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Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Attacking Non-UH liberalism 'NOW calls for raise in Minimum Wage' (Liberals really to blame for creating dependency class of people)

NOW is urging "let Congress hear from you -- support raising the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour by 2008."

So what the minimum wage hasn't been raised in nearly a decade. After ten years, shouldn't a struggling family have improved themselves enough to become unstruggling. Unless that family was continually being bombarded with thoughts that they couldn't do it without the liberals, and the Jessie Jackson's of the world. Thankfully Larry X and many other former liberals are not heeding their call anymore.

NOW happily reports that of the "7.3 million workers currently earning the federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour, 61% are women and 72% are breadwinning adults, not teenagers in their first after-school job."

NOW will never look at the cause of why so main breadwinners are on minimum wage. There are many reasons why people are on minimum wage: bad schools that offered no hope, no encouragement for success in the liberal community, liberals always looking for the victim to be dependent on them, liberals handing out freebees with no incentive to ever work.

I don't think that the minimum wage was ever designed to be a "living wage." One would naturally expect that after a while that person would get raises or dare I say, even get "promotions" in improving their lot in life.

Yes, liberals will never yell out to workers "work hard so you can get out of your minimum wage situation." Instead we get "let Congress hear from you -- support raising the minimum wage to $7.25."

Liberals have about as much respect for the American Worker as they do the American Soldier. They don't want to see either succeed. Hence the liberals calls to surrender to the terrorists, as well as for an increased minimum wage.

Those in the know know that any attempt to raise the minimum wage is tied to union wages. And I also have a great question, if $5.15 per hour is such a bad minimum wage, what good will $7.25 do for a breadwinner. I've always maintained a family needs over $21 per hour to at least make a dent into maintaining a decent household.

So why not a $21 per hour minimum wage. Because the liberals would have no victims, and many people are not worth $21 per hour. Not to mention that many businesses would cease to exist.

I don't know if a minimum wage is a good thing or bad thing, but it always is going to be around, and liberals will be clamoring for a higher minimum wage thirty years from now, just as they are crying for one today. What can change is liberals actually giving hope in their constituents well being. Give them hope that they can achieve not only for themselves but for their families sake.

Yep, liberals and the instilling of hope. Reminds me of lipstick on a pig -- it just doesn't work.

The minimum wage is why so many employers end up hiring illegal aliens to work for them. If it goes up this situation will only get worse.

My $0.02.
For another couple of pennies:

"Class conflict" has always been the tool of the Democratic Party. This rich versus poor chicanery fails to take account of the fact that over 80% of millionaires in the US made the money themselves through their own hard work, not handouts. Look at a lot of our UH alumni that later made it big. Many of them came from working class or lower middle class backgrounds and yet they proved through their own example that in this country you are not destined to remain poor unless you choose not to do anything about your situation.

Being broke is somehting that will happen to most people at some point in their life, and perhaps this is even the situation that people are born into, but poverty is an attitude. It is an attitude that is pushed on people by the Jesse Jacksons of this world who would rather steal from productive people and convince their legions to do the same rather than encourage people to work hard to better themselves.

There are so many ways to succeed in this country. Many of our LEGAL immigrants remind us of this all of the time by starting their own businesses and seeing that their children take their studies and their savings habits seriously so that they can have more than their parents.

The Democrats don't want Americans of today to remember the lessons of thrift and industry that were the common currency of their grandparents and more distant American ancestors.

Just another $0.02 from me.
What a crock of shit.

There is only one group the Republicans in office now care about--the rich!

They could give a damn about the poor and the middle-class.

A perfect example is Rick Perry's school finance plan. It has nothing to do with education. It has everything to do with keeping money in the pockets and the schools districts of the wealthy.

Just my two pennies.
Public Education Teeters on Splintered Legislature
By Scott O. Shaffer
Oct 7, 2005, 15:13

A profound philosophical divide was at the heart of the failure of the 79th State Legislature’s efforts to “reform” Texas public schools.

According to Scott Hockberg, D-Houston, “On one side are those who think that it is in the best interests of government, in the public interest, to provide the best possible public school education to allow all children to achieve. On the other side are those who think it is the responsibility of state government to provide a basic education, reading, writing and arithmetic only. Anything beyond that is a local responsibility.”

