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Pence chooses Medicaid solution over TEA rhetoric

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: Medicaid, Medicaid solution, Mike Pence, TEA Party Caucus

Most real Tea Partiers know of Mike Pence. The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95 percent grade from the Club for Growth […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Patriots’ Duty: Keep national fabric whole

Every Independence Day, words and symbols from our Founders captivate me. There is the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Leadership recipes can improve communities

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi, Politics

Ever messed up a recipe? Worked hard. Did most everything right. But, your final result was…well, you can remember the words they used. Community projects can have the same results.  People work hard. They do most everything right. But, the outcome is not what they expected. More importantly, the community view is nobody cooked up much of anything worthwhile. That happens […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Your tax dollars used for politicians’ self-promotion

by Published: March 28,2014

Tags: Bill Crawford, Business, column, Mississippi, money, Politics

How many of your tax dollars, if any, should be spent for self-promotion by elected officials? It’s quite common when new governors get elected to see their names pop up on all kinds of things: Welcome to Mississippi signs on the highways; state maps; tourism and economic development promotion materials; and more. But, the issue […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Debt Service is Big Spending

by Published: March 14,2014

Tags: Bill Crawford, corrections, debt service, education, Medicaid

What are the big spending categories in Mississippi’s General Fund? Well, everybody knows education is number one. Education, which includes public schools, universities, community colleges, schools for the blind and deaf, vocational education, ETV and libraries, at $2.8 billion accounted for 56.6 percent of General Fund appropriations last fiscal year. Eh, is Medicaid number two? […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Covetous politicians, corporations, consumers befoul America

“You shall not covet” says the commandment. But, my observation is that such selfish desires of the body, mind, and soul befoul American culture today. We covet power, money, sex, material things, and undisciplined freedom. Dictionary.com defines “covet” as “to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others.” Covetous politicians’ desire […] [...]

Farm Bill and Sen. Thad Cochran are important to Mississippi

by Published: January 31,2014

Tags: agriculture, Business, GOP, Mississippi, Thad Cochran

How important is the Farm Bill to Mississippi? The answer is the same as for this question – how important are farms and forestry to Mississippi’s economy? Well, 65 percent of Mississippi’s 30 million acres of land is forest land. Approximately 125,000 landowners participate in $1.17 billion in forestry production per year. Forestry is the […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Top school embraces Common Core

by Published: January 16,2014

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, Politics

Let’s get this straight. Politician Michael Watson, a state senator from Pascagoula, thinks Common Core educational standards are bad. Educator John Buchanan, superintendent of the Petal School District – the third highest ranking school district in the state — thinks Common Core educational standards are good. “For whatever reason, it appears as though it has […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Touted colleges getting shortchanged

by Published: November 8,2013

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, Politics

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn is one of the few Speakers to get out and about to talk with and listen to voters. Last week he showed up in Scooba to keynote East Mississippi Community College’s annual Business and Industry Appreciation Day. The Speaker said he didn’t know much about community colleges when […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Roger Wicker watching the Tea Party blitz

by Published: October 28,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi, republican, Tea Party, ted cruz

Senator Roger Wicker must be anxiously watching the Tea Party blitz against fellow Senator Thad Cochran. The two senators have much in common. For example, until they were banned by House Republicans, Wicker’s record for delivering earmarks was second only to Cochran’s. The Tea Party claims earmarks were a major factor in escalating deficits. They […] [...]

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