Recently, I sent an email out to a couple of friends that I often discuss things with one of them is Sid who also happens to be my brother and by recently I mean today. Sid was kind enough to allow me a blog space to post my email diatribe of the current political system and potentially continue my lengthy string of thoughts on the subject. I hope you enjoy my endless rambling:
I just finished reading an article by Lou Dobbs, not that I often read Dobbs but a co-worker sent it to me. Anyways, the article focused on the public education system or lack of a public education system. He threw out some “scare” statistics about graduation rate, eluded to what he believes the problem is (which I think he said it was outsourcing) and he concluded by saying something needs to be done. I know we all have very strong opinions about public education and I don’t really want this to turn into a discussion about that because I also believe we are, for the most part, on the same page.
The article got me thinking, our public education system has been failing for a long time and yet no one has done anything about it except for standardized testing and some other bs. Nothing radical has been done to restructure and obviously flawed system. I also started thinking about why nothing has been done and what other things are failing that we are ignoring (we being the government). I thought about unemployment and social and public funding and what politicians do in these areas and realized we do ALL the wrong things. Ohio politicians are trying to keep the Ford plant here that is closing next year because thousands of people will lose their jobs. They are offering tax breaks, public money etc… and that is all completely wrong! We should be walking them out the door, kicking them in the ass on the way out and then turn around and court new technology companies and giving them the tax breaks. We should be offering training, education and job placement assistance to those that will lose their jobs when the plant closes. Why would we want to hang onto a dying industry? Bringing in new blood is the only way to revitalize the dying cities (Detroit, Cleveland, Philedephia and so on) but yet our politicians are hanging on to the automotive manufacturers in light of increasing oil prices and a public move to more efficient and longer lasting automobiles we are giving money to a company that made its living off of manufacturing trucks and SUVs!