By Henry Decker

Obama In Texas: ‘Every Young Person In America Deserves A World-Class Education’

May 9, 2013 3:40 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 110 Comments A+ / A-
Obama In Texas: ‘Every Young Person In America Deserves A World-Class Education’

President Barack Obama kicked of his new “Middle-Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour” with a speech at Manor New Technology High School on Thursday, in a return to the issue that dominated his 2012 re-election campaign.

Speaking to an auditorium of students and teachers, the president argued that education is inextricably linked to the nation’s economic health. “Our economy can’t succeed unless our young people have the skills that they need to succeed,” Obama said.

“Every young person in America deserves a world-class education. We’ve got an obligation to give it to them,” he added.

Obama reiterated his desire for early-education reforms, including greatly expanding pre-kindergaten and Early Head Start programs. Citing a study finding that every dollar invested in early education can save more than seven dollars later on, Obama insisted that “we’ve got to start educating our kids at the earliest possible age.”

The president also called for the recruitment and training of 100,000 new science, mathematics, and engineering teachers, to better prepare students to compete in a high-tech economy.

Overall, Obama spoke positively of the country’s economic progress. While he stressed that the economy still needs a great deal of improvement, he also said that “we’ve cleared away the rubble of the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes,” and noted that several key sectors of the economy — such as the auto and energy industries — are thriving. Still, the president argued that we aren’t doing enough to help the middle class, which he called “the true engine of our economic growth,” and urged Congress to take up some of the proposals that he unveiled during his State of the Union address, such as an increase to the minimum wage.

After noting that Congress has blocked any of his economic proposals for political reasons, Obama promised that “where I can, I’m just going to go ahead and take action on my own.” To that end, Obama is authorizing a $200 million effort to create three “innovation centers” to boost manufacturing.

Obama’s Texas trip is the first in a series of planned trips to promote his jobs agenda, which has been somewhat overshadowed by the legislative battles over immigration and gun reform. Despite the high-profile nature of those debates, a recent Gallup poll found that 86 percent of voters believe that job creation should be Congress’ top priority and 86 percent say Congress should prioritize work on improving the economy.

After his speech at Manor Tech, the president will tour an Austin factory as the second leg of his trip.

“The president’s trip will be similar to previous ‘White House to Main Street’ events that directly engage the American people and effectively pushed Congress to act,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. “Things are getting better, but our economic recovery is not as strong as it could be and far too many middle-class families are still struggling. The question is, will Congress will join with the president to make sure the middle class is strong and secure?”

Texas’ Republican governor, Rick Perry, enthusiastically greeted President Obama upon his arrival in Austin, but not all Texas politicians were so happy to welcome the president. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted a meme mocking Obama’s trip, and released an accompanying statement saying in part, “America is stuck with high unemployment and low GDP growth, so it’s encouraging to see the president coming to Austin to talk about jobs – perhaps he will learn how to create some from the folks who know how.”

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  • David Turrentine

    Too bad the guy who is gritting his teeth while shaking the resident’s hand isn’t listening, neither is the State Legislature.

    • tax payer

      I am surprised he showed up because I think he doesn’t care for the President and he’s not the only one in this State.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Weidl/1447530480 Patricia Weidl

        He’s looking for money for the fires.

      • David Turrentine

        And most Texans can’t believe that Obama is actually more popular than either Bush.

  • David Turrentine

    Apparently Ted Cruz believes that job creation needs to be done on the backs of the poor and middle class, that’s how it’s done in Texas

    • mike

      Such crap!!!

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        Ted Cruz isn’t even a Texan. Check his birth certificate. Right now the Texas blowhards are pulling a fast one. Cruz is only in their spotlight because he is from Alberta Canada….where the Keystone Pipeline originates. So the blowhards in TX figure it’s pretty handy to masquerade a Canadian as a Texan so long as Texas gets that pipeline they are so desperate for…now that solar and wind energy is making their Big Oil look like yesterday’s breakfast.

        • David Turrentine

          Another Phil Gramm, except this is a foreign sonofabitch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    I love it. While myopic Republicans continue to talk about Apology Tours, our President engages in a Middle-Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour. The contrast between the champions of deceit and gloom and doom, and a President focused on the future and the well being of all Americans could not be more stark.
    Well done Mr. President, let the servants of the corrupt elite and the disciples of the anti-Christ engage in outlandish claims and inquisitorial diatribes while you continue to inspire hope and opportunity for all. Even folks with semi-functioning brains can tell the difference.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ame-Bible/1322275033 Ame Bible

      Dominick Villa: keep preaching it, maybe somewhere some brain dead republican might come alive!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Weidl/1447530480 Patricia Weidl

        Doubt that, I think they are brain dead!

        • RobertCHastings

          Yeah, brain dead is brain dead is brain dead. If it looks like duck s–t, and it smells like duck s–t,and it tastes like duck s–t, it must be duck s–t. A brain dead conservative is a brain dead conservative until the cows come home and the rooster crows.

    • mike

      Obama assumes more money equals better education. In reality the education standards in the US have declined as more money is spent on education. The problem is society, most parents just don’t give a damn, and most kid have their phones, computers, and are happy as can be.
      Lack of accountability in our education system has led to stagnant scores and complacency, despite the fact we are second or fourth, depending on study, in the world in per pupil spending. No accountability does not ensure the competitive edge necessary to survive in the world market. Has putting more teachers in the class room and spending more money shown improvement in scores. Sadly NO This straight from NAEP, 3% declared “advanced”, 1/3 classified as proficient at math and science, 34% fourth graders scored at or above proficient, 21% of 12th graders scored proficient.
      Throwing more money at it is not the answer.

      • Inthenameofliberty

        Well said Mike. The breakdown of the family unit has many effects. People don’t want to talk about that, though. Kids need unconditional love. They need attention. They need someone to care. One parent, two…..sex of the parent(s) is not an issue. It’s someone loving that child that is the answer. And it is missing in SO MANY instances.

      • Independent1

        Well, Mike money may not guarantee giving students a good education but Rick Perry sure has proven that withholding money from our education system is sure a recipe for disaster: Rick has withheld funding from so many areas of Texas that he’s actually turned Texas into the cesspool of the nation in more ways than one (it’s interesting that Obama actually gave a speach on education in what is one of America’s worst states for education – Texas).

        Here’s some stats on Texas that make it clear that – YOU CAN’t PROVIDE A GOOD EDUCATION TO A STATE’S RESIDENTS BY SHORTCHANGING YOUR TEACHERS:
        ·
        .Texas is 49th in the country in tax revenues collected per capita and 50th in revenues spent.·
        .Texas 44th in tax progressivity, which means it collects most of its taxes from working people and it comes in 50th in the percent of its population that have a HS diploma.
        .Texas ranks 46th in the overall SAT scores it’s students get on entrance exams; and 49th in what it pays its teachers.
        .Texas ranks dead last (50th) in having the most people without health insurance and also dead last in the number of children covered by insurance.
        .Texas is 49th in the support it provides to women & children in the WICprogram, and it leads the nation in teenage births.
        .Texas ranks 6th in the nation in the number of people living in poverty and 50th with regard to the affordability of homeowners insurance.
        .Texas ranks 45th in the overall health of its population and 47th
        with respect to mental health.
        .The quality of the highways in Texas is ranked 42nd and its parks and recreation facilities are ranked 48th and environmental protection 46th
        .Police protection in Texas is ranked 49th and government administration 50th.
        .Texas comes in 3rd in the nation in the number of public officials that are convicted for a crime; while being dead last in the percent of voters who turn out for elections.
        .Texas is 46th in the hourly earnings of its workers and 48th in the payout of worker’s comp benefits.
        .And Texas ranks as having the most polluted environment in the nation.

