Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Be careful what you ask for - you just may get it…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 1:09 PM Permalink

…and pay for it dearly.

Remember Gray Davis, former governor of California? The republicans pushed and pushed for a recall vote, got it and won.

And just look at what California got in return, probably the worst governor in the history of this beautiful state. We are billions and billions of dollars in additional debt, Arnold is making state workers take a one day furlough weekly, for which they receive no pay, he's laid off thousands of state employees, and now intends to layoff five thousand teachers.

When is the government going to realize that education is the true foundation of this country for educated citizens are better able to keep OUR employees, the political caste, in check.

This strikes me as being entirely counterproductive and conducive to the further degeneration of our society.

The G.I. Bill, after WWII, gave veterans the keys to building this formerly great country to what it used to be. Now that education has fallen to the wayside, America directly faces the consequences.

Excerpt from UPI:
The United States is no longer the world leader in secondary education, according to the rankings of an international organization.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development places the United States 18th among the 36 nations examined, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Headed to the top of the heap is South Korea where 93 percent of high school students graduate on time compared with the United States where 75 percent receive their diplomas.

The seemingly downward trend of U.S. education worries economists.

"The United States has rested on its laurels way too long," Jacob Funk Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, told USA Today. "Other countries have increasingly caught up and surpassed the United States."

"We've been asleep for a good number of years as a country," says Richard Freeman, an economics professor at Harvard. "It's not that we're doing horrible. But the other guys are moving faster."
If we continue to neglect education we, all Americans, suffer the worst for it.

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