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Wednesday, September 28. 2011
The Who's 'Quadrophenia' Is Love, Joy & Suffering
Are these people still saying that minorities cannot understand White Math?
Controversial Bake Sale Highlights Debate on Bill Allowing California Colleges to Consider Race, Gender
Obama’s Jobs Bill: Read It and Weep - An infernal mish-mash of taxes, subsidies, and regulations.
From a commenter at a Cafe Hayek post:
Nobel-winning economist Robert Lucas on the high cost of the welfare state, why he voted for Barack Obama, and how Milton Friedman changed his life.
LA Times Remakes Judah Ben-Hur into 'Palestinian Nobleman'
"... staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer “black” or “brown”.
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I have darn near all The Who's music on my ipod. I'll have to give Quadrophenia another, closer, listen.
Robert Lucas is a very smart guy, but I don't think the "Lucas Critique" as typically presented is hard enough on the macro models. I think the problems begin with aggregating individual behavior.
That was a pretty good review of Quadrophenia, but if one wants deeper insight, I'd recommend reading John Eldridge's book, "Wild at Heart."
He discusses the drive that all men feel, and the wounds and roadblocks that challenge them to live like they want to. He provides many pop culture references to support his thesis, but Quadrophenia isn't among them.
However, it was one of the first things to hit my mind when I read the book. It helped me understand the observation I'd made many years before, that Quadrophenia, Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise" and the movie "Bright Lights, Big CIty" were all very much the same story: the 20th C boy trying to find his way into manhood.
I'm a big champion of Eldridge's work. They're already minor classics of the late 20th C.
Well, as I recall, public education of children came about by parents and friends and fellow citizens deciding to build a school and hire a teacher, rather than going to a town meeting and petitioning the mayor to tax them to build a school.
That's the way it worked in all the westerns I saw that addressed it.
Two of the greatest "rock operas" if you will came from The Who - "Quadrophenia" and "Tommy". The other is the "Christmas Trilogy" written by Paul O'Neal and performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Who would provide public education were it not for gov?
The two "debaters" or "choir preachers" in that thread are both dancing around the issue. As one commenter said, it is a governmental issue when those who can't afford to pay or in which the government has a vested interest in producing and maintaining an educated and enlightened citizenry. In fact, none other than Thomas Jefferson, who libertarians like to quote occasionally, believed that education should be under the control of the government, free from religious biases, and available to all people irrespective of their status in society. George Washington held to that opinion as did Noah Webster and Benjamin Rush.
The problem with public education is that it has become bastardized from its original discipline - learning how to read, write and do basic mathematics (arithmetic and higher order arithmetic). Originally, state and local control held the system in check, but with the advent of secondary education due to the demand for skilled workers, money became an issue - and that's when it went all icky ballooky.
The simple truth is that unless and until the Feds get out of the education business, highly unlikely short of full scale revolution, citizens will be forced to support (from an education standpoint) ungrateful and under educated kids with no recourse. Money, money, money rules the day.
“Things have gotten so ideologically driven and everybody is so focused on the next election and putting party ahead of country that we’re not able to solve our problems.”
Heh - the thing of it is that he's absolutely right. People that I've known for years, politicians that I've worked which on the state and local level have become hardened and politically motivated instead of working for the common good. The end result of course is politicians like Dan Malloy, but I don't have to worry about him anymore. :>)
And now, for something completely different. The stripers are hot - we limited out two days in a row - 25 fish from 26" to 35" - nice and fat yielding 27 lbs of filets. With a cold front moving in tonight and again on Friday it should stay hot and heavy resulting in enough fish for last for a few months of fish fry's and chowder. Running lead core at 50 ft (90 yards out - 20 foot leader) with 3 oz bucktails and plastic grub with spin tails seem to be working the best, but downrigging to 60 ft with the same lure combinations and following the old Saluda lake bed is also working great. Crappie are feeding and are also hot for the next couple of weeks. Largemouth are schooling with the stripers which is something new to me - apparently that is very common early Spring and Fall on this lake. Life is good on Lake Murray.
And that is your local fishing report for the week. :>)
My parents sent eight kids through parochial and public schools. I believe my very Catholic grandparents paid for us to attend parochial schools (my older siblings went to more years than I did) but we switched to public schools when we moved to California.
Allowing up to $12k/student/year, my parents could be said to have spent up to $1.2 million in tax dollars (current dollars, but this was from 1957 through 1979). I have two younglings who each had 13 years of public school in a district that runs $7,500 per student. That works out to something like $190k over a time frame when I actually paid about $23k in property taxes.
I would have had a very hard time finding $15k/year to send my kids to school. That would have been roughly twice what I was paying for my mortgage.
On the other hand, I paid property taxes through my landlords or on my mortgages or by writing the check myself both before I had kids and since they have left public schools. I'll be paying property taxes for a long time to come. Even so, it would take 100 years at $2k per year in property taxes to cover the estimated cost of educating two children from k-12.
That's more food for argument and thought than it is an actual argument.
Yipes! Professor Epstein takedown of Obama's American Jobs Act (AJA) is absolutely brutal. Epic fail for the president. He gets a grade of F-. Now I really AM interested in seeing the transcripts of The One's college grades. If they are as bad as Prof. Epstein's critique of AJA, Obama should now be the janitor in the White House instead of its elected occupant.
"From a commenter at a Cafe Hayek post:
I can hear the rebuttal… But what about the poor? Especially the ones who have a lot of children? Certainly you can’t expect them to shoulder any part of the responsibility for their actions!"
Responsibility? Oh, the poor have more children than they can support. AKA, "If you cannot afford Harvard, why should I help send you to UConn?"
I only read some of the comments, which were not all about education since the start posting was far more general. Now, I certainly agree government - not just Federal, but down to town halls - has gotten too big and is doing things it probably (?) should not. And even some of the things I think it is doing AND should do, well, I'm not always with the tax bill. But these - some are downright scary.
Personally, I think Mr. O would make a lousy janitor. You can't lead from behind if you're sweeping the floor.