        By what other measure does Texas have to turn up close to last before people realize that by moving there they’re simply moving
        to what is really the cesspool of the nation. And I’m also amazed, that with a dismal record like the above, Rick Perry would even consider running forpresident of the US???

        • mike

          So overall has the nations standards gone up or down, are scores better or worse, has our rating in the world more competitive since the influx of more teachers and money. Simple questions, simple answers.

          Explain why Vermont spends the most money yet is 29th in SAT Scores, or Utah is last in spending and 20th in SAT scores. How Maine 5th in money last in SAT scores, while Iowa is about 25th in spending and 1st SAT scores.

          You can be selective all you want but please show the whole picture.

          Explain why Texas has the most growth in the country if it is such a terrible state.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            The only growth in Texas is based up a 40% Hispanic (read illegal immigrant) population. Of course, there’s growth when employers and the Big Oil Big Daddies exploit cheap Hispanic labor. 40% of the population of TX? and you call that growth? Texas virtually lives off the federal taxes of other states. Every year TX takes in at least $13 billion for Big Oil in federal tax subsidies it doesn’t need and shouldn’t receive. Every year TX, lays claim to one disaster after another from wild fires to hurricanes to fertilizer explosions that could have been prevented but for the Texan buttheads who rather make other taxpayers pay for this kind of avoidable disaster. Why should MY tax dollars pay for a fertilizer plant disaster when the stupids who own that place refuse to obey EPA regulations? Sorry…non-compliance? Non tax subsidies and no disaster relief.

          • mike

            Strong Economic growth, and employment expand by 300+k tops in nation in 2012.

          • RobertCHastings

            300K sub-par wage paying jobs, that benefit no one but the employers, and NOT the employees.

          • Independent1

            Let’s start with Texas – So Rick Perry has done everything he can to juggle things so that the only focus the State has is to pump up business by relaxing regulations and provide subsidies to lure businesses to the state, virtually letting every other aspect of the his responsibilities go and what has it got the state – all those figures that I just quoted you. He’s pushed the GOP mantra and is turning Texas into a 3rd world nation in every aspect except luring nitwits to the state who apparently don’t make any attempt to figure out that they’re heading to a state where most of the jobs are low paying and aside from a salary, the rest of what they can look forward to is the PITS!!!! That’s just exactly what the GOP is trying to do to America – turn it into a 3rd world nation in almost every aspect.
            With respect to education and spending it’s a complex issue and I’m sure I don’t have all the answers. But the spending issue isn’t as straight forward as it seems. Some states can get away with low spending and still get away with their students getting good grades simply because the state doesn’t have a lot of big metropolitan areas and the costs of running schools (busing students, building maintenance school and other none direct classroom related costs are much lower than other states with bigger populations and urban areas that complicate matters more. And of course of lot of it has to do with the teaching methods which brings me to an issue that I think has contributed to why Maine doesn’t do better on SATs than it does – the big fallacly of ‘LOCAL CONTROL’!!
            5-6 years ago our governor tried to consolidate schools to cut costs as he felt there were just too many very small school districts paying too many superintendents of schools and reinventing the wheel on virtually everything associated with education. Because so many parents got up in arms about losing ‘local control’, insisting that they didn’t want to give up determing how and what was best to teach their kids – the school consolidation hasn’t gone very far here. It’s my sense that if schools and states are going to be rated by a common set of tests (ACTs and SATs), then there should be a common set of curriculi that schools use. What I see as part of our problem is, at least here in Maine, that every school district determines how and what their kids are going to learn – which in my mind may not be at all what colleges across the country are expecting them to learn.
            But then again that’s my opinion, but with respect to Rick Perry, Texas and education, what I’ve seen is that Rick has constantly cut state subsidies to the schools, which has alienated a lot of school administrations which has resulted in the kids in Texas not getting the instruction that they should be getting simply because the teachers are saying – if the state doesn’t care, why should we???

          • mike

            That big post and you said very little.

            And the GOP wants a third worldcountry. Such bull s _ _ t.
            The bottom line is our education is going down, unqualified teachers in the class room, teacher forced to spend more time not teaching just to be PC forced down their throats by new guide lines.

            This new Core Education is crap. I should know, my wife is a math teacher with stellar year end results and she will leave teaching because what these teachers will have to be for they even teach one student. Obamacare started with a 61 page application and like all govt. programs the over kiill is ridiculous, the teachers will have to have a folder on every student(not the Office), a gym teacher may have 400 kids and each kid she will have to have a folder with information other than grades on record, record of how many days she absent , Do you realize how many hours she will be spending outside on paper work.
            Just let the teachers teach. Get rid of the crap,

          • RobertCHastings

            He said a great deal which, unfortuantely, you apparently could not comprehend. Your wife’s experience is not unusual, nor is it anything new. Good teachers for years have been doing exactly what whe is doing, so that they can know everything about individuals in order to teach them where they need to be taught, and reinforce where they need it. Sorry Mike, it’s called “teaching”. As with any endeavor, the more you know about what you are doing, the better you become at it. I too have been a teacher and commiserate with her about the added paperwork, but paperwork and long hours BEYOND the classroom are nothing new to the profession.

          • mike

            He said a great deal. Baloney!! I just couldn’t comprehend-funny.

            So Perry wants to turn it into a 3 world country-BS. At this moment in time most jobs are low paying every where in the country, or underemployed so that doesn’t fly.

            As to teachers pay and results. What you can’t or won’t admit is the results are still pathetic and it isn’t the teachers fault. Most parents just don’t care nor do the students. No accountability period.

          • RobertCHastings

            And what about the students who do not have the distinct advantage of two parents in the home, or the extreme benefit of books and someone to encourage them to read them. I guess because the parents cannot handle the crap that life has handed them, tough shit for the kids, right?

          • mike

            No, how about keeping their legs crossed. Many of the single parent are from young teens who have little to no parental care and know they can work the system.

            What ever happened to shame and embarrassment?? How about consequences. PC has taken over and sure hasn’t made a difference, it now gives one an excuse.

            What I think you need to do is take the kids away from the parents and house the boys in one house the girls in another and teach them a trade and presto you have the utopia society you want.

            FYI: 45% are unwed, 1/6 never finished high school, 2/5 on food stamps.

            Child poverty is linked to school dropout, negative adult outcomes of joblessness and ill health, and reduced economic output.

