Thursday, December 16, 2010

Health Care Law Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled that the health care reform law is unconstitutional. I’m waiting for Fox News to howl about “activist judges”. Haven’t heard it yet.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Education–We’re Doomed

I read this in yesterday’s NY Times:

“…the best of China is now scoring better than anywhere else in the world. America’s 15-year-olds ranked 14th in reading skills, 17th in science and 25th in math, below the average.”

What is happening? We shovel money to the schools and our students perform like this?  I couldn’t find any data on China’s spending per pupil in US dollars, but I did see an article that said it is close to the spending levels in Latin America – which I see is less than half of what we spend. Seems they are getting better results than we are.

Our high school here in Batavia recently put up a $70,000,000 addition – for a drama auditorium and new athletic fieldhouse. Maybe that’s the problem – we spend more on drama and sports than we do on reading, math and science. Drama and sports will not make us competitive in the 21st century. We have serious problems facing us and we need serious, smart people to tackle them.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hoping for Change? I Wouldn’t Hold My Breath… We’re Doomed

From today’s Yahoo News:

“Members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus may tout their commitment to cutting government spending now, but they used the 111th Congress to request hundreds of earmarks that, taken cumulatively, added more than $1 billion to the federal budget.

According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available.”

I thought at least these guys could resist spending for a little while. Sure, it’s “chump change”, but that’s not the point.