In case you missed it, below is the letter I wrote that was published in the Rockdale, Hearne, Rosebud, Temple and Waco papers in the last week or so. I didn’t send it to the Cameron paper because they published a full column of mine the week before (you can read it here, if you haven’t already read it).
Here is also a GREAT video kinda-sorta on the topic of education funding. Well, on what teachers make, at any rate. On the site I first saw this is also an excellent (though long) diatribe on the right’s efforts to, essentially, de-fund public education and that what we’re seeing now in Austin and Wisconsin and elsewhere is no accident. That link is here.
Who has your cookies?
The current situation reminds me of a story.
A billionaire, a teacher and a Tea Party activist all eye a dozen cookies on a plate … the billionaire takes 11 of the cookies then turns to the Tea Party guy and says, “You’d better watch that teacher, she’s trying to take part of your cookie!”
The real problem is that all these yay-hoos ran on an unsustainable platform and, in order to win, convinced us to believe the Big Lie:
• that our tax burden is crushing (it isn’t — our tax burden hasn’t been this light since the 1950s),
• we can get decent social services without having to pay for them (we just can’t),
• but, at any rate, there is no real reason to even have decent social services (there are — if nothing else, read Matthew 25 all the way to the end) and
• we can have a functional civil society without taxing the monied class who, in Texas, have possibly the lowest effective tax rates of any similar group in the industrialized world.
The institutions that helped to build the strongest middle class in the world — the unions, public education, Medicare, Social Security — are slowly being dismantled and a small but very loud group of Tea Party Republicans is cheering the process on … no, they’re actually demanding it.
When the dust settles, I’m afraid there will be no middle class, only the haves and the have-nots — and Tea Party activists don’t even realize the vast majority of them will be among the later, not the former because the billionaires will have all the cookies.