            Your only idea is for the state to take over and rear these kids.

          • RobertCHastings

            My idea is to have the state take over? I don’t think you read what you just posted. Child poverty is not linked to, it is CAUSED by the factors you enumerate. A continuing cycle of poverty, negative outcomes, and reduced economic output which is self-perpetuating unless there is serious intervention, by the state or the private sector.
            apropo your FYI note; what 45% are you talking about? Those statistics SOUND impressive; they would be even more impressive if you would link them to a specific demographic.

          • RobertCHastings

            Many years ago North Carolina consolidated school districts within their 100 counties. North Carolina is still among the lower tier in education quality; however, their are pockets of excellence, as in any other state. I agree with you 100% on the standardized curricula, which is something Obama’s Secreatary of Education is working on. All to frequently I hear of students getting accepted into a college or university, only to have to take a semester (or two) of remedial courses.

          • Independent1

            Thanks for your support in trying to respond to Mike – given that his wife is a teacher, I guess it’s not surprising that he wants to think that all of America’s educational problems revolve around the fault of the parents not giving their kids enough attention. I went to school 60 years ago and to be quite honest, I believe that parents neglecting their kids was even more of a problem back then. I can probably count on both hands the number of hours my parents devoted to encouraging and helping me with school issues over the entire 4 years I was in high school. Yet my sense is that, as little as our parents helped us, we picked up things quicker back then than kids do today – there is just too much for kids to become involved with today. To me, part of the problem today is also the dramatic increase in technology and the variety of entertainment kids have to clutter their minds with today. I’m not much of a traveler, but I wouldn’t be surprised if kids in America have more opportunities to fill their time and minds with more socializing, internet access, games and other trivia, that kids in other countries. The ease that kids have today with communication – constantly texting one another, thinking about facebook, making new friends, etc. etc., seems to me to clutter their minds so much that it has to make it difficult for them to concentrate and absorb what teachers are trying to instill in their minds. Mike is simply greatly over simplifying the problem – it’s not all the parents fault.

          • RobertCHastings

            Mike is right in that children with two parents in the home do better in school, if he can parse that issue properly. Homes in which there is only one parent do NOT all fall under the category of drugs, alcohol, poor trash, etc. that so many want to think. There are many one-parent homes with white, divorced women trying to raise a child on child support and alimony. Many one-parent families must juggle work/career with rearing children, a must if they are to survive as a family. Neither one of those scenarios is easy for the mother or the child. Bear in mind that the divorce rate today is close to 50%, so more kids are in that situation than one would like to think, which, as an aside, raises the issue of allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
            Children from poor areas traditionally live in homes that have few or no books, the only stimulation is TV or music, and there are more obstacles to opportunity facing these kids than one can imagine. Why make it more difficult for them by 1)eliminating free meals, 2)reducing or eliminating Head Start or other such programs,3) failing to give remediationwhere it is apparently needed. IF a child enters the first grade without a knowledge of the alphabet and some reading and some simple arithmetic,they are already behind, and will only get further behind unless a teacher who cares(or a system, in some cases) intervenes. Would that the problem were as simple as Mike believes. Many parents of the disadvantaged grew up during the Civil Rights era, and what they endured is still on their minds. However, entirely too much of what they endured in the 50’s and 60’s is still a part of their children’s lives. We would all like to believe that racism is a thing of the past, that the soul of America is healed. Unfortunately, those who believe so are not really willing to look.

          • RobertCHastings

            Most growth in WHAT? That dog don’t bark,Mike. We already know they are first in job growth – for lowpaying jobs that do not get people off public assistance of some kind or another.

          • mike

            Look you and Obama are Statist. You want to control all aspect of life being the law, and moral righteousness of all people. Nothing is out of reach by the govt. You could care less about capitalism, motivation to succeed, etc.. You would rather have a mindless group of people waling in lock step.

            It is call power!!!

          • RobertCHastings

            And I guess Republicans are not in hot pursuit of this power over people’s lives? Yeah, whatever, Mike.

          • mike

            Oh, please show me where the right wants to control peoples lives. Just remember Julia-cradle to grave.
            Show me Mr. Tarheel.

          • RobertCHastings

            Here’s a simple answer – James J. Heckman. It didn’t take me long to find him on Google and to understand what he represents, so it shouldn’t take you long, either. Thanks to Independent1.

          • mike

            What is the name of the paper!! I know both of you have read it/them. I am surprised you didn’t include which of 280 articles he has written since you/independent1 feel so strongly about his work.
            Give me the article(s) and I will gladly read.
            Will my little Tarheel show me the article.

        • Eleanore Whitaker

          Texas also gets a $1.47 for every federal tax dollar they pay. Compare that to my state (NJ) 61 cents for every dollar we pay…Which state is supporting TX?

        • RobertCHastings

          I have been having this same discussion with another on National Memo and would like very much to know your source. I agree with you one hundred percent on everything you have said about the Texas system of non-education, except that this process began long before Rick Perry. Bush came into the White House on the tale of his taking a 3.5 billion dollar surplus in an insurance program for needy children and translating it into a Texas-wide tax break for the wealthy. (sound familiar?)

          • Independent1

            Robert, the latest comprehensive fairly complete set of stats I could get on Texas are from 2009. I’ve checked out some of the individual rankings and although some have improved a place or two, others have worsened, so overall there’s not been much material change over the past 3-4 years. Do a search on “Texas on the Brink” and “Texas a failed conservative experiment”. These should bring you links to stats on Texas.

          • RobertCHastings

            Thank you. When I last looked, I did a quick Google search and could only find a US News and World report, and a study by the University of Montana that was a little shaky on verifiability. I will use the sources you have presented.

        • mike

          And with this terrible record-in your eyes, Texas has a great influx of people and companies. Strange!!! All dummies, oh wait, they must be republicans. Funny!!!

          Texas, monies per student and results were just about in the middle of the country. Strange again!!

      • John Pigg

        Parent involvement is highly correlated to academic success. And more parents need to be taking responsibility for their kids education by getting involved.

        • mike

          Amen!!! I don’t see it happening, my wife, a math teacher, has worked in affluent and poor school districts. To get even parents to come to PTA/PTSO meeting they have to bribe them with dinners, no food, poor attendance. I truly believe the majority in these districts just don’t care. Affluent school district you will have an 80+% parent participation.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            You should talk! Your wife is living off taxpayers is she not? And, I’d bet her healthcare insurance paid for by taxpayers is better than yours and you have no problem being on her plan. Teachers are really annoying these days…they love those ultra high salaries that taxpayers are paying for…not to mention Blue ribbon healthcare insurance plans and lifetime last year’s salary retirements…but these stupids never consider that many parents have to work 2 ..got that yet? 2 jobs…To keep teachers fat, well off and on more vacations and “sabbaticals” then they should be entitled to for working a lousy 180 days a year. They don’t get to work at 9 AM and leave school at 3 PM and then “bitch” they have to take “work home” like teachers do. If teachers sat their asses in the classrooms until 5 PM like other workers have to do, they won’t be sitting on their sofas at 3:30 PM correcting papers…they’d be sitting in a classroom where they belong at their desks. Enough with the Educatorati BS.

