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Here in Ohio, known as the "wild west of charter schools" under the leadership (?) of John (I wanna be president) Kasich, higher education is also under fire. The test case that I am most familiar with is at The University of Akron, where a new, very Republican president has engaged in a two-year campaign to undermine academic programs, privatize student services, and fill the highest parts of the administration with very expensive cronies.
This past year rumors were flying that Akron was looking at partnering with the notorious for-profit college, ITT Tech. That apparently has fallen through, but not before the student newspaper put in a records request and learned that this planned partnership had connections to the highest levels of state government. Here is a link to the information, provided by a local monthly paper that has done fantastic work on the issues at Akron: http://www.thedevilstrip.com/home/documents-reveal-a-political-whos-who-of-ohio-supported-scarboroughs-itt-tech-plan/
I know that Ohio is not unique. Republican governors and legislatures are attacking public higher education. I just wanted to share our story with you all. We all need to be paying attention to what is happening all across the country. Public higher education is so important to our health as a nation.
Posted by ladym55 | Mon May 9, 2016, 04:47 PM (1 replies)
I don't know how much coverage The University of Akron has been getting statewide, but anyone who lives in NE Ohio knows that in the past two years a right-wing president has been slashing and burning the education and student services components of the university while privatizing such areas as food services, student advising, and grounds and building maintenance. Full-time faculty are not being replaced, and what classes are being taught on site are being taught by more and more underpaid adjuncts. The push, however, is for more classes on-line and classes taught through another outside private agency.
This is frightening. A healthy university that EDUCATES its population makes for an economically healthy region. The current model being followed at Akron is privatize, take profits, and provide a substandard education.
In the news this past year was a move on the part of Akron to partner with ITT Tech, the national for-profit university currently under investigation for all sorts of illegal activities. The student newspaper put in a records request to learn more about it, and those records show that the highest levels of Ohio state government were interested in this merger. We need to pay close attention to these guys. The mess they made of K-12 education in Ohio is something they hope to duplicate in higher ed. Akron is their test case, apparently. Here is a link to the article that includes all the documents:
Posted by ladym55 | Mon May 9, 2016, 04:34 PM (4 replies)
Someone I like and respect posted this piece on a local discussion board. I thought it was really cool, so got his permission to share it with you. Enjoy!
It's difficult sometimes to explain to someone all the things Secretary Clinton did during her political career, because she wasn't a pass-and-dash kind of person. As First Lady she strongly pushed along the SCHIP program, providing health insurance and vaccination in particular for children. As New York senator she was instrumental in securing $21B in federal aid to help rebuild NYC after 9/11, worked to pass legislation getting first responders of 9/11 medical coverage, co-sponsored the Pediatric Research Equity Act (making drug companies do studies to determine proper dosing of medicines for children), and led the effort to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act. As Secretary of State she traveled all over the world in 112 countries pushing for women's and children's rights, greatly improved US standing in the world after the all-time low during President GW Bush's years, negotiated a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip which got Hamas to quit firing rockets continually into Israel, helped secure the START treaty ratification, and got the European Union, China and Russia (as unlikely as that was) all to join us in imposing crippling sanctions against Iran. To name a few. She was a very busy lady.
Posted by ladym55 | Sun May 1, 2016, 10:54 PM (8 replies)
This comment comes a day after Susan Sarandon's Bernie harangue on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It was obvious that she wanted to be there not so much to promote her new movie, but to rant on about Hillary. See, Hillary BETRAYED Susan--it's personal. Apparently Hillary is personally responsible for the War in Iraq (huh--I always thought the main responsibility there lay with Dubya and Cheney and Co., but what would I know, not being a famous actor and all), Hillary is personally responsible for international fracking, AND she is in it with Monsanto to poison our food. Okey-dokey.
Susan is all about a brokered convention. See, Bernie is going to win big in all the remaining primaries what with them being open and all (not really--I saw a DU post earlier today that kinda set the record straight). And she and Bernie are going to set us ALL straight on the platform. Again, okey-dokey.
