Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic Convention, eight years ago today (via barackobama)
Great words with lots of potential and seems, so far, unfulfilled. Still better than the alternative.
Romney says we don’t need any more teachers, firemen, or policemen.
Did we not get the message of Wisconsin? Yeah, it’s that money will buy you politics. What it won’t do, though, is teach your children to discern fact from fiction or opinion. Money won’t protect you from fire or violence. Money won’t buy you real joy.
Shut up, Romney.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the war on women, which is real enough. But there’s also a war on the young, which is just as real even if it’s better disguised. And it’s doing immense harm, not just to the young, but to the nation’s future.
Let’s start with some advice Mitt Romney gave to college students during an appearance last week. After denouncing President Obama’s “divisiveness,” the candidate told his audience, “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”
The first thing you notice here is, of course, the Romney touch — the distinctive lack of empathy for those who weren’t born into affluent families, who can’t rely on the Bank of Mom and Dad to finance their ambitions. But the rest of the remark is just as bad in its own way.
I mean, “get the education”? And pay for it how? Tuition at public colleges and universities has soared, in part thanks to sharp reductions in state aid. Mr. Romney isn’t proposing anything that would fix that; he is, however, a strong supporter of the Ryan budget plan, which would drastically cut federal student aid, causing roughly a million students to lose their Pell grants.
So how, exactly, are young people from cash-strapped families supposed to “get the education”? Back in March Mr. Romney had the answer: Find the college “that has a little lower price where you can get a good education.” Good luck with that. But I guess it’s divisive to point out that Mr. Romney’s prescriptions are useless for Americans who weren’t born with his advantages.
… What should we do to help America’s young? Basically, the opposite of what Mr. Romney and his friends want. We should be expanding student aid, not slashing it. And we should reverse the de facto austerity policies that are holding back the U.S. economy — the unprecedented cutbacks at the state and local level, which have been hitting education especially hard.
Yes, such a policy reversal would cost money. But refusing to spend that money is foolish and shortsighted even in purely fiscal terms. Remember, the young aren’t just America’s future; they’re the future of the tax base, too.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste; wasting the minds of a whole generation is even more terrible. Let’s stop doing it.
Go read the whole d***ed thing.
I feel the same way about local levies that the taxpayers vote against, with a slogan of “Hard Times? Vote No”. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
It all reminds me of Steve Jobs, circa 1998, as he returned to the helm of Apple as “interim” CEO. When asked how Apple was going to handle the public recession and teh company’s own need to become profitable again, he said they were going to invest _more_ in research & development, focus the product line, and put out great products. This is the *exact* opposite of what this nation has done and what we are doing to our educational system.
Get a frickin’ clue, people.