          • John Pigg

            I don’t think he was trying to insult anyone. Or whine about how hard it is to be a teacher.

            I think he was just making the point that affluent parents care more about education and pass that concern on to their kids. The sons and daughters of doctors and lawyers tend to do well and are very involved and push their children academically.

            Other parents just care about a C average so their kid can play sports.

            Granted the education system is not perfect but I believe all Mike was trying to say is that there is a big human/home element that is not always taken into consideration.

          • tax payer

            I had an ( A ) average, but I hated Sports and instead chose to be in the Band, and it was more Profitable to me in the future. Remember Hispanics seldom got a Scholarship in the 60’s in Sports. Rivera and Romo were an exception.

          • mike

            You got, the rest seem to have their heads where sun doesn’t shine.

          • tax payer

            Someone wishes she was a school teacher. You can be one too, but it’ll going to take you four long years, so run to your nearest college and register.

          • mike

            The BS is in your head. I think the majority of teacher would have a good laugh at your ignorance.

            I have never been on her plan. We are not a union state that negotiates with elected officials for their salaries. I bet you are in one of the union states. If so it is your fault for voting them in.

          • RobertCHastings

            As it is apparent, you have no like for nor understanding of what unions are and what they have done to advance the cause of workers around this country. Prior to the rise of the union movement in this country, if a man wanted a job he better be prepared to pray that he had a good wife who really loved the kids, because he wouldn’t be seeing very much of them. What is now a typical 40-hr work week back then was whatever the boss decreed. Benefits? There were NONE – no holidays, no paid vacation, NO INSURANCE coverage, nothing that would be considered part of the benefits package today of ANY worker, unionized or not.

          • mike

            My God get a life.

            The history you just gave is just history, the old manufacturing model. Unions have little relevance today, yes they helped level the field, they add about 15% to every manufactured product and cost the taxpayer millions every year. Federal employees that are unionized make more money and get better benefits than private sector. They don’t produce one product that brings in revenue. Unions force themselves on elected officials who acquiesce to their demands to stay in office. Unions giving monies to elected officials who they negotiated with is a conflict of interest, plain and simple.

          • RobertCHastings

            It is apparent you have no use for unions. And it is true over the past decade they have overreached, and even I am disgusted to see some unionized auto workers getting $60 – $70 per hour. However, the gains they have brought tothe entire work force are already in danger of being lostin places like Wisconsin. WalMart’s examples of low wages, mandated overtime off the books, discriminatory advancment policies, etc. are all signs of the continued need of a powerful presence to counter the overarching authority of management and ownership. Since the Great Recession I have seen, even in my little town, clear signs of a need for union activism as employers are laying people off as they please, offering to take them back as temps, keeping them at that status for months (with no benefits, including insurance), then rehiring them at entry level. Does that sound like a policy designed to inspire worker confidence and loyalty?
            PACs giving monies for the election of those they support is, according to your reasoning, a conflict of interest.

          • RobertCHastings

            Eleanore, there is no school system in the contiguous 48 states and Hawaii and Alaska that works only 1800 days a year. The students attend classes for 180 days a year, but most states are going to much longer school years. GOOD teachers are working MUCH more than the 7 1/2 hours they are on campus, for they attend meeting after school, grade papers and fill out legally mandated paperwork at home on their own time, and make home visitations to get their students the help they need. If you have children who really like their teacher, spend a week with the teacher and see if you still adhere to claims.

          • RobertCHastings

            And what do you consider affluent. Those areas that have both parents at home, one as a constant live-in parent? Unfortunately, millions of kids in this country simply don’t live in those neighborhoods, and their academic progress shows it. They MUST begin their education as early as possible, or they WILL begin first grade way behind, and THAT will cost money.

        • Jack Wormer

          For several generations now, American kids have been absolute whizzes at Fornication 101….while many a yearbook states the owner is “most popular” or “most likely to succeed” – and now, in their adult lives they are busy engaging in political “discourse”…
          And we wonder about our maturity as a nation?!

      • RobertCHastings

        And what is your solution to get more parental involvement? I have been in the neighborhoods where parents simply cannot spare the time to get involved, because they must hold down two or three full-time jobs, jsut to get buy. What must be lacking in the home MUST be made up for in the school, and if kids are taught to take tests rather than how to balance a checkbook or run a cash register when the power goes out, what kind of future do you think awaits them? Money may not solve all the problems, and this is clearly demonstrated in the inescapable fact that, while this country as a whole throws more money per child at the public school system, we are definitely not getting much value, based simply upon our ranking in reading and math scores compared with other countries. So, once again, what is your solution?

        • mike

          It is not the responsibility of the teacher to give them love. It is to educate, so they can be a productive member of society, not to do the parents job. They do not have the time and especially when the teacher has close to 100+ students.With your thinking the communist party is waiting. Welcome comrade!!!

          • RobertCHastings

            If you know ANYTHING about the communist system of education, you know they offer many things, but not love. And that is what most young children need before they can become successful students. I would almost wager that you are not fond at all of Hillary Clinton’s “It Takes a Village”. That’s okay, very few conservatives are. And, regardless of what your background or biases are, there were people other than your parents along the way whose love and caring helped you through.

          • mike

            And you believe the Village will give that love. I don’t!!!

            What you do want to do is take the responsibility of parents rearing their kids.
            I had great parents and my love came from my family not from the teachers, the neighbors, the police, the state.

            It was and still is the responsibility of the parents to bring their kids up. The fabric of the family has been destroyed by the lack of responsibility, accountability, morals and with the help of the govt. promising to take care of them from cradle to grave.
            Enough Julia off to other things.

          • RobertCHastings

            If that is honestly what you believe, then take a good, long look at the history of poverty in the Western world, and see if you can determine its root causes and solutions. Poverty and the fractionalization of the family are not NEW. Read some Charles Dickens to get a little perspective. Most of his books are all about poverty in 19th Century England. Poverty exists all around the world, not just in our cities. IDIOT!

          • mike

            This is a conversation in futility!! If poverty has been around for so long why has it not been eliminated.
            You are so brilliant you must have the perfect answer. It must be back to the state, every one equal, just be zombies to the state. See you later Julia.

          • RobertCHastings

            Then what is your solution to poverty? Either ignore it or reset the definition?

          • mike

            Go get a life! No i will just ignore you for now on this subject.

          • RobertCHastings

            I thought so. Like all the other issues you “have a solution” for, you really don’t, simply because you don’t understand the issues. Poverty is much more complicated, and generates many more side issues, than you are prepared to admit.

