Monday Evening News Roundup

I’m still recovering over my disappointment… No, that’s not right. Frustration? No, that’s not quite the right word either. I’m still recovering after witnessing the utter collapse of the Dallas Cowboys on national TV. I have no idea how a team that is supposed to go deep into the playoffs loses a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter. More on this later.

Staying on sports, Serena Williams lost to Samantha Stosur on Sunday. (No, that’s not right either. I’m having trouble choosing the right words. Sorry.) Samantha Stosur dominated and embarrassed Serena Williams like we’ve never seen in a grand slam. Serena was never in the match. Rafael Nadal, defending champion, lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets today in the U.S. Open. No matter who you’re rooting for, if you love tennis, there was great tennis played in both of these matches.

The Republican Tea Party debate is going on now on CNN. I have no further comment.

After 30 years of Republicans eagerly cutting and Democrats timidly cutting the safety net, real hardship is returning to the United States.

Speaking of hardship, Americans are on pace to spend a record amount of money on gasoline this year.

Do you remember when you were asked to give up your pensions and pour your money into a 403B or 401(k) in order for you to get “higher returns on your money”? Well, how do you retire when there are these huge market swings? You can lose hundreds of thousands of dollars if you retire on Monday instead of on Friday. These huge market swings and market volatility are excellent examples of why we, the average American citizen, should not be in the market.

 

There seems to be some mounting evidence that this is the most anti-environmental Congress in history. I’m not quite sure how you measure that, but I can tell you they haven’t been supportive of the environment.

I don’t understand how you vote to rebuild Iraq but for some reason you oppose rebuilding America. How is this possible in an American congressman? I guess you’ll have to ask Eric Cantor.

It appears that Diane Feinstein has got some campaign finance issues. Her campaign appears to be out of money. I’m not sure how that happened. Then again, I’m not supposed to know. The senator is not sure how that happened. I’m pretty sure that she is supposed to know…

So, what’s on your mind this evening?

  • [qutoe]After 30 years of Republicans eagerly cutting and Democrats timidly cutting the safety net, real hardship is returning to the United States.[/quote]

    Dr Thompson 

    You are a peculiar man to me.
    Why do you point to “Republican cuts” over time but not INVESTMENTS into the Democratic Party by the ‘Least Of These’?

    You see – the “Least Of These People” – who the Progressives have tapped because their “Equal Ballots” are just as worthy as a rich man’s – have actively purchased into a SCHEME that they were told would lead to their uplift IF………………they deposited these ballots into the proper bucket – placing Progressives into positions of power over key institutions.

    Since it logically follows that there are no “Republican” dominating:
    * Baltimore
    * DC
    * Philadelphia
    * Detroit
    * Chicago
    * Atlanta ……………….

    it is indeed quite puzzling that you would speak about CUTS but not “CONFIDENCE GAMES”. 

    The only cuts that you could be speaking of, sir, are the cuts to “Nationalized Social Justice Programs” in which the confidence men sold the “Least Of These People” they could tap into IF they kept depositing their ballots and fused their “Community Development Hopes” into the grand scheme.

    Why don’t you focus on the institutions such as the local schools, courts and cultural institutions that the Progressive-Fundamentalists took control over under the auspices of DEVELOPING THE PEOPLE?  Isn’t it a more logical analysis to look at these institutions – that the people continue to invest in the leadership – to see if INCREASE is actually taking place?

    Instead, the hamster wheel that the progressives keep well oiled has them taking control over these institutions and then when have distilled away any conservative finger prints on the steering wheel of these places – the claim of INSUFFICIENT FUNDING is thrown up.  A claim that was not mentioned during the run up to the POWER GRAB.

    Do you see that the carrot that you dangle can’t be snatched off of the string?  Your forward grabbing motion and the movement of your legs in your attempt to keep your balance functions to keep the floor that is in front of you propelled.  From your vantage point you can’t see that it is indeed a hamster wheel that you walk upon, sir. 

  • there is a ton of stuff to address in your comment. First of all, I find it a little bit difficult to follow your reasoning we use euphemisms instead of the actual name of the programs. For example, nationalize social justice programs – what is that? Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, WIC or what? There are positives and negatives to each of these programs. Their problems are the same.

    Just for a second, let me address your questions on education. I’ve talked about I have thought about education at length. At its most basic, education is the cooperation and concerted effort by three groups of people – teachers, parents and students. When students fail is because one or more of these three groups have failed. It is possible for two of these groups to have failed and yet the student to achieve anyway. The students are outliers. In order for education to work for everybody the system must be flexible enough to include the outliers and also to take care of the majority of students. Agreed? I’ve never said that the failure in our educational system has to do with funding. I do think that funding is an issue but not the primary issue. Somehow, somewhere, an adversarial relationship develop between parents, students and teachers. This is the problem. On one hand, parents want teachers to be everything. Some parents want teachers to be more than scholars to their children. Some parents want teachers to be parents, mentors, disciplinarians while others just want teachers to be babysitters. Neither extreme is correct. When teachers are asked to focus on things that had nothing to do with education, our students lose. In a nutshell, fixing the school system is relatively easy. We have seen the system work for more than 100 years.  You need thoughtful, educated and focused teachers, supportive, informed and involved parentsand well disciplined, eager and motivated students. Sure, you need some supportive equipment like schools, desk, books but all of those are obtainable. The problem with education is that everyone wants to blame teachers. The other problem with education is that we want to throw money at the problem. This is a common mistake of progressives but at same time the other side does not have viable answers either. Let me state again just so we are clear – the problem in our schools is the fact that we do not have three groups of people working together towards the same goal. The Knowledge Is Power Program has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that inner-city kids can learn and can excel in the right environment.

    My answer to the school systems has nothing to do with dangling carrots and running treadmills. My answer to the school system has everything to do with parents being involved in their children’s education. My answer to the school system has everything to do with teachers going the extra mile and knowing their students. My answer to the education problem involves students coming in early and leaving late. The answer to the educational problem is about focus. We need to quit focusing on things that don’t matter and focus on things that do. We’ve known and educate kids in the United States for more than 100 years. We just need to get back to basics.

    I hope this addresses at least one of your questions. I appreciate your time and your thoughtful comment.