The amount of money we spend on education is important, but not nearly as important as how the money is spent.
I hope we never get to the point that we put ourselves in Jesus' place. But when I read the New Testament basically, we get three mandates: to love God, to love each other, and to take care of the least among us. And I think this is at least a step in the right direction.
Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope - and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future.
However, before we make the mistake of patting ourselves on the back, let's remember: government does not create jobs. It only helps create the conditions that make jobs more or less likely. The real credit for our economic renewal belongs to the people of Alabama .
Ladies and gentlemen: There can be no greater investment in Alabama's future than an investment in education.
Nothing is worse, or more of a breach of the social contract between citizen and state, than for government officials, bureaucrats and agencies to waste the money entrusted to them by the people they serve.
No skill shapes a child's future success in school or in life more than the ability to read.