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Obama’s Choice: FDR or Reagan…government or market…socialism or capitalism

Posted by Liberty on January 12, 2009

Socialism or capitalism?  The choice America is facing at this time is just that existential.  I fear that the average citizen in this country today doesn’t even clearly understand the differences between the two economic systems.  We’ve been in similar economic situations before, chosen wrongly and suffered the consequences.  All I ask is that we examine the past…say the era of the Great Depression, since that’s what our current economy is constantly being compared to.  Pat Buchanan has some important Depression economic stats in the article linked below.  For instance:

“By 1933, 89 percent of stock value had been wiped out, the economy had shrunk by one-third, thousands of banks had closed, a third of the money supply had vanished, and unemployment had reached 25 percent — among heads of households.”

 

Compare that to what’s happening today:

“…the financial collapse and economic crisis of 2008, inherited by Obama, with 40 percent of all stock values wiped out in a year, foreclosures pandemic, and unemployment near 7 percent and surging.”

So what did we do to combat the Depression?

“FDR’s answer: vast federal spending, tough new regulations on business and higher taxes — like Herbert Hoover before him, only more so.

The Depression lasted until war orders from the Allies brought U.S. industry back to life. Before 1940, not once did unemployment fall below 14 percent. In May 1939, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau testified:

‘We are spending more money than we have ever spent before, and it does not work. … I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. … I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started … and an enormous debt, to boot.'”

Obama’s economic stimulus plan consists of spending.  Plain and simple.  Government spending didn’t work in the 1930’s and it won’t work now.  Period.  But the New Deal programs got Roosevelt 3 terms as President and solidified Democrat power.

Obama’s Choice: FDR or Reagan

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A terrifying environmental trend

Posted by Liberty on December 21, 2008

Schools Unleash ‘Eco-Kids’ to Badger Their Parents

This should scare you more than the prospect of eating polar bears

“Educators sometimes give the impression that they are in the business of protecting their pupils from the negative influence of their parents. Schools are sometimes devoted to the project of correcting the “outdated values” that parents have taught their children. That’s bad enough! However, in recent times policymakers and educators have also embraced the idea that through influencing children they can reeducate parents. Instead of parents socializing their children they advocate a reversal in roles.

It is in the domain of environmental education that the project of socialization in reverse is most systematically pursued. Many environmental educators advocate pester power as a contribution to changing the behavior of adults. David Uzell, a professor of environmental psychology at the University of Surrey, recalls attending an educational conference a few years ago where “everyone was absolutely convinced” that pester power was “the answer” to the problem of climate change. Uzell’s own research has focused on what he calls ‘inter-generational learning through the transference of personal experience typically from the child to the parent / other adults / home.’”

First of all, what exactly is a professor of environmental psychology?  Are environmental psychologists behind the massive obnoxious global warming propaganda campaign in the MSM?  Fortunately, for me, all the “green” advertising and pseudo-news reporting has had the opposite effect that they intend.  I can’t even look at a compact fluorescent lightbulb without screaming in rage anymore.

“In the U.S., socializing children through the promotion of environmental education has been practiced in schools for over a decade. The New York Times reports that a new cohort of ‘eco-kids’ devoted to green values ‘try to hold their parents accountable at home’ and adds how adults become defensive under the ‘watchful eye of the pint-size eco-police.’ School districts across the U.S. have sought to capitalize on the idealism of ‘eco-kids’ to integrate environmental values into whatever subjects they can.”

This is only one reason why it is so important for parents to be involved in their childrens’ education.  Don’t think that you’re bothering teachers by asking to see for yourself the curriculum being used in your child’s class.  Those teachers work for you!  If they are teaching based on a biased agenda and undermining the values you’re trying to instill in your child, they need to be set straight.

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Posted by Liberty on December 17, 2008

Two-thirds say teachers union has wrong priorities

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K-12 panel chief urges tax hike

Posted by Liberty on December 12, 2008

Look out!  Dan Grimm says sales tax on services would help fund education changes!

K-12 panel chief urges tax hike

“The chairman of a legislative task force exploring how to improve the way the state pays for K-12 education says a tax increase is the responsible way to pay for the roughly $3 billion worth of ideas in the group’s final report.

Dan Grimm, a former state legislator from Puyallup as well as a two-term state treasurer, said Thursday that he was inspired by a phone call and letter from Gov. Chris Gregoire to propose an extension of the sales tax to services. That would make things such as doctor’s visits and financial advice subject to sales tax.”

