Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Class" Warfare

This one goes out to all the teachers out there: friends, coworkers and peers; past, present and future, if there is one for this career. We are witnessing the implosion of the educational system in America, and the dismantling of the future by the obscenely wealthy and "conservatives" who pride themselves on their ignorance.
As I mentioned in Tuesday's post re: Republicans most politicians seem to have a vested self-interest in keeping folks as functionally stupid as possible, since that increases their voter base (especially handy in Alaska, where even spelling is optional). Our nation's priorities are seriously out of whack when bombing the shit out of other people has a higher priority is at the literal expense of our most important resources. I may have flunked some math in my day, but even an idiot knows this doesn't add up. Case in point, that teachers are now the current straw-man target for cuts is a new low and an old lie for justifying fiscal insanity, especially considering this:

Top 1% owns more than 90% of us combined. "In 2007, the latest year for which figures are available from the Federal Reserve Board, the richest 1% of U.S. households owned 33.8% of the nation’s private wealth. That’s more than the combined wealth of the bottom 90 percent."
400 people have as much wealth as half of our population. The combined net worth of the Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans in 2007: $1.5 trillion. The combined net worth of the poorest 50% of American households: $1.6 trillion. - Dave Johnson/Working Group on Extreme Inequality

from Campaign for America's Future


  1. The right seems to be better at herding the ignorant than the left is. While neither side is perfect, the one that literally does value faith over knowledge has a serious advantage when it comes to queuing up their followers at the voting booth.

    Meanwhile, the top 1% doesn't send its kids to public schools. And in 19th Century fashion, many of them blame the less-well-off for their own plight. They may have a point if so many people are susceptible to the deceptions promoted by the worshipers of wealth and the wealthy. As far as they're concerned, the rich really are better than the rest of us.

    Hey, if a little wealth is good, more must be better, right?

  2. About the only voice of sanity has bee Jon Stewart’s “Crisis in Dairyland - Angry Curds” series on the Wisconsin debacle.
    That and I caught NPR’s recent documentary on the NYC Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire. Timely reminder, FWIW: it’s like a yo-yo in the hands of an idiot that keeps hitting bottom.