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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Alabama Senator: Increasing Teacher Pay Is Unbiblical (But I Need A Raise)

Alabama State Senator Shadrack McGill told a group of constituents at a prayer breakfast this week that raising teachers’ pay is not Biblical — but that he supports a 62 percent pay raise for state lawmakers like himself.

McGill, a Republican from Woodville, told the audience that the Bible explains why raising salaries for educators would not increase the quality of education. The Dekalb County Times Journal reported McGill’s comments on Tuesday:

  • luvmysarah

    I am just sickened by these comments… But hey, let’s go with this…OK?? Using HIS logic, would you want someone cutting open your loved one who wasn’t “called” to be a physician?? Lets cut those salaries… Hey you wouldn’t want someone caring for your child or delivering your baby who wasn’t called to be an OB/GYN or Pediatrician would you??? Let’s pay them the same salaries our teachers get…
    This guy is crazy and should NOT BE RE-ELECTED..

  • Jim Groom

    I can’t help but wonder what the voters were thinking when they elected this cretin? Is he a first time elected official? If so we can assume that the voters had no idea how he would actually turn out after being put into office. If he is a repeat offender then the onus is on the voters. The boy is a poster child for why education is so important. With more education perhaps folks such as McGill would be spending their time alone.

  • ThomasBoneII

    this is how out of touch republicans are with the middle class and lower income worker. its all about them and they do not give a dam about the commone working person.

  • adlerman

    What’s unbiblical is this redcneck thinking he’s fooling anyone. Alabama really does suck. I’m guessing that state has one book and there is no waiting list to read it.

  • roadrunner45

    I can’t believe it as I have read this article I’m thinking to myself
    is he joking? What planet did he come from? He needs to wake up and smell the sauce.

  • bcrovo

    I love this part:
    Lawmakers entered the 2007 legislative session making $30,710 a year, a rate that had not been changed in 16 years. The raise increased it to $49,500 annually.

    “That played into the corruption, guys, big time,” he said. “You had your higher-ranking legislators that were connected with the lobbyists making up in the millions of dollars. They weren’t worried about that $30,000 paid salary they were getting,” McGill said, adding that lawmakers have to pay for their expenses out of pocket.

    so, a legislator making $30K is tempted by millions but one who makes $49K would actually think twice about the oath he took when he took office?

  • Yendis39

    I truly believe that if all political personel had to take a salary cut to bring them in line with the average income, and have to accept the same S S and health care as we the normal people have, not only could the national deficit be cut to a normal amount very quickly, but we would soon be able to have real honest people run for office. I was told once, you don’t have to be dishonest to run for public office, but will be dishonest to continue to run. Plus the pensions National politicians receive is preposperous. Those too should be revamped and put on S S>

  • dawnowens

    Teachers, which probably include someone by the name of Jesus, should be our more revered public servants; I know I would not be able to do such a physically, emotionally, and intellectually demanding job, especially if some of the little darlings were related to this jackass.

    The best and only way to make sure that legislators have a true ‘calling’, and also to keep the corruption down, is to make sure that ALL our laws regarding taking bribes, voting for pet pork projects, and any other kind of illegal activity especially by lawmakers is punished severely, say by lethal injection, no long years of appeals allowed. This, far more than a bit more pay, would make sure that people like this are driven out of office and take their positions seriously.

    The writers of the Constitution never intended for lawmakers to have the job for life, or to be paid a pension; they wanted people to come from all walks of life, do the work for a year or two, and then return to their communities and resume their prior professions, a bit wiser perhaps but also subject to the scrutiny and/or respect of their fellow citizens.

    That said, all ‘lawmakers’ (I use the term loosely) should have the same health care coverage as the rest of us as well as the same pension benefits.

    In the meantime, it’s getting to be time to storm the Bastille…

  • kurt.lorentzen

    Using his Logic, raising salaries for politicians may attract people who are only in it for the money – gee, isn’t that all of them? Let’s start cutting the salaries of lawmakers – no, let’s make it strictly volunteer! That oughta bring the best of the best to the congressional table!! I used to work for Sears as an appliance tech. To save money on service vans they started buying them with only the cab having windows. When we protested that our visibility was diminished, they show us statistics where there were fewer accidents in the lower-visibility vehicles. Seizing the opportunity, I said that we should spraypaint the side windows in the cab and the windshield so that we couldn’t see out at all. By their logic, that should elminate accidents altogether! The things people come up with. And this guy probably actually believes himself.

  • valszy

    Many of comments state how out of touch with reality he is, and as much as I disagree with him and abhor his “reasoning” I wouldn’t say he is out of t w r because the reality of it is people actually voted him into office. The mindset of such people, in parts of this country, are the reality — and that is even more sad.

  • TWFlash

    What’s significant to me about this piece is not that this redneck politician is so corrupt in his reasoning, but that he had the temerity to actually say something so blatantly selfish and avaricous in public. What does that tell you about his audience? For God’s sake, folks, he’s speaking at a prayer breakfast in Alabama! This is a Republican stronghold! Where else but in the presence of the gullible could this POS spout such inanity and expect to get away with it? It’s sad. Maybe if they paid their teachers better, the citizenry would become smart enough to turn their state from red to blue.

  • jimmyags

    I could try to make a joke about this story, but there is nothing funny about this.

  • Fearfull Ralph

    Didn’t anyone notice the income numbers involved? Yeah, a 62 per cent pay raise sounds huge but that amounted to less than $20K. Face it, those legislatures were paid less than $32K a year before their raise while the guy who mows my lawn makes more than that and he only works 5 days a week during growing season and gets all winter off.On the other hand, he doesn’t have a chance to pick up a few hundred thousand a year in bribes (er, donations) the way politicians do. I do love his using the Bible to justify keeping teachers’ pay down.