          • Independent1

            Mike, you’ve complained about our educational woes being the fault of the parent, and with that you’re correct, but it’s by far not the only problem. And you’ve also claimed that putting money into education isn’t the solution, which may be true to some extent but on the whole is not true. I’ve been retired for over 15 years living in a rural area of Maine where the regional school has about 300 kids total, so I’m out of touch with the actual problems facing todays educators; but here’s a post that you and your wife may want to discuss that does offer a solution; in it, the poster (I forget whom), notes that it does take a village, and it does take money to create a truely effective educational system.
            ·
            As the former superintendent of a major urban school district, I have learned that complying with the science and continuum of learning (full day, 50 weeks, very early childhood education is core, staring not later than two years old), adding more days and hours to our agrarian era school system (240 days vs 180
            days should be the new norm), and stabilizing under served children in schools by adding wrap around services (social, health, education & job training for their parents, many of whom are single female parents, etc.) are the solutions. In defense of our educators, it’s nearly impossible to educate under served children whose parents are constantly moving them from school to school because of their economic situation. Some schools experience greater than >25% mobility rates (i.e., 25% turnover every year of new students).

            The Solution – It does indeed Take A Village. A community-based education system, like the 18 year-to-date Tangelo Park Prog (TPP) in Orlando, is germane. The TPP is a full day, 50 weeks Pre-K, starting at two years old, through college
            graduation/post-secondary school and career tech model, in a traditional (as opposed to charter) K-12 school feeder pattern, augmented by holistic family support services and philanthropy. The results for this poor African-American
            community are compelling: 98% high school graduation (100% in the last 10 years); 75% college acceptance; 75+% college graduation (national average – 58%; African Americans -41% ; Latinos – 48% ; Whites – 60%, & Asians – 69%); and a 52% reduction in crime, resulting in a doubling of housing values in the last 10 years. This prog is producing Ph.D’s vs prisoners. These results rival the best schools & communities in suburbia. (Note: Harlem Children’s Zone is a charter model that will also work.)

            There are approx 2500 poor communities like Tangelo Park in our nation. If we implement this type model in these poor communities, then we will fundamentally change America. We can expect a return-on-investment (ROI) of seven dollars for
            every one dollar invested ($7:1). This ROI has been documented in a study of the TPP by Dr. Lance Lochner & his professor, the Nobel Laureate economist, Dr. James Heckman in his compelling Oct 2004 research working
            paper, Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children = very early childhood education is core (repeated for emphasis). Thus, a true stimulus investment of $500B in public and private funds would yield a return of $3.5 trillion in increased productivity of our citizens, lower crime and
            incarceration rates, lower social and medical costs, increased tax revenue and more globally competitive citizens, which will yield an increase in U.S.-based international businesses.

            Bottom-Line – This model requires a 20+++ year commitment. Thus, politicians can’t get us there. They are constrained by their two, four or six year election cycles via which they are looking for quick fixes to problems that require long-term
            systemic solutions. Plus any programs they propose are subject to be changed by the next administration or party in control. As citizens, we must take control of our education system and implement the changes required to ensure our
            children’s future. Teachers will be our biggest allies in this quest and, as documented in the Heckman ROI study, we will be able to pay them more in salaries vice merit pay and bonuses, and mitigate the pressure to cheat or scam
            the system. If we don’t, then we’ll be having this same or similar conversation 10 years from now.

          • mike

            I reviewed the program and it sounds successful. No question education will change the lives of many young people and break the cycle of poverty.

            Give me the exact studies so I can take a look.

            I find it interesting that little is said about it. If I have missed it show me the articles. I do not live in Florida so I may have missed the articles.

            When I Google any form of TTP, I only get one site. Why have the educators not pushed this?

            I was surprised it didn’t give the number of students who have gone through the system. As of 2000 census there were about 682 under 18.

            What leaders have made mention of this program.

            I am having trouble with the numbers, I am assuming the $8500 cost per child is a 4 year period. If it is a 4 year total, using $2125 per year per child and the program annual cost is $250K per year it means only about 119 kids are enrolled in the program. Is that correct?? you seem to be the maven of the world show me where I am mistaken.

            If you take all charity given in 2011-298billion you would still need another 200 billion from govt. entities(using 500B study you quoted). I don’t think the numbers work. Last # I saw was about 16M kids in poverty and if you use 4-6 million as those who would qualify the numbers are quite daunting. I am not question the end result, but where is the money coming from?

            Why hasn’t the media or national leaders not raving about this small program.

          • Independent1

            Mike, the post I sent you on Tangelo Park wasn’t my post. It was a post I had found very interesting and saved from another article on the National Memo. But if you’d like to check into the Tangelo Park program more, here’s the link:

            http://www.tangeloparkprogram.com/

          • mike

            That is the same site I got the info. for my post. Plus, it is the only information for this program on the internet. No articles, nothing, which I find strange for a program that might have some merit. It looks very small but again Rosen has produced good results. Good for him.

          • Independent1

            Robert, you asked Mike what his solution was and you just mentioned that it takes a village. I’m obviously no expert on this but a while back someone made a post about an education system used in Tangelo Park that really interested me so I copied it. Not sure if you have seen it – but in it he talks about it taking a village to really teach kids something. Here’s the post (you may have seen it a few weeks back, I’m not sure; if not, you may find it of interest):
            ·
            As the former superintendent of a major urban school district, I have learned that complying with the science and continuum of learning (full day, 50 weeks, very early childhood education is core, staring not later than two years old), adding more days and hours to our agrarian era school system (240 days vs 180
            days should be the new norm), and stabilizing under served children in schools by adding wrap around services (social, health, education & job training for their parents, many of whom are single female parents, etc.) are the solutions. In defense of our educators, it’s nearly impossible to educate under served children whose parents are constantly moving them from school to school because of their economic situation. Some schools experience greater than >25% mobility rates (i.e., 25% turnover every year of new students).

            The Solution – It does indeed Take A Village. A community-based education system, like the 18 year-to-date Tangelo Park Prog (TPP) in Orlando, is germane. The TPP is a full day, 50 weeks Pre-K, starting at two years old, through college
            graduation/post-secondary school and career tech model, in a traditional (as opposed to charter) K-12 school feeder pattern, augmented by holistic family support services and philanthropy. The results for this poor African-American
            community are compelling: 98% high school graduation (100% in the last 10 years); 75% college acceptance; 75+% college graduation (national average – 58%; African Americans -41% ; Latinos – 48% ; Whites – 60%, & Asians – 69%); and a 52% reduction in crime, resulting in a doubling of housing values in the last 10 years. This prog is producing Ph.D’s vs prisoners. These results rival the best schools & communities in suburbia. (Note: Harlem Children’s Zone is a charter model that will also work.)

            There are approx 2500 poor communities like Tangelo Park in our nation. If we implement this type model in these poor communities, then we will fundamentally change America. We can expect a return-on-investment (ROI) of seven dollars for
            every one dollar invested ($7:1). This ROI has been documented in a study of the TPP by Dr. Lance Lochner & his professor, the Nobel Laureate economist, Dr. James Heckman in his compelling Oct 2004 research working paper, Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children = very early childhood education is core (repeated for emphasis). Thus, a true stimulus investment of $500B in public and private funds would yield a return of $3.5 trillion in increased productivity of our citizens, lower crime and incarceration rates, lower social and medical costs, increased tax revenue
            and more globally competitive citizens, which will yield an increase in U.S.-based international businesses.

