What we should be talking about: Personal integrity and honesty
“I don’t trust the government,” is a comment we all hear (or make) frequently. In looking for a solution, though, we need to leave blanket stereotypes behind and examine the root of the problem. Ultimately, corruption is the result of individuals not being honest. When government officials are not honest, not only do they handle the business of governing dishonestly, but they look the other way while others visit their dishonest schemes on the people. On the other hand, honest officials promote honest government.
Dr. Jim Hines has sought to live his life with the highest integrity. He is an honest man who expects others to deal honestly, too. He is prepared to stand for what is right and insist on what is best for the people of Michigan.
What we should be talking about: The most critical factor in education.
The education of our children is vital. Education is one of the key elements that makes our state, and our nation, great. A good education is a thing of beauty, value, and power.
But what is the most critical factor in education?
Great teachers? There is no discounting the impact of great teachers who love their students, delight in their subjects, and bring the strength of their own quality life to the classroom. But as important as they are, teachers aren’t the most critical factor in education.
A safe and supportive learning environment? The learning environment is important and something we should always be looking to protect and improve. But it’s not the most critical factor in education. Materials and resources that draw students in, excite their imaginations, and make a lasting impression? Helpful, but not the most critical.
The most critical factor in education is the home. Parents. Grandparents. You and me.
As Governor, I will make sure that parents are in charge of their children’s education by defending and expanding choice at every opportunity.
What we should be talking about: Unseen dangers and unintended consequences.
The water in Flint is a grave concern for families. It deserves our best work to affect a lasting and quality solution.
As a medical doctor, I’ve learned to ask the right questions, and listen for clues, to detect unseen dangers in the body system and propose a way to address it. I’ve also learned to think ahead to the possible unintended consequences of a course of treatment.
We need Government to listen and work together to get the right answers. The problem in Flint was the failure of local, state, and federal government to listen and work together. When it comes to the health and safety of our citizens, Government must have the right answers.
As Governor, I will demand accountability from all departments and emphasize listening and cooperation between all levels of government. That is what the taxpayers demand and deserve.