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In honor of the return of polls: which will win 21st century:one person one vote or...

one dollar one vote?

Right now it seems like the dollar model is so successful, they barely see the need to keep up the pretense of democracy.

But too many people are seeing that our votes are too often taken for granted by our representatives, and the major parties agree on too many of the ideas that hurt our middle and working class most, and even hurt other countries and the world as a whole.

So maybe the Occupy Movement, Arab Spring and the like are the beginning of the push back.

But who will win?

DERF TOON: 20 years from now...

The link will only work until he changes his toon, so go to Derfcity to see this and others.

Wall St wants to privatize public community COLLEGES too

One of the reasons I like teaching community college instead of high school (which I had a credential to do) is the greater freedom to teach the way I think is best for my students and the relative freedom from attempts to kill the institution and let Wall Street jackals feed on the corpse--which is exactly what is going on with K-12, with the narrowing of the curriculum, repetitive testing to prove failure, mass firings to break unions, and ultimately, contracting public education out to private, for profit education management companies and charter schools.

What is usually left unsaid by the reformers is their jewel in the crown, charter schools, only 17% produce better results than public schools and 37% do worse. That's even less impressive when you consider the advantage they have in being able to boot kids with behavior problems, and that typically, it takes a motivated, involved parent to get their kid into a charter in the first place.

And yet our politicians, including our Democratic president, keep selling this as if it's the cure for cancer.

Now it looks like that shitstorm is coming to community colleges too. Sadly, two salvos came the supposedly progressive bastion of Santa Monica, first from one of our state legislators, then Santa Monica College itself. Both wanted to set up a second tier of completely unsubsidized to tuition, in the case of legislation, by making a provision for private contractors to administer the classes through the college extension--a backdoor privatization of college the way charter schools are being used in K-12.

Apparently, a similar push happened a couple of years ago with for profit college scam factory Kaplan trying take over a share of California community college classes.

This article uses "despicable" way too much, but it's a good intro to what's going on:

Santa Monica College students fight privatization: Anti-privatization conference held for 112 Community Colleges serving 260,000 students in the State of California

If this kind of privatization had taken place before I went to college, I'd have five times my current $100K in student loans, and my student loan payments would be most of my salary.

Faculty and students, that's not the future I want for us. Start tracking this issue and looking for ways to fight back.

The attack on K-12 education is much farther along, and the results are not pretty.

VIDEO: Bush 2004 used rubble of 9/11 to say liberals won't fight terrorism

Who used (and uses) terrorism as a political weapon?

Who used our paranoia after 9/11 to browbeat us into an unrelated war in Iraq, and got on using force there before the 2002 elections, so Democrats would be afraid to vote against it, and if they did, would be more likely to lose?

If the mainstream media lets the republicans off the hook for this one, all the networks might as well put Fox in front of their names.

DERF TOON: How Tupac hologram could help GOP

I especially like the "squirt" for Ayn Rand.

DU this poll on Yahoo: Has George W. Bush's presidency been judged too harshly?

It's on the lower right hand side.

It's currently 50/50.


THIS MODERN WORLD TOON: Conservative Jones, citizen journalist!

with links to support

Only one actor was BORN to lampoon Mitt Romney:

Will Ferrell, hold the Jewfro (or Ron Burgundy with a shave and a haircut):

He did it for Bush.

America is calling again. Will he pick up or let it go to voicemail?

Ted Nugent crapping his pants to avoid the draft shows why we need polls back on DU

We need to vote for who is the king of the chickenhawks, and while Nugent isn't running for office, his chicken credentials are probably the best ever.

PIC: Romney has picked his running mate

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