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Why Stop At 12th Grade? Just Do Away With Education All Together!

The proposal to to cut out the 12th grade to save $60 million in Utah’s Budget has generated much commentary in the blogosphere.

Over at the Jonathan Turley Blog, an interesting (tongue in cheek) concept has been presented as a result of Sen. Chris Buttars’ proposal :

It is not clear why legislators have decided to keep public education at all. If we simply eliminate education, we can send children directly into military training or to work for foreign companies from countries that are expanding their research and educational budgets at the same rate of our decline.

Mr. Turley offers this sentiment, referring to other destructive actions that the U.S. implements (that impacts state funding), all to “save money” while funds are continually being poured into the defense coffers – funds that could be diverted to state budgets:

….the proposal captures our self-destructive path. While nations like China are massively increasing research and educational budgets (here), we are selling off public lands and buildings, (here), while pouring money into Iraq and Afghanistan. What do we think is going to happen? Because few of our politicians have the courage to demand a withdrawal from these countries, we are raising our debt limits, destroying our public programs, and undercutting our ability to compete in the future marketplace.

Cutting out a grade in public education is a bad idea.  Doing so does nothing to support public education or address the issues that face public educators.  This bill is a waste of Legilsators time and taxpayer’s money.

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

The solution to our budget woes: Cut out part of our children’s education

 (cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

Here is the latest from Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, to save money:

Eliminate the 12th grade

“Almost all of the industrial world uses 11 grades,” he said. “Why do we use 12? The kids either got their one foot in AP classes in college, or they’re just running around, taking PE.”

Wow, the U.S. has a hard enough time trying to keep up with its counterparts in other countries. So….at the expense of the education of our children, to save money we cut out part of their education?

Where is the logic? Most importantly, where is Sen. Buttars’ evidence to back this statement?

“Chris and Chris” Bill: A Marriage in the Making?


Utah’s ABC 4 has posted a breaking news piece about openly Anti-Gay Senator Chris Buttars teaming up with openly Lesbian Representative Chris Johnson to co-sponsor Johnson’s gay rights bill.

The 2009 Legislative session brought much controversy to the floor over Buttars’ public remarks on gays. To hear of Buttars even considering such a move is astonishing.

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

Buttars at it again….

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)
Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, is quoted in the Desert News as saying that the recently passed ordinance (supported by the LDS church) to protect the rights of gay people with regards to housing and employment could result in “unitended consquences”.

“There’s a lot of questions. I’m not jumping to conclusions. I’m going to stand still and let the dust settle,” he said. “I haven’t changed my mind about anything, but I do believe people have fundamental human rights. All people do, and that includes the gays. But you’ve got to do it in a way that doesn’t give all those unintended consequences.”

I’m not sure what Buttars means by “unintended consequences”. Could he possibly mean “unforseen”????
Besides, just what are “unintended consequences”? The article fails to quote the anit-gay Utah Senator on that.

Buttars Poll

Please take a minute to participate in the poll over on Utah Legislature Watch about Senator Chris Buttars resigning.

The Buttars Saga: How Utah Looks to the Rest of the Nation

First he bumbled.  Then he was ousted from two legisltative committees.  Then he refused to apologize.

More than 15,000 e-mails were sent to Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups (R) demanding that he condemn Buttars’s remarks. Waddoups said he kicked Buttars off the Senate Judiciary Committee primarily as a way to draw attention away from him. Buttars said he would not issue an apology.

(Washington post "Around the Nation")

Senator Chris Buttars continues to embarass and make a mockery of Utah nationwide with his words and actions.

Utah lawmaker’s gay comments cost him chairmanship
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gpqbQG-pz2e3wPW5F9tF5tkDbLxgD96FHMRG2

Buttars:  "I Don’t Have Anything to Apologize For."(Salt Lake Tribune)

Buttars Loses Chairmanship Over Remarks (Deseret News)
Utah Legislator Ousted from Panel for Remarks (Washington Post)

Google News Results

And now there is a rally planned in West Jordan on Saturday, February 28th at 1:00p.m. (place tbd) to rally against Buttars’ recent statements.

Buttars and his supporters are crying "free speech".  Opponents are demanding responsibility, fairness, and ethical behavior of legislators, including responsible free speech in the public’s eye.  Buttars is not providing a model of responsible leadership.  Indeed, he is painting a rather foolish picture of Utah to the rest of the Nation.

(Cross posted from Utah Legislature Watch)

Bumbling Buttars

Utah Senator Chris Buttars continues to blunder.  On the heels of the defeat of the Common Ground Initiative bills, which would have afforded benefits to domestic partners, Buttars, in an interview with documentary filmmaker Reed Cowan, openly made the statement that the gay rights movement is “probably the greatest threat to America.”  Quoted in the media:

Sen. Chris Buttars believes gays and lesbians are "the greatest threat to America going down," comparing members of the LGBT community to radical Muslims.

"I believe they will destroy the foundation of the American society," the West Jordan Republican said in a recent interview with documentary filmmaker Reed Cowan. "In my mind, it’s the beginning of the end. … Sodom and Gomorrah was localized. This is worldwide."

It’s all over the news media and blogosphere such as:

Salt Lake Tribune

Deseret News

One Utah

On Top Magazine

True Logic

Agree to Disagree

This is not the first time Buttars has bumbled. The NAACP called for Buttars’ resignation last year for comments he made about a controversial bill. "This baby is black, I’ll tell you," he said. "This is a dark and ugly thing."

Salt Lake Tribune:

Gay-rights activist Jacob Whipple, founder of the All For One Initiative, called for Buttars’ resignation from the Senate, urging supporters of the LGBT community to e-mail Buttars and Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville.

"He basically labeled my community as virtually the devil incarnate," Whipple said. "I don’t think that he represents Utah any more. … Saying something so hurtful has no place on the Hill."

(Cross-posted from Utah Legislature Watch)

Happy Holidays to Buttars

Drinking Liberally has a Facebook page of holiday greetings cards they are sending to Senator Chris Butt-arse.  Here are a few samples:


Buttars Billboard Idea

Pax Rasmussen created this photo for a project on which he is working.

To District 10 West Jordan Voters: Defeat Butt-arse

Today’s Deseret News has a piece on the Utah Senate race in West Jordan in which incumbent Butt-arse (my pet name for Chris Buttars)  is fighting to retain.  According to the article, A Dan Jones poll reveals that the race is statistically a tie.

Butt-arse has demonstrated, through his words and actions over the years, that he is against anything that involves people making choices for themselves.  His mission is to have as much government interference in peoples’ private lives as possible.

Butt-arse’s past positions resulting in proposed legislation include anti-gay clubs in schools, anti-gay marriage or gay rights, and anti-evolution and pro-creationism theory ("Intelligent Design" – an attempt to refute evolution), as well as tuition tax credits (the precursor to vouchers).

Here’s a quote by Butt-arse that I found on the website linked below:

“Well, there’s a lot of things we vote on that we don’t understand, but I would rather stand on the principle of ‘let’s go for it.’ “ — Salt Lake Tribune quotes Chris Buttars

Be sure to check out this site and encourage everyone in District 10 to vote against Chris Butt-arse!

Save Me From My Senator – Chris Buttars Scares Me.

It was started as a result of dire frustration by a constituent of his. It’s chock full of really useful information, including
101 Reasons to Get Rid of Chris Buttars, Tools for Citizens to use in the Fight, news and blog articles, and lots more.

See my past posts on this candidate: Continue reading