The high costs of Liberalism

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are  ”functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with the Fund’s Director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, who explained exactly what this means.

“Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks,” she said.

Some of the Detroit suburbs also have high numbers of functionally illiterate: 34 percent in Pontiac and 24 percent in Southfield.  

Much like the Soviet Union, Detroit is collapsing after years of liberal policies.

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Woody
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written by Woody , May 05, 2011

If its a liberal thing Bart, how do you explain the sate of Texas having an illiteracy rate in the low 20 percent range?


Jonny Texas
Easy
written by Jonny Texas , May 05, 2011

Massive immigration

"DALLAS — Nearly one out of three Texans speak Spanish at home, a rise attributed to an increasing number of immigrants coming from Mexico, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau."

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/moms/6033451.html

Not all immigrants take the time to learn English, and since learing to read requires even more effort...........



Bill C
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written by Bill C , May 05, 2011

And don't kid yourself into believing the Texas state education system hasn't been infected with liberal policies and curricula either. I'm sure every state has been, even Idaho and Wyoming.


Woody
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written by Woody , May 05, 2011

So liberal policies and curricula make kids illiterate or at least less intelligent. I'm still not clear on this correlation.


Jonny Texas
Anyone here familiar with Texas curriculum? Anyone?
written by Jonny Texas , May 05, 2011

Look, I cannot complain about the education my kids are getting here. Class sizes are WAY smaller than I got in either Minneapolis or Hutchinson or my Wife got in Arizona.

"Infected with liberal policies" is an odd choice of words:
1. It's still legal to paddle a kid down here.
2. They say the US and Texas pledge of allegiance every day.
3. Good Friday is a day off.
4. Were you even marginally paying attention to the history book row?
5. The "good news" club meets weekly at my kids school.




Woody
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written by Woody , May 06, 2011

And I cannot complain about the education my kids are getting here. It's parents and students that make education a success or a failure not liberals or conservatives.


Nobody
Woody...
written by Nobody , May 06, 2011

Are you kidding? It depends soooo much on districts. Some are fine, some not so much. Most just act as day care.



Woody
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written by Woody , May 06, 2011

I should have mentioned teachers/distraict as well Nobody. That was an egregious ommission on my part due to hasty commenting. My main point still being that liberals or conservatives are minor players in determining success or failure of education.


Nobody
Hold on there...
written by Nobody , May 06, 2011

If you got your food the same way your kid gets educated, you wouldn't like it.


Jonny Texas
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written by Jonny Texas , May 06, 2011

If you got your sex the same way they make Worcestershire sauce, you would like it.


Woody
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written by Woody , May 06, 2011

That's right Jonny. 1 hour and 15 minutes!


Jonny Texas
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written by Jonny Texas , May 07, 2011

ROTFLMAO


Nobody
Alright guys
written by Nobody , May 07, 2011

Think about it. You would get the food the govmint wants you to have. You and your neighbors would, according to the value of your house pay, regardless of how much you ate.

some neighborhoods would have really good food, some would have realy bad food. If you wanted to get some of the good food, you can't because of your address does not allow it.


Public education has failed the inner city for sure, some of the "burbs" aren't much better.



Woody
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written by Woody , May 08, 2011

If you take the bad food and give it some attention, care and time you can end up with a pretty nice meal. Throw in a dash of worcestershire sauce and life is good! The GOVERNMENT does not dictate what food I eat or how my child is educated. I have a lot of say in this and I make the most of it for the love of good food and quality education for my kids.


Nobody
Au contre
written by Nobody , May 08, 2011

Da govmint tells you exactly what, how,when and when you child gets educated, oh you can go down and whine at the local board meeting, but it's pretty much dictated to you.

Da govmint runs it in total. They control the funding they control the school, the teachers. Lemme see, the states pass a law that you have to use thier product, how much it will cost you and how long you HAVE to use it.

Does that sound like freedom? "Public" education was sold to us on a scam and continues to be one.

Put on all the worchestershire you want, it's still a turd with worchester sauce.



Woody
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written by Woody , May 08, 2011

I feel as free as I ever have nobody. The GOVERNMENT has not taken that away from me and they never will. I heard Michelle Bachmann talking about how we are losing are freedom at the Tax Cut Rally yesterday. I wasn't there but I heard her on the TV. Was it my imagination or did that crowd look small. I knew the Tea Party movement did not have legs but I'm surprised at how quickly interest is being lost. I liked the Mark Dayton "Soup Truck". At least imigination is compensating for a lack of motivation. A turd with worcesterSHIRE sauce about sums this up. I have attached a link to some photos of the event. Not a lot of people for such perfect weather.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fibonacciblue/5697263877/in/set-72157626669870284/



Nobody
Tax cut rally
written by Nobody , May 09, 2011

Was the biggest I've been to in ten years off and on IMO. Freedom is lost when your are, by force of law to do things that harm no one, like use mercury filled cfl bulbs, educate your children in a mannor da govmint demands, on and on.


Woody
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written by Woody , May 09, 2011

Nobody. Last time I checked, you can still buy incandescent light bulbs and you can also educate your children as you choose (public or private). In the event there is some aspect of your childs education that you have issues with, you are free to discuss it with teachers/administrators. You are also free to teach your children anything you want to on your own. I stand by my statement that I feel free as free as I ever have.

