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    How about if they make good grades ... reward the child with money ... setup an account that the deadbeat, drug addict parents can't touch ... that way your encourging the child to do better in school in a realistic manner. When they graduate high school, they can use that money to go to a technical school or help pay for college. I wouldn't mind seeing my tax dollars being used for something like that rather than some politician pissing it away or embezzling it!
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    This is outright stupidity. You want welfare mothers to make their kids study? Then make them come to class certain days. But you don't take food out of kids mouths.
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    Is there a severe case of Ostrich syndrome in all of politics?Are kids now responsible for their parent ?
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    @marine1 that's what I'm talking about marine. Aren't the kids under enough stress already. Hell when my kids come home with school work, it stresses me out and I have a good paying job. I can't imagine having my child's grades make the difference in how much money my family needs to survive.
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    This has got to be the most absurd, idiotic, moronically, stupid, vile, depraved things ever thought up by a politician. A hungry child is not going to have the ability to study and do better.
    Ever hear of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? Unless the lower basic physiological needs are met/provided then the child cannot think of anything but filling his/her belly. He/she cannot focus and study in order to improve. Extreme immoral turpitude and criminal.
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    Why not go after all the guys that leave the game when they see it is going to go into overtime and when girls don't want to identify the father, then hold up ALL financial help untill they do.
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    So we tell some third grader that if he doesn't get good grades, he doesn't eat?

    Have we sunk so low that anyone would even suggest that?

    Shame on you Mr Campfield, you dishonor your state and your position.
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    Right away the wonderful posters at Politix are quick to demonize Sen. Stacey Campfield for being concerned that people are moving out of the welfare trap through each generation instead of being trapped in it. I'd like to hear some of their suggestions, or maybe the Politix posters would be happiest to see people forever trapped on welfare. That type of thinking sure would fit in with their political leanings.
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    Further punishing already disadvantaged children for being unable to rise above their circumstances before they are mature enough to understand,let alone affect them, shows concern in what way and for whom? It's not hard to right away demonize this kind of "concern" because it comes pre-demonized. This recent flood of non-productive,petty and vindictive bills and proposals by GOP members only shows their inability and unfitness to govern. A great many moderate and independent voters that might share common ground with republicans on many issues can't support them because of the childish,petty and thoroughly un-American way in which they conduct themselves. Your posts here are a prime example. I'd like to think you're just a guy yankin chains and having your fun but I don't think that at all. Sadly, I think your definition of a patriotic American is exactly as you present yourself, disrespectful, insulting and a little more irrelevant every day. It really is a sad commentary..
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    He should be demonized, he earned it.

    You'd have to be pretty heartless to tell an eight year old boy with fetal alcohol syndrome that if he doesn't perform, he doesn't eat.
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    Tennessee for the win...perhaps the deadbeats and "downtrodden" will be more motivated to be parents instead of peers and assure their kids are in school performing on task on par.
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    have to disagree, if these dead beat parent had any responsibility about themselves in the first place, they would not have had children. All this will do is drag these kids down further.
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    @marine1 - Little ol gals with 3 kids by the time they're 20 and preggers with a fourth. And then not long ago we had the dude who had fathered something like 30 children with 11 women in the Knoxville, TN news. Well, hell yeah people want to have 'em if they're not going to have to pay for 'em.
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    The maximum benefit is a lot higher in Texas. I do believe that the bill would help hold parents more accountable for their children's progress in school. Although, playing devils advocate. Why should we punish children who have parent(s) that don't care about their progress in school. I feel that if its found that a child's performance in school can be linked to a poor home atmosphere and irresponsible parent(s), than that child or children should be removed from the home. The state then needs to find relatives who will care for the child or place them in a foster home. Then all benefits received by those parent(s) can be withheld because the child or children are no longer in the home.
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    Just what kids in an already stressful situation need. These republicans continue to amaze me with their callous disregard for the down trodden. "Are there no work houses? Are there no prisons?"
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  • #55
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    This would make school more stressful than it already is. Kids would be under so much pressure to do good just so their family can eat. School is stressful enough. They should be finding ways to make it less stressful not more stressful.
  • #54
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    This is just wrong. Its not like welfare is buying them a bike. Welfare is for their survival. And it isn't that much anyway.
  • #53
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    Either Campfield is an ignorant idiot, or he's trying to increase poverty and cause suicide and starvation of families.
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    Poverty means malnutrition, and with less money, that means even more malnutrition. Malnourished kids don't learn well and have short attention spans, both in the short term and the long term. Punishing families for grades at school will only create more poverty.
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    What will happen if the republiclown gets his way? Families will starve and/or become homeless. There will be more child abuse, more physical violence against children and spouses by desperate parents (poverty is proven to increase violence like wife beating). And parents might, out of desperation, commit acts of violence on teachers who give low grades - assaults or even murder. How is that going to "improve" society?
  • #52
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    I appreciate his concerns but threatening children with hunger just isn't going to wash with any decent society.
  • #46
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    This is wrong, very wrong. Children shouldn't be the ones to bear this sort of difficulty. It probably would help, in that their parents would be more on top of them about homework and studying. It's still morally wrong.
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    Make sure the kids are going to school, good behavior, and if they fall behind then get them some help. I know there are some tough subjects. Pre-Cal was tough for me...
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