Because so many Americans are firmly set against more advanced policies to educate, vaccinate, cloth, and feed our youngest citizens, a more agreeable approach to these important issues insuring equality and fairness among babies and three year olds might just be to reset the bar of achievement to the lowest common denominator (rather than the current mediocre middling bar we have been losing support for these past twenty years).
Lowering standards would solve many ongoing sticky problems and make life much less argumentative within our political system, allowing legislators to concentrate on the important matters of state like war and defense (which have always captured the hearts and minds of our media and citizens).
By most estimates, cutting a 40% share of education, health, and welfare of children might add as much as two or three percent to our underfunded navy, air force, army, and marines.
The military could afford new stealth air craft, or even another fine aircraft carrier for it to land on.
The possibilities are exciting.
Here are sound ideas for arriving at a national consensus and achieving the new and necessary military might that America needs;
1) By simply lowering the wages of day care workers (already the lowest paid people in the nation next to food service employees) we could be manufacturing more bullets/rockets and other costly war necessities. This would improve our reputation and status around the world.
2) By providing less training and resources to child protection workers, we might fund some small percentage of our next invasion of a mid-east nation. The added cost to a growing prison system would be minor (and for profit prisons are becoming real growth engines for our economy – like the military).
3) The elimination of crisis nursery centers would be a blip on the problems faced by poor people in troubled neighborhoods at this time in our society (they have other things to worry about, like minimum wage jobs and insuring their children). These dollars can go to the national guard to control the riots that will eventually engulf our nation.
4) By using Texas standards and textbooks in our schools, eliminating “higher order thinking”, sex education, all pre-school and kindergarten programs, and of course all federal education funding, the American military could afford another two or three percent growth in its annual budget.
5) Replacing national mental health initiatives with Texas recent “corporal punishment” (recent only in education, as Texas has generally ignored federal mandates and executed juveniles and the *mentally challenged), the savings would be immense. For those who don’t respond well to prison the obvious answer is enforced psychotropic medication. Currently, only 25% of America’s youth are charged as adults in the justice system. Juvenile justices is far more costly than the criminal justice system (the savings incurred by charging 50 or 80 percent more youth in the criminal justice system would be fantastic). *66% of youth in our juvenile justice system suffer from mental health problems/fully half that number suffer from multiple, chronic, and severe mental illness.
Some argue that these measures are harsh and unfair, but I assure you that it would be a more equitable system than we now have today, as school performance, incarceration & crime, infant mortality, child health, child death, teen and preteen pregnancy, STD’s, child abuse and child abuse deaths are all presently skewed about 90 – 10 and 80 -20 respectively, when measured against income and race (the poor or “leeches as referred to in the last election / & the job creators and Caucasian people / People of Color).
President Obama’s State Of The Union call for high quality preschool is doomed to failure, just as are initiatives for crisis nurseries, day long kindergarten, paying daycare workers a living wage or requiring standards for daycare workers, the wholesale vaccination or prenatal caring for America’s babies.
My suggestions will put an end to educators being blamed for failed schools, social workers for babies found in dumpsters, and stopping the charges against police for being responsible for those terrible people in the squad cars. This really is a win win for all of us.
Just yesterday a tea party fellow I know (RW) was telling me about the wisdom in former MN Governor Tim Pawlenty’s words, “children that are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem of the state of Minnesota”. Solid Christians both of them, so they must be right. Although I’m still having trouble finding the religion that abandons children.
So, let’s all jump on the Texas bandwagon of lowering standards for America’s children (after all, many have already; Texas is not that different from Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, New Mexico, Florida, Alaska, West Virginia, Indiana, and s few other states at the bottom of the child well-being barrel).
Let your legislators know that taking care of America’s children is just a terrific waste of time and money, that could be better spent dominating the world with bigger armies, and more wars.