- May 18, 2009
Scott SoCal said:Nice trolling commentary there, Chris.
In California we spend , by law, nearly half of every dollar taken in State revenue in public education and we are 49th out of 50 when compared to the other states. It is ALWAYS the same argument. The teachers union swears up and down if they only had more funding they could improve. If Social Security had more funding it would not be nearing insolvency. If Veterans Administration had more funding they could provide decent care. If the DMV had more funding the lines wouldn't be so long, and on and on and on.
If GM and AIG could have just raised taxes and taken more money out of your pocket then they would have been much more effective... See how much different that sounded?
Your confidence placed in corrupt policymakers in misplaced, IMHO.
Do you agree that the profession of teaching is in open competition with other careers? If so, and their salaries depend on state funding, then how would more money be a bad thing when trying to attract better qualified teachers? I don't follow.
SS is not nearing insolvency (you should stop treating us like Beck watchers), and if they would raise the cut off (I think it is right around 100k right now) then this problem would go away completely within our lifetime.
Some of us don't care to have the market dictate our basic retirement fallback, and this comes from somebody that has hundreds of thousands in the stock market.
You can believe in capitalism (regulated to an extent IMO) and still believe government is a solution to some problems in society. There is corruption everywhere....somebody upthread said where do you choose it to reside? I don't cut my nose off to spite my face, and I put more faith in political democracy than corporations whose job it is to drive up profit by any "legal" means.