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Sunday, December 12. 2010
Off to NYC for the day. Will bring camera, just in case.
A very sly dude behind his folksy persona.
Lord Monckton does the simple math.
Nobody else in Cancun could do math. How did they get through college?
Ron Radosh takes a look at that Mead article we posted: TNR and the Crisis of The American Intellectual: Can the Old Liberal Stalwart Play a Role in Today’s World?
No, not really. And I grew up on TNR, The New Yorker, and the NYT. I think I have learned more, over time.
The Leftist war against doctors: Asclepius Shrugged
Why do they hate docs? They sure like them when they need them. Maybe, like children, they want love and care for free. Well, who doesn't?
I think the reason the O put Clinton on stage was because the O doesn't understand Econ 101 well enough to talk about it without a teleprompter. And I think the O left because he didn't want to feel upstaged by Slick Willy. Just my opinion. The O needs to learn more, study a little, get eddicated.
Gov. Awesome goes after tenure
He cracks me up, but he's too skinny to be President.
Bernie Sanders is a classic New England crank, a perennially disgruntled nut. He thinks people who make money have a "sickness of greed." I think he has a sickness of power, and maybe a sickness of envy. And a sick greed for my income, which I mainly use for tuition payments. Does Bernie want to throw my kid out of her college? Furthermore, I don't know hardly anybody who could not use a few more bucks. Hey, Bernie - the "rich" already pay almost all of the taxes in the US. That's not right. We think every citizen who benefits from living in the US should pay his dues, and all at an equal rate. That's what I said - all income, no deductions, equal rate. No death tax. Death tax destroys family farms and family businesses - and taxing cadavers just doesn't seem fair. Not fair to pick the pockets of those who cannot fight back - especially when the wealthiest cadavers have ways around it.
Amusing, at Insty:
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I think Buffett's an actor. Someone in the syndicate said "Get me a grandpa from...ah hell, Omaha!"
It is becoming more and more apparent that Governor "Awesome" as you put it is a one trick pony - unions are the cause of our social and economic problems. Not one word about those who have enabled the Unions to take control of the social and economic dynamic in New Jersey i.e., the good citizens of New Jersey who keep electing those who would create the problems. He's attacking the symptoms, not the root causes.
The definition of a demagogue is "a politician who seeks to win and hold office by appeals to mass prejudice". I think Governor "Awesome" fits the definition very nicely.
With regard to tenure, it is a fraudulent issue. Any teacher can be dismissed for any reason - the only requirement is that the administrators (principals, superindendants, team leaders, etc.) properly document the issues and present an competent case for dismissal. That is basic law school Contracts 101 - you don't meet the conditions of the contract, then the contract is terminated. What tenure does do is require those who are charged with administering the contract to actually do their jobs. I don't think Governor "Awesome" is really up on contract law.
Reading into Christie's background, it would appear that he has had the benefit of FIHP (Friends In High Places). If you take the time to look a little deeper into Christie's career, you will find that he's not exactly the squeeky clean populist he appears to be - in fact, he is a typical political in-fighter and not shy about using his positions to gain advantages to both is caree and his politics.
I don't like him and I think he's a fraud.
to gain advantages to both is caree and his politics.
Whoopsie - make that "his career and...". My bad - fingers got all tangled up in my haste to get it all out.
I really don't like this guy. :>)
I don't live in NJ and most of the news I get about Gov. Awesome comes from the right wing sources. While I can imagine he does not have a squeaky clean past, what I know about him, I like - A LOT. He is the only one going after the teachers unions - something that is LONG overdue. Are teachers unions the only thing wrong with our schools? Not by a long shot. There is a lot of blame to go around, but I think freeing education from union thugs could be the thing that opens up the landscape. They are so powerful and they use that power to thwart parent's desire for sending their kids to the schools of their choice. To a large extent, they control the agenda in the classroom. They are unaccountable - even when they are shown to be dangerous, they are extremely difficult to fire.
Will education in NJ (or anywhere for that matter) be instantly improved should the unions dissolve? No, but I'm convinced that until you take them down a notch at least, we will continue to see the same amount of "progress" in our education system that we've seen in the last forty years.
You're right that there are lots of enablers that should be part of the equation. I think the way you get to them is to show how bankrupt the system is and enlist them in tearing it down. It is not useful to harangue voters for being stupid for allowing unions to become so powerful.
I agree that the system needs dramatic and immediate change - and I agree that Unions are powerful adversaries. However, that does not excuse the voters.
Our political system allows for accountability in that when the citizens do not like an issue or situation or decision, they have the ability to remove any politican from office at the very first opportunity by the vote. When a majority of voters consistently validate the political decisions, you get situations like outsized teachers unions or transportation worker unions or what ever.
The only solution is to remove the enablers - the state legislators (in those states where the state is the negotiator) or local school board members who approve contracts that are unreasonable.
