A Patriotic Response To The "Clown Prince;" 08/18/2012
District of Corruption
August 18, 2012
This week, I spent some time traveling across Iowa talking with folks about rebuilding an economy where if you work hard, you and your family can get ahead. And along the way, I stopped in at Cascade High School to thank the teachers there for doing such a great job – and wish them luck as they head back to the classroom for this school year. There’s nothing more important to our country’s future than the education we give our kids. And there’s no one more important to that education than the person at the front of the classroom. Teachers matter. Most work tirelessly, with modest pay, sometimes digging into their own pocket for school supplies – just to make a difference. They give everything for our kids – and in return, we should invest in them. But here’s the thing: this year, several thousand fewer educators will be going back to school. Since 2009, we’ve lost more than 300,000 education jobs, in part, because of budget cuts at the state and local level.
[What I'm not telling you: This stop at the Cascade High School was suggested by The Bilderberg Group. With my support falling in every demographic, speaking with the high school kids is but one desparate attempt to reclaim portions of my voter base. Bilderberger research indicates that in lesser-educated households, the parents--the voters--many times rely on information brought home by their student-children. With most teachers and school administrators being of the leftist bent, chances are better-than-good that said voter-parents will listen and abide by the many dubious statistics and information I impart to the students and teachers I blather AT.
I was opposed to including this statement: "Most work tirelessly, with modest pay...."
There are small-to-moderately sized school districts that are grossly top-heavy with highly compensated teachers and administrators. There are published examples of said teachers and administrators earning upwards of $56,770 per year,for essentially six-month's work! This equates to just under $115,000 annually. As retirees, they will retire with an annual $33,000+--well above the local average local taxpayer compensation--not including life-time PAID healthcare benefits! How does this benefit the student?!? It certainly does not benefit the taxpayer who's saddled with excessive property taxes to fund all this.] Think about what that means for our country. At a time when the rest of the world is racing to out-educate America; these cuts force our kids into crowded classrooms, cancel programs for preschoolers and kindergarteners, and shorten the school week and the school year. That’s the opposite of what we should be doing as a country. States should be making education a priority in their budgets, even in tough fiscal times. And Congress should be willing to help out – because this affects all of us. That’s why part of the jobs bill that I sent to Congress last September included support for states to prevent further layoffs and to rehire teachers who’d lost their jobs. But here we are – a year later with tens of thousands more educators laid off – and Congress still hasn’t done anything about it. In fact, the economic plan that almost every Republican in Congress voted for would make the situation even worse. It would actually cut funding for education – which means fewer kids in Head Start, fewer teachers in our classrooms, and fewer college students with access to financial aid – all to pay for a massive new tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. That’s backwards. That’s wrong. That plan doesn’t invest in our future; it undercuts our future.
[What I'm not telling you: Ultimately, it's very difficult for the states to prioritize public education ahead of the ubiquitous welfare, medicaid, Section 8, et al, benefits which are generally larger expenditures--in total--than those for public education. The Congress is acting in a responsible manner, given the excessive spending levels my regime has reached. There must be fiscal responsibility incorporated into any budget presented to the Congress, not the drivel I submit that has yet to receive ONE VOTE for passage!!
I'm suggesting that the American public put their children's education in the same hands that govern the United States Postal Service and southern-border secuity.... Both you and I know how well they're working out!!
As an example, let's have a look at the history of the Head Start program:
1. The program originated in 1965 as an 8-week summer babysitting program; a part of then-President Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society' program of increased American socialism.
2. In 1966, the Head Start program became a year-round babysitting service.
3. In 1968, the Head Start program began funding what would eventually become the 'Sesame Street' PBS tv program.
4. In 1981, Congress enacted the Head Start Act.
5. In 1994, the Early Head Start program began as a babysitting service for those from birth to three years of age.
Since it's inception, both the Head Start and the Early Head Start programs have no demostratable positive benefits to the participant(s). Also--since it's inception--the program has cost the taxpayer $186 BILLION with no lasting positive effects.
Again, the taxpayer is forced to subject their child(ren)'s education to those whose primary objectives are POWER and CONTROL rather than a beneficial education or an efficient, revenue-neutral postal system or secure national borders, et al.] If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education possible – from the day they start preschool to the day they start their career. That’s why we launched a national competition to improve our schools. And for less than one percent of what our nation spends on education each year, we’ve encouraged almost every state to raise their standards – the first time that’s happened in a generation. That’s why we’ve invested in math and science education, and given states more flexibility on No Child Left Behind. And that’s why we’ve reformed the student loan program to put students before big banks, and increased financial aid for millions of young people – because in America, higher education cannot be a luxury; it’s an economic necessity every family should be able to afford. This is a country where no matter what you look like or where you come from, if you’re willing to study and work hard, you can go as far as your talents will take you. You can make it if you try. I am only the President of the United States today because of the chance my education gave me. I want every child in America to have that chance. That’s what I’m fighting for. And as long as I have the privilege of being your President, that’s what I’m going to keep fighting for.
[What I'm not telling you: From the cited sub-committee testimony graphs and charts establish that no matter the amount of money 'thrown at' education, the reading, math and science test results are not improved. My statement:
"I am only the President of the United States today because of the chance my education gave me. I want every child in America to have that chance."
....is at the very least disingenuous; at most an outright lie!
If this were truly the case, every child in America could be a mediocre-to-poor student at every level; grade school, middle school, high school, several colleges, law school and still have the presidency purchased for him!! My educational performance--or lack thereof--has had no bearing on my achievement. Forces unbeknownst to me, have been grooming me for this entitlement since my days 'at my mentor's knee,' the avowed communist Frank Marshall Davis!!]