Alabama Legislature will be busy worrying about social issues instead of the real issues.

I will be having fun talking about the Alabama Legislature in 2013!

 

Legislative Roundup – Week 7


The Alabama Legislature is moving along this week down in Montgomery and there has been some interesting news this week.  First Let’s talk about the Legislator’s pay.

Sen. Bryan Taylor has sponsored a bill that would tie the legislator’s pay to the median household income in Alabama.  Another bill would make it much harder for the legislature to approve a pay raise.  Currently each legislator receives $53,388 a year for a part-time job.  If these bills were passed it would drop the pay to $40,474.  That was the median household income of Alabama in 2010.  The legislators who live more than 50 miles from Montgomery would get a per diem of $75 for 45 days and mileage at $0.555 per mile.  That is the same pay scale for state employees.  I believe this is a great start for cutting the pay of the legislator’s since the state is so broke.  But I also do believe they need more cuts in their pay.  Remember they are working a part-time job.

The next bill that makes sense is sponsered by Sen. Roger Bedford.  It would allow the voters in Alabama to recall public officals.  Right now there are several people serving office around the state that the voters would love to kick out.  If this bill did pass voters would have to gather 25% of the voters signatures.  This bill would also put a lot of accountability back into public office in Alabama.  If this bill was law I know that Ben Little here in Anniston would be recalled.  But I have a feeling that this bill will go nowhere.  Just because our elected officials love to have power.  And they will hold on to power for as long as they can.

This bill is gaining support from many people in Alabama.  A bill sponsored by Rep. Randy Davis would require Alabama schools to start around Labor Day and end around Memorial Day.  The thinking is if schools are out longer the tourist areas and camps will generate more money and in turn will produce more tax revenue.  Most people like this idea but I do not.  My concern is that kids will be out longer.  Which means kids will forget more stuff that will have to be re-taught when school starts again.  I wish schools in Alabama would move to a schedule where you have school and then you are out for 2-3 weeks throughout the year.  That way kids would not forget as much.  But my idea will be unpopular with many.  Because our culture in America has the whole summer vacation idea in our heads.  And many are unwilling to end a tradition.

All of this is going on while Governor Bentley declared proration of 10.6 percent for the state General Fund.  So we need to deal with the budget issues!  Which might mean higher taxes.  Oops!  I said the dreaded word.