If this governor “inspires” anything in me, it’s a desire for a Boston Tea Party-style tax revolt!  When will it be enough?

Luckily, there is a website for the Basic Education Finance Task Force.  I’ll be contacting them to voice my opposition to more taxes for public education.  Dan Grimm, the task force chair, can be reached at dan.grimm@prodigy.net.  The full contact list is here.  Public schools in Washington State already get lottery money, timber money, money from the general fund, federal funding, as well as local bonds and levies.  The problem is how schools choose to spend the money, not that Washington taxpayers don’t pay enough.  In light of the weak economy, it would be highly irresponsible for the legislature and Queen Christine to force any more taxes upon the already over-taxed State of Washington!

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Here’s why I didn’t vote for Randy Dorn for Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Posted by Liberty on December 6, 2008

Randy Dorn says taxes are the answer

“About 40 percent of the state’s general fund goes to education. In each two-year budget cycle, about $15 billion goes toward the education of Washington’s 1 million school children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Washington ranks 42nd in the nation in the amount of money per child the state spends in the classroom, according to federal statistics.”

Forty percent of the state general fund.  That doesn’t count all the local levies and bonds that property owners get hit with.  And federal funding.

Dorn said that since nearly every state is facing a budget deficit, if Washington simply leaves education spending where it is, the state could move up in the rankings.”

Dorn seems to have bought into the idea that more money spent automatically translates into more educated children.  This fits in perfectly with the fact that he was endorsed by the Washington Education Association and other public school employee union groups.  The unions always support more education spending.  It means salary and benefit increases based on tenure and the number of degrees a teacher has rather than on merit and more money in union coffers for their political maneuverings.

According to the Heritage Foundation:

“With Congress considering a $700 billion rescue package for our financial market, taxpayers are rightfully asking questions about how these funds will be spent. But all too often we forget to apply the same scrutiny to the nearly $600 billion we spend in state and federal dollars each year on K-12 education.

Any fair accounting should conclude that we’re getting sub-par returns on this investment.

While many of the nation’s best and brightest go off to pursue fulfilling educational experiences at colleges and universities across the country, significant numbers of students leave high school with gaping holes in some fundamental academic concepts.

National test scores reveal that many students are failing to master basic skills. On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 33 percent of fourth-graders score below basic on reading, as do 26 percent of eighth-graders. According to the Department of Education, fourth-graders not performing at a basic level are unable to make general conclusions about what they read. At the eighth-grade level, this means students are unable to make simple inferences or interpret ideas. For both grade levels, these are crucial skills to master to ensure future academic success.”

Future liberals are being produced in our public schools today–people unable to make simple inferences or interpret ideas fall for the kind of media snow-job that happened in the 2008 general election. 

Also:

“National graduation rates have stagnated around 73 percent, with numbers significantly lower for minority students. In 2006, only 61 percent of Hispanic students and 59 percent of black students graduated. An independent analysis found that, in some of our nation’s biggest cities, fewer than half of all students finish high school. In the Baltimore City and Cleveland Municipal City school districts, only about one-third of all students graduate. Indianapolis has a graduation rate of only 30 percent, and a mere 24.9 percent of Detroit students complete high school.

These shockingly low graduation rates should incite a national outrage. And while some politicians will surely call for investing more tax dollars for public school as the solution, a lack of funding is not the source of the problem.

Detroit, for example, spends more than $13,000 per year on each student. In addition, the city school districts of New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta all spend well over $10,000 per pupil yet have graduation rates below 50 percent.”

Read the full Heritage Foundation report What Is America Getting from Its Investment in Education?.  They make the case that education spending is not the problem and that family structure and parental involvement are critical elements to education success.

It’s time for Washington State to break the link between school spending and student achievement.  Randy Dorn, the people of Washington State are already over taxed.  If we keep throwing money down the black hole of government-run education and never fix the significant flaws in the system, it will never get better.  The superintendent of public instruction should be accountable to the people of Washington State but with this guy, I fear he’ll be more interested in keeping in favor with the unions. 

Schools need to focus on the basics of education–things like math, reading and comprehension, writing and interpreting ideas, fact-based science and American history, just to name a few.  I want to know how much time and money is spent on social engineering and nanny state benevolence versus what is spent on teaching concrete, useful skills.  We need more genuine teaching and less of the schools assuming the roles and responsibilities of the parents.

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