Sunday, July 10, 2016

July, 2016, Part 7, Political Class Insanity: Political Hypocrisy, Common Core Fails Again, and The Bank Bailouts Illustrated

It is the beginning of another month which means it is time again to review the latest political class insanity from the American political class. Each month it takes us multiple posts to cover the wasteful spending, incompetent government organizations and employees, government programs that usually make a problem worse than resolving it, inane and idiotic politician comments, etc. In fact, last month we set a record, needing ten full posts to cover it all.

To review past posts on this insanity and idiocy, just click on the first few posts in each month listed to the right of this page. After reviewing just a handful of these insanity posts we think you will agree that we are currently being served by the worst set of American politicians ever to hold office in our entire history.

It looks like our politicians have been especially insane over the past month or so let’s continue with the latest insanity from today’s American politicians:

1) Common Core is a proposed education process and strategy that we have discussed many times in past posts. Common Core was an attempt by the Federal government to force top down educational standards on every school kid in the country. 

As with most top down Federal programs, Common Core has been resisted and a failure across the country. Many state politicians and state educational officials have decided to opt out of many, if not most, of Common Core’s standards. Even worse, the educational results have not raised the education attainment levels of kids subjected to Common Core standards. A nice graphic presentation of how Common Core has depressed educational attainment can be checked out at the following link along with a detailed discussion of Common Core’s failures:

As if these past discussions and failing educational results were not enough to convince people how bad Common Core is, consider a recent review by Mary Clare Reim of the Heritage Foundation that found college professors are lamenting the decline in educational proficiency of kids that were subjected to Common Core standards. An analysis by ACT, the organization that produces one of the two primary college entrance exams standardized tests found that:
  • “While secondary teachers may be focusing on source-based writing [essays written about source-based documents], as emphasized in the Common Core, college instructors appear to value the ability to generate sound ideas more than some key features of source-based writing.
  • “Some early elementary teachers are still teaching certain math topics omitted from the Common Core standards, perhaps based on the needs—real or perceived—of students entering their classrooms.
  • “In addition, many mathematics teachers in grades 4–7 report including certain topics relevant in STEM coursework in their curricula at grades earlier than they appear in the Common Core.”
  • “The Common Core math standards do not adequately provide a child with the skills needed to succeed in the classroom, forcing teachers to add on extra material to their limited instruction time.”
  • “High school English teachers must now emphasize material that leaves students lacking in original thought and analytical skills, according to many college professors. For example, only 18 percent of college professors surveyed rated their students as prepared to distinguish between opinion, fact, and reasoned judgement—a skill determined to be important for college-level work.
Federal government dictating the same educational standards across 50 states and tens of thousands of schools has failed to educate our kids to the level attained by other kids around the world. Not surprising, given that every other thing that the Washington political class touches turns into a disaster it should not surprise us that the educational field is any different.

2) With the FBI allowing Hillary Clinton to get away with no penalties for breaking Federal laws and guidelines as it pertains to sensitive government information, it has reinforced the notion that the majority of Americans hold that the political class and elitists play by a different and better set of rules, laws, and behavior than the rest of us ordinary Americans.

A recent article in the St. Helena Star newspaper in St. Helena, California illustrated just a small example where today’s politicians think they are more important, more entitled than the rest of us, as reported by an eyewitness:

“Last Saturday afternoon (June 4) I’m standing on the west side of Main Street directly across from the Hunt Avenue intersection chatting with friends. Of course, traffic was heavy in both directions.

A large perfectly polished and gleaming black SUV is attempting a left turn from Hunt onto southbound Main (not easy). Suddenly blue/red lights are flashing from the windshield area of the SUV (like you would see in an official fire/police vehicle). I said to my friends, I’ve never seen that before on a “regular” vehicle and I’d think that’s illegal and dangerous. They agreed.

The big black SUV then darts out across both lanes of traffic with lights flashing in both front and rear windows. It goes directly into the red zone/fire hydrant area in front of Padis and Footcandy.

A St. Helena police car happens to be going northbound and pulls into the center lane and the officer starts shaking his arm and hollering at the driver of the SUV. While this goes on a man exits the SUV assisting a woman from the vehicle. She dashes off to Footcandy while he waits by the SUV in the red zone.

The SHPD car leaves and proceeds northbound.

My friends and I are puzzled, say goodbye and I walk south on Main. As I approach Footcandy, Nancy Pelosi comes out with her shopping bags and the man assists her into the awaiting SUV. The SUV, with lights flashing, bursts back into southbound traffic."

Yes, it is nice to be a politician. Driven around in a car with a personal driver that was no doubt paid for by taxpayers, able to intrude into traffic with police like lights flashing so as to not be inconvenienced. All to pick up some shoes more easily. Abuse of power and ego out of control. Insanity.

Note: The local police chief did