Monday, February 21, 2011

Thoughts on teachers and the Department of Education

Why do we continue to fund the Department of Education? It seems to me that the teachers protesting the Governor of Wisconsin are a very real cross section of the whole education system. The "it's all about me" mentality has invaded our educators and is being taught in our schools. Our students now feel as if ANY act we try to lay on them is outside of what is acceptable. They have forgotten their only job is to learn. They don't realize that by not learning, they are setting themselves up to be replaced by foreign labor forces.

Why do we continue to fund the Department of Education. It seems the protesters in Wisconsin are indicative of the teachers across America. We want the cake but don't want to pay for the ingredients. I am sure they know that they have it easy and have had it easy for far to long. Is it really too much to ask that you pay a part of your own health care or put in to your own retirement? Are you really willing to admit you are that childish? Evidently they are.

Why do we continue to fund the Department of Education? If I were to ask them if they feel they are doing a good job of educating our children, I am pretty sure they would say they are. Really? Why is it that according to, in 2003, educational testing in 41 countries of high school students revealed the following: Math - The U.S. upper mean rank was 25th, tied with Spain and Latvia. Some of the countries scoring higher included China, the Czech Republic, and Liechtenstein; Reading - The U.S. was surpassed by countries such as Belgium, South Korea, Finland, and the Netherlands; Science - The U.S. ranked below many countries including the Slovak Republic, Hungary, and Iceland. Perhaps we should pay according to success and not effort?

Maybe we should dismantle the Department of Education. It appears they aren't educating anyone except their workers in how to think of themselves above all else and rewarding failure. Wow!! That sounds like Government as usual.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The State of The Unions

So lets see if I have this right.

1) Teachers don't want to contribute to their retirement OR pay a small portion of their medical insurance.
2) The President feels like he needs to pipe up on a state problem?
3) OUT OF STATE people feel like they have the need to pipe up for an in state issue?
4) The hateful, name calling, vitriolic left accuse the right of being hateful, name callers and vitriolic but don't see the signs they themselves are carrying comparing a Governor to Hitler or the sign with cross-hairs on the Governors face?
5) AND to top it off the Democrat congressman run from their sworn duty, out of state just to avoid a vote?

Did I miss anything?

I am wondering what would happen to military men and women if they ran out when it was time for them to do their duty? Because if I recall correctly, congressman and congresswomen take an oath as well. And yet when they betray that oath nothing happens. If a military man or woman ran out on their duty or failed to uphold their oath, it is a serious offense. So why is it different for congress?

I truly believe America is waking up to the problem with unions.

What do unions do for me that I can't do for myself OR current laws don't do.
-They negotiate for me for more pay. You can't speak for yourself?
-They keep me form being frivolously being fired. You can't work hard and make yourself indispensable at work?
-They help me save for retirement. All I can say is 401(k).

The day of the union is long passed. It is time for the antiquated unions to just go the way of the do do bird.

I applaud the Governor of Wisconsin for having the gall to do what needs to be done. The kids (democrats) are gone and left a mess for the adults (republicans) to clean up. When the kids get home, they are going to be mad because things aren't cleaned up as they would like and then they will have the nerve to whine and complain.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rambling again.

We have had new leadership in the House for a few months now so I thought I should post some thoughts about how I think things have gone. or not gone for that matter.

It appears as though the freshman class of representatives have quite a bot of gumption. They seem to be steering the "old guard" towards a more conservative approach to governance. Which is fine by me.

The Republicans had better listen to their constituency because just as surely as we voted them into power in November, we can vote NEW Republican leadership into power in the future.

If the new Republican leadership wants to impress EVERYONE, Republican or Democrat, there are a few things they could do.

1) Get rid of their "retirement" from just serving one term. How is it they deserve 100% retirement after one term when our men and women in uniform serve 20 years and only get 50% ? Can anyone explain that to me? Mr Speaker? Any thoughts?

2) Dissolve the Department of Education. They aren't educating anyone except the union anyway. Obviously our nations test scores haven't gotten any better since their inception. Another failed experiment that we keep funding.

3) Pass the Fair Tax.

4) Pass legislation limiting Congress to two terms. Two terms period. Two terms in your lifetime. Two terms with no caveats.

5) Require our legislators to use the new government funded health care OR pay for their own health care. They are not any better than we are.

6) Repeal Obamacare.

7) Privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Government shouldn't be in the business of being in business. They can't get healthcare right. They can't get social security right. Why would you think they can get mortgages right?!

8) O yeah and last but not least... BREAK THE LAW, DO YOUR TIME!! tell me that if anyone of of us citizens had a "tax issue" that we wouldn't have been hauled off yet they get to get a hand slap. Sorry, a censure. Excuse me. yeah, a hand slap.