Morning Reads for Thursday, May 24th

Here in Georgia…
– Rep. Tom Graves recently sat down to chat with Max Pappas of FreedomWorks. You can watch Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
– Should troubled school systems, like DeKalb, drop sports programs?
– Virginia Galloway shares school spending numbers.

National stories of interest…
– The CBO says that coming tax hikes could throw the economy back into a recession.
– Kathleen Parker discusses John Roberts, ObamaCare, and the Supreme Court.
– Avik Roy explains why closing Medicare’s “donut hole” is a bad idea.
– Marco Rubio says that the Senate is too polarizing.
– The Mitt Romney bullying story doesn’t matter to voters.
– Donald Trump wants to speak at the RNC.
– Senators had their chance yesterday to grill the Secret Service director over the prostitution scandal.
Beware of political polling.
– Romney trails Obama among Hispanics.
– The Facebook IPO may face a congressional inquiry.
– Romney is calling for more school choice and promising 6% unemployment by the end of his first term.
– A hefty number of doctors say they refuse to take on more Medicare and Medicaid patients.
– The Washington Post calls on Obama to bring back school vouchers for DC.
– A House Republicans wants to allow kids to stay on their parents health insurance until they are 31.
– Support for gay marriage is at an all-time high.
– Michael Tanners says the GOP isn’t serious about cutting spending.
– Mitt Romney leads Obama in Florida.

A few that I like…
– If you put all the iPhone 5 rumors together, here’s what you’d get.
– According to SmartMoney, more that a third of divorce filings contain the word “Facebook.”
– The RIAA says LimeWire owes $72 trillion in damages.
– Mike Schur of Parks and Recreation talks Ron Swanson.
– How do the airlines compare on quality?
– What deal should the Braves make at the trade deadline?

14 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    Cut school sports ? It’s a red herring for a bigger problem. Our society delivers to us what we demand, football or lacrosse or allow to happen – we allow school to be a bureaucractic employee program. The quality employees are spread thin, particularly the traditional woman educator as women have infinitely more job opportunities today than years ago.

    We avoid paying more for direct educating (the teacher on the job) but, as teaching is challenging, we want to defer financial realities or give ’em what they want, we pay more for post-career or non educational or administrative functions. Look at the high pension programs that being acturian nightmares have taxpayer guaranteed investment/payout returns, sweetened with early outs and other perks like double dipping or sick/vacation accurrals. And the forecasts of our ability to fund area numbers games. What percentage of the budgets go to post-work benefit programs or higher than principal level administrators & their expenses ?

    These costr pressures of in-direct education costs drive down services (direct education).
    If you do not comply, the message is “we will punish your children” and the red herring “where can we cut ?”.

    We’re going to have to address these issues from a financial persperctive and how to educate. Think not about smaller classrooms but how to get the best of the best in front of the most students (not necessarily physically). Part of the answer is in technology and some is with parents who want to see their children develop skills for this century – it is going to be competitive.

    One very interesting approach, supported by Bill Gates, Google & some smart folks was show on 60 minutes about the Hahn Academy: (it’s long but the first minute gives you a clue).

    • saltycracker says:

      sorry, typos occur without spell check & ranting when other tasks wait..P.S. why couldn’t a first rate educator in Savannah videoconference (2 way live) a Rome class of 50 or more in a college level course ? (yes, some courses are not suitable but a lot are).

    • The only controversy here is the idea pushed by the lobbyists and bureaucrats for Big Education who say the SSOs and the Special Needs Scholarship should be shut down and those students sent back to the public schools they’re zoned for.

      • Calypso says:

        Buzz, I like David, but I believe you are glossing over what could be a problem with the way he is touting this tax-deduction for private schools. Instead of covering and rationalizing his actions, I think it would be in his best interest to examine those actions and modify them as legally necessary.

  2. wicker says:

    @Buzz:

    Nice try. You should join the “ethics are a liberal conspiracy!” Georgia GOP team. But if you are find with a private school telling its students to sham enroll at a public school in order to exploit a loophole in the law that was created on purpose, then you certainly belong on that team.

    The easy thing to do is to question the motivations of the people who are exposing the abuse of this program instead of talking about why Casas and the headmasters of the schools mentioned in this story are refusing to comment.

    The hard thing to do is to CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE. Look, these kids were already attending private schools. Even if you were to end the program, it wouldn’t affect them. Quit pretending otherwise. But CLOSING THE LOOPHOLE would stop kids already in private schools from gaming the system, and result in MORE KIDS leaving public schools for private ones. Isn’t that what you want in the first place? It doesn’t seem like you do.

    Again, this isn’t about choice. If it was, these folks would have criticized the Florida program. The folks who wrote this law didn’t want the Florida program, which provides real school choice. They merely pretended to. Instead, they wanted a way to get a tax break for their own kids. It is the best of both worlds. They get a tax break, and they get to keep other kids out.

    Keep in mind: this is why Georgia’s GOP can’t pass a voucher law. The constituents, the suburbanites who elect them, don’t want public school kids in their schools. You can keep ignoring that, but you know that it is true.

    • It’s not a loophole, it’s people accessing something they are legally entitled to get, just like everyone else. Look, let’s just open this program up to everyone no matter which school they choose to go to.

      As for you’re notion that private school parents elected me and my colleagues, there aren’t enough private school parents to elect anybody. In case you haven’t noticed, the GEA, PAGE, School Superintendents etc.. are much more powerful politically than the private school crowd.

  3. benevolus says:

    What the CBO actually said was that the expiring tax cuts coupled with the looming automatic 9% spending cuts would cause recession recidivism.
    But you knew that.

    • Charlie says:

      The Democratic Party of Georgia respectfully requests your address so they may serve you with papers regarding your use of the word “recidivism”.

      • Scott65 says:

        Definition of RECIDIVISM
        : a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially : relapse into criminal behavior

        Just in case anyone was wondering

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