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The Green Con Job, Or Politicians Always Show Poor Judgement

January 26, 2010

I had not been exposed to the “American” magazine much before, but it certainly has my attention now. This blog is called “Education Comments” and it is meant to comment on education and it is now slightly changed to include comments about the education you are getting from the news medium, from your college attendance, and other parts of the public education system,

More on point, a couple of years ago we traveled North to a high school reunion. One of the things we noticed was the price and makeup of regular gas. In FL all the regular gas is 10% corn squeezins and the rest is lead free gas. We get about 26 to 29 MPG from our 2004 Toyota Camry. Somewhere along the way up North the corn squeezins were no longer added to the gas and the funniest thing happened. Our MPG started to increase to at least 30 or a little more and  the car ran better. On our way back to Florida it of course started to decrease. The moral of the story is that some idiot politician or pressure group again sold the politicians a bill of goods to FL and some Southern states on the idea that you should put corn squeezins in your car rather than you mouth and save the world.

Back in the late 70’s or early 80’s when we had the bright idea to have two kinds of gas pumps, regular leaded gas with larger pump nozzles and unleaded gas with smaller pump nozzles so if you had a newer vehicle that ran on unleaded gas (not better but it did run) then you couldn’t put leaded gas in the car due to the size of the whole. If you tried the leaded gas would splash out over your pants or skirt and shoes. I have heard that a person could (I don’t know from personal experience), but have heard that you could run a new car on leaded gas if you took a long handled screw driver as big around as the leaded pump nozzle with the help of a hammer you could enlarge the filler hole to handle the leaded pump nozzle. I fail to see why anyone would defy a government edict that was passed to cost the average person more money without saving money anywhere else. I guess it worked cause the World is still here.

During this time frame, some of the Farm Bureau stores started to sell a product called gasohol. Made up of corn squeezins and some kind of gasoline. When this product was put into your car it ran very well.

See the article below for the latest in a long line of con’s foisted upon the American public.

The Green Con Job — The American, A Magazine of Ideas.

Do We need to Save Capitalism

December 7, 2009

What caused the current recession we are now experiencing? Reading the following article you may decide it really isn’t capitalism. This article most likely has the real reason for the failures we are experiencing. If we have other problems, like health care, perhaps we should look for the same kinds of causes.

Capitalism without Romance — The American, A Magazine of Ideas.

TARP and Leviathan, The American, A Magazine of Ideas

December 1, 2009

This article will present a plan for recovery and some of the reasons we are in the predicament we currently are in. It is about returning to reprivatization in our economy.

TARP and Leviathan — The American, A Magazine of Ideas.

Why Your Child Has More Homework

November 22, 2009

Do you think the public schools should be teaching your children  who should be elected to public office in this country? What to think about abortion? Many other opinions upon which parents may not agree with the public schools.

We have been aware for sometime that the public schools have a special agenda that is not well know to the parents of public school students. We knew what some of the content included but didn’t know how it was being taught. We knew it was being taught during school hours and the core classes were coming home as homework. Thus the answer to the question, why your child has more homework.

In the regular public schools these classes are called “Critical Thinking” Classes. In one of the surrounding counties the “Critical Thinking Classes” meet every day, yet math, English and other core courses meet only once or twice a week. The rest of the core classes go home to be worked on. Another article indicates that most peers and parents are not qualified to impart “Critical Thinking” skills, this must be done by trained specialists.

If you are in the IB program the classes are called “Theory of Knowledge”. In the IB program the Theory of Knowledge classes are required for all IB participants. IB is a 2 year program which calls these classes “Theory of Knowledge”.

I am not convinced that parents are not qualified to impart “Critical Thinking” or the “Theory of Knowledge” to their children. I think the results would be much different and we would have a much different world. Our children were given to us as a gift from God and it is our responsibility to bring them up and educate them, not to turn them over to “trained” instructors who teach secretive courses. The stuff from these classes never seems to come home, or are parents told what happens in the classes. The names of the classes “Critical Thinking” and “Theory of Knowledge” seem to be something we would like our children to learn, but we need more detail about the content of the courses.

