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School vouchers are unconstitutional

2013-04-11T00:00:00Z School vouchers are unconstitutionalJohn C. Board Helena Helena Independent Record
April 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I am trying to understand what Rep. Steve Fitzpatrick and other legislators (Mark Blasdel, Liz Bangerter, Steve Gibson and Kirk Wagoner) who voted for school vouchers for private schools did not comprehend or chose not to comprehend from the following excerpt of Montana’s Constitution. That excerpt reads as follows: “Article X: Education and Public Lands: Section 6. Aid prohibited to sectarian schools. (1) The legislature, counties, cities, towns, school districts, and public corporations shall not make any direct or indirect appropriation or payment from any public fund or monies, or any grant of lands or other property for any sectarian purpose or to aid any church, school, academy, seminary, college, university, or other literary or scientific institution, controlled in whole or in part by any church, sect, or denomination.”

One doesn’t have to be a genius to comprehend clear and simple English, but it appears that several legislators do not.

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  1. Twangs
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    Twangs - April 14, 2013 12:15 pm
    Justme- You're a little behind the right wing curve, but you do eventually get there. First the claim is made that only right wingers be true patriots, despite a solid tradition of right wing chickenhawks. The flag becomes property of the R's. The there's religeon, and the bible. Turns out only a true righty can appreciate and value God. All liberals become athiests. W & company, while lying us into a disasterous multi trillion dollar war, decides that the word Freedom, conveniently vague, is now the exclusive property of the right, and that liberals are not only against freedom but actual want to further curtail it. Freedom...another word that's been used and abused. And now, coming a little late to the party, is this glib and witty remark from justme, claiming that the constitution can only matter to a true right winger, and that liberals have no appreciation of the founding document. Total garbage from an obvious Fox fan, one that will apparently parrot anything he hears.
  2. Limber
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    Limber - April 12, 2013 11:47 pm
    Seriously? Ask if the consitution matters, when he directly quotes it verbatim? Funny thing about us liberals. We actually read before we write, rather than just run off at the mouth with the first thought that comes to mind.
  3. JMWB
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    JMWB - April 12, 2013 11:03 am
    Absolutely agree!
  4. dietz1963
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    dietz1963 - April 11, 2013 3:15 pm
    Not unlike the democrats. Come on people, we're talking politicians here.
  5. claudius
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    claudius - April 11, 2013 2:30 pm
    Like Mr Board, I can't figure out how the teabaggers think they're entitled to use my tax dollars to pay for their kids to be taught that the earth is flat and Adam rode a dinosaur in 4,000 BC.

    Isn't there already enough ignorance? Now they want us to subsidize it?
  6. justme59601
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    justme59601 - April 11, 2013 12:03 pm
    honestly people, does the constitution really matter to you liberals anymore?
  7. Kelly D
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    Kelly D - April 11, 2013 9:44 am
    Sounds like a lawsuit in the making
  8. Surviving
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    Surviving - April 11, 2013 2:03 am
    The Republican party, especially their tea party members, constantly want to follow the Constitution. Apparently that only matters when the Constitution agrees with them. Private schools have their place. You just have to pay to send your kids there. Can somebody explain why I should pay for your child to go to a private school? I pay for public school education. If you want more than that, pay for it yourself.

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