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Observations – Branstad Loves Education?

Pardon me if I am skeptical, quite skeptical, about Terry Branstad being a wild eyed reformer in favor of education. This is not the old Terry Branstad who was bad enough. No, this is the new, much more ALECy Branstad. My guess is that he is maneuvering the state education system into a situation where in a couple of years he and his corporate cronies will come up with the next great education ideas – vouchers to private schools. This is – surprise, surprise, – a maneuver that has taken place in many states to angle the state into starving the public schools system while taking state taxpayer funds in the form of vouchers and handing that money over to fat cat corporations.
Education should be the province of the state, not that of the Washington Post or the Koch Corporation. If citizens want their kids to go to private schools that should be in addition to taxes for public schools.
If we go to a voucher system, public schools will become a depository for only the poorest and most troublesome of kids. At the same time the other kids will get an education as distorted through the prism of whatever the corporation in charge believes. Doesn’t seem like a formula for success.

The marriage of church and state.
Every week I start to write about this and then back off. No doubt writing about someone’s church will bring out motions. But with the recent huddling of the Catholic Church with the Republican Party, I can’t help but wondering what the hell the bishops are thinking. If they believe they can get in bed on only one issue and not be expected to be used to show approval for the whole Republican agenda, they will be surprised. Rep. Paul Ryan has already used the Catholic Church as cover for his incredibly immoral budget that starves the poor and feeds the military and corporations. And the Catholic Church was surprised by this?

Stephanie Miller on TV.
It has been a delight to be able to see the Stephanie Miller show on Current TV in the morning. One thing liberals have that is seldom seen on the so-called conservative side is humor. Stephanie has humor in abundance.
If you want to hear the show on the radio, streaming on the computer is your friend. I usually listen to KTNF out of Minneapolis. WCPT from Chicago also carries Steph daily. Just use the googles to find those stations.

Will Paul Ryan be the most powerful Republican even if Romney is elected?
“Some conservatives say Mr. Bennett might have the reality reversed. “Paul Ryan effectively captured the Republican presidential candidates,” Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the House Republican leadership, said admiringly.”
“Grover Norquist, the Republican strategist who heads Americans for Tax Reform, said in an interview that he did not expect Mr. Romney to lead as president. He just wants him to sign the bills that put Mr. Ryan’s vision into practice.
One of the deceptions you buy into if you are a Republican is that the president leads your party. Sorry, it is Charles and David Koch, Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist, Richard DeVos, Paul Ryan. Lot of people in the Republican Party more powerful than their presidential nominee.

No April snow in Iowa and unusually warm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The state climatologist’s office says that for the first time since 1890, no snow was recorded anywhere in Iowa during April as the warm weather continued.
National Weather Service records show Iowa is experiencing the warmest year on record for the first four months of the year.
The average temperature was 43.8 degrees, breaking 1921 record of 40.3
Need I add anything?

Wait! Argentina doesn’t follow rules, is very successful!
As Europe seems determined to plunge themselves into a deep recession and the Republicans pushing hard to follow suit here in the US, it was quite interesting how Argentina faced down international pressure and has turned itself into a booming economy.
Also of note is that many of the so-called leading economists give the credit to a commodities boom which is far from the truth. Sell the myth.

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