I remember a quote some years ago from Tom Bernard on KQRS when he said "I'd like to once see an editorial in the Star Tribune that I couldn't have predicted." I find that all I need to do is peruse the first line in the online edition of Prairie Pravda and know what the entire editorial is about. And soon to be former Senator Mark Dayton isn't about to disappoint me either with his recent submission that shows that we don't waste enough money on one of Karl Marx's points from his Communist Manifesto, the complete control by government of education-Hail the Young Pioneers!
I always find that the left wingers and their acolytes believe and take as gospel two erroneous assumptions: 1. That government education will be or is effective 2. That the only reason that government education is not effective is because we don't spend enough money on government education (see my three points below).
Lefties in their arguments always go from point A to point J to point Z with no stops in between. And call that a cohesive logical argument.
In constant dollars we spend twice what we were spending 20 years ago. Government schools are way behind private schools and home schools in results. And spend multiple times more money for those failed results. And yet, we as a nation are woefully behind many smaller industrialized nations. (The table below shows math rankings from a study highlighted in an article a year ago in USA Today . The article correctly points out that math is a critical component of education and critical comparative indicator in education):
And Dayton's solution? Throw more money at a problem where more money has shown not to be effective.
Slovak Republic . 498
But, as Dr. Thomas Sowell points out in his book "The Anointed" that lefties (The Anointed) will persist in failed or even disastrously tragic programs despite moutains of evidence of the disaster and failures. An excellent review of the book is found here. (I'll write on this review in a subsequent entry).
And how do the proletariat feel about government education? Read one man's musings .
Remember, for a lefty, any tax cut or any spending cut or even cut in the rate of spending is too much. And any tax increase or spending increase is never enough.
And also remember, the ONLY reasons put forth for the failures of any and all government programs:
1. Not enough time has been allowed for the program(s) to work.
2. Not enough money has been spent.
3. The right people either haven't been in charge, and/or been allowed to fine tune the program.
And the cry of the left? "Ego sentio ergo rectus" (I feel therefore I'm right.)