Remains of the Day, 6-25-07

Getting right to it:

1. Plunderbund gives its take on Kevin Coughlin’s pursuit of special ed vouchers.

2. Do not go after Connecticut librarians (Pres. Bush obviously never met one while he was in New Haven for four years at Yale).

3. Columbus Dispatch publishes a letter, headlines it, “Pension funds used as political pawns.” Ya don’t say!?

4. Speaking of vouchers, studies show that they don’t do much at all to improve education, but parents don’t care about that little old fact.

5. George is doing a great job frontpaging/flagging items related to the Cuyahoga County Commissioners’ endrun attempts to raise taxes for a convention center and medical mart. Great comments and MUST READ LINK to Bill Callahan.

6. If you haven’t had enough or still don’t know enough about the attempted endrun, listen to Commissioners Tim Hagan and Peter Lawson Jones (who is on record saying that he does not want to raise the tax without a vote) on this morning’s Sound of Ideas. There were a couple of other guests who, by the end, just couldn’t stop talking over one another.

7. Very disturbing decisions coming out of the Supreme Court of the United States today. Absolutely worth your time to read a few – including ones that affect campaign financing, taxpayers ability to sue the government for how it uses our money and whether you can be expelled from school for unfurling a sign that says Bong Hits 4 Jesus.

8. Maggie Thurber flags this interesting website that seeks to follow bills from before they’re even introduced. Wouldn’t that be nice!?

9. Wimbledon is underway.

No naps for the weary.

And a reminder: Submissions for The Carnival of Ohio Politics can be mailed to me of ohiopolcarnival AT gmail DOT com, anytime up until 7pm tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June (not July, thank you PBD) 26 for the 71st edition, which will be published by Weds. morning, June 27.

Oldies and newbies welcome.

Now…go to sleep.

5 thoughts on “Remains of the Day, 6-25-07

  1. Now Paul – in general, what you say about poor people have no choice and rich have it, I would guess, in the aggregate, is true.HOWEVER, when it comes to religious private schools – parochial schools, I don’t think that attains as much. I can’t afford parochial school because Jewish day schools are as expensive as indy privates. There’s no subsidizing the way dioceses do.

  2. Paul and Ben re: gov’t employment. Gov’t has been a big employer and the prime employer of new hires for years now, yes? That’s not new, is it? I don’t know when the trend began or if it’s ever been thought that it would be reversed, but government’s growth – as an employer – reflects more than just an ideology, doesn’t it? Like – statistics – more older folks and more paperwork and more technology and more medical conditions and more science research and so on.Now – if you’re saying that this should all be privatized, then I’ll say you’re going Libertarian, and that’s a whole ‘nother discussion I think.

  3. last commented said,”If no one has noticed, our society is transforming into one where the most desirable jobs are government positions. They are secure, typically unionized, no one gets fired, and they lead to nice pensions with lifetime healthcare. There are very few such jobs remaining in the private sector”yes, i think we rapidly approcahing the day where a majority of people in this country are going to be employed by some level of the govt. in some capacity

  4. Re #4 – Vouchers/charters:Seems to me that we’re going to keep getting half-baked, short-term experiments that are doomed to fail from their inception. This is a political issue these days, not one of serious social science research.The point is simple, rich folks have choice, poor folks don’t. I live where I do, as do you, because I picked the school system first and the neighborhood second. We could have lived in any school district in the metro area, but chose this one. We could have sent our kids to private school if we wanted.The kids in the urban core don’t have that kind of choice. In spite of the fact that the urban school district spends significantly more per pupil than my district, the urban schools are in academic emergency while mine scored top marks in all catagories.I don’t want to take money away from public schools, I just want to remove the school district boundaries and let any kid attend any public school in the area.When one puts it that way, the real issue surfaces. The rich white folks living in the suburbs don’t want the poor black kids from the urban core in their schools — that’s why the moved out of the city in the first place.In fact, our suburban school district is segregating within its own borders. We now have a rich white high school and another high school where the kids of color, predominately Somali and Mexican immigrant kids, are concentrated.That’s one facet of this situation. The other is that professional teachers and administrators are terrified that parents will pull kids from their schools in sufficient numbers that their jobs might be in jeopardy. I say welcome to the real world.If no one has noticed, our society is transforming into one where the most desirable jobs are government positions. They are secure, typically unionized, no one gets fired, and they lead to nice pensions with lifetime healthcare. There are very few such jobs remaining in the private sector.When talking school issues, people always say “we have to do what’s good for the kids.” Well, maybe. I think it’s really about money, politics and discrimination.PL

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