[quote][i]Originally posted by bitonti[/i]@Oct 21 2003, 04:18 PM
[b] hey i got an idea how about you build a school in North Philly or the Bronx or Watts or East St Louis you rat bastards! Why are our tax dollars being spent more freely in Karbala then here in the States? Cause of 9-11???
Even GOPers should be ashamed at the level of spending and more than that what its getting us! [/b][/quote]
Yeah.....I'm a conservative and I'm ashamed all right.....I'm ashamed that we have so many people in the U.S who feel the only way to fix the education system is just to throw more money at it, we already spend more per capita than anyone on the face of the earth and our students test scores are middle of the road at best but you advocate tossing even more taxpayer money into a system that certainly doesn't give us any bang for the buck, I don't get it ?.
Maybe, just maybe we can look at innovative ways to try to correct the problem instead of just tossing our hard earned money down the same bottomless ineffective money pit ....but nooooooooo.....the teachers unions who the democratic party is beholden to want no part of anything like school vouchers or anything else that may actually begin to turn around the present bad situation, all they want is to whine and complain they're underpaid and need more money.
Why we even listen to the teachers union about what's in the best interest of our kids is amazing to me because the teachers unions care about themselves and only themselves to the detriment of the actual kids..... how can I say this ?.....well.....I'll quote the former head of the teachers union who when asked if a particular position he was advocating was gonna hurt kids stated " I'll start worrying about the kids when they start paying union dues ", all I can say is atleast he's honest.
You can complain all you want about the money were spending in Iraq but I'd rather spend the money there to get rid of a terrorist enabler like Hussein and help 90 % of his population to a better way of life, while, hopefully providing an example for the rest of the middle east by showing them how good life can be if you give people freedom and allow them to chart their own course in life, My hope is once people in Iran, Syria etc...see how the people of Iraq are in better shape they'll question their own governments and if you get enough people to in those countries to realize that their governments are taking the people and countries in the wrong direction then maybe with support from us they'll overthrow these terrorist supporting regimes and real change in the world can begin to take place.
Maybe that all is a pipe dream but it sounds like a better investment to me than just tossing even more money into a school system with a proven track record of failure, I'll be all for giving the schools even more money if they'd just convince me that more money will actually help the students get better grades.