No one should be denied the opportunity to get an education and increase their earning potential based solely on their inability to pay for a college education.
The death penalty is discriminatory and does not do anything about crime.
Giving a 10-year mandatory minimum for a second offense fist fight is not going to reduce the chance that someone will be stabbed 16 times when you are not funding any of the programs that are desperately needed to actually reduce juvenile crime.
Unequal funding resources also results in unequal educational opportunity when you consider studies that show that one half of low income students who are qualified to attend college do not attend because they can't afford to.
We also know that the death penalty is not only flawed, but is disproportionately applied to minorities and the poor.
The most money we have ever been able to get appropriated for the juvenile justice bills was 5 million a year, about one-tenth of what was necessary.
In the Brown decision, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down the legal and moral footing of racially segregated public education in this country.
Obviously, there has to be a profound change in direction. Otherwise, interest on the national debt will start eating up virtually every penny that we have.
We can fight Big Industry.
When you run up this kind of deficit, we talk about increasing the debt limit, but one thing you have to do is pay interest on all of that debt.
We can continue our progress as a Nation toward the promise that all people are created equal and that our Nation will treat every person in that spirit.
And what is needed to prevent them from joining gangs was ample recreation for boys as well as girls, jobs and internships for training and money, and assistance to allow their families to live in decent homes.
Mandatory minimums have been shown to be discriminatory and waste the taxpayers' money.
The destinies of the two races in this country are indissolubly linked together, and the interests of both require that the common government of all shall not permit the seeds of race hate to be planted under the sanction of law.
Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments.