@Used2baFreeCountry: "...Unions were 6 of the top 10. Eighteen of the top 20 donated mostly to democrats. Of the 58 that were ahead of the Koch brothers, 48 ranged from mostly democrat to in-the-middle."
Isn't this a great country!posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 16:44
@cyou299: "the same pols that constantly blast spending in Washington, blasts dependence on the federal government, sue the govt, refuse to enable govt laws....;these are the fine people who are crying that the feds aren't giving them money?"
You don't have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:53
"When the education companies have more say-so in developing standards than experienced educators, we are out of whack."
" When education decisions are driven by profit instead of real student achievement, we have utterly surrendered control of what happens to our children in public schools."
"The legislature’s job is to adequately fund a good education for each child and to pass laws that protect the health, safety and future of the children in our schools.
"The legislature’s job is not to approve or disapprove standards and curricula. "
"And, if SB 167 passes as it is written right now, the standards commission it creates will inevitably tangle with the state school board."
"Decisions about standards will become political and ideological, having little or no bearing on good education."
"It is way past time to stop the corporate takeover of our education system, and thus our democracy."
"We can’t vote every couple of years then sit back and do nothing. We have to make noise — lots of noise — to be sure those in power know what we want."
"We have to call and write. We have to testify and attend school board meetings. We have to remind these people who they work for."
Thank you, Myra.
If charter schools are "public schools" as declared by politicians who support them, I would like that politician to explain 'why' we need 'two' public education systems?posted @ Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 13:30
"Accountability" in public education and of teachers in public education has always been a political football, kicked around by critics of public education and by politicians trying to score points with the voters.
So, let's take a moment and reflect upon "accountability" of teachers vs. politician and public critics.
Where is there evidence that politicians and critics of public education turn out a better product for their efforts than do public education teachers?
That said, there are some "common core" objectives that are common to all public education i.e. those that teach facts and skills needed to function and be self-productive in everyday life.
But it is an idiotic idea that Georgia public education should only use curricula and tests that it has developed to the exclusion of everything else.
Quoting Mr. Dudgeon, "It is also important to remember that charter school students are public school students, and the legislature has a constitutional duty to provide for them as well as our traditional kids."
Mr. Dudgeon, why do we need "two" public education systems?posted @ Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:25
I might add to my comments that if any one really wants to do away with "public assistance" via government intervention, public education is the way to do it.
If such an undertaking should ever occur, however, don't expect that change to happen over just a couple of years.
"It can be did", but it will take years and years to do so.
Otherwise, we're stuck where we are with removal of "public assistance" and improvements in public education.posted @ Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 11:55
@Logical: No problem.posted @ Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 11:47
"It is also very important to realize that in all the tough budget times since 2008, K-12 education always received less cuts than any other branch of state government. It has always been the top priority."
That's still not saying much.
The Georgia legislature has NEVER fully funded any programs adopted by the state legislature; "Quality Basic Education Program", "Adequate Program for Education in Georgia", "Minimum Foundation Program."
The Georgia legislature, on the other hand, has caved in to Charter Schools run by "Educational Corporations" during these "tough budget" times.posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 18:15
Stossel. What a waste of ink.posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:49
We need not overlook our racists past nor our racist present (and the present is not a one way street), but we need to move on and not let the past be a continual sore.posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:44
@Used2baFreeCountry: "Arutz Sheva (Hebrew: ערוץ שבע) (Channel Seven) is an Israeli media network identifying with Neo-Zionism."
Not to say slavery still does not occur throughout the world, including this country, but you never bother to check out your sources, do you? Nothing to say, but just gotta say "Something!"posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:41
"... there are also fewer people watching the evening TV news."
More and more Americans are catching on to the scam of big corporations controlling the news.
Although they are considered by many conservatives to be "left wing" and "running the country to the ground", independent news media, especially independent investigations, are catching our government and powerful individuals with their pants down.
The same is happening in foreign nations as well.
I never did a morning route, but did do an evening route.posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:23
@proftom: "The salary paid to say an engineer at NASA and the resulting spending from that family are the same as would be from a similiar salary paid to an engineer in the private sector. Their color of their money is both the same (green) and has the same impact on the rest of the economy when spent."
But, for whatever reasons, conservatives just can't understand that.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 14:47
@Hair of the Dawg: "I'd like to hear the spin these reverends are about to put on the scripture...."
You've been hearing the "spin" against homosexuals and transsexuals all of your life.
It's about time to hear some honesty.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 14:37
@OCCountry: " Additionally, there is a lot of prep work, enviormental studies and other items that must be completed along the waterway (about 20 miles long) prior to any dredging starts."
Supposedly, that work has already been completed.
There are powerful corporations behind this, damn the environment studies.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 14:28
"As so often is the case, there is a biblical paradigm of this phenomenon — out of principle, new direction. Long ago, Abraham was comfortably living in Mesopotamia, in what is now Iraq, certainly devoted to home and family. But, when he heard God’s call in Genesis 12, “Go forth from your country, to a new land ... be a great nation,” he was able to dramatically proceed upon a new course. And his trailblazing journey to Israel led to the establishment of the new Jewish faith."
With all due respect to the Rabbi, he seems to have left out Exodus 15;14, "The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina." which makes it quite clear that the "trail blazing journey" was an invasion of Palestine.
And that invasion continues today.
Shamefully, our own war criminals, including Obama, participate against the Palestinians.
The Israeli method of wiping out the Palestinians may be different from the method the Nazi's used against Jews, but the results are the same.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 13:46
I don't have any resentment against wealth or success. I'm comfortable and I don't 'need' any more than I now have. I've been successful, but my success, in addition to my own efforts, has been to know 'the right people, the right place, the right time.'
I'm a taxpayer and I understand the resentment against those sitting on their butts and taking government handouts and using them for "wheels" and gold when the money should be going for clothes, food, etc. No doubt there is abuse, I've seen it - first hand. I wish there was a way we could stop the "too many babies."
I'm not wrong, however, in that the big screen tv and the 'wheels' help to keep a lid on the poorer segments of society.
I'm not so overly liberal that I'd like to see some 'program' tied to requiring/expecting those who get 'free money', and are physically able, to contribute to the society that supports them. But that would be an enormous undertaking and you can bet a political football for both political parties.
And it would be resented by minorities because it would target them, especially. (Civil war, maybe)?
And I don't understand how, in this economy and with the loss of jobs overseas, it can be expected that anyone who wants to work can find a job. We have college graduates working as waiters and waitresses in restaurants.
And let us agree, the poor do not control the economy or the job market.
This economy, or the lack of it, has been caused by the wealthy.
Gotta run.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 13:17
"According to you, if we don't subsidize lifestyle purchases by means of government handouts, we risk being assaulted in the streets? Really?"
Do you want to risk it?posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 18:22
@snarkydude: It's not that you don't see my points of view. It's that you're afraid to expand your point of view to include mine.
For example, you don't want to entertain the idea of the two equally hard working farmers, one successful because he got enough rain and the other unsuccessful because he did not get enough rain. That arbitrary god.
That kind of idea threatens you.
You're determined NOT to understand it.
I will not deny your hard work and your success, but whether you admit it or not (and most right wingers and conservatives either can't or won't), hard work by itself is not enough.
That's my testimony, anyway.
Certainly there are those born into weak social circumstances who become successful and conservatives are quick to point that out as a protest that if one man can do it, everybody can do it.
But everybody can't be on the top, can they?
Somebody's always going to be on the bottom, else the successful can't be successful.
A lot of successful people, including CEOs lost their jobs because of the Wall Street fraud. Jobs were already moving out of the country. People in their 30s having to move in with their parents, and bring the kids....
No man is an island. No man stands alone.
It's that arbitrary god.
That's my testimony, anyway.posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 18:19
[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - @mpd0.59: But this should have come from congress and not the executive branch. Once again lines within the branches are blurred.
If Deal really wants to lead, he will move forward with things that must be done prior to dredging. Push it right up to the line. But then again does he have the guts to lead from the front line? [/quote]
He has the guts to push it as long as he doesn't have, or intend, to follow the law.posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 16:15
Oh! If you have time, try to get a couple of books (paperback) titled "Overthrow" by Stephen Kinzer, and "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man", by John Perkins.posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 12:19
[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: Those evil corporations again.....
"Ever wonder WHY corporations outsource jobs?
>No. Outsourced corporations and their CEOs have made it clear (especially in the past twenty years) they have no loyalty to this country and to the American people and can move their manufacturing anywhere they want.
>But they still expect the same tax breaks from the United States that corporations still here get, and protection from the U.S. military if the political winds change where they are located. I might add that American history is replete with the protection of "American" corporations in foreign countries.
>The Dulles brothers made certain their banana plantations were protected.
"I realize you don't work in a profit-making enterprise, but the sole job of a corporation is to make as much profit as possible, and return a dividend to their shareholders."
"It's not their job to over-pay for labor and other items, just to keep jobs in the United States."
>Overpay. But it's ok to underpay? Should the worker have no say in what he is paid? Do you know that unions came about in this country because of the abuse of American workers, including children? That unions are/were the cause of the rise of the middle class? Think about it.
>We are now headed back to the age of you either have or you don't have.
I don't give a damn about the Democrats and even less of the Republicans, but at least the Democrats 'seem' to care about average people, not just the wealthy.
"You rail against the corporations, why not rail against the government policies that force them to seek profit elsewhere? Why aren't you clamoring for a change in the tax code that would eliminate the corporate income tax, since that's always passed on to the consumer in the form of a higher price?"
>There's never been a time in history in any country where costs have not risen. That's economics. And (I'm not gifted in tax laws) I have to wonder if corporations are willing to give up their tax breaks in order to have personhood.
"Why not raise hell about the myriad of regulations that drive up the cost of doing business, as we see in our own little microcosm of Clarke County?"
>I don't know about you, but I appreciate what some of those "costs" to business do. For example, inspecting the food industry for sanitation. Removal of garbage, fire/police protection. Sewage. Making sure your business isn't overshadowed by some greedy corporation building/opening anything they damn well want next to your business.
"No, it's easier for the left to blame these monolithic corporations, because without victims, the left does not survive."
>Is it a wrong idea that corporations have left this country whining about being victims? Is it not a fact that corporations live by the rule "Get all you can" to hell with anybody else?
>"Business ethics" is a contradiction in terms.
"I have no problem with providing clean, sanitized abortion services for those who choose to have them. I personally am against abortion, but I don't think I have the right to force my opinion on someone unless I'm willing to underwrite the cost of birth, delivery, and the raising of that child. I DO have a problem with forcing those who don't want to pay for that coverage, to subsidize those who do."
>We can find some common ground, here. However, is it cheaper to have someone living on government assistance to have an abortion, or to raise that child in poverty via the taxpayer? And the law isn't going to allow discrimination along financial lines.
"I agree that being born into an abusive or dysfunctional family, regardless of the income level, makes for a poor start in life. Being born into the "right" family is no more a guarantee of success than being born into the "wrong" family is a guarantee of failure. Again, you fail to take into account the individual. Success depends on individual effort. How else do you account for the children from wealthy parents who are abject failures. and those who come from unbelievable poverty (like my parents) who become very successful?"
>I can't account for everyone's success or failures regardless of what kind of family they were/are born into. I was raised in a conservative family/community - trust your government, believe in the church.
>I learned better. All a pack of lies.
>As I've said, perhaps to you, I couldn't/wouldn't go back to that even if I could.
"When someone says "he was in the wrong place at the wrong time", it's normally due to one of two things: (a) poor choices on the part of the person involved, or (b) an act of God or nature, such as being struck by lightning, or having a tree limb fall as you drive by. I believe in acts of God or nature, but as far as the choices made by the individual, that goes back to my statement about individual effort and responsibility.
>Certainly right/wrong choices make the difference. Having a good role model is a big help. Not everyone does.
"Conservatives complain about generational poverty all the time. It exists, because we have made no effort to change the culture that keeps them poor. All we have done for the last 50 years is to hand out checks to make it possible for them to be poor, they're just poor with more stuff. They have an air conditioned apartment iinstead of a shack..."
