Someone asked me what is going on in our country, like I might have some special insight. I don’t have special insight but I am able to read and hear about what is going on.
Schools have been in the news a lot lately. Here are a few items.
The nationalization of education with Common Core state standards is in the news almost every day. People are expressing concern about the loss of parent and local control of how and what our children are taught. A Common Core town hall meeting. A Fairfield-Suisun School District trustee study session on the standards themselves. Another report on how the district should spend the $4.2 million in state money for implementation, how much for equipment and how much for teacher professional development.
Then, there have been expressions of concern about declining enrollment in public schools.
Maybe they are related. Maybe they are all a part of a much larger problem.
Here in California, we have a government which wants to keep growing, or at least, a government which doesn’t want to face today’s economic realities: increasing fees and taxes to ensure that Sacramento doesn’t feel the pain of bad economic news, taking money from cities and their citizens to avoid tough decisions. I am reminded of a comment by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, that her vote to take redevelopment money from cities was one of the most difficult she ever made.
Bull! It was easy for her. She just voted with the rest of her party and was covered. The Sacramento establishment remained above the economic fray.
It’s not just the state. Local taxes are up and it is getting harder and harder for small businesses to survive.
Businesses are leaving the state, going where they have a better chance to survive and be successful. People are leaving the state and cities with the businesses. Money is leaving with them. No wonder enrollment is down.
So, it’s not just news about schools. It is about government.
The government refuses to enforce its own immigration laws, with terrible consequences. Farmers are unable to find farmworkers. That is true in spite of the fact there are almost 3 million illegal immigrants here in California. The story line has been that the illegal immigrants are an important part of our agriculture industry. Apparently not. They are all working somewhere else in better-paying jobs, jobs that our unemployed citizens could be in. Now illegal immigrants are eligible for driver’s licenses.
What kind of government gives benefits free to illegal immigrants and denies them to its own people?
High school kids who think they may not be the correct gender are now free to use any bathroom they choose, the same with locker rooms. I think you are going to have a lot of young men and women going into the boys or girls bathrooms or locker rooms just to sneak a peek and maybe show it off a little. Get the undecided a porta potty.
Now, those playing the political games in Washington are threatening to eliminate the KC-10 Extender program without a replacement. Because of the inability of our representatives to reach common-sense agreements, we wound up with something called the sequester, where a percentage of federal budgets were reduced. The Air Force is looking at potentially scrapping the KC-10 program, much of which is based here at Travis Air Force Base.
The whole idea makes no sense at all. The KC-10 is a critical part of our ability to defend our country, supply our interests overseas and provide rapid response to problems. In a very real sense, it allows our military to keep harm to the American public at arm’s length, a great distance away.
Veterans – you and me – have been described over and over again as potential terrorists One of our state senators thinks we veterans are all crazy and can’t be trusted with owning a gun, that in spite of the fact that having and using weapons were an integral part of protecting the people here at home.
We weren’t crazy then and we aren’t crazy now, Dianne Feinstein.
Next time we’ll take a look at what we should do to bring sense back into our lives.
Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or email@example.com.