            Bottom-Line –This model requires a 20+++ year commitment. Thus, politicians can’t get us there. They are constrained by their two, four or six year election cycles via which they are looking for quick fixes to problems that require long-term
            systemic solutions. Plus any programs they propose are subject to be changed by the next administration or party in control. As citizens, we must take control of our education system and implement the changes required to ensure our
            children’s future. Teachers will be our biggest allies in this quest and, as documented in the Heckman ROI study, we will be able to pay them more in salaries vice merit pay and bonuses, and mitigate the pressure to cheat or scam the system. If we don’t, then we’ll be having this same or similar conversation 10 years from now.

          • RobertCHastings

            As you know due to your experience in education, these are solutions that have been being pushed by progressives since the 70’s. I worked for a while in a Street Academy(funded by a Law Enforcement Assistance Agency grant) that took street thugs OFF the street and put them into an educational setting in which they could thrive rather than be judged. The arrest rate in Charlotte, NC during the time of this program’s existence dropped dramatically for this class of individuals, and many of these kids who would have spent the rest of their lives in and out of jail/prison went on to useful, productive lives (some backslid, however). This was at a time when money was flowing freely and we had a progressive superintendent. Unfortunately, whenthe grant ran out and the funding became local responsibility, a conservative superintendent was on the scene and the school closed, resulting in a predictable rise in teen street crime. I don’t think many folks in Charlotte ever made the connection, even though Charlotte is one of the more progressive cities in the area.
            I sincerely appreciate your posting and will begin looking into this. As I am retired, this may be the motivation I need to become an activist rather than being an online activist.

          • Independent1

            Robert, glad I could help. We sure could use more activists working to improve America’s educational programs so if you do become more actively involved with that – all the best to you!! Mike had some trouble looking up more info on the Tangelo Park program so I was able to find a link for him. You may have already found it, but in case not – here’s the link to the current Tangelo Park Program website:

            http://www.tangeloparkprogram.com/

          • RobertCHastings

            I found as much as I could handle right now with all the info on James J. Heckman. Like many other Nobelists, his expertise in one area has carried over into others. Obama is trying to get people around him who are apparently familiar with people like Heckman. Thanks for the headsup.
            Think there’s a chance we might get a convert?

  • ObozoMustGo

    Let’s see, Obozo scrambling while talking with Valerie Jarrett on the phone…. “Benghazi hearings drawing attention to my [Obozo] my incompetence and treason for allowing Americans to be killed while I told rescue forces to stand down…… hmmmmmm…. this is a problem…… hmmmmmmm……. I’ve got an idea…. Valerie, call Air Force 1 and schedule me a trip to campaign on a totally different issue that will make me look good and take the headlines away from whistleblowers telling the truth about my cowardice…. any ideas come to mind?….. What… yeah, Texas and a speech about education…. perfect ….. right in the heart of conservative America… what better way to get my lapdog media to forget about Benghazi more than they already have?”

    The Obozo regime is the least transparent admin ever. But he’s the most transparent person to ever hold office.

    Have a nice day!

    “I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video,” – Barack Hussein Obozo in speech to UN General Assembly following the Benghazi attack

    • http://www.kidsbeddingstoreonline.com/ Melvin Miller

      What drivel. The President of the United States of America is Barack H. Obama. You guys need to stop hiding behind your sheets and hoods.

    • John Pigg

      You lose instant credibility when you use the following words.

      Obozo, Obummer, Pee loosey, Odumber, and Hussein. Keep in mind this list is not exhaustive.

      Your implication that the President of the United States was responsible for a cover up is laughable and absurd. I recommend you continue on toward National Review. At least their publication would laud such postings and get you a few likes.

      Speaking of likes… where is that vote down button?

      • tax payer

        You forgot Osama.

    • DurdyDawg

      The inaction of a president to prevent the deaths of four g’ment officials is appalling.. I can’t express the correct word for the inaction of a president who failed to prevent the deaths of 2,606 Innocent NY civilians.. 246 plane victims.. 70 pentagon employee civilians.. 55 pentagon military workers and 19 hijackers. Maybe I’m deaf but I never once heard or saw fingers pointing at that atrocity. I guess it’s okie-dokie to ram whatever you and the pubs can cram down the citizen’s throat in an effort to squelch any progress that Obama might achieve. Must be true, you really can’t teach an Obama hater new facts.

      • Inthenameofliberty

        You keep assuming that those of us who express our deep disappointment in our current president don’t have the same feelings for the one that came before. Hmmmmm. That is your problem.

        • ObozoMustGo

          Here, here, Liberty! They simply cannot accept ANY criticism of their messiah, can they? Even when he deliberately let 4 Americans die by telling willing military special forces to stand down. The question is WHY DID HE TELL THEM TO STAND DOWN? What is he hiding? Arms deals to Al Qaeda in Syria? Hmmmmm….. Questions all Americans, and especially the families of those murdered, deserve to know.

          Have a great day!

          “You are absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith…” – Barack Hussein Obozo in an interview with George Snuffelupagos on ABC’s ‘This Week”, October 2008

        • DurdyDawg

          Then own up and admit that the first 16 trillion dollars in the hole started on Dubya’s watch.. From every neo-con forum and every neo-con, I’ve heard nothing from their pie holes but, “It’s Obama’s Fault!!”.. Totally taking themselves and their pub minions completely out of the equation. Everybody knows that when you find yourself in debt that it takes even more debt to eventually get out of it because, contrary to belief, the bills do not stop because we owe so much, they just keep coming. Had Obama started this crap then I too would be pointing fingers but to point at only one person for what another did, giving everybody the impression and even declaring that W is the past and this is the present. Well that’s true, but the debts of the past (that Bush created) is still with us and will be for at least three more presidents.. So who you gonna point your finger at during those transitions? I too am disappointed in Obama but I’ll be damned if I blame him exclusively like the right does. And it’s not “deep disappointment” that most posters are expressing, it’s out and out hatred and vindictiveness and all you have to do is read them to figure that out. I believe in disappointment but not hate mongering and blatant bigotry.

      • ObozoMustGo

        What’s up Dawg? Long time no chat. I’ll repost to you what I just wrote in reply to that moron independent1:

        And in not one single case did Bush ever tell military assistance at the ready to rescue any of them to stand down. Further, in NOT A SINGLE CASE did Bush ever ostruct an investigation into murders. The difference is NOT the fact that there is an attack. There have been some. There will be more no matter who is president. But only Obozo refused military help DURING THE ATTACK and then went out and LIED to the American people and the world about some stupid video for weeks afterwards even when they knew within hours of the attack starting that it was a terror attack and was led by an Al Qaeda faction called Anwar Al Sharia who claimed responsibility over twitter while it was going on.