And there are those who want to do away with public schools altogether.

Rep. Bob Griggs, R-North Richland Hills, a former principal and school superintendent, sent a letter to Texas superintendents August 25, 2005 stating, “I and a handful of other elected officials with education experience have witnessed and battled a misguided and widely-held belief in the Legislature that established educators are the problem with education and that they system can not be fixed without wiping the slate clean and starting over from scratch Come to Austin to fight for the needs of the school children of Texas, to challenge the false belief held by so many of my legislative colleagues, and to craft our education system in Texas into the worldwide model of effective education we know it could and should already be.”

However, First Class Education a little known lobbying group based in Arizona would appear to prefer fewer professional educators’ influence the debate. In a memo recently obtained by The Austin American Statesman the group listed a series of ‘political benefits’ of putting a plan to require 65 percent of all school spending be spent “in the classroom” on the ballot.

The memo, according to the Statesman, said the 65 percent plan could be used to divert dollars away from other political goals of the ‘educational establishment’ and “help build support for voucher and charter school proposals.”

One might question if Neil Bush is associated with this group in any way?

To be world-class, knowledgeable educators, superintendents and consultants suggested early during the regular session that Texas might have to spend as much as $10 billion more on public schools, according to Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr.,D-Houston.

“If you want to see a real Texas miracle in public schools, spend the biggest part of that $10 billion on pre-K through the third grade, on all our children. Then you would begin seeing a real education miracle in Texas,” Dutton said.

Professional educators and school finance consultants generally agree that Texas needs to spend at least $2 billion more this year just to keep from losing more ground in its public schools. The system may need as much as $4-$6 billion more just to bring it up to U.S. averages.

But it was clear, as the regular session rolled on, that such talk was going nowhere. Debates had virtually nothing to do with bringing our public schools up to “world-class” standards or even bringing them up to “average.” Speaker Craddick, R-Midland, made it clear that there would be no new money for public schools in any tax bill or as he liked to put it "revenue nuetral."

Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Perry called for more education for the money, not more money for education.

A recent NY state cost study determined that the state needed to spend another $7.7 billion for 517 districts around the state to provide every New York state student with a “sound, basic education.”

This is from a state that ranked number one in per student spending in the country during the 2003-2004 school year at $12,200. Texas ranked 31st, spending $7,330 per student. The national average, according to State Fact Finder 2005, was $8,156.

In “Education: The State We’re In – An Education Report Card for the State of Texas 2005” prepared by the Center for American Progress and the Institute for America’s Future, Texas’ 4th and 8th graders recently ranked near the bottom of the 50 states in their reading proficiency and math skills test as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Texas’ fourth graders ranked 49th in reading and 48th in math proficiency. Texas' eigth graders ranked 47th in reading and 43rd in math proficiency on the NAEP exams.

The exams, known as the nation’s report card, measure what students know and are able to do across a number of subjects by regularly testing a representative sample of students in each state.

The state is below the national average. While the United States is behind many of its most fierce competitors.

In “Getting Smarter Getting Fairer,” the same Center for American Progress reports on the relatively dismal position of the U.S. in the natural sciences, math/computer science and engineering when compared to Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The U.S. ranked eighth among the 12 countries in the percentage of degrees awarded in the natural sciences, eighth in math/computer science and 11th, ahead of only India, in the percentage of engineering degrees awarded in 2000.

What does that suggest for Texas school children’s future?

Quite obviously, it suggests a dimmer future. Most, including myself, intuitively understand that the world will be characterized by increased competition by better-educated peers from across the globe. For the first time in United States' history, parents report being less optimistic about their children's future prospects.

Dr. Steve Murdock, director of the Texas State Data Center and the state demographer is not what one would call a radical. He is uniformly considered professional, reasonable and thoughtful.

In “The Texas Challenge in the 21st Century," his forecast for the state, Murdock says assuming current patterns of service usage and access remain at the current levels that by 2040 the Texas population will be more diverse, require more training, be older, less educated, less skilled and will earn less.

With such information in hand, one might think Texas legislators would be putting their heads together to answer a number questions concerning the improvement of the Texas education system.

But no.

