Saturday, August 30, 2008

Promises, Promises

So many issues, so little time or space--

Obama is going to fix the education system by throwing more money at it and giving merit raises and getting more parent involvement. I have news for him: throwing money has never been the answer even though the NEA still insists in the face of falling graduation rates that it is gospel. As for merit pay for teachers, lay that at the door of the NEA as well--they won't allow it. And parental involvement? There are single parent and traditional parent households who sacrifice both time and money to be sure their children are educated either in public, private or home schooled environments. But the people who will never sacrifice but expect someone else to do the job of rearing their children will not change. You can lead a horse to water, yada, yada, yada. So what's next on his list?

The energy crisis.
I heard his life described as "compelling" by a Washington Post columnist. Most of us in the middle class have spent a lifetime saving energy because it is an economic necessity. Until you pay the bills yourself you have no incentive to save. Michelle and Obama's adult life has been one of "not to worry" affluence and they may have researched the price of milk or bread, but I'm sure it hasn't mattered or influenced what went into the shopping cart. Did they replace light bulbs with energy savers over 4 years ago? Do they mentally make a list of errands so they will not retrace steps? Carpool? Use a car only if public transportation is not available?

What is compelling about having parents and grandparents sacrifice for you so you can attend ivy league schools? And by the way, having graduates do public service in exchange for tuition is already happening--it's not a new idea.

The McCain pick of Palin is inspired! She has the leadership qualities that are born not made. No one in her position could have accomplished what she has without being able to delegate and place those knowledgeable and responsible in their proper positions. Remember what they used to say about Reagan? He wasn't the brightest bulb, etc? He was an intuitive leader, had street smarts, character, empathy and was a fighter for what was right. And, he was just smart enough to surround himself with the smartest people he could find. All of those are leadership qualities which Sarah has and she is right on the issues. What more could we ask.
And as Tim Stout used to say about the Lions, (a long time ago) they could screw up a two car funeral. That about describes the leadership experience of Obama and Biden.

See ya tomorrow.

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