In our private school in Florida we have and are currently using Florida Virtual School because we believe we can avoid these classes. The FLVS is one of the best schools in FL. We can, however, select the class or not. As we use their part-time student offerings our students don’t select “Critical Thinking” classes.

There are groups wanting to get these courses into the curriculum of on-line school courses.

The FCC, Net Neutrality, Property Rights and the First Amendment

October 29, 2009

“The American”, The Journal of the American Enterprise Institute, reviewed a great article written 50 years ago. An economist, Mr. Coase wrote about the Federal Communications Commission and the effect of government regulation on the process. The article covers three of Coase’s points about the problem with government regulation. Mr. Coase’s points are:

“(1)    The existence of a market failure or externality does not in and of itself justify government intervention; indeed, government is often the underlying cause of the problem.

(2)    Government intervention is seldom either administratively efficient or politically neutral; to the contrary, it often results in what Coase called the “mal-allocation” of resources.

(3)    Government control of the economy is a threat to political liberty; for example, government control of the broadcast spectrum has consistently been used to limit free speech.”

These three points appear to be applicable to any project the government takes on. For FCC just substitute Health Care Reform, Cap and Trade, failed Bank and Financial Institutions, etc. The article is applicable to today’s world as it was 50 years ago.

Recently the BBC radio had a 3 part program on conservatism called “Conserve What”. It was basically historical, yet it attempted to place David Cameron, the current head Tory, in line with other Tories like Benjamin Disraeli and Margaret Thatcher. How do Cameron’s principles compare with their principles?

The BBC reached a conclusion about the major differences between Tories (conservatives) and the Socialist, Communist, Fascist groups. That conclusion was that Tories, when they determine the need for change they first assess what they have and then and only then do they start to make smaller changes. The Socialist, Communist, or Fascist changes systems by throwing the existing system out and making broad sweeping changes without regard to the parts of the system that works well. Many people call this throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Thought’s on Capitalism and an Opposing System

October 11, 2009

There is much confusion about capitalism, what it is, and how it works. Dr. Walter Williams, economic professor at George Mason University has a good article to answer these questions. It is a misunderstood economic system that has never been completely tried in the U. S., like other systems tried or in current use in the U. S. we currently have some capitalism, socialism, and a mix of other systems. We might be more clearly defined as a free enterprise system.

The current debate about reforming health care is an exercise by a group of elites setting the priorities for the populace, things they continue doing, apparently because the populace isn’ smart enough to decide what is good for us. Another one of my favorites, uses a childhood story to bring home the point that we are often times better off with what we have than in what our neighbor has that we might think is bigger or better than what we have.

Dr. Sowell uses the childhood story of a dog with a bone in its mouth who crosses a stream walking on a downed tree. Looking down the dog sees a larger dog with a larger bone in the reflection from the stream. He decides that he would like the bigger bone so he drops his bone and jumps in the stream to get the other bone. Of course, the bone he dropped couldn’t be found and so he ended up without a bone.

We may all end up without any bone as well.


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Choosing The Right College

October 1, 2009

Want some information on how to choose the right college? Here are some various helps I have come across.  A really good article is by Thomas Sowell published on Townhall.com. There are quite a few matters he investigates that many people might not consider.

Another columnist considers your child’s education and where it should happen. Walter Williams in this article talks about secondary education.  A couple of comments we really eye opening. One about where public school teachers send their children to school. In Philadelphia 44% of public school teachers choose private schools for their children, in Chicago 38% and Cincinnati 41%. In the U. S. House of Representatives 37% choose private schools, and 45% in the U. S. Senate. The President of the United States sent his children to private school in Chicago and now in Washington DC. Dr. Williams likens this to him taking you to dinner at a restaurant and then informing you that the chef and the wait staff won’t eat in this restaurant.
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