However, just as I thought to put away the shingle of my blog in favor of teaching public school, I got a retweet of a NY Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/us/politics/05states.html?_r=1&src=twt&twt=nytimespolitics). Reading the article I was reminded how, my close to retirement age mother, who has advanced degrees, was laid-off as a teacher under the guise of budget cuts from the state. Our governor, Haley Barbour, choose to give the money budgeted for public schools to the Department of Corrections. I do not fault the governor for his long-term thinking. It is a given that people put in a pressure cooker will eventually not abide by the law of the land, thereby necessitating the need for additional incarceration centers. It is not as if the federal government had offered any funding to the states to offset the need to lay off teachers or to shorten the school year (http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/06/creating-a-crisis-the-squandered-$100-billion-education-stimulus).
My blog is still up and going for I continue to have hope, hope that the American people will see through the politics. During the campaign of the last 22 months, we have heard nothing but doom and gloom over the bailouts, TARP, and ARAR. Now I agree that TARP should not have happened given the bankers and financiers had created the problem, knowingly. The automaker bailouts did allow us to keep jobs not only in Detroit but also in Mississippi where some auto suppliers are located. The biggest disgrace is how our local government and state government have gone out of their way to discredit the Obama administration. They have gone as far as not to use the ARAR funding as designed to be used or they have refused to use the funding (http://www.kerstencommunications.com/miscellaneous/federal-stimulus-funding-slow-to-be-spent-in-california-other-states ; http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/opinion/04collins.html?src=me&ref=general ). Their collective actions or inactions sustained a Bush error crisis that was used to help win national elections (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45775.html).
Now the Republicans whom seem to have heeded Rush Limbaugh’s call for Obama’s failure are still peddling the notion that tax cuts works. At this point in the game, the tax cuts have done nothing but make the wealthy wealthier, the middle class low class, and the low class no class. Even the richest of the rich have come out in support of ending the Bush era tax cuts. They are motivated by the well of people who buy their cheap goods not having the money to buy their goods any longer. Any 3rd grade class about the flow of money shows that trickle down does not work. When the federal government has less to give then the states are forced to raise taxes or tax necessities. Milk in Mississippi costs the same as milk in NJ. However, in NJ, food is not taxed and the people are paid higher wages. The funny part of this matter is people in Mississippi vote Republican knowing the platform is to cut the public healthcare system on which they rely. At some point when the skillet is hot, enough the people will let go of the skillet and make decisions that are more informed.