The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

October 26, 2012

Your View: Endorsing Jim Bynum

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — In a republic, it is in our best interest to elect representatives who are willing to study issues and support policies that improve our lives.

The only requirement for being a state senator is to be 25 years old. Condemned convicts must pass an IQ threshold to be executed, but there is no IQ test to be a senator. There is no requirement to study the issues or be knowledgeable. Although I’ve tried for years to make lying in a campaign against the law, it is not unlawful. Anti-intellectualism is not a better platform. It makes no sense for a candidate to say he respects life while proposing budget cuts for pre-natal care.

To run for office, a candidate does not have to understand:

• When selecting a new site, companies look for first-class education, transportation, health care, public safety and recreational opportunities;

• Companies tell us personal income tax rates have no effect on site selection;

• Oklahoma cannot attract jobs or broaden the tax base without responsibly addressing public functions;

• There is not enough waste to pay for the current budget cuts; and

• Tax loopholes are created by powerful special interests, which is why they won’t be closed.

The following are examples of inflation-adjusted appropriation decreases over the past five years:

• Common education,  16.25 percent.

• Higher education, 16.16 percent.

• Department of Tourism,  29.4 percent.

• State Health Department,  24.56 percent.

• Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, 35.26 percent.

• Public safety, 17.12 percent.

I’ve known Senate District 3 candidate Jim Bynum for 15 years. He’s intelligent, analytical and has the experience to argue for and the independence to vote for policies helpful to Northeastern Oklahoma.

Sen. Jim Wilson

State Senate District 3

Tahlequah, Okla.

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