Moi received the following comment in response to the article Update: School Levy Inequity Is a Bad Idea
Anonymous 10 hours ago
I think eliminating Basic Health is more a threat to this state than taking money from schools. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% or education and it’s importance, but no one will die if funding is taking away from schools or if kindergartners go back to 1/2 day.
The reader is assuming that in order to have programs which make this state competitive, the vulnerable groups must be at each others’ throats. The choice which the reader has posed is immediate death vs. long term death and stagnation. One of the slight of hands in the current Washington state budget situation is that although revenue is slowing, the growth of government is not. What this state has NOT done is to prioritize what are the essential duties of a state government to it’s citizens. It is interesting that the Governor is JUST NOW looking at boards and commissions, double dipping, pensions that have cost of living increases and whether some functions such as the state printing office can be more efficiently outsourced. This should have been done back in the day. State Auditor Sontag has been a voice in the wilderness with his proposed areas where the state could economize. Unfortunately, no one has been listening until now, when the state has a gun to its head with the trigger about to go off and readers like the commentator are now looking at the food on the other person’s plate. Here is a Hallelujah moment for you, the state cannot do it all. Just like the schools cannot do it all. It is more costly for the state to undue the damage caused by dysfunctional families and dysfunctional lifestyles that any society can afford. Is moi arguing for a Taliban style of government. Heck No! BUT, cutting back on either the Basic Health Plan or education is not the answer. Cuts to either will ultimately prove more costly than any guestimate of savings. Seriously ill people are more expensive to treat, and they will be treated in hospital emergency rooms. An inferior education system ultimately makes the state less competitive and reduces revenue even further.
This is what moi said in Newest 3rd World Nation: The U.S., Newest 3rd World Province: Washington
In Brazil Indicates Why It Is More Important Than Ever to Invest in Education moi said:
Goldman Sucks a/k/a Goldman Sachs and the rest of the cash sluts and credit crunch weasels have devastated not only the U.S. economy, but they have trashed the world economic system. Unfortunately, we the people have joined in the party and stupidly followed a snake oil salesman, while thinking we could still keep our bennies. In In Many Western States The Trifecta of Idiocy Is Destroying Education At All Levels I said….
Alexi Barrionuevo has a must read article in the New York Times for those who argue that a strong education system is necessary for a strong economy.
In Educational Gaps Limit Brazil’s Reach Barrionuevo reports….
Brazil illustrates why it is important for this state and country to invest in education.
For a really good explanation of country rankings go to the Alliance for Education’s Determining Where the U.S. Ranks In Education
There will not be a good quality of life for most citizens without a strong education system.
Does anyone really think the latest phony initiative from the snake oil purveyor who makes a darn good living out of destroying the political system is going to do anything but produce the kind of gridlock which has crippled California and destroyed their education system? Thought so.
World Poverty.Org lists some Solutions to World Poverty
3. The more urgent priorities.
In poorer countries ;
Improving supplies of clean water, to reduce time spent gathering often foul water and reduce illness caused by foul water supplies.
Improving the supply of accessible, affordable health care information and services, to reduce the vulnerability to disease of children and the elderly especially.
Improving the training and equipment of farmers in poor countries related to agriculture and natural resource management, to help increase crop yields and conserve the environment.
In richer countries ;
Improving the quality of education for poor children and education opportunities and incentives.
Improving opportunities and incentives for poor young females to have children only when they can assure their wellbeing.
Improving work opportunities and incentives for the poor so they can provide well for themselves and their families..
As countries move beyond survival, then then availability of education access becomes increasingly important. Some ideas may sound great in theory, but in the real world where humans often make tough choices that affect other people, not them and theirs, the ideas turn out to be absolutely horrible. Education is enshrined in the Washington State Constitution as a “Paramount Duty.” Given some of the funding choices that just isn’t so.
Hello, A More Rigorous Education Helps Kids Succeed, Ya Think?
Go See The Movie Waiting for Superman, Really
Let’s Connect the Dots, Why A Strong System of Education Is Important
Foundations Should Target Aid to Vulnerable Populations
Red Disaster Alert: The Trifecta of Idiocy Is Destroying the Washington State Budget
Washington State Budget Meltdown Mess Update: The Perfect Storm Is Posed to Hit Education
Hopefully, we are not at the point where we must fight each other for the crumbs falling from the table. There must be an honest look at what is essential for state government.
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