She came across to me as a pathetic child who believes in leprechauns, unicorns, and sparkle ponies. She fervently believes that one 74-year-old guy from Vermont who is struggling to run a national campaign will single-handedly do EXACTLY what Susan wants. If he can't, I'm guessing there will be hell to pay. Hillary couldn't deliver unicorns and sparkle ponies to Susan 10 years ago, so now Hillary must pay. Sadly, too many of Bernie's supporters fall into that category. They think one man by himself can create magic. President Obama would be happy to explain otherwise. Hillary is experienced, tested, and a realist.
Posted by ladym55 | Thu Apr 28, 2016, 05:14 PM (32 replies)
I need to ask some questions of the privileged white guys who are all such vocal, passionate, and unquestioning Bernie supporters. This 60-year-old white woman just isn't feeling the bern ... too many unanswered questions.
So, to Michael Moore, Thom Hartmann, Robert Reich, Matt Taibbi, Bill Press, and now Charlie Pierce, please explain some things to my simple female self since I'm obviously not smart like you all.
Bernie says he will break up the big banks. How exactly does he plan to do that? I've watched how limited Obama has been by Congress--he can't even get a common-sense background check bill through, even after 26 small children were slaughtered and the had the backing of 90% of the country. He has been blocked on immigration reform--heck, the yahoos in the Senate won't even give a moderate like Merrick Garland a hearing, much less a vote. So how will Bernie actually DO this?
Bernie says he will reverse Citizens United. That's lovely, but isn't that a Supreme Court decision? (refer to previous paragraph)
Bernie wants to replace the ACA with single-payer. Okey-dokey. Again, I watched the sausage making that went into the ACA and have been appalled at the votes over and over and over to repeal Obamacare. And Bernie will make this happen how?
I'm going to skip right over the free college education. At one point, Bernie dismissed a question on women's reproductive health--didn't think it was a central issue. I live in a state that has just defunded Planned Parenthood, has one of the WORST infant mortality rates in the nation, and is contemplating the appropriate way to inter fetal tissue. I guess I think the efforts to smash women's reproductive health care to shards are kind of important--right up there with the big banks, but meh, what would I know?
Bill Press has just written a book about Obama, Buyer's Remorse, because apparently Bill missed all the obstruction and racism President Obama faced in office. How will he feel when Bernie isn't able to wave wands to make HIS wishes come true?
And to Charlie Pierce, so GLAD you thought people throwing dollar bills at the woman campaigning for the highest office in the land was awesome. I thought it was sexist and degrading ... and silly.
Citizens United is real and as George Clooney says, we have to deal with it. Apparently you all and Bernie think that money won't be needed in the general, and that all those down-ticket races will be just peachy keen with a standard bearer who doesn't think he needs to help Democrats down ticket.
So, guys, how about it? Help the old lady out. I can't tell you how disappointed in you I am. I like you and respect you, but your current behavior may result in a Ted Cruz, John Kasich, or Paul Ryan in the White House and Rethuglican super majorities in Congress. That will be really ugly for those of use who AREN'T privileged white guys.
Posted by ladym55 | Tue Apr 19, 2016, 06:39 PM (8 replies)
Okay ... new email in my inbox from good ol' Truthout.
I haven't read the piece -- not going to. I'm too freaked out by the headline. How we can bring about a THIRD PARTY under the leadership of the great and wonderful Oz--err--Bernie Sanders.
Seriously??? How freakin' stupid can we get? We have a third party of Bernie Bots, and we will be inaugurating Ted Cruz next January because we need the DOJ devoting all of its energy to harassing Planned Parenthood and our military carpet bombing the Middle East.