If you go to work for somebody and you only ask for $12/hr. The employer says "well, I'll pay you $15/hr, give you a paid hour off for lunch and paid 1/2 hour breaks, 10 holidays, 5 sick days, 5 personel days, hour and a 1/2 for overtime, double time on holidays and Sundays" are you going to turn it down?
And don't tell me that is silly because I've seen it happen right here in CT when Bill O'Neil was Governor. It was a period of unprecedented economic growth in CT and there was a huge surplus in the state coffers. O'Neil gave it away to the teachers of the state raising their base pay by a minimum of 50% to, like Woodstock, 100%. The Mrs. tripled her salary in the space of six months based on state money. They never asked for it, but they got it anyway. And the towns were scrambling to approve the contract salary increases to get the state money never even thinking that the economic good times would evaporate at some point and leave the towns with the huge burden of massive pay increases supported by increased property taxes. And that happened in other states too.
Ultimately in any representative republic, which is what we are, the voters are responsible for their choices of representation. If that representation is inadequate, it is the responsibility of the electorate to remove them from their position. It can't be stated any other way. The unions are only taking what is given to them.
You are right. The unions have a lot of perks because they were given to them by the voters who elected people - mostly Demoncrats - who supported them. And...
It is a given that the voters are responsible. The question is what do you do about it? Attacking the voters is not the answer. The answer is to show the voters how they screwed up and show them a way to make it right. From what I can see, Christie is shining a light on their corruption and is taking the fight to them. Those who agree with him but had no allies until now have a powerful support, the unions are put on notice that the administration is not rolling over for them, and the voters are seeing that the union is not doing what they do "for the children" but for themselves. I suspect that some people who just went along are not fining out that there is an option. The issue gets heat and that is transferred to other state and local elections. I just don't see a downside or anything negative about this.
I am totally at a loss for what else you think he should do?
I wrote this "in my head" before reading a reponse of yours below, but I figure I'll take it from the top.
Who do you make out to be the unions' enablers? I just saw you said the citizens here, which is my go-to for most political and social ills. As our society has degenerated,it has become painfully obvious.
On your other point, I don't think tenure is a fraudulent issue. One you "pass the test" (meaning you are a super-lib) and become tenured, all the guys in the club who are also super-libs, will never dismiss you for anything , as long as it is not a conservative stand you are taking.
BUT, if you somehow manage to become tenured and you are a conservative, watch out. They will cut you off at the knees at the drop of a hat!
(Mixing my metaphors much there? heh...)
The common definition used in educational contracts defines tenure as "life tenure in a job and specifically to a senior academic's contractual right not to have his or her position terminated without just cause."
The job, in this case, is teacher. Now you can argue whether a life long sinecure is appropriate or not at any level, but the main point is that tenure eliminates the "terminate at will" to "terminate with just cause".
And the "just cause" part is what administrators do not like to do because it requires them to actually document malfesance, incompetence, whatever. And that takes time. But it can, and sometimes does, happen when you have dedicated and competent administrators.
Buffet is a genius in that he saw the increase in government involvement in the economy and purchased companies that benefit from that. Insurance? Many of us are forced to purchase it by law. He also bought companies that support those with insurance like markets. He also likes addition (cigarettes).
With the continued socialization of medicine, does anybody think we will continue to attract the best/better into medicine? I think we're going to end up with those people that want to "help others." Just go to your local animal shelter to see what type of talent that will bring you.
Tom, you may be correct on the Gov., but I think that over time the unions and their allies have rigged the system so far in their favor that this type of blowback is inevitable. The voters of NJ will still determine how far back the unions get pushed.
the unions and their allies have rigged the system so far in their favor
I could not agree more - that is exactly my point. And the voters allowed it to happen.
Your answer here is part of what I was trying to get at above.
I get the voters, but who are their (the unions') allies? (I don't know who or why; would like to here yours or anyone's opinion).
Regarding the proglodytes' distaste for doctors: I think they love doctors. They see doctors with what look like large incomes, and they see their own plans to tax those incomes heavily, so they have a plan to keep doctors' incomes below the level they plan to tax to near-confiscation. That, and they will make doctors more popular with the peeeple if the doctors get less money so they look like courageous heroes instead of professionals trying to earn a living.
Sanders is an embarrassment to VT. His opponents call him the "Senator From Brooklyn". He is solely interested in exercising power just like all left wingers.
But he keeps getting elected....what kind of idiots and fools vote in this state? Vermont is as left wing Dem/Prog as Beserkley, Cal-e-forn-ee-ya. Sanders is up for re-election in 2012 and expects to pull a Boxer.
Many of us hope that soon-to-be- former Gov Jim Douglas (he did not run for re-election) might do us the favor of sending this jerk into retirement once and for all.