A Jasper who spent spring break reparing homes in NOLA (applause) lectures us on racism (huh?)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


New Orleans in Peril – Perspectives

I applaude those that went to NOLA. It would have been easier and more "fun" to go to a different destination. It's easy to see that the writer is changed by the trip. But from here in the peanut gallery, up in the cheap seats, I think he has spent too much time in the "skools". I read his article twice just to be sure I didn't over-react. (1) We are responsible for ourselves. If we rely on "government" for anything, we're going to be disappointed. (2) The government's response will be slow and pathetic because that's what government is — a poor excuse for self-help, charity, and private enterprise. (3) What the wrtier attributes to poverty and / or racism would be more properly attributed to  stupidity, "let George do it", sloppy thinking, and some sloth. (4) It's not a very good idea ("I R an injineer" and know stuff like this) to build a city below sea level. It's an even worse idea to rebuild a city below sea level. It's the worst idea to think that a glorified version of the Post Office is going to do it right. (5) Our thinking gets us into trouble. The governement has no magic font of money to throw at the problem. Every dollar they spend on NOLA is stolen from some poor slob like me who has to work to make ends meet. The government is my partner. Even if I don't want one. So as bad as I feel for the NOLA situation, I have to say let's move on. Run a telethon. Setup a voluntary private charity. DO what ever needs to be done, BUT don't impose the costs of it on us by force. How about this for an idea? The various levels of government agree sell the city to Wal Mart, Disney World, or Google. Let them invest in it. But the government won't tax it, fund it, or have anything to do with it. My bet would be that it would be rebuild in nothing flat; be better than it ever was; look better than it ever was; and be an economic engine to pull the entire southeastern US along with it. Make it an enterprise zone with no laws but what the buyer wants to permit. Then I'd suggest everyone stand out of the way because they'll be a migration to live tax free, the construction trucks would be rolling, and NOLA would be the new shining city on the hill. IMHO

Sorry, Lou, you missed the root cause!It’s the government involvement in the education of our people.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


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"If teaching remains a second-rate profession, America's economy will be driven by second-rate skills," Gerstner says. "We can wake up today — or we can have a rude awakening sooner than we think."

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Sorry, Lou, you missed the root cause!

It's the government involvement in the education of our people.

Government "public schools" have dumbed down the population to such a point that "graduates" know a fraction of what they did in 1890s. Take a high school graduation exam from the turn of the century, and see for yourself. Between the politicians, the teacher's unions, and their "suppliers", we have created a nightmare. The early advocates of "free government public schools" were avowed socialists with visions of creating soldiers for the armies and workers for the factories. All of whom could be manipulated by the "elites". They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. We now have a dismal one-size-fits-all education system which condemns everyone, especially minorities included, to low expectations and political correctness, to the serfdom of an unenlightened life. And, in doing this, we have created an entitlement system for government retirees that is unmatched anywhere else.

Want to fix it? It's easy. Change the paradigm! (Sorry consultant speak for the mental model you're using to understand the problem.) Motivate the individual to solve their own problems and stand back!

We need separation of School and State.

Repeal mandatory attendence laws. Transition from a "public" system to a truly free market education system. Empower parents to choose the education that is best for thier children. Allow them to pay for those choices.

Compare Montessori and Headstart. Compare anytime the government produces a free good and you have a tragedy of epic proportions. Compare a gumamint skool and a prison, they look remarkable alike. Think the Post Office is teaching.

Want to know why education is abysmal, want to know why only why the bright people don't go into education, want to know why we are dropping in the ranks of the world's educational elite? Yup, your gumamint at work!


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