The wrong saw of conservatism

The wrong saw cuts wrong every time.

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I don’t know who was first to say that, but it is always true. People on the “Red Right” want cuts everywhere except where cuts are needed. Conservatives often bring up cutting the arts, Social Security, or some other social program, while not batting an eye as the costs of empire rise.

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Teacher ‘performance’

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I’m don’t know which clown or clowns, and they’re all clowns…elected officials enjoy an expectation of unearned respect due simply to being in office…and it’s something I refuse to grant them. But I digress. I don’t know which representative or senator thought this up. The thinking seems to be that under such a system some teachers would be paid less than others based on results. So the intent of the meme simply says, “Okay, Mr./Ms. Congressperson, we’ll pay you on results instead of an annual salary for your position.” 
 
Instead of that, how about we cut their pay based on how many votes they cast that benefit the corporations lobbying them instead of the people? Because really, on every vote, it’s us against the numerous, and very well-resourced, lobbyists that companies and special interests assign to each member of the House and Senate.

The problem is what’s behind the symptom

narcos640I watched the first season of Narcos on Netflix, which is about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and his empire. In a scene where then Colombian President Gaviria and his associates were discussing the extradition issue with the American Ambassador and her people, the American position was that the drug problem was the fault of the traffickers from Colombia, and the Colombian position was that the problem was the consumption of drugs by Americans.

Both are right, but they don’t go far enough. The problem is multifaceted and cannot be laid at the feet of any one country or person. Why does life suck so much that people turn to drugs for momentary escapes? Why does life suck so much that people turn to manufacturing and selling drugs to make a living? I say life sucks because of the poverty, the economic malaise, and the general state of affairs for most people all over the world. These kinds of things push people to desperation.