Beat them, bludgeon them, and kick them when they are down

It’s always good to see teacher’s unions beaten down.

More! Faster!

More evidence that we face a moral crisis…

…not a financial one.

The Next Culture War

Our current cultural politics are organized by the obsolete culture war, which has put secular liberals on one side and religious conservatives on the other. But the slide in economic morality afflicted Red and Blue America equally.

If there is to be a movement to restore economic values, it will have to cut across the current taxonomies. Its goal will be to make the U.S. again a producer economy, not a consumer economy. It will champion a return to financial self-restraint, large and small.

It will have to take on what you might call the lobbyist ethos — the righteous conviction held by everybody from AARP to the agribusinesses that their groups are entitled to every possible appropriation, regardless of the larger public cost. It will have to take on the self-indulgent popular demand for low taxes and high spending.

A crusade for economic self-restraint would have to rearrange the current alliances and embrace policies like energy taxes and spending cuts that are now deemed politically impossible. But this sort of moral revival is what the country actually needs.

Brooks nails it on this one. It is immoral for the tax-eaters (SEIU, AFSCME, Teachers and their oily administrative counterparts) to eat the tax payers into oblivion while they suck down pay and benefits only available at the top of the private sector.

Public sector greed equals or surpasses corporate greed, and both have long surpassed the average American’s ability to pay for it. Atlas should merely shrug.

Do we have to wait 3.3 more years to change it?

The Obama Show – Time to change the channel.

It’s all too apparent: Faced with the choice, President Obama prefers the comforts of celebrity to the duties of leadership. In addition to Letterman, there was his appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last March and his running commentary in the ESPN broadcast booth during baseball’s All-Star game last July. You might imagine a lame-duck president making such media appearances, but not one barely nine months into his term. Obama clearly sees himself as a sort of salesman-in-chief, and considers endless speechifying and interview-giving as the best way to further his agenda. The adoring crowds, raucous applause, and obsequious press coverage that accompany his appearances are cherries on top.

So, in order to pressure Congress to act on health care and “call out” all the lying racist nihilist cynics who stand in his way, Obama delivered his major address to a joint session of Congress on September 9. He followed that up with giant Si Se Puede – rallies in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Maryland and a dizzying turn on five Sunday morning news shows. Amazingly, Obama has also found time in September to deliver a speech to the nation’s schoolchildren; give major addresses on the financial crisis and climate change; and contribute remarks at Walter Cronkite’s funeral. The month isn’t even over yet, and the salesman-in-chief already resembles the late pitchman Billy Mays.

How about this. Republican get smart and find 3 points to drive home, Individualize the Welfare state (vouchers, HSAs, Retirement Accts), control wasteful spending, and radical tax reform (Tax consumption and pay every citizen a stipend).

Take back the House, and then, unlike 1994, DON’T proceed to save the Democrat’s Presidency.

Just a thought.

PJTV should win awards for this.

It’s not everyday you see an organization put out an 8 minute video that is at one time exceedingly accurate, and, at the same time, devastatingly effective propaganda.

It even goes so far as to suggest next steps, which I immediately took.

Yet another great Quote of the Day

This from my favorite blogger on this post.

“The tragedy of humanism is the failure to recognize that freedom lies in the choice between Good and Evil, not in a right to decide which is which.”

By all means, let’s make America more like Sweden…

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!??” I hear you scream. Well get this.

Beyond the insults: Swedish Model 2.0

Since then, the notion of “Sweden” in some American discussions has been equal to “Socialism.”

That is a stereotype, and – frankly – not true.

Sweden has always been on the side of the market economy. And to talk about Sweden as a socialist country has always been pretty far off the mark.

Sure, Sweden has high taxes – but so do most European countries, and the Swedes are no longer the hardest taxed people on earth (the Danes are).

And to compare with the US: Sweden has no inheritance tax, no wealth tax, and the tax on real estate is lower than in most US states.

Swedish pensions are nowadays partly financed by people themselves on a kind of individual basis.

Most new schools that open in Sweden are private, as are the preschools.

Actually, even on the railroads there is private competition – private train companies have the right to use the railroad and in Stockholm the subway is partly private.

This spring, Christian Science Monitor published an article painting Sweden as a capitalist paradise, “a bastion of market capitalism.”

This, too, is an exaggeration.

But Sweden has privatized some of the tasks once carried out by the Swedish postal service and, recently, the pharmacies.

The next step is a broad privatization and increased freedom of choice (for the customers) in the health care sector.

This development of competition and privatization has been politically controversial at the level of details, but not when it comes to the overall course. Many of the liberal reforms were initiated under the last social democratic government.

So is there a “Swedish Model 2.0”? Yes, I would say so.

Ideologically, the center of American opinion will probably always be to the right of Sweden, particularly from a social perspective. But OPINIONS AREN’T NECESSARILY REALITY!!!

America, a 300 millions nation of wide racial, cultural, and religious diversity, is more difficult to manage than an small nation 9 million mostly white lapsed Lutherans who worship at the secular humanist alter.

So when you want to kick Sweden and other “Euro-Weenies” around, (as this site has done for quite a while), remember that America is now MORE SOCIALLY DEMOCRATIC than many European nations, and has been floating the direction for about a decade.

Read the above article again. There should be a new word for the “Republican Agenda.” We can call it the “Swedish Model.”

Quote of the day

I’m sitting there watching “The International,” and generally run-of-the-mill crime thriller, when a character in the movie states, “character is easier kept than recovered.”

Good stuff.

Our silly (but still dangerous) President

Those who follow politics, policy, and culture, know that possibly the silliest people in America are school administrators. This is true at every school level. This class of people effortlessly combine the trifecta of some of the worst human traits, with the near perfect mix of bilious self-importance, political correctness, and complete cluelessness of anything that doesn’t involve “board politics” and useless paper-pushing.

Hence Victor Davis Hansen’s once again hitting the nail on the head regarding our silly president.

Barack Obama, College Administrator
Our commander-in-chief seems to think he’s president of the University of America.

In the world of the university, a Van Jones — fake name, fake accent, fake underclass pedigree, fake almost everything — is a dime a dozen. Ward Churchill fabricated everything from his degree to his ancestry, and was given tenure, high pay, and awards for his beads, buckskin, and Native American–like locks. The “authentic” outbursts of Van Jones about white polluters and white mass-murderers are standard campus fare. In universities, such over-the-top rhetoric and pseudo-Marxist histrionics are simply career moves, used to scare timid academics and win release time, faculty-adjudicated grants, or exemption from normal tenure scrutiny. Skip Gates’s fussy little theatrical fit at a Middle American was not his first and will not be his last.

Obama did not vet Jones before hiring him because he saw nothing unusual (much less offensive) about him, in the way that Bill Ayers likewise was typical, not an aberration, on a campus. Just as there are few conservatives, so too there are felt to be few who should be considered radicals in universities. Instead everyone is considered properly left, and even fringe expressions are considered normal calibrations within a shared spectrum. The proper question is not “Why are there so many extremists in the administration?” but rather “What’s so extreme?”

Some people are surprised that the administration is hardly transparent and, in fact, downright intolerant of dissent. Critics are slurred as racists and Nazis — usually without the fingerprints of those who orchestrated the smear campaign from higher up. The NEA seems to want to dish out federal money to “artists” on the basis of liberal obsequiousness. The president tells the nation that his wonderful programs are met with distortion and right-wing lies, and that the time for talking is over — no more partisan, divisive bickering in endless debate.

That reluctance to engage in truly diverse argumentation again reveals the influence of the academic world on Team Obama. We can have an Eric Holder–type “conversation” (a good campusese word), but only if held on the basis of the attorney general’s one-way notion of racial redress.

America is starting to rue the day it hired this twit.

Our ridiculous (but still dangerous) President

Those who follow politics, policy, and culture, know that possibly the silliest people in America are school administrators. This is true at every school level. This class of people effortlessly combine the trifecta of some of the worst human traits, with the near perfect mix of bilious self-importance, political correctness, and complete cluelessness of anything that doesn’t involve “board politics” and useless paper-pushing.

Hence Victor Davis Hansen’s once again hitting the nail on the head regarding our silly president.

Barack Obama, College Administrator
Our commander-in-chief seems to think he’s president of the University of America.

In the world of the university, a Van Jones — fake name, fake accent, fake underclass pedigree, fake almost everything — is a dime a dozen. Ward Churchill fabricated everything from his degree to his ancestry, and was given tenure, high pay, and awards for his beads, buckskin, and Native American–like locks. The “authentic” outbursts of Van Jones about white polluters and white mass-murderers are standard campus fare. In universities, such over-the-top rhetoric and pseudo-Marxist histrionics are simply career moves, used to scare timid academics and win release time, faculty-adjudicated grants, or exemption from normal tenure scrutiny. Skip Gates’s fussy little theatrical fit at a Middle American was not his first and will not be his last.

Obama did not vet Jones before hiring him because he saw nothing unusual (much less offensive) about him, in the way that Bill Ayers likewise was typical, not an aberration, on a campus. Just as there are few conservatives, so too there are felt to be few who should be considered radicals in universities. Instead everyone is considered properly left, and even fringe expressions are considered normal calibrations within a shared spectrum. The proper question is not “Why are there so many extremists in the administration?” but rather “What’s so extreme?”

Some people are surprised that the administration is hardly transparent and, in fact, downright intolerant of dissent. Critics are slurred as racists and Nazis — usually without the fingerprints of those who orchestrated the smear campaign from higher up. The NEA seems to want to dish out federal money to “artists” on the basis of liberal obsequiousness. The president tells the nation that his wonderful programs are met with distortion and right-wing lies, and that the time for talking is over — no more partisan, divisive bickering in endless debate.

That reluctance to engage in truly diverse argumentation again reveals the influence of the academic world on Team Obama. We can have an Eric Holder–type “conversation” (a good campusese word), but only if held on the basis of the attorney general’s one-way notion of racial redress.

America is starting to rue the day it hired this twit.

Tuscon School District destroying America

If you want to know why this site takes a back seat to no one in attacking the vile public education system, it is because of stories like the one below. The people running our schools have a mindset that is so counter to the principles of this nation (not to mention reason and rationality) that they deserve nothing but derision, ridicule, and (hopefully someday) a trip the unemployment lines their awful system makes longer.

One can’t say enough about how vile these people are. Sadly, what too few of you are willing to admit, is that the mindset that pervades the entire class of education employees. It is why our schools are failing (and the nation with it).

Tuscon Schools create race-based system of discipline

Despite the budget-enforced closing of school libraries, the shuttering of arts and music programs and the layoff of teachers and counselors in other disciplines, the Post-Unitary Status Plan calls for a vigorous expansion of the program run by TUSD’s happy band of unrepentant political leftists.

The board’s plan also calls for changes intended (however counterproductive those plans may be) to improving the lot of minority students.

It wants to see more minority students enrolled in advanced-placement programs, for example – a laudable goal, certainly. But consider one significant part of the plan for “improving” the academic status of TUSD’s Black and Hispanic students:

The board is calling for a two-tiered form of student discipline. One for Black and Hispanic students; one for everyone else.

With the goal of creating a “restorative school culture and climate” that conveys a “sense of belonging to all students,” the board is insisting that its schools reduce its suspensions and/or expulsions of minority students to the point that the data reflect “no ethnic/racial disparities.”

From the section of the 52-page plan titled “Restorative School Culture and Climate,” subhead, “Discipline”:

“School data that show disparities in suspension/expulsion rates will be examined in detail for root causes. Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African-American and Hispanic students.”

The board approved creating an “Equity Team” that will oversee the plan to ensure “a commitment to social justice for all students.”

If you live in Illinois and know of a district that practices this, please contact me. I will initiate a lawsuit against any district on equal protection grounds. These disgusting people are irreparably damaging the children of America with this apartheid drivel.