Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Silvey’

I came across this article on The Missouri Times website, “Lawmakers tout support for early education”. (For those that don’t know, The Missouri Times is a new, weekly newspaper in Jefferson City that was created by former Missouri Speaker of the House Rod Jetton.) Anyway, whose name do we find inside the article. None other than local RINO, union-loving, Clay County Senator Ryan Silvey.

Inside the article is this quote from Sen. Jason Holsman. ““There’s not a dollar this state will spend that is more important than early childhood education.

Ummm… No sir, I don’t care what your precious America’s Edge lobbying group’s research study claims. Here, how about some research that proves the opposite.

From the Cato Institute:

“High Quality” Pre-K States Show Mixed Results

Preschool’s Anvil Chorus

The trouble with federal-government-funded preschooling is that we have 47 years of experience with it … and it doesn’t work. The federal Head Start pre-K program was created in 1965, and despite decades of concerted efforts to refine and improve it it has virtually no measurable effects that last to the end of the third grade—or even the first. And of the very few and modest effects that have been found at the end of the third grade, some are actually negative. That is what federal government pre-K has accomplished with $200 billion and half a century of effort. Is that a sensible basis for expanding federal government pre-K?

Like Its Big Sibling, Early Head Start Not Built to Last

As a note, I went and looked at America’s Edge’s website. I don’t have the time to read their research that they offer in its entirety, but they do offer very little. Not surprising, dig a little bit into their website and you find the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a donor.

We don’t need any more public education. As a matter of fact, I think we need less, and I am a public school teacher.

What do I mean?

There should not be one cent of public funds ever spent on pre-K. We are hearing the same cries that the Kindergarten promoters used years ago. Adding Kindergarten did so much for us! I also think that there should be no such thing as a public college. All post-secondary should be privately funded. I know that’s not a reality, but I am not going to stand by and support more public education funding that is not supported by research. Pre-K is just publicly funded babysitting, and it will be one more public handout that further encourages people to not be responsible for their own lives and their own children. If you want to send your child to early childhood education, pay for it yourself.

Missouri reminds me of Kansas several years ago. You have to keep your eyes on both the Republicans and the Democrats.

Please call your state senators and representatives and tell them that Missouri does not need to be funding early childhood education. Please, less government, not more!

Don’t tell Ryan Silvey, or any other Republicrat who doesn’t have the courage to do the right thing with regards to freedom, but the evidence for Right To Work continues to grow.

Recent numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis as reported in the National Right to Work Newsletter.

Real GDP growth from 2001-2011

Right to Work States: 20.6%

Forced Unionism: 12.3%

Bottom Seven States:

50. Michigan

49. Ohio

48. Maine


46. New Jersey

45. Illinois

44. Connecticut

Nothing says success like being worse than 46 other states. “Building Consensus” sounds like a great campaign slogan, but the reality is if you continue to build consensus with the left on anti-freedom positions like this, your consensus is worthless and counter-productive. I guess that union money is too much to turn down.

As National Right to Work Committee VP Matthew Leen said, “As long as the law land explicitly denies employees the right not to associate or financially support a union, all Americans’ freedom will be threatened.”

I was setting working on the computer last night when there was a knock upon my door. It was none other than Ryan Silvey himself. Imagine my surprise! He was out working hard for his senate campaign.

After the initial awkward moment the conversation began. I figured what better opportunity to get some questions answered than on ClayCoMOPolitics’ own doorstep! To Mr. Silvey’s credit he was very respectful, but his responses to my questions only served to muddy the water and make me question him even more.

According to Ryan, Noel Shull is not a conservative, Mr. Hurlbert is. And according to Mr. Silvey, the reason that Mr. Shull is not a conservative is because he gave $650 to former County Commissioner Ed Quick. I asked Mr. Shull about this one time and found his answer to be acceptable. Mr. Shull donated $650 to Quick in 2006 because he was concerned about his opponent Jay Lawson. Mr. Lawson was a mediocre commissioner from 1990-2000. This is the same Jay Lawson who filed as a Democrat for Presiding Commissioner in 2010, but after he failed to file his personal financial disclosure he was thrown off the ballot. He then refiled as a Republican for Recorder of Deeds and ended up winning.

I never reported this, but I had a sit down with Mr. Quick before the election in 2010. I myself voted for Ed Quick against Pam Mason because of her absolutely ridiculous campaign she ran against him.

I’m not sure who died and appointed Mr. Silvey the arbiter of all that is conservative, especially when you look at his most recent MEC reports. Last time I checked, unions were not considered remotely conservative. As reported on his July MEC report, Mr. Silvey received $3475 from unions. The $1,000 he received from the Greater KC AFL-CIO is especially interesting.

Something for Mr. Silvey to think about. President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka stated in a recent op-ed in the Huffington Post that “conservatives not only don’t believe in freedom, but use the word as a cynical con job to dupe voters out of voting for their own interests.”

His reason for taking their money? They were part of his constituency. Oh… Yeah, they are, but it doesn’t mean you should take their money.

I asked him about Right to Work, and he said no, he would not vote for it in the senate. He really never gave a good reason either. You see, believing that a worker has the right to join or not join a union is a form of freedom. In a capitalist society I can think of few more important freedoms than the right to control the state of your employment. Last time I checked, conservatives were for freedom. Well, unless you ask Mr. Silvey’s buddy Richard Trumka. The data for Right to Work states is solid, they are growing. States that have forced unionism, like Missouri, are not. Right to Work is a big game changer, but with Republicans like this, don’t expect our economic situation to change.

Mr. Silvey believes that Mr. Hurlbert was wrongly accused, and the only reason that Mr. Hurlbert resigned is because he was trying to save the taxpayers money. I come back to the fact, if someone is doing something wrong you stand up to it. If Mr. Hurlbert was wronged then he should have stayed and fought. Remember he held an ELECTED office. After all, didn’t the people send him there?  Even if it is true, and he was trying to save money then once he was out of office he should have done everything in his power to clear his name.

Update 11:50 AM: Something else that I forgot to mention that ties in here. Mr. Hurlbert could have resigned in time to allow then governor Matt Blunt to appoint a conservative Republican to the seat he was vacating. Instead, he waited till after the 2008 election and allowed Nixon to appoint Sheila Ernzen. Now, I have supported Ms. Ernzen and have no problem with her. My point here is that we are told to believe that Mr. Hurlbert is a passionate consistent loyal conservative Republican. One would think, that if that was the case, Mr. Hurlbert would have at least shown some allegiance to his party and resigned to allow Governor Blunt to make the appointment. Once again, it’s not about party or principle, it’s just about ME.

One interesting part of the conversation was where I got Mr. Silvey to admit that it was Mr. Hurlbert who was commenting on this blog anonymously. Mr. Silvey’s response was “well, some people do some stupid things.” Hmmm…

Yes, they sure do.

What I find most ironic is that Mr. Silvey’s campaign slogan is “Building Consensus.” Now, consensus is a word that means general agreement. To build consensus means that you have to work with Democrats and people you may not agree with on issues. So, it’s not okay for Mr. Shull to build consensus with Ed Quick, but it is okay for Mr. Silvey to build consensus with unions. And that makes one less a conservative than the other. The reality is, I believe that Mr. Silvey, Mr. Hurlbert, and Mr. Shull are all somewhat conservative, just as I am. For anyone that has been following this blog knows my problems with Vic Hurlbert is more about ethics and character than conservative political positions. That’s the big problem here.