Saturday, May 16, 2009

Parents are urged to demand more from L.A. schools - Los Angeles Times

Parents are urged to demand more from L.A. schools - Los Angeles Times

The title bothers me as I believe it is the schools that should demand more from the parents. Our society led us to both parents having to work. Our society set up this education disaster. Even though more parents are "volunteering", it is not the norm.

At the same time the schools, should be read "government", and UNIONS have created a situation where a parent who wishes to volunteer for a position vacated due to "cutbacks" is also turned away with the statement "that is a union position and you cannot have it."

I call BS on this. If a parent, my mom volunteered as a librarian in the past, has the time and wants to help out, gratis, then why not let them. You save money and you get a parent who wants to be involved.

I also believe that throwing money at the educational system will not help. The schools of today are advanced daycare centers. Parents drop their problem child off and they go work. Between the liberal stance "we cannot hurt a childs self-esteem" and the lack of discipline allowed schools are worthless.

1. Children who cannot pass should be held back to take the curriculum again. F self-esteem. It did not hurt me!
2. Kids that behave poorly or are down right evil must be punished. No more of the parents whining, "Johnny is a good kid and he would never do such and such." BULLSHIT. Smack the bastard. Detention. That's what I had to deal with and it was well worth that extra "think twice before doing it" mentality.

I'm rambling now, your thoughts?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Obama Delivers the Zingers at Journalists' Dinner -

Obama Delivers the Zingers at Journalists' Dinner -

I'm all for jokes and fun and games. I still have some issue with this event: Who pays for it? Who trusts the media for a state sponsored event for them?

I could be stupid and this is not a state sponsored event, but it sounds good, eh?

You make up your own mind.

The Fly-by

White House aide resigns over NY flyover

Friday, May 08, 2009 9:12PM UTC

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House military aide who authorized an Air Force flyover of New York that caused panic among some people in the city resigned on Friday.

Got this from Reuters. If you see the article you will see the government allowed itself to WASTE a bit over a quarter-million dollars. Not just money, OUR money. Taxpayer money. Checks and balances? The government is too big.

Obama proposes new rules on job training - Los Angeles Times

Obama proposes new rules on job training - Los Angeles Times

How do you feel about the government telling you how to do job training?

Also, I heard on the radio that Obama wants to create new jobs in manufacturing and less desk jockey, paper-pushing type jobs. If this is the case why did government paper-pushing jobs outpace the private sector manufacturing jobs? We are also a technological society, so we will not have as many manufacturing jobs as say, China. I think we are in a state of confusion on what our country really is: Technological or Industrial? Once we address this, things may get better in the long run. The tough part: Convincing the rest of the world what our "status" is. The biggest problem with being a "leader."

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Do You Think the Government can.....

Just a few questions came up while having a discussion with friends. Ask yourself how you feel about the following:

Do you think the government can run health care better than the private sector?

Do you think the government can run an automaker better than the private sector?

In what area can the government run better than others?

It seems difficult to trust an entity that cannot explain clearly where our money goes. They always want more "for the good of the people," but they cannot account for it. They make private business account for everything. Seems a bit hypocritical.

What do you think? Try to make it clear to me how we got here.