>Not all generational poverty comes from/because of 'government assistance.' I personally know of a family where no one, parents, grandparents, great great grandparents has ever completed a public education. Moving to work from one dairy farm to another. They aren't going to change.
"...name-brand sneakers, $3000 rims on a $300 car, and a 72" TV, but they're still broke and dependent on that monthly check to survive. No effort has been made to change the culture of poverty."
>I'm a taxpayer and I understand that point of view and even agree with it to a point. But not all families getting government assistance have all of these. Some have one, maybe two. And we can agree there are better ways to spend 'government assistance.' However, and I've talked with a number of professional counselors about this, these are psychological necessities for these folks - giving them a feeling of being like everybody else, and, a safety valve for you and me.
"I personally believe the intent of the Great Society programs was to create a permanent underclass which would be dependent on government handouts, and thereby create a permanent voter base for the party who hands out the checks."
>I'll laugh here. Most of these folks do not vote.
"I believe that all Americans have equal opportunity. We don't all have equal ability, and some have an easier access to that opportunity than others, but none of that guarantees success or failure."
>Except for the "equal opportunity" I think I've already agreed with you about that. "Access" is a good word. Not all of us are let in the door for one prejudice reason or another.
"It all goes back to that individual. Why does the most popular jock with the best looks become a failure after high school? Why does the nerd whom everyone picked on become the tech genius? Individual effort and responsibility"
>Individual responsibility is certainly a factor; as is being born into the right family, being in the right place at the right time, knowing the right people.
>I look back and I've been there.
>Two farmers next to one another; both work equally hard.
>One gets the rain, the other doesn't.
>That "arbitrary god."posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 12:15
@snarkydude: While you are providing some folks with jobs, corporations have, and still are, sending them out of the country and leaving hard working Americans holding the bag.
Yet, the right is screaming why don't those getting government assistance get a job?
As to abortion and maternity coverage, we'll have to split on that. The right, and the left, would prefer not to provide abortion costs. But consider, also, the way abortions were done before they became legal and ask yourself do we want to go back to that especially in light of the fact that poverty is increasing, and would you rather pay for an abortion or pay for more poverty , via food stamps with your future earnings?
""Being in the right place at the right time, and knowing the right people..." is a crock."
I can tell you first hand that being born poor doesn't mean you have to be poor all of your life. But being born rich doesn't guarantee you'll be rich for the rest of your life, either.
The right can scream all it wants to that there's no such thing as "generational poverty", but I can to take you to some families where that has been the case and still is.
Being born into the right family is a head start and being born into the wrong family is a bad start.
By the age of three a child is pretty well established in his culture. We can tell pretty well in kindergarten which child is going to make it and which ones not.
As to being in the right place at the right time, do you suppose being in the wrong place at the wrong time is any different?
Explain that one to me.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 22:44
@snarkydude: "... people every day who have had very little financial success, yet I consider them successful people."
Some of them have had so little financial success that they need food stamps and public housing and free medical care.
I don't begrudge your success, and would like to think that maybe I've had a little of my own...you know, a little work here, some extra work there. Being in the right place at the right time, knowing the right people at the right time - that arbitrary god....posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 18:21
The is a good "DEAL" to stop.
Most of the jobs to be "created" are already there.
Additionally, there are still questions the taxpayer needs answered. In particular, once the channel is dredged, who will pay for it to be continually dredged, Georgians, the American taxpayer, the shipping industry who's getting a free ride off of this?
And who is going to pay for the environmental disasters that occur during the deepening of the river?
Especially when sea water begins to leak down into the Savannah area fresh water aquifers?
Again, Georgians, the American taxpayer, the shipping industry, who's already getting a free ride on this?
Who?posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 18:10
@snarkydude: "...since you can't tell the difference between people who receive their income from various enterprises funded by government contracts and welfare or food stamp recipients, just review those words I "
cyou299 didn't say anything about "welfare."
He said "workfare."
Perhaps you can't read the difference?
And, yes, we are all proud, along with you, that you are standing on your own two feet, or so you say.
But just keep remembering (or in your case ignoring) ..."you owe it to an arbitrary god whose mercy to you rather than to others won't bear too critical examination...."posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 15:32
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