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TOM TOMORROW TOON: Simpson & Bowles to the rescue!

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PIC: this is the stupidest reason Jeb Bush shouldn't be presiden, but I hope it does the trick

Please post this where your religious right friends can see it.

I myself am not prejudiced against Chang-ists, but since fundamentalist Christians are, they need to know this about the GOP's next golden boy.

PIC: Obama DID offer Mitt Romney a job (this wasn't supposed to get out).

He didn't pass the audition though.

PROJECT CENSORED: Education “Reform” a Trojan Horse for Privatization

The title sums it up perfectly: education "reform" isn't about reform at all, but diverting tax dollars away from the classroom and into the pockets of hedge fund managers and the other scammers who broke our and the world economy.

Wouldn't it be nice if our Democratic president we just re-elected dropped these conservative, profoundly corrupt and destructive policies?

Public education is the target of a well-coordinated, well-funded campaign to privatize as many schools as possible, particularly in cities. This campaign claims it wants great teachers in every classroom, but its rhetoric demoralizes teachers, reduces the status of the education profession, and champions standardized tests that perpetuate social inequality. The driving logic for such reform is profits.

Censored News Cluster: From “Bankster Bailout” to “Blessed Unrest”: News We Can Use to Create a US Economy for the 99 Percent

Paul Rosenberg, “Education ‘Reform’ Vs. the 99%,” Random Lengths News, February 10–23, 2012, http://www.randomlengthsnews.com/images/IssuePDFs/2012-feb/rl_02-09-12.pdf.

Paul Thomas, “Testing and Poverty in Education,” TheDaily Censored (blog), August 8, 2011, http://www.dailycensored.com/2011/08/08/poverty-and-testing-in-education-the-present-scientifico-legal-complex.



PIC: Krugman on jobs "Americans won't do"

There is NO job Americans won't do--there are only jobs we can't afford to do because some employer is trying to pad his profits by screwing his workers out of a fair day's wages.

I am an American citizen and I personally have climbed in the back of trucks full of garbage to act as a human compactor, cleaned toilets, and shoveled shit out from under an outhouse with a garden trowel without being able to take a bath for a couple of days after. I have even worked as a substitute teacher in sixth grade through high school for a while.

I'm sure there are worse things you've done you can add in the replies.

TOON: Tom Tomorrow on the fiscal cliff

The real question is in the last panel: why do we let conservatives set the agenda?

How small do their numbers have to become in congress before Dems in congress and Obama treat them like the shriveling, dying, crank party they are?

TOON: the deaths Republicans DON'T investigate

Great toon though it leaves out the teens of thousands of civilian dead in Afghanistan and roughly a million dead in Iraq.

The same people who are demanding answers now were not too eager to investigate what went wrong before 9/11 either.

The last time Republicans had a laser-like focus like this was when they spent a decade looking at who Bill Clinton dropped his trousers with.

TOM FRIEDMAN's new level of stupid: Arne Duncan for Secretary of State

Obama is better than anyone the Republicans put up for president any issue I can think of even education FUNDING, but when it comes to education "REFORM," he is so wrong that Republicans applauded the appointment of Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education.

Republicans and corporate Democrats love the current version of education "reform" because Wall Street hedge fund managers have figured out how to financialize educating our kids and skimming yet more tax dollars into their own pockets instead of putting them in the classroom, and they will pay top dollar, both in campaign donations and after office high paying jobs, to the politicians who will put them in the driver's seat and our money in their pockets.

I doubt that the problem with our foreign policy is that we kowtow to business interests TOO LITTLE.

You just have to read the Wikileaks on State Department cables about say Haiti, Levi Strauss, and the minimum wage to see how our current foreign policy already puts corporate profits over any hope of the poorest people in the world climbing out of poverty.

About the only way a corporate tool like Arne Duncan could improve on that is a "Race to the Top" to see which country can donate the most organs of those who die from our other foreign policies.

At the same time, as our foreign budget shrinks, more and more of it will have to be converted from traditional grants to “Races to the Top,” which Duncan’s Education Department pioneered in U.S. school reform. We will have to tell needy countries that whoever comes up with the best ideas for educating their young women and girls or incentivizing start-ups or strengthening their rule of law will get our scarce foreign aid dollars. That race is the future of foreign aid.

Finally, there’s a reason that since the end of the cold war our secretaries of state have racked up more miles than they’ve made history. Before 1995, the job involved ending or avoiding superpower conflicts and signing big arms control treaties. Those were the stuff of heroic diplomacy. Fortunately, today there are fewer big wars to end, and the big treaties now focus more on trade and the environment than nukes — and they’re very hard to achieve. Also, today’s secretary of state has to deal with so many more failed or failing states. Secretary Hillary Clinton practically had to forge the Syrian opposition groups into a coherent collective, as a necessary precursor to persuading them to do the right things. Today, to make history as a secretary of state, you have to make the countries to deal with first.

In short, we’re still indispensable, but the problems are much more intractable. Our allies are not what they used to be and neither are our enemies, who are less superpowers and more superempowered angry men and women. A lot of countries will need to go back to the blackboard, back to the basics of human capacity building, before they can partner with us on anything. So while we’re not likely to shift our secretary of education to secretary of state, let’s at least understand why it is not such a preposterous idea.

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