"Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes?
To date, nobody has gone to jail for what they did."
Because folks, a lot of things are hurting our economy and, in turn, public education. We had the financial market downturn, bailouts, and we're funding 2 wars. I'd have to go do some research for an exact number but among all of that, our country is spending billions and billions of dollars. It's money that is lost to other uses.
GE paid no corporate taxes last year. All its companies and zero taxes. They made a profit but have the most savvy lawyers and accountants, bar none, and paid no taxes to support our country. I'm grateful for the jobs they generate but they are also using roads and other government resources.
Salon reports this:
Liberty University, the evangelical private Christian school founded by dead apartheid-supporting bigot Jerry Falwell, received $445 million in federal financial aid last year. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, by the way, received $420 million from the federal government.
That massive sum was thanks to the growth of Liberty's online program, which enrolled 52,000 students last year. The school is the No. 1 recipient of Pell grant money in the state of Virginia.
Senator Kyl of Arizona said this (on the Senate floor):
"Well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does" was provide abortions. The correct figure is actually closer to three percent.
So that's a big fat lie.
But then, "Kyl then attempted to walk this back, telling CNN that his remark "was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions."
Again, false. The government does not allow any money given to Planned Parenthood to be used for abortions.
In our own state, we had several high-profile citizens like Bill Gates, Sr. who said he would pay more taxes. Ditto Warren Buffet. And yet, the big budget sticking point for Republicans is ending tax cuts for wealthy Americans. They have the firepower to get mad at NPR and PBS but it's okay to give millions to a university that teaches creationism.
Obviously, I'm a liberal. But this not about being on the right or the left. This is about every American paying their fair share including wealthy Americans. It's about an industry who got bailed out, giving back to the citizens who saved their asses and not about taking more. It's about our lawmakers being factual when talking about how we spend money in our country.
I also have a question in this. There is some thought of furloughs next year for schools. The majority of voters in our state voted for the following:
- got rid of the soda pop/water bottle tax (so fewer funds)
- turned down a measure to tax wealthy people more (funded by Bill Gates, Sr.)
- a measure to say that the Legislature can't enact more taxes without a 2/3rds vote
So what say you on the furloughs? Should they be during a day the teachers have for professional development (and thus parents already expected their children not in school that day)? Or should it be a real live school day?
Would that be a way for people who voted for less money for government to feel it? Or would it just hurt students?