Monday, August 1, 2011

Robert Reich on Education

Sadly, here is Robert Reich arguing that education has needs up there in importance with financial capital...

Lots of luck on that. The Republicans would privatize all schools. Obama seems determined to ensure that big corporations and Wall Street get all the public funds.

Poor Robert Reich, he is fighting a losing battle. No politically important institution in the US wants an educated electorate. Walmart and McDonald's don't need more than a 6th grade education to employ its staff. I think the not-too-subtle message behind the hit TV show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? is that Americans are over-educated and government should stop "wasting" precious funds that could more wisely be spent by giving more tax cuts to the "job creators".

Everybody thought that the 20th century was America's century. I can see that the 21st century is truly going to be "America's Century". Finally all the manufacturing will be shut down and the rust belt pleasingly turned into weedy fields, the schools will have gone past being the horrors of neglected inner-city schools and will finally be closed down and boarded up, and the voters will be relieved of the tedious duty of deciding between Tweedledee and Tweedledum political parties. Instead, they will be handed ballots for elections with only a American Patriotic 'Super Committee' Party with conveniently "locked-in" agreement with "triggers" to ensure that voters have only the one choice in any and every election. That's true democracy in action just like the recent exercise in democracy that has so brilliantly resolved the debt ceiling "crisis".

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