Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Unprincipled votes

We've had a few this past week or so.

1. Paul Lambert over at Hilliard schools voting "no" on the resolution of necessity. Keep in mind that this is the same Paul who commented on this blog that residents must have the chance to debate an issue on the way to the ballot box. So this means that Paul only voted "no" because he knew his vote would not keep the Hilliard issue off of the ballot. Principled? No.

2. Scott Galloway voting "no" the Olentangy ballot issue. Just like Paul, Gallowaste vote decided nothing. A lot of thunder but Galloway also stated the issue is needed. Principled? No.

3. The GOP for voting for repeal of Obamacare. They also knew their vote will not decide anything -- Obamacare will remain, at least until it can be morphed into Romneycare under a GOP president. If the GOP was true to its stance, they would be voting to repeal all of the unconstitutional nonsense from the last 150 years (since their party's founding). Principled? No.

Did anyone note that all above are Republicans -- in that they believe in Plato's Republic (right) instead of Rousseau's social contract (left)? None are advocating liberty. But did we expect as much?


Anonymous said...

Well said, Jim. Except that Obamacare really is Romneycare. No (or very little) morphing necessary. Funny how the sponsor of any legislation makes all of the difference.

The difference between the two parties is negligible.

Down with the levy!

Anonymous said...

A boondoggle for Gallup,
Battelle for Kids, and yet-to-be identified suppliers, vendors, counselors and consultants.

"It's all for the kids" rings throughout the piece:

"A healthy, well-balanced personal life could help teachers perform in the classroom." (translation: benefit the kids)

"...resources can be offered to boost morale and performance" (translation: benefit the kids)

"Happy, healthy employees are more productive." (translation: to do more for the kids)

"In addition to improving teaching performance..." (translation: to do more for the kids)

"We know that improving employee well-being gets results, but in this case those results might be improved student outcomes" (needs no translation)

Where's the three year-study into reducing remediation and increasing AP passage rates?

Here's my favorite quote, however:
"The ideas have stood the test of time in the private sector, but the new study will be one of the first to see how they apply to education, said Battelle for Kids Executive Director Jim Mahoney."

First, I've never seen "stress studies" in 20 years in the private sector, half of that time working for two high stress Fortune 50 companies.
Second...are teachers so stressed that they need a stress study? Please...

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