Did You Really Love School Beyond Say, Grade 3 or 4? No, I Didn’t Think So

January 8, 2013

It was always cool to hate school, but with the regimentation, the dry, dull teaching (to the test) methods and the PC bull-crap, today that hate is real. Top down rules, regulations, and constant assessments from the federal level are boring kids outta their gourds. Good teachers hate it too. The garbage cuts into their real teaching time. Kudos to Megan Fox for her 8 Reasons Homeschooling is Superior to Public Education!

Excited to learn

He’s so excited about school

And why do we have a federal Department of Education? Because President (peanut) Carter was pandering to the NEA (National Education Association). You guessed it, a UNION. Tenure became a guaranteed prescription for mediocrity which devolved into achievement expectations of the lowest common denominator -(for students and teachers). Oh BTW, as costs skyrocket every year, test scores and outcomes are continually worse.

The Cato Institute in a 2003 report to Congress recommended that Congress:

  • Abolish the Department of Education and
  • Return education to the state, local, or family level, as provided by the Constitution

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” 

Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The 10th Amendment simply means there never was, still isn’t and never will be, a legitimate or a foundational basis for any Department of Education except at State and local levels. Ditto for the Dept of Energy, the National Labor Relations Board (remember Boeing’s little problem opening a car plant in SC?) or the Dept of Agriculture. Need I go on?

So many of our problems today and the excess spending would vanish if    – if we would adhere to that simple, short, very clear document called the U.S. Constitution.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Union Bosses and Dems Shaking in Their Boots

February 21, 2011

The AFL-CIO, whose president Richard Trumka is orchestrating much of the protests in Madison this week (while calling for global justice and wealth redistribution in Egypt), and other union bosses as well as the Democrats must be shaking in their boots by now.

The week-long protest was finally visited by the counter protesters, thousands of taxpayers and Tea Party members who until Saturday had been busy at work –unlike the teachers, other union members AND Wisconsin Democratic senators who have walked off their jobs + are still MIA!

The very cozy relationship between union leadership and the Democratic party is in danger of destruction. A success in Wisconsin will spread like wildfire as more and more people realize that collective bargaining, forced union membership and lopsided benefit packages has led fiscal disaster nationwide and worldwide.

According to the Daily Caller, here’s a sampling of what’s at stake in the way of Democratic campaign contributions & votes for government favors to big labor:

  • $1.2 million in 2008 and $900,000 in 2010 from the AFL-CIO
  • $2.6 million in 2008 and $2.6 million in 2010 by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • $2.3 million in 2008 and $2.2 million in 2010 from The National Education Association
  • $2.4 million in 2008 and $2.3 million in 2010 from The Teamsters
  • $2.6 million in 2008 and $1.7 million in 2010 from SEIU
  • $2 million in 2008 and $2.1 million 2010 from The Carpenters and Joiners
  • $2.6 million in 2008 and $2.2 million in 2010 from The Laborers union
  • $3.8 million in 2008 and $3.2 million in 2010 from The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • $2.8 million in 2008 and $2.7 million in 2010 from The American Federation of Teachers
  • $2.5 million in 2008 and $2.1 million in 2010 from The Machinists and Aerospace union
  • $2.2 million in 2008 and $2.1 million in 2010 from The Communication Workers of America
  • $2.1 million in 2008 and $1.5 million in 2010 from The United Autoworkers
  • $2.1 million in 2008 and $1.9 million in 2010 from The United Food and Commercial Workers union
That’s nearly $60 Million taken directly from member dues that those union members probably could have spent better on their own (as in their retirement or health care or maybe higher wages from that money saved).  BTW, most unions gave a negligible amount, if anything at all, to the Republican Party over the past two election cycles. So yeah, there’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on!

Aloha, Mikie

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