article reveals that $100 billion dollars of the Theftocrats' porkulous hustle was appropriated for the federal Education Department. This "effectively doubled the agency's budget from 2008 to 2009."
No other federal department's budget was doubled, so why education? It is all about the money. The "National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers(AFT)--contributed more than $70 million to campaigns during the 2007-2009 season, with 95 percent going to Democrats and left leaning causes." First, the Theftocrats steal the money from taxpayers and give it to the government education unions who give it back to the Theftocrats to get them re-elected. This smells quite a lot like extortion and bribery.
Recently, the Obomunista Congress donated another $10 billion to the the educrats under the guise of saving 100,000 teaching jobs. This amounts to $100,000 per job in comparison to the $54,000 average teacher's salary. From this welfare, "NEA and AFT have $24 million in dues" that they will realize from this con job. It is hardly a coincidence that Pelosi the Pink called the House into a special session to approve this handout just prior to the November elections.
Michelle Malkin writes that according "to the Washington, DC-based Labor Union Report, the National Education Association in 2009 'raked in $355,334,165 in dues and agency fees' from...teachers around the country." The Edujobs welfare scam "will essentially redistribute tax dollars to the teachers' unions to the tune of $36 million for the [NEA] and $14 million to the [AFT] according to the Grand Rapids (Mich) Press."
House Speaker Nitwit Nancy referred to the Edutheft bill as an emergency provision. However, as "Republican critics point out, states and the feds still have $30 billion in unspent stimulus funds sitting in government coffers." This in spite of the fact that "school districts are already in the midst of rehiring school workers laid off earlier this year," before the latest $10 billion taxpayer rip off.
The NEA's top lawyer Bob Chanin has "made the union's true interests apparent." He brags that there "are 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars each year [to] advance their interests as education employees." That's right, their interests are "not serving children's needs, but serving the ability to build a power base," a power base that is used to leverage Congress into shafting taxpayers.
In New York, the city's education union is preventing the Bloomberg administration from closing ineffective schools. This is featherbedding at its worst. Considering recent test results, the only valid question to be asked is why have they not been closed already? At the "Choir Academy of Harlem, the percentage of students passing the English test dropped to 6 percent, from 42 percent. At the Academy of Collaborative Education...eighth grade passing rates dropped to 2 percent, from 49 percent," after more challenging standards were instituted. The "exams, state education officials said, had become too easy to pass, their definition of proficiency [was] no longer meaningful."
Fear not, the bureaucrats have a plan. When the numbers reveal failure, it is time to revalue the numbers to avoid a "rise in negative teacher performance reviews, which are based party on state tests; and substandard principal performance reviews." Due to wide spread failures, the system will grade schools arbitrarily this year. A quarter of them will be assigned "A's, 35 percent B's, 25 percent C's, ten percent D's, and five percent F's." City spokesman Matthew Mittenthal explained that everything "is being rejiggered to take into account this fluctuation." Don't listen to Mark Twain; statistics do not lie.
asserts that teachers "complain when they're getting '4%-5% salary increases a year in a 0% inflation world. They get free health care benefits from the day they are hired for their entire family until the day they die. They believe they are entitled to this shelter from the recession when the people who are paying for that shelter are the people who have been laid off, who've lost their homes, had their hours cut back. And all we ask them to do is to freeze their salary for one year and pay 1.5% of their salary for their health benefits...everyone's got to be part of the sacrifice.'
However, the Corruptocrats will continue to plunder the taxpayers' wallets until they lose control of both houses of Congress. That should begin early this November.
May your gods be with you.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The Most Transparent Administration in History is consistent in its opacity. Kow towing to ecofascists' demands, the Theftocrats have been pushing wind generated energy as a means to supplement conventional power plants' output and to reduce carbon dioxide production. However, this article that was based on this study indicates that the uneven flow of wind actually increases carbon dioxide emissions due to the ramping up and down of fossil fuel driven plants. Mandated use of wind energy increases emissions and greatly increases energy costs.
Not only do the wind farms increase emissions that the econuts find offensive, a study found that "6500 birds and 3000 bats are killed annually in" Oregon and Washington by the turbines. The study's authors speculated that the "number of deaths in the two states may be much higher [because] an untold number of birds are devoured by vultures and coyotes before they are included in the count." Odd, is it not, that the ecokooks' ideological soul mates at PETA are noticeably silent on the matter.
Because of other back door secrecy-shrouded dealings by the Obamunistas, the organization Freedom Watch USA has been "in US District Court in Washington, DC seeking information from Obama under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires disclosure of meetings between the executive branch and outside industry lobbyists. The law also requires access to meetings."
The suit seeks to find out why O-buma "has become the lackey of...the AMA, Pharma, Planned Parenthood, AARP, and other lobbyists seeking to feed at the trough of government." However, "Marcia Berman, a senior counsel at the US Department of Justice," writing on behalf of "President Barack Obama, in his official capacity, and the putative 'Obama Health Reform De Facto Advisory Committee,'" reveals that he refuses to comply with the subpoena for the information because "it is protected by various recognized privileges."
So, O-buma is hiding information about the shady deals that he and his lackeys cut with special interest groups because it is "privileged." Gee whiz, wasn't it Richard Nixon who claimed that his interpretation of executive privilege entitled him to hide information that was later revealed to be, not only embarrassing, but criminal? It comes as little surprise that the ONE has shown himself to be the moral equivalent of Richard Nixon.
It also comes as little surprise that the mainstream media have given this story so little national exposure. Why no hue and cry for Congressional investigation or consideration of impeachment hearings from the Presstitutes? For more on why, read this.
The Arizona State Legislature has had some great ideas, not just identifying illegals. Quantifying their costs is but another one.
Finally, O-buma and the Theftocrats are not just stealing taxpayers' hard earned money; they are stealing Americans' liberty. Remember this in November. Listen to what Todd Gaziano, a Congressional appointee to the US Commission on Civil Rights says starting about the 40 second mark.
May your gods be with you.