I've only been to two TCR's most recently about three years ago and I don't recall seeing that much open space between the capital and the street. Did any of the other speakers have anything interesting to say? I only heard a portion of Rep. Bachmanns speech.



Nobody
Woodhead
written by Nobody , May 09, 2011

You may "feel free" but your are not. What kind of freedom do I have when I send my kids to private school but I must pay for yours? Incandesent bulbs will be outlawed after 2012.

Jack booted lightbulb police? We are not far off. They already have TV "enforcement officers" in the UK. You are only allowed one TV, I got busted for having 2. How far off is it?



Ed Salden
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written by Ed Salden , May 09, 2011

Nobody, what's your idea of free? I'm all for low taxes, but only after the bills are paid. Reduce government, fine, but that alone is not going to do it.

Even if we did get light bulb police, I doubt they'd wear jack boots. Do they even make jack boots anymore?

Over the years, I've sent all three of my kids to Catholic school. I payed extra. My mom and dad did it for my brother and me. It's a choice.

I feel like we're pretty free.



Nobody
It's a Cream song
written by Nobody , May 09, 2011

"I feel free" But to the extent that you tax me, you enslave me. How many hours did you have to put in extra work at the bus co. to pay your property tax AND tuition? That time is gone forever.


Woody
Jack boots
written by Woody , May 09, 2011

Ed - I'm not sure if they make jack boots anymore but it does serve as a subtle reference to Nazi Germany which I believe is Nobodys intent when it comes to the looming enforcement of incandescent bulbs in this country and the Democratic party in general. Correct me if I am wrong on this Nobody. I'll take freedom over fear anyday. Ed, if you,ve got $500 burning a hole in your pocket, here's a link to an E Bay bid for a nice pair of German jack boots.

http://cgi.ebay.com/WW2-German...43a6d7115a



Nobody
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written by Nobody , May 09, 2011

We are inching towards totalitarianism. A freedom where us serfs must ask the King to do most things.



Woody
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written by Woody , May 09, 2011

I feel for you Nobody. I really do. the King? seriously?? I haven't asked some King to do anything ever and I don't plan on starting anytime soon. I'm free!!!!


Nobody
Woody...
written by Nobody , May 09, 2011

In my northern county, I have to seek permission to paint my house (Key word; MY HOUSE) a "non-standard" color. I have to seek permission to park MY car in MY yard. And a ton of other things.

Whats the difference between that and bowing before the kings hat? (Wm Tell ref.) Try putting up a fence without a permit.


It may not be a king it could be the Mayor, County comissioner, they all rule you.



Woody
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written by Woody , May 09, 2011

Those are good examples Nobody but those rules are there to protect adjacent properties. How would you feel if your neighbor painted his house like a giant Packers helmet, parked 6 cars in the grass and put up a fence three feet inside your property line? I understand how you may feel "ruled" in these iinstances but it's all a matter of perspective and public order. I don't foresee the day when inspectors go from house to house looking for incandescent light bulbs and ordering them changed out. Closing on a property transaction is becomming a different story with some local ordinances having varying degrees of building codes for property transactions which can be a pain in the ass. You don't live in a Packers helmet I hope. Please no!


Nobody
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written by Nobody , May 10, 2011

Woody, my neighbor painted his house Vikings purple and got a fine from the county. You have missed my point. It is HIS house, not mine. I didn't particularly like the color but he bought the paint and it was HIS house.

As for you building a fence on MY property that is a legit function of da govmint. Protect me from you. Propect me from you, one can make the argument about property values and I'll listen. I don't want to live next door to you if you have a dozen cars on blocks in your yard. But it's your yard and I can move. I had the local sheriff slow down and mention that I couldn't wash my car in my yard, you may want to live under the yoke of tyrany, I don't. We have come to a tipping point.

What if I want a fireplace? Where I lived in california I couldn't have one. How is that not an autocratic "rule".



Ed Salden
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written by Ed Salden , May 10, 2011

Nobody, are you sure it was the county and not a neighborhood association?

Buyers are sometimes required to sign off on a number of covenants, like what color to paint the house. Not laws, they are neighborhood rules, agreed to before purchase.




Nobody
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written by Nobody , May 10, 2011

Ed I'm very aware of covenants. They are voluntary so I don't have a problem with them. You don't like the covenant, don't live there.

I don't remember if it was the city or county-could have been either. He has since repainted a nice light blue. A "standard color".

My point is that to the extent you rule my property you rule me.



Ed Salden
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written by Ed Salden , May 10, 2011

Nobody, my point was only that I don't think they can make a law about what color to paint your house.

That would be a First Amendment issue.



Ed Salden
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written by Ed Salden , May 10, 2011

Myself, I hate HOA's and all their little rules. If I want to paint it black, nobody should tell me I can't.

Except the missus, of course.



Nobody
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written by Nobody , May 10, 2011

Ah Ed, we come full circle to basic liberty. As layed out in the Bill of Rights. Say what you will about the Founders, they had a grasp of human nature.

Some people want to rule others. Some people do not wish to be ruled.




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