Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of February 19, 2013. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am.

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1. Satisfaction (link)

People aren't too satisfied with the direction of the country. According to Gallup, only 27% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States.

Slightly more than a quarter of Americans, 27%, are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today, while 72% are dissatisfied. Satisfaction this month is similar to the 25% Gallup found in January but up from 23% in December.

9% of Republicans are satisfied with the direction of the country, while 47% of Democrats are satisfied.

I don't know who the 9% of Republicans are, but they might be smoking the synthetic drugs that the Lubbock City Council is trying to ban. How could anyone be satisfied with the direction of this country. Even if you love President Obama, can you really say you are satisfied with how the United States is right now?

2. Expanding Charter Schools (link)

State Senator Dan Patrick is ready to expand Charter Schools in Texas.

Broad changes to the state's charter school system, including the creation of a new state board to oversee the state contract process, would result from legislation filed Monday by Senate Education Committee Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

The State Board of Education currently oversees applications for charter school contracts, which state law caps at 215. Patrick's Senate Bill 2 would create a new state entity to authorize the contracts and lift that cap, allowing for an unlimited number of charter school operators in the state.

"There is no one answer to transforming schools but lifting the cap to add high quality public charters will give Texas parents, including the nearly 100,000 currently on a charter school waiting list, more choices to find the best education for their child," Patrick said in a statement.

The legislation also includes language that makes it easier for local school boards to vote to become "home rule districts" and convert into charter schools. It follows Gov. Rick Perry's call for more charter schools in his State of the State address, in which the governor praised the innovation they bring to the public education system.

The charter school measure is one of a comprehensive set of proposals expected from Patrickto expand school choice in the state this session. Patrick has said those will also include fostering open enrollment across school districts and creating a private school scholarship fund through offering a state business tax savings credit to corporations.


3. If It Saves Just One Life

Karen Gibson and the Lubbock City Council are out to save all of us from ourselves. The council recently passed a measure that grew government in order to protect children from synthetic drugs. So many out there used the rational of, "if it saves just one life..." as their argument. It's an argument that is aimed at emotion. Where does it stop though? How much personal freedom are you willing to give up in order to protect people from themselves? Or as some would argue, in order to protect the children.

Should the City of Lubbock ban fast food? According to the CDC, more than one third of children and adolescents were obese. That isn't good for their short or long term health. So if it saves just one life, isn't it worth banning fast food?

What about smoking? We obviously can't trust adults to decide for themselves whether or not they enter a smoking establishment. Cigarettes are bad for your health right? Is Karen Gibson and the City Council ready to go after smokers next? If it saves just one life, it's worth it right?

Now, how about this idea that promotes safety and could save the lives of many children. What if Karen Gibson and the Lubbock City Council passes an ordinance that says drivers with children in the car can only drive 30mph? No one has to drive 40, and it could save the lives of children riding in vehicles if those vehicles are driving slower. Maybe Lubbock could create "Kiddie Lanes" instead of HOV lanes. How could Gibson & Company be against that.

I mean, if it saves just one life it's worth it right? Think about the children.

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