Instead, Texas lawmakers were far more concerned with minimizing the basic state appropriation for public education, trying to lower property taxes, shifting taxes to the less wealthy, increasing sales taxes, limiting or killing "Robin Hood" and whether or not to hold school board elections in November.

Here's an overview of their fine work.

House Bill 1 appropriated almost $12.6 billion in state funding for education in 2006 and $12.5 billion in state funding for 2007. Governor Perry signed the bill into law so that Texas’ public schools could open on time this school year.

The state’s appropriation for public schools in HB1 was less than it had actually spent for public schools during three of the past five school years ($13.379 billion in 2003-2004; $13.743 billion in 2002-2003; $12.722 billion in 2001-2002), according to Texas Education Agency data.

The $12.6 billion appropriation was made by legislators who had to know that total enrollment in Texas public schools is forecasted to grow to between 75,000 and 100,000 new students during the upcoming 2005-2006 school year. In effect, HB1 has provided less state money to be divided among more public school students.

House Bill 2, had it passed, would have provided public school an additional $2.1 - $2.4 billion to spend during the 2006-2007 biennium and reduced property taxes. Robin Hood payments would have been reduced, statewide, by $1.billion with the state promising to replace the lost funds. HB2 provided no mechanism for funding the reduction in property taxes or Robin Hood payments.

Public policy experts pointed out that at the end of the day, the majority of public schools would have been no better off financially, and some, worse off had HB2 passed. The “reform” provisions had very little if anything to do with making schools better and nothing to do with trying to create “world-class” public school graduates.

House Bill 3 was a tax-swap bill that did not raise a single additional dollar for public education. The bill was probably doomed to failure when the Legislative Budget Board published its tax incidence analysis and concluded that taxpayers with incomes under $100,593 would be paying more taxes; those making more than $100,593 would be paying less if HB3 were to become law.

Texas' children dodged a bullet when neither HB2 or HB3 passed.

Senate Bill 8 was essentially a re-run of HB 2 without some of its predecessor’s most onerous provisions proposed during the final days of the second special session. It would have provided, depending on the assumptions made in the analysis, an additional $1.8-$2.4 billion for public schools during the 2006-2007 biennium. The bill would have dropped provisions originally included in HB2 that limited “recapture” (Robin Hood), required school board elections be held in November and called for a state-wide “school start” date. SB8 was eventually sent to Calendars and was never considered by the House.

The regular and two special sessions cost Texas taxpayers an estimated $12.4 million, according to the state Comptroller’s office. It was virtually a complete waste for public schools needing to step into the 21st century with the resources and mandate to become world-class.
Perhaps the Federal Government was not put there to parent people. Perhaps it was put there for National Defense, a Court system, and foreign relations. Perhaps people should take care of themselves instead of expecting the government to take care of them. Perhaps if when they get in a bind they should ask their families or the church to help them if they really are in a genuinely desperate situation where they truly need help instead of just being lazy and listening to Jessie Jackson's worldview.

A couple of cents from me that make sense.
Spoken like a true fool. I wouldn't pay two cents for your input.

It's worthless.

Is Jesse Jackson still even active in politics? Not that his opinion matters to me anymore than Rush Limbaugh's.

You remember him--the hypocrite. He condemns drug addicts while all the while he is one. What a joke.
Just like your rhetoric.

Also, did you have a hard time understanding the article posted? It's about the state government, not the federal.

When did your two cents make any real sense? You remind me of "Missed the Bell."
You decry giving to the needy, but you guys never have a problem giving to the rich and large corporations.

What a joke. Have you checked the federal budget lately?

Corporate welfare all over the place.

And you're bitching about helping children, the elderly and the handicapped. As I've said before, WHAT A JOKE!!!
I was responding to the liberals idea about raising the minimum wage moron. You give yourself entirely too much credit when you think that your ideas are more worthy of comment than the thoughtful articles that get posted here by the guys that run this Blog.

You are so desperate for attention for your garbage from WIN that you post entire article from it here. That is sad.

I won't give you two cents this time. You are getting enough welfare as it is by being allowed to post your pathetic stories from World Internet News Here. You need to learn how to earn your way.
There you go again. You can't even discuss the education system in Texas. I guess having one of the worst public school systems in the country is acceptable to you.

I guess that explains your posts--probably attended some second rate school in East Texas or HISD.
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