Posts Tagged ‘Washington’
What amazes me about America right now is the apathy regarding this hole that Washington politicians have dug us into in their way of assuring reelection (promising everything to all, which we can’t afford and is really coming to bite us now). Why are we putting up with this? Do we all have the attitude of politicians, short term solutions only and letting our kids and grandkids pay for it later??
The GOP doesn’t get the media and really, the feeling seems mutual. So listen up, there’s an elephant in the room and he doesn’t know how to look good on TV.
During the State of the Union Address last night, I watched the speeches as if I were critiquing and assessing candidates of my own. Overall, the Democrats and Republicans are not just divided by political differences, but also in appearances.
Regardless of whether the Conservative powers that be in D.C. care to admit it – appearances matter.
Watch the State of the Union Address 2011
“A cohesive education bureaucracy isn’t necessarily a good thing – not if that cohesion serves to preserve an unsatisfactory status quo at a time when school districts and states across the nation are climbing on the reform bandwagon.” – A Chance for Education Cohesion @sdut
Frankly, that statement doesn’t go far enough when you look at once-failing school districts in Washington, D.C. and Detroit that had to wage war with the teachers unions in order to make educational gains for their students. And of course, the political powers in those cities who backed the aggressive shutting and consolidating of schools and the firing of under-performing teachers suffered the union wrath come election time.
A few years ago, a friend was getting ready to make a run for the Poway City Council. He started to tell me about the benefits of holding office, and as a small business owner, trying to scrape by, I saw one of his needs to want to run for office was for the benefits. On a side note, maybe one reason that Betty Rexford is fighting so hard to stay in, is for the benefits. Just a thought.
But this blog isn’t about the benefit package offered to the Poway City Council, but to most elected officials in general, and we will direct most comments to our friends in Sacramento and Washington.