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  • What Does Governor Bevin Mean by Choice?
    Posted On: Jan 18, 2016

    What Does Governor Bevin Mean by Choice?

                           joe brennan

    Webster defines CHOICE as "the opportunity or power to choose between two or more possibilities: the opportunity or power to make a decision". It is evident that when the Governor uses this word he has something completely different in mind. Let us examine a few examples.

    - Ex felons will have no choice in whom they may vote for, a limited choice in where they will find work, and certainly no choice in how the state spends their tax money.

    - Single parents working in low paying jobs will have no choice in the selection of cheaper less healthy food for their children, rather than more nutritional foods.

    - Low and minimum wage workers will have no choice in how to spend their disposable income - they will have none.

    - Corporate-chartered schools will offer no other choice for student selection other than their own.

    -Teachers in Corporate-chartered schools will have no choice in educational matters nor in the conditions of their workplace.

    - Tax payers will have no choice in how their taxes will be spent in the Corporate- chartered schools, nor in the selection of the Corporations that will administer these schools.

    - Physically and disabled Kentuckians will have no choice in the selection of their physician. This will be done by Corporate insurance companies.

    - Those requiring medications will have no choice in selecting alternatives  and  will be returned to bearing the financial effects of the doughnut hole where someone else will decide.

    - Workers will have little or no choice in being represented through collective bargaining or organized labor to preserve their salaries and workplace safety.

    -Teachers will have no choice in how their retirement benefits will be administered.

    - Teachers will have no choice but to accept a high risk 401 (k) plans.

    - Teachers and citizens will have little or no choice in course material taught in the areas of history, political science, or natural science, since Governor Bevin and his associates will have chosen what materials are best for our students.

    - Public employees will have no choice in making retirement plans, since the Governor's party has long since made the choice not to adequately fund their pension plans.

    - Women will have no choice in determining their individual health services.

    - Refugees fleeing from life threatening oppression will have no choice in selecting Kentucky as the safe place to raise their families.

    - Kentuckians will have little or no choice in following the dictates of their own informed conscience, since Governor Bevin will use his own conscience to dictate the values for the entire citizenry.

    - The majority of Kentuckians did not choose Governor Bevin to lead their state since only eighty three voters of his party actually chose him to be their representative in their party's primary elections.

    - When it comes to choice it appears that Kentuckians really will have no choice but to conform to the Governor's own choices.

    - Regarding matters of choice, Governor Bevin has made his own choice.

    - He has chosen to RULE rather than govern.

    - Hopefully, in four years Kentuckians will be wise enough to freely choose to elect someone who truly respects the citizens' right of choice.   


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