I’m in for National School Choice Week

I’m in for scrapping the entire overpriced, corrupt, and union-driven money laundering scheme we call public education. You should be in too.

Join Us! National School Choice Week from National School Choice Week on Vimeo.

“The Bigger the Government, the worse the citizen.”

Dennis Prager lays it out hard and heavy in this video. It appears that the other panelists were cut, which might have been a good thing.

One need not agree with every point he makes, but you can’t deny the power of his words.

If there is one danger in the above video, it is that too many conservative have failed to see that Norway Sweden and Canada are approaching being more free market than the USA. We have a great deal of work to do to roll back the frontiers of leftism, socialism, and collectivism.

Best radio station in the world tucked away in Farmer City, IL

I was driving through central IL the other night and found one of the best radio stations in the world is broadcasting right out of Farmer City.

Lonnnnnnng lonnnnnng stretches of blues, non-commercial country, and folk, and bluegrass. Wow! Take a listen.

Get Whipped!

Paul Ryan vs. the intellectually bankrupt Republicans

There is a great piece in the American Spectator about Paul Ryan and his “Road Map.” Ryan lacks Gingrich’s Machiavellian talents, and therefore isn’t in the running for taking over the party. Of course, Ryan doesn’t seem to have any of Newt’s devastating character flaws either.

The fact is that Ryan is being wasted in the slow-witted and slow moving Republican Party. He’s a policy guy trying to save the nation while the party is run by idiots running the failed “Pelosi Fright Wig” strategy. We all understand the trade off balancing the easier path of winning power by vacuity or actually having a mandate.

In this cycle, we actually could win an honest mandate for change by following Ryan. Instead, we are wasting the opportunity to put in a gaggle of intellectually flaccid graymeat who will do what Boehner tells them to do. This is a strategy for disaster.

Paul Ryan’s Friends

The amount of flack being directed at Ryan and his “Roadmap” has been rapidly increasing. Former White House budget director Peter Orszag, who should know better, trashed the Ryan plan in his farewell lecture at Brookings. This from the man who, as noted by the Wall Street Journal, “presided over record deficits of $1.4 trillion in 2009-or 9.9% of GDP-and an expected $1.5 trillion in 2010.” Cheeky fellow.

Jon Ward of the Daily Caller observed that this high-profile critique of Ryan “shows the seriousness with which Obama and his top advisers take Ryan’s alternative vision for the country’s future, as well as the vehemence with which they disagree.” Ward mentioned that the Orszag attack was the same day the Democratic National Committee attacked the “Roadmap.”

Note that the left takes Ryan more seriously than the leaders in his own party.

You can live with enemies in politics, but you can’t survive without friends. Ryan needs more than intellectual or moral support from conservative intellectuals, commentators, and even honest liberals, as important as they are. He and his “Roadmap” need the heartfelt support of his party, its leaders and its candidates across the country who must take the argument to the people in this watershed election year.

The stakes are too high for the Republicans to simply stand by, quietly, hoping the Democrats will self-immolate. The GOP needs to embrace a big, visionary idea, something like Ryan’s “Roadmap,” which addresses the most important political challenge of the age: the runaway costs of entitlements which were irresponsibly put on autopilot under both Democratic and Republican governments.

Just so you know, I put forth a much bigger, better, and more visionary idea over at the Chicago Boys blog a few days ago. While I laud Ryan as true thinker, leader, and one of the few hopes for a brain dead party, my idea is a better roadmap.

Raising retirement age saves Social Security

With the Democrats wringing their hands over a newly energized GOP, it isn’t hard to understand that they are running the same plays they have for decades. Now that many in the GOP are advancing robust public policy (like raising the retirement age for Social Security), the Dems are accusing them of trying to destroy it.

Some of the first big posts on this site a(around 2005) discussed personal accounts, phasing out Social Security, and replacing it with entirely private accounts. Those policies, while arguably good public policy, would actually “destroy” Social Security.

Raising the Retirement age, on the other hand, is one of the few policies that would actually go a long way toward saving it. Go and read about it.

As a matter of fact, it IS your responsibility

Napalitano on YouTube

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

Especially when it comes from the Hoover Institution.

