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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Faith In Government vs. Intelligence - PhillyBurbs.com

A friend just mentioned a conversation he overheard while riding the train to Philly the other day. A group of young adults were discussing gas prices. They didn’t care about rising gas prices because they don’t own cars and ride the bus. What is it that prevents many from thinking beyond their own instant gratification? Some fingers point to a failed education system. I’m a huge believer in public education, but there does seem to be a massive quality gap between various school districts. I know an inner city teacher who’s probably the nicest, most dedicated and good-hearted person you’d ever meet. His frustration often has him overwhelmed and there’s a clear correlation to student performance and parental involvement. The poor performing students, however, would be those most in need of new models of education, but innovation in this arena falls short even under the backdrop of considerable (yet inefficient) funding. Everyone suffers from these outdated models that aren’t relevant anymore with today’s challenges. Is any of this on purpose? Are we being dumbed-down to make way for the special interests that profit from public dollars or are we being dumbed-down for more sinister reasons? Regions that are overflowing with government programs do seem to be those with the most challenges in the areas of personal responsibility, accountability and self-reliance. I wonder if government over-involvement creates this condition or, if at best, just make it worse. Speaking of special interests I do find it puzzling that among the varying degrees of success and failure in our public schools the rate of success of the teachers’ union remains consistent regardless. Could it be that education is more about those at the public funds feeding trough and less about education? Could be. This is getting confusing, but there does seem to be a correlation between those who are overly confident in government (who consistently vote one particular way) and a failure in basic cause/effect relationships. For example, about 51% of handicapped people were employed before the Americans with Disabilities Act was introduced. Implemented in 1990, the ADA prohibited discrimination based on disability. With new regulations came a whole new opportunity for lawyers to file lawsuits. Employment of the handicapped is now around 33% as a direct result of this “for the good of the people” legislation. Yay government. Since on this topic guess what the result is of all the new guidelines to handicapped access. No one disagrees with measures to make businesses disabled-friendly, but does it have to be legislated? I guess it does since the rule book is several inches thick making opening a new business particularly difficult. It’s great though for, yes, lawyers who are now in the business of suing everyone. Yay. And we continue down this path of faith in government to solve our problems. Just throw money at a problem and make it go away. Not. Example after example after example reveal that the problem only gets worse with negative cause/effect relationships that don’t stop. Some suggest the conspiracy theory that we’re being made dumb on purpose to ensure the continuance of government policies that bring profit to the special interests that benefit under the guise of good. More government, means more taxes, having to work harder to pay the bills and then the corresponding effect of even less people paying attention/more having to get on government programs who’ll vote to keep that money flowing. All I know is that I have to get to work. The answer certainly isn’t in government, but I do understand not having faith in your fellow man. Try having faith in God. Maybe that’s what we’re missing here. Nothing else seems to make sense.

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