Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
First, the Feds have only about 3000 agents in CA, as opposed to 60,000 local and state law enforcement officials. They make only about 1% of all marijuana arrests. So what are they going to do? Find 60,000 DEA agents and send them to California? Send in federal troops? I hope they're that stupid.
Second, the California economy is the 8th largest economy in the WORLD. It comprises 13% of total US GDP. It wouldn't take much for a bold California to tell the rest of the country to fuck off--we'll just go be the world's 8th largest economy without you. Try to survive with 13% less GDP. Want to talk about recession, then??? I'm sure it won't be easy to "disentangle," but a bold leader could make sure that California looks out for California alone. I think they may have good a military infrastructure, too.
Third, it puts states' rights advocates, small government advocates, federalism advocates on the spot. Defend California's right to control its own destiny as much as possible, with no harm to anyone else, or show yourself to be a complete fraud.
I hope the craven Democrats and the hypocritical Republicans push this standoff. It may just be the philosophical standoff that will determine a direction for this country.
Friday, October 15, 2010
The very last things we should be doing are more testing, applying more pressure, depriving kids of sleep, politicizing curricula, attempting to shut the computer out of the school. Virtually everything we’re doing is wrong. And every way we’re trying to “reform” actually makes the situation worse.
I’ve been on book tour which involves me going to two or three schools a day. And I have kids of my own — 13 and 10. The 13 year-old is home schooled because I couldn’t bear to watch his mind be hobbled by “education.” My 10 year-old is in a small private school only a bit larger than a one room school house, and only there at all because she’s a kid who needs to be surrounded by other kids.
When I talk at elementary schools I warn the kids that adults will attempt to destroy their capacity to imagine. In middle schools I tell the kids to ignore well-meaning efforts to turn them away from books they enjoy and push them onto books they despise but that are “good for them.” And I always point out that while my work day averages maybe 4 hours, theirs runs more like 10 hours.
Lately I have begun asking teachers not to “shush” the kids, to let them respond to what I’m showing them. It’s as if, in some schools, they fear the laughter of children.
I am more and more of the opinion that school is a form of child abuse. Let the kids sleep, let them play, offer them opportunities and enticements and amusements not tests and work sheets.
And I would suggest that if there is one group in the educational system that should be asked to plan reforms it is not administrators or teachers (and sure as hell not politicians or ambitious parents) but the school librarians.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Notice the emphasis on when "people can borrow again." Don't think that's right. It's when people have jobs. Then they can make investments in their future (borrow) that will pay further benefits. And people can't borrow on no income. People and businesses will only borrow when there is a reason to invest (increased demand, assets worth purchasing) and when they have sufficient income from which to pay a small amount of current income to invest in future growth (expansion, better homes).in reference to:
"You put that question to Mr. Pollack, the forecaster. “We won’t recover until we absorb 80,000 empty houses and office buildings and people can borrow again,” he says."
- Recession Still Stinging as Recovery Gains - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)