Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


January 28, 2014

Conservatism rings through Narcisse message


Knoxville —

"The government's not supposed to give a billion dollars to Company X and let the rest of us pay for it," Narcisse said. He specifically mentioned incentive packages given to Google and Orascom as examples of unfair handouts. 

Narcisse recognizes that his fellow Democrats have been critical of Republican Gov. Terry Branstad for these deals, but he adds that they, too, share in the blame. Whatever Branstad has done through the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Democrats who control the Senate have given their agreement. There is nothing Branstad could have done without them, Narcisse said. 

"It's about who's going to provide moral, ethical leadership in this state," Narcisse said. 

While restoring integrity in government is his main concern, education is still a top priority for Narcisse, who still believes in creating a public education system that provides up to two years of college education, as well as preschool. Education reform and restoring integrity are joined, in that Narcess believes that the educational system in the state has a "massive, bloated bureaucracy," which is equivalent to "white collar welfare." 

"Time has come to stop padding the payroll," Narcisse said. He believes that, in districts across the state, there are school superintendents who take care of their friends, associates and colleagues by providing them jobs. He believes that $1.5 billion of taxpayer money could be saved by eliminating some positions, including some in administration. 

Narcisse wants to change the way Iowa spends money on education, to help educate children while they are still toddlers. He wants to provide more flexibility for high school students to progress in the educational system at the rate the individual student is able. When told that districts currently offer college-credit courses while in high school, Narcisse believes his system would be better because it would save the student's family money. By keeping students in public education through grade 14, Narcisse believes that students will have adequate vocational training to enter the workforce, or be properly prepared to move on to the university level for their last two years to earn a Bachelor's Degree. Hundreds of millions of dollars could be saved through this process, Narcisse believes. 

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