        So while an idiot like you attempts to obfuscate the issue, I’m not buying it and anyone that reads this and is NOT an Obozo zombie like you, should all know the truth:

        IT’S NOT THE ATTACK ITSELF, BUT IS INSTEAD WHY OBOZO DENIED MILITARY ASSISTANCE AND WHY HE LIED ABOUT IT AFTERWARDS. WHAT IS HE COVERING UP?

        Have a nice day, Dawg!

        “Blaming a 2-bit film for radical islamic violence is like blaming forks for obesity” – ObozoMustGo

        • DurdyDawg

          “And in not one single case did Bush ever tell military assistance at the ready to rescue any of them to stand down:..
          (Doing okay here Boze).. Your absolutely correct.. Why should he do it when he had (HIS) president Chainysaw do it for him or had that fact gone over your gourd? I mean, how could anyone blame the paper president when he was busy reading fairy tales to children (what an airtight alibi).. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/cheney-admits-that-he-lied-about-911.html

          • ObozoMustGo

            Yo! What up, Dawg? I never would have guessed that you were a “truther”, Dawg.

            Have a nice weekend!

            “I have made it clear that the United States government had
            nothing to do with this video,” – Barack Hussein Obozo lying to the world in speech to UN General Assembly following the Benghazi attack

        • DurdyDawg

          Have you asked yourself that maybe it was congress and the military that advised Obama to stand down because it was a secular event and then later (because they didn’t want to lose face) gave him bad intel way before anything should have been said? I didn’t think so.. And remember, this colonel or whoever is trying to say he warned Obama, didn’t actually warn Obama but instead passed along Intel of his own to his superiors and the ‘advisors’ of the president.. To believe that he had a face to face conversation with Obama just shows your political ignorance.. Ask yourself then, who were these people who passed this information on and what exactly did they tell the president? Again, “IT’S OBAMA’S FAULT” exclusively in your pee brain.. You got it, you love it and you’ll never let go of it.. Pathetic.. And one final thing.. By calling everyone but yourself and your butt sniffing buddies names only reflects the stupidity that’s grown between your ears so keep it up and show all these posters just what kind of bottom feeder you really are.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Uhhh…. Dawg….. The president has sole authority over the military, Department of State, and ALL intelligence gathering organizations like the CIA, etc. etc. While the Benghazi attack should never have happened, but for his and Cankles Clinton’s incompetence, it did happen. More terrorist attacks will happen despite our best efforts. But, you cannot change the fact that Obozo told military assistance to stand down instead of going to rescue our ambassador and our other men fighting on the ground against the terrorists. You cannot change the fact that Obozo LIED for 3 weeks about the attack as being motivated by a stupid video that inspired spontaneous protest.
            WHY DID HE LIE? WHY?
            WHY DID HE ORDER THE MILITARY TO STAND DOWN TWICE WHILE OUR MEN WERE UNDER SUSTAINED ATTACK FOR 9 HOURS?

            Answer those questions, Dawg. Don’t change topic now. Just answer the questions.

            Have a nice day!

            “I have made it clear that the United States government had
            nothing to do with this video,” – Barack Hussein Obozo lying to the world in speech to UN General Assembly following the Benghazi attack

      • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

        Damn, Bozo resembles that remark! ROTFLMFAO!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Weidl/1447530480 Patricia Weidl

      The way I see it, the President is doing him job while the group in WA is in panic mode trying everything to get rid of him & Hillary.

    • WhutHeSaid

      You would be much more on point if you were expressing your outrage over 3,000 people killed on 9/11/2001. There are 2 problems, though:

      1. You’d have to type for quite a while to list all 3,000 names of the victims.
      2. Bush isn’t black, so naturally it isn’t incompetence or treason since we all know that only black people are incompetent or treasonous.

      You are a first-rate bigoted boob for sure. Sorry that Obama kicked your ass so bad in the last election — it obviously still smarts.

      • Independent1

        Not only that, by why aren’t they trying to explain the fact that during Bush Jr’s 2 terms there were at least 11 more significant embassy attacks which the Bush Administration never addresed. Here they are:

        Bush Years there were 12 attacks with more than 3,050 deaths including more than 3,000 Americans:
        2001 – World Trade Center, New York and Pentagon, DC; 3,000 Americans killed
        2002 – US Consulate in Karachi Pakistan attacked, 12 killed; 51 injured.
        2003 – International Compound,Saudi Arabia, 17 killed 2003 – US Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 2 killed.
        2004 – US Embassy bombed in Uzbekistan, 2 killed 9 injured.
        2004 – US Consulate Saudi Arabia, 8 killed.
        2006 – US Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 4 killed including US diplomat.
        2006 – US Embassy, Syria, 1 killed and 13 wounded.
        2007 – Grenade launched into the US Embassy in Athens.
        2008 – US Embassy, Serbia, attacked by thousands, no one killed.
        2008 – US Consulate, Turkey, 3 killed.
        2008 – US Embassy in Yemen bombed, 13 killed.

        • ObozoMustGo

          And in not one single case did Bush ever tell military assistance at the ready to rescue any of them to stand down. Further, in NOT A SINGLE CASE did Bush ever ostruct an investigation into murders. The difference is NOT the fact that there is an attack. There have been some. There will be more no matter who is president. But only Obozo refused military help DURING THE ATTACK and then went out and LIED to the American people and the world about some stupid video for weeks afterwards even when they knew within hours of the attack starting that it was a terror attack and was led by an Al Qaeda faction called Anwar Al Sharia who claimed responsibility over twitter while it was going on.

          So while an idiot like you attempts to obfuscate the issue, I’m not buying it and anyone that reads this and is NOT an Obozo zombie like you, should all know the truth:

          IT’S NOT THE ATTACK ITSELF, BUT IS INSTEAD WHY OBOZO DENIED MILITARY ASSISTANCE AND WHY HE LIED ABOUT IT AFTERWARDS. WHAT IS HE COVERING UP?

          Have a nice day, moron! Remain oblivious.

          “The difference between being stupid and being a fool: A stupid person at least has an idea about their own inadequacies. The fool is oblivious to them, and is more inclined to believe their own fantasies and lies as truth.” – ObozoMustGo

          • Independent1

            Talk about being a moron!! Only a moron would believe the lies spewed by Faux News!! Welcome to the Club!!!! Everything you said in your post is a LIE!!!!

      • ObozoMustGo

        What’s up whut you racist pig?

      • DurdyDawg

        At final count it was: 2,606 Innocent NY civilians.. 246 plane victims.. 70 pentagon employee civilians.. 55 pentagon military workers and 19 hijackers (of course, you can ignore the high jacker total).

    • http://mohammeddressup.com/ I Zheet M’Drawz

      You really have a problem expressing yourself, reading your rantings is very enjoyable.
      But get this, YOUR President is a black man, does that make your sheets stiff?
      Bengazi is just a joke, if the RepubliKKKlans are betting that this issue will get them the White House then chase it, chase it hard, dedicate everything you have to it. Send Lush Limpdick & the other HATE Radio morons after it.
      But you need to understand this, YOUR President is a black man!
      Ah har har hardy har har YO!