Posted by ladym55 | Sat Apr 16, 2016, 02:10 PM (27 replies)
As I watch the Sanders campaign go completely off the rails, I get sad and frustrated. Just this morning as I caught up on two days of Reader Supported News, I learned that Hillary's free trade policies support money laundering in Panama, Hillary has supported EVERY WAR EVER, and Elizabeth Warren thinks Paul Krugman is an idiot. (Well, I'm rephrasing and exaggerating a bit, but the basic idea is there.) So once the smoke clears and the Bern finally figures out the math of the nomination, we are left with an entire group of progressive Democrats who have been fed non-stop rat poison by visible and vocal progressives: Thom Hartmann, John Nichols, Robert Reich, Randi Rhodes, Reader Supported News, Truthout .... you name it, if it's "progressive," it's a BERNIE outlet and a Hillary hater. There are some noted exceptions, and those are people I continue to respect, like John Fugelsang. He supports Bernie, but says over and over that we all need to support our nominee--no questions asked. But as Karl Rove smugly pointed out, the Rethugs just need to let the left destroy the Democratic Party, and it's doing a damned good job of it.
Bernie is an outlier--filled with ideas and posturings. I suspect he ran because he wanted to get some really progressive economic ideas in the discussion, but then things took off, and Bernie just plain wasn't ready and is not cut out for the spotlight. He is very good at putting forth legislation that goes absolutely nowhere so he can take a stand, but THAT is not governing. Governing is actually making things happen, which is why Hillary is so good and such a threat. She knows how to get things done. They may not be perfect, but they are a steps of improvement. Is the ACA perfect? No. But it is light years ahead of where we were. Wouldn't single payer be awesome? Yes. But it will take years and steps to get there. Last thing we need is a bunch of Bernie bros and babes sitting home and sulking in November (cuz their precious pumpkin progressive great minds told them that Hillary is JUST LIKE CRUZ AND TRUMP) so we end up with either the disaster of Trump or the disaster of Ted Cruz or even the disaster of Paul Ryan.
I am just sick and tired of the childish behavior I'm seeing from people I used to respect. Ideological purity works great for books, but not for governing. We all need to be thinking about how we get moving after the nomination and get Hillary elected AND all Dems in office, so she has a legislature that functions.
Posted by ladym55 | Sat Apr 16, 2016, 11:40 AM (32 replies)
According to today's ProgressOhio newsletter, Ohio taxpayers have shelled out more than $500,000 in security for John Kasich's presidential campaign. One can only imagine the outrage if the governor with presidential ambition was a Democrat. Every local tee-vee "investigative team" reporter would be screeching nightly at taxpayers' money being wasted. But since it's their Johnny, they forget to cover the story.
Pretty much the rest of the nation would like the mailman's son to toddle back to Ohio to continue his efforts to screw up the state for the foreseeable future, but local Ohio media types keep spinning that Johnny will be the go-to guy in a contested convention.
Here's the story:
Posted by ladym55 | Fri Apr 15, 2016, 04:53 PM (1 replies)
Our less-than-illustrious Senator Portman actually met with Merrick Garland this week and called him an "impressive guy," according to USA Today. However, that does not mean that ol' Rob has any intention of doing his elected duty to the people of the State of Ohio. He still wants the "people to decide" (on someone who isn't Barack Obama) before actually holding hearings and a vote. Why would ol' Rob want a functioning Supreme Court? It is far more important to service the talking Turtle of Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, than to have a federal government that represents the people and does the work of the people.
The details are here in this week's Progress Ohio newsletter: http://progressohio.org/april-9-15-2016/?akid=979.655902.iPGiyF&rd=1&t=1
The story includes a link for contacting ol' Rob to remind him of his Constitutional responsibilities, since they seem to have slipped his mind.
Posted by ladym55 | Fri Apr 15, 2016, 04:45 PM (2 replies)
The Lorax is going on vacation until after the general. I've had it with all the nonsense. It's time for Hillary and Hillary in her "I'm really, really done with your stupid" look.
Posted by ladym55 | Wed Apr 6, 2016, 11:01 PM (1 replies)