Thursday, March 13, 2014

Last Call For We Don't Need No Education

Seems Ohio Republican State Rep. Andrew Brenner has decided that public education needs to go in America, because it's socialism.

In the post, titled "Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?," Brenner laid out his argument. He noted that the Tea Party, which "will attack Obama-care relentlessly as a socialist system," rarely brings up "the fact that our public education system is already a socialist system[…] and has been a socialist system since the founding of our country." He addressed teachers unions -- "an outgrowth of our socialistic education system" -- which he granted originally improved things "temporarily" before they ultimately "became bureaucratic and they started to take the place of school boards and school management."

"I’m not blaming the teachers unions or the local school boards who are bound to the contracts, because if they don’t they will end up with strikes and an arbitrator will rule against them," Brenner wrote. "These issues all stemmed from the fact that we have a socialist education system in the first place."

Brenner's solution: more privatization.

"In a free market system parents and students are free to go where the product and results are better," he wrote. "Common core and standardized tests under such a system will not be necessary, because the schools that fail will go out of business. Government will not be there to prop them up with more tax dollars and increased regulations. Successful schools will thrive. The free-market system works for cars, furniture, housing, restaurants, and to a lesser degree higher education, so why can’t it work for our primary education system?"

It can, if you've decided that the goal of primary education is "Only those with money get educated."   Everyone else?  Well, I guess you don't need to be educated to greet people at Wallyworld or flip burgers at Mickey D's.  After all, if the parents really cared, they'd either work those extra jobs in order to afford to send their kids to school, or they'd stay home and teach the kids themselves, right?

I bet this guy hates the Interstate Highway System.

Oh, did I mention Brenner is the number two Republican on the Ohio House Education Committee?

Paul Ryan, Master Of GOP Minority Outreach

Apparently the entire thrust of GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's interest in poverty statistics is to once again blame it all on black men for being lazy.

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) previewed his upcoming legislative proposals for reforming America’s poverty programs during an appearance on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America Wednesday, hinting that he would focus on creating work requirements for men “in our inner cities” and dealing with the “real culture problem” in these communities. “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” he said.

I guess he thinks we black men are too stupid to see through that nonsense, but that's kind of his point, isn't it?  It's black culture that doesn't value hard work, cause we're all thugs and drug dealers and...well wait a minute, drug dealers and thugs actually do know the value of hard work, now that I think about it.  So I guess he sees someone like me as subhuman maybe?

Ryan also cited Charles Murray, a conservative social scientist who believes African-Americans are, as a population, less intelligent than whites due to genetic differences and that poverty remains a national problem because “a lot of poor people are born lazy.”

And yet this lovely pile of racist garbage was the Republican choice for Vice-President in 2012.  Sure does make me want to vote Republican.  You know, if I wasn't so lazy and/or stupid.

Today, Ryan apologized.  Sort of.

After some reflection, Ryan said Thursday "it is clear that I was inarticulate about the point I was trying to make." 
"I was not implicating the culture of one community - but of society as a whole."

Sure he was.  Especially when he cited Murray and his Bell Curve nonsense.  He must think we're pretty stupid.

Oh wait, he does, and he said so.  On multiple occasions.  Look, even if you somehow can make the argument that Ryan isn't a racist asshole citing other avowed racist assholes in his policy work, at the very least his entire budget is based on the fact he thinks poor people only exist because they are all  one hundred percent of them lazy to a person.

And again, this guy was going to be Vice-President of the United States if the GOP had their way.

The Derpy Carson Show

By all means Republicans, do everything you can to put Dr. Ben Carson in the hotseat for 2016.

Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives, compared the United States to the Third Reich in an interview.

Asked to elaborate on his previous comments about the U.S. living in "a Gestapo age," the conservative firebrand argued the country has become "very much like Nazi Germany."

"I know you're not supposed to say Nazi Germany, but I don't care about political correctness," he said in an interview Monday with the conservative news outlet Breitbart.

His comments came at the New York Meeting, a gathering of conservative politicians, journalists and business leaders.

Carson, who came in third in the GOP presidential nomination straw poll at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, has been a fierce critic of the administration on the IRS controversy. The tax agency admitted last year to scrutinizing conservative political groups, though it maintains the error was not done out of political bias.

"You had the government using its tools to intimidate the population," Carson said. "We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe."

And yet, here's Ben Carson, complaining that imaginary tyrants are preventing him from saying what he believes, and he's getting to say exactly what he believes.  He sure looks intimidated, huh.

In all seriousness, with FOX, the news shows, and endless coverage of everything they say, who actually believes that these clowns don't get to freely say what they want 24/7?


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