      • ObozoMustGo

        Zheet…. are you a racist bigot like Whut is? I never would have thought that race was the central theme to your thinking….. SHOCKER!!!! Yeah, right. Sure, sure.

        The Benghazi cover up will doom Obozo when it comes out that the entire operation in Benghaze was a gun running scheme supplying heavy arms to Al Qaeda rebels in Syria. When America learns that Obozo is arming terrorist organizations, he will come down like the house of cards his regime is. And if he’s not impeached, he will be completely neutered and useless to the leftist freak agenda. You will see.
        Have a nice day!
        BTW…. last time I checked, the whore that birthed Obozo was a white chick. Who knows who his father is. She had more dick than a Grand Central Station urinal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ame-Bible/1322275033 Ame Bible

    I think someone named Obozo has his or her facts wrong.

    • http://www.kidsbeddingstoreonline.com/ Melvin Miller

      The President’s name is Barack H. Obama. Facts are not something your party is too fond of. Educate yourself, friend.

  • John Pigg

    So the President believes that everyone deserves a first class education? But he is also investing in manufacturing?

    Without the ability for people to make a decent wage without college it remains pointless to invest in further education. The reason there are few college level jobs is not because we do not have enough college graduates. It is because our society is over reliant on the service industry. Without a stable manufacturing sector that provides fair wages and good benefits, we will continue to see college graduates jobless.

    • Independent1

      You still don’t realize do you John that there are more than 3,000,000 jobs unfilled in America because we don’t have people trained to fill them. And as I pointed out to you earlier, the unemployment rate for people with a bachelors degree is now around 3.5% – no where close to the 7.5% of the oveerall population (the fact that people with a bachelors is around 3.5% and the overall is 7.5% kind of says that the unemployment rate for those without a bachelors is probably over 9%).

      • John Pigg

        Yes, those that achieve a B.S. have lower rates of unemployment. They also have high rates of underemployed, and high student debt.

        If everyone is eligible for a free world class education that will not accomplish the desired effect of raising people up. It will instead further depress the middle class and decrease the value of a B.S. If everyone had access to a free B.S. then the only way to stay ahead of the game will be to get a masters. But at the end of the day, if the average american worker does not have access to a job that pays 30-40k without a diploma then we will only have greater inequality and fewer higher paying jobs.

        I have heard that claim of 3,000,000 jobs, quite frankly I do not believe it. I know a great deal of college graduates that are unemployed and would do anything for work.

      • tax payer

        In Mexico these ( illegals ) people pay to get some jobs in their own country, but most of them don’t have the money. The teachers have been doing it for years, but their new President has promised to stop these practices of sons and daughters getting the mother’s job as a teacher. They can’t do it anymore, so they came to this country and our Government will do anything to make them happy, so it means some of you will have a much harder time to find a job.

      • tax payer

        Most companies train their new employees, so they can hire workers and train them to be career employees with the company.

  • tax payer

    Every children of low income parents and children of illegals is really what he wants to say because, if you earn a good income your children don’t deserve ( a World-Class Education ) such as the Pre-K he wants to have Nationwide. This is discrimination at its best and it’s coming from our President, so did you vote for him because I didn’t? Where is LULAC and ACLU of America that feel America always discriminates, and to them this isn’t a discrimination to the children of parents that try to stay away from being low income..

  • Vazir Mukhtar

    Better had he said “deserves the opportunity for a world-class education [whatever that is]. Higher education isn’t like health care. All people need health care; only some people “need” a college education. Some young people will be far better off with technical training: they’ll be happier and if they’re good, they’ll make good money. We need to disabuse ourselves of the notion that if people do not have a college education and a piece of paper hanging on the wall to prove it, they are for that reason worth less than those who have run the higher education gauntlet and have the credential to show for it.

    And what is he doing to help the over-40s who are unemployed, some for 2 or more years? How about spending some of that money borrowed from the Chinese to retrain or improve the skills of these people?

    Sure, I know that young people, college graduates many of them, are having a hard time finding a job, but these over-40s have much less of their life ahead of them and many have been productive beyond the “satisfactory” level all their working life. Some have families to support, mortgages to pay [if they haven’t lost their houses already]. If we feel guilty about turning our backs on veterans, how are we supposed to feel about these people: “Tough it out a little longer; things’ll be better when the economy takes off.”? Easy enough to say when you have no experience toughing it out at their ages. Can anyone name me even 5% of the 435 in Congress who’ve had to tough it out after 40? 1% of those in the administration?

    I thought not.

    • Independent1

      Go to the whitehouse dot gov website and lookup the American Jobs Act and you’ll see what Obama would like to be doing for the over 40s people in our population. His jobs act would be several million more people to work in not only construction but improving our schools and many other very needed projects in America. Unfortunately, you appear to be blaming the wrong person with respect to more jobs not being created – its the GOP controlled House that has been stagnating job creation for the past 2 plus years by refusing to even take up two of Obama’s jobs bills.

  • docb

    The contrast is striking…The President looks forward to helping the people and the repubs are stumbling backwords with racism and lies! With repubs attempting to put words in the witnesses mouth at the Benghazi sham hearing and the Heritage report racist bigoted scam!

    And perry is short to boot!

  • rustacus21

    My only wish is that the President stop ‘talking’ about it & do something – like end NCLB & the massive ENRICHMENT of the testing materials manufacturers – tied intimately & tragically IRONICALLY to the Republican party!!! Where the logic in that & the only thing ‘world class’ about it is the dispicible levels of greed (to corp’s) & destruction (to the cognitive abilities of) OUR children, in the continuing of harms done & denials of the Constitutional RIGHTS to being COMPREHENSIVELY educated as EQUALLY as children of the wealthy – which should in NO WAYS be a matter of money – at ANY level…

    • ObozoMustGo

      What’s up Rusty? Long time no chat. I hope you are well, my friend. Question, how is that corporations are greedy, but politicians and bureaucrats are not? Hmmmmmmm…. Just curious.

      Have a nice day, Rusty!

      “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” — George Bernard Shaw

  • http://mohammeddressup.com/ I Zheet M’Drawz

    He meant every non-American deserves a good education & an H1-B visa so they can steal American jobs, learn what & how we do things then take that knowledge back to their homeland & set up shop to compete against US.
    DotHeads rule & American drool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

    President Obama understands the disadvantages of the Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bag efforts to privatize the education system in America and their vile efforts to revise history. When you read the posts written by Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bag trolls, imps, zombies, and goons on this site and others, it should be criminal to be so uninformed, dumb, and clueless, an absolute crime. It should be a universal resolution under the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights to prevent a nation full of Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bag imbeciles, idiots, slack-jawed knuckle dragging trolls. God bless President Obama for raising awareness to the disparities of education in America and his program to ensure a proper education for every child.

  • http://mohammeddressup.com/ I Zheet M’Drawz

    Maybe we ought to cut out sports completely. Why should I pay for the football team when only 40 kids get on?
    How about paying for your kid to be on a team instead of making me pay for it.
    Shut down school sports programs. Shut down Gym Class. Shut down all those wasted Study Hall periods.

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