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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 10:35 AM
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4. I'll be voting for it, even as a "senior"
The 'arguments' I've seen against it mostly center on demonizing the "greedy teachers" who want their health care and pensions to continue. Well, heaven forbid! Clearly, the national issues of inadequate pension funding and syyrocketing heath care profiteering have pinched the taxpayers. The corporatists appear to oppose Proposal 5 for two reasons: (1) Privatization of education and (2) "Starving the beast" strategies. While Proposal 5 is one of those "not perfect" solutions to problems that really exist in the underlying economics of health care and pension fund management, I think it's a case of "women and children first" ... protecting our future.

The war that's been waged on public education for the last 25+ years is truly appalling. It has been nihilisic and exploitative rather than improvement oriented. As a product of the public school system of the 50s and 60s, I think it's appalling that the affluent and wealthy want to make education a perquisite of only those who can afford it - like health care. Working poor? Die and leave uneducated children to pick up your shovel.

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