Morning Reads for Wednesday, November 9th

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” – Ayn Rand

Here in Georgia…
– State tax revenues are up over 5% over last year.
– While the next year’s TSPLOST is expected to struggle, educational SPLOSTs did well last night.
– Voters in most Metro Atlanta communities approved Sunday alcohol sales last night.
– The idiotic geriatric terrorists from North Georgia were destined to fail.

National stories of interest…
– Attorney General Eric Holder was grilled by Senate Republicans yesterday over Operation Fast and Furious.
– Democrats rejected a tax deal from Republicans, which would have included $300 billion in new revenues.
– Third party bids by Ron Paul and Michael Bloomberg could throw a wrench in the 2012 presidential election.
– Occupy Wall Street was less than cordial (*language warning*) to attendees of the Defending the American Dream Summit. Classy “Occupy San Diego” protestors also took it to those evil bourgeois street vendors by “splattering” blood and urine on them.
– Speaking of Occupy Wall Street, their poll numbers continue to fall.
– This is counterintuitive, but the push to get people to move their accounts to credit unions will probably help big banks.
– Regardless of how you feel about our foreign policy, the brave soldiers that have died in service deserve better treatment.

A few that I like…
– Thousands of people have signed a petition to keep Nickelback, the world’s worst band, from performing at halftime in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
This was a complaint I had about The Walking Dead last season. Despite a good start for this season, it appears to be slipping back into being boring.
– Isaiah Crowell, Georgia’s freshman running back, has apologized for his recent behavior.

8 comments

  1. chefdavid says:

    Splost didn’t do so well up in my neck of the woods. I think it will possibly do better as the voters last night generally tend to be more informed than in the general election. Also the way it will read sways the uninformed voter to a yes vote.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Dear Ann,
    It is ironic than the protection of individual rights is in the proper dosage of regulation.

    Too little and you get run over and too much you get smothered.

  3. I Miss the 90s says:

    That bit about the GOP making a “concession” to the Democratic party about revenue increases is a complete mockery. $300billion over 10 years is a rounding error.

    • benevolus says:

      And from what I can tell, it includes a tax CUT for the top rate, as well as elimination of the mortgage interest deduction. Good luck with that.

  4. John Konop says:

    I am pragmatist that does not buy extremist views from both sides. I hear the GOP constantly rip Keynesian economics, yet they favor tax breaks for stimulus and no real plan to pay for them ie so did Keynesian. This is no different than Democrats spending without any plan to pay for it. At the end more and more people are getting the free lunch theory of economics from both sides is BS.

    As far as the schools they do need help in running it more efficiently, yet No Child Left Behind has created a top heavy system that spends more on administration overhead and testing than the classroom. But at the end of the day the schools need to operate and educate our future workers, and to cut off needed funds till it has been fixed would be like ending Medicare reimbursements that have a heavy rate of fraud ie that logic is why is the tax increase passed for the schools.

    I suggest we focus on solutions:

    1) Promote an academy tracking system for students like the new plan in Cherokee county over the one size fit all failed No Child Left Behind policy ie math/science, vocational, arts…….

    2) Eliminate the irrational teach to the test score based system promoted through No Child left behind. Replace it with a pass fail system on competency similar to the bar examination, CPA……. The current NCLB system promotes irrational behavior

    3) Grade schools and teachers on graduation rates with skills for jobs and or placement rates into college rather than test scores.

    4) Eliminate 20% of administrative overhead and put the money into the classroom by decreasing the irrational teach to the test tracking system via No Child Left Behind

    5) Promote a co-op system in high school with the business community given students real work experience opportunities.

    6) Consolidate administrative overhead between the high schools and colleges/trade schools and let them create requirements for graduation and or certificates. Joint enrollment style education should be the norm not the exception. Also resources should also be shared between 9-12 and higher education.

    7) Promote use of the internet education to bridge gap via transportation issues.

    Nothing I have suggested will solve the social problems schools inherit via broken homes, poverty………………… The school’s job is to provide opportunities not solve family and society issues. And by providing and focusing on opportunities that in itself will help future generations.

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