Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"We Didn't Get Any 'Race To The Top' Money But OBAMA Is Still Responsible For Educational Reform In Our State

NY Times - Thomas Friedman - "Obama Should Seize The High Ground"

 DURING a recent discussion in Seattle with a group of educators, one of them surprised me when she pointed out that even though their state did not win President Obama’s education “Race to the Top,” that program was critical in spurring education reform in Washington State. As I listened to her analysis, the thought occurred to me: I wonder how Barack Obama would do if he ran for president as himself. ... How he would do if he ran for re-election on all the things he’s accomplished but rarely speaks about.

 How do you compete with that?

Whereas under normal circumstances "Show Me The Money" is used to appraise one's "love" for a given interest - in the case of this "group of educators in Washington state" money was of no consequence.

I assure you that if you tried to qualify and quantify the material results in Washington state that these educators are pointing to they would fall below the threshold of credibility in regards to the source motivating these reforms and the outcomes proportional to the scale of the problem.

“Obamacare is socialized medicine,” says the Republican Party. No, no — excuse me — socialized medicine is what we have now! People without insurance can go to an emergency ward or throw themselves on the mercy of a doctor, and the cost of all this uncompensated care is shared by all those who have insurance, raising your rates and mine. That is socialized medicine and that is what Obamacare ends. Yet Obama — the champion of private insurance for all — has allowed himself to be painted as a health care socialist.

I suspect that Mr Friedman and many others will be singing a different tune as this nation's fiscal base is confined by a growing debt and more money is spent on debt service than on health care.

Think about this: Obama didn’t just save the auto industry from bankruptcy. Two years later, he also got all the top U.S. automakers to agree to increase mileage for their vehicle fleets to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, from 27.5 m.p.g. today. As Popular Mechanics put it, this “is the largest mandatory fuel economy increase in history.” It will drive innovation, save money and make America less dependent on petro-dictators. Did you know Obama did this?
Mr Friedman's talking point about "saving the auto industry" is merely a shift of a burden from GM/Chrysler's balance sheet onto the federal government's debt register.   Notice he said nothing about Ford Motor Co - who did not file for bankruptcy because they began working with their unions and suppliers years earlier to get their finances in order.

This article sounds like a marketing piece rather than a serious attempt at analysis of the troubled condition that this nation finds itself in.

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