The Case Against Public Sector Unions

Public employees unions have wielded huge influence to gain perquisites for themselves at the expense of the public. Early retirement, job tenure, high wages, and generous defined-benefit pension plans have gained increasing attention from commentators and voters, though many public sector perks are intentionally shrouded and confuse the public debate. What has received far less attention is the pernicious effect of public sector union privileges on the provision of public goods in the United States. Public sector unions have greatly distorted state spending priorities and made it more difficult for states to devise innovative public goods that would benefit their citizenry as whole. For example, prison guard unions have directly influenced penal policy, fighting reduced sentences or decriminalization of drugs. Teachers’ unions fight charter schools and merit pay. The strong organizational rights of these unions, protected or abetted by statute and regulations, enables their outsized influence on public policy.

But crisis is also opportunity. The dire straits of states offer the chance for entrepreneurial governors to abolish public employee union privileges, like the rights to strike, to collectively bargain, to seek binding arbitration, and to collect dues. Public employee unions are the great reactionary force in public life today, using their privileged position both to defend the rewards their members receive and to block innovation. As a result, this recession offers a political opening for both liberal and conservative governors.

For conservatives, taking on public employee unions provides a way to eliminate inefficient spending and create a polity of low taxes and lean government. For liberals, it provides a way to redirect spending to effective public goods, like better educational outputs, that public employee unions frustrate. If both liberal and conservative governors moved against public employee unions, the public would have the best of all possible worlds, a demonstration project pitting a low-tax, small-government jurisdictions against a higher-tax, high-value public goods jurisdictions. It would create a fair fight between the attractive options that conservatism and liberalism can offer. Union contracts, however, prevent most state governments from nimbly responding to changing circumstances. This ossification short-circuits the beneficial competition among jurisdictions created by our federal system, which works best when there are not entrenched impediments to government innovation.

How greedy public unions destroyed California

Read all about it.

The Golden State’s War on Itself

What went so wrong? The answer lies in a change in the nature of progressive politics in California. During the second half of the twentieth century, the state shifted from an older progressivism, which emphasized infrastructure investment and business growth, to a newer version, which views the private sector much the way the Huns viewed a city—as something to be sacked and plundered. The result is two separate California realities: a lucrative one for the wealthy and for government workers, who are largely insulated from economic decline; and a grim one for the private-sector middle and working classes, who are fleeing the state.

That is what is going to happen in Illinois the moment Quinn gets his tax increase. Why would a rational person stay here to pay for public union greed?

California’s supposedly progressive economics have had profound demographic consequences. After serving as a beacon for millions of Americans, California now ranks second to New York—and just ahead of New Jersey—in the number of moving vans leaving the state. Between 2004 and 2007, 500,000 more Americans left California than arrived; in 2008, the net outflow reached 135,000, much of it to the very “dust bowl” states, like Oklahoma and Texas, from which many Californians trace their origins. California now has a lower percentage of people who moved there within the last year than any state except Michigan. Even immigration from abroad seems to be waning: a recent University of Southern California study shows the percentage of Californians who are foreign-born declining for the first time in half a century. For the first time in its history as a state, as political analyst Michael Barone has noted, California is not on track to gain a new congressional district after the 2010 census.

If you ever forget just how bad public unions suck, they will always remind you.

The “Green School $cam”

This link will take you to an article about a local school that’s all Greedn from the ground up.

Please don’t fall for the siren song of “green schools.” I wrote a comment on that article, which I reproduced below.
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Dear Taxpayer,

Don’t fall for this money grab. Building energy efficient schools is fine, but you are being set up for a rip off of monumental proportions.

1. Set up a bureaucratic standard (LEEDs)
2. Build a Demo project and if necessary, cook the books to show how it MIGHT save “10s of $1,000s over the years.”
3. Tout the savings as an excuse to ream the taxpayers with millions in debt to retrofit or tear down perfectly good schools to save a few paltry BTU’s.
4. Building contractors, architects, Bond Churning Finance Companies, and Teachers and Administrators all get rich while your property tax bill continue to skyrocket. You pay 1000s of dollars more a year so that the gas bill for a school goes down by few hundred a month.

DON’T FALL FOR IT!! Don’t be SILLY!

If and when you need a new school (you probably don’t), build it to good energy standards. You are being set up for a scam.

There aren’t enough FBI agents to clean up corruption in education

Go this link, and look at the kind of shenanigans the FBI will look into under corruption in education. Read their laundry list. Stuff like that is probably going on in most Illinois school districts.

Public education in Illinois is a legalized money laundering scheme.

It’s nice to know the FBI cares. Remember to do all you can to rat out your local board member or oily superintendent, because all their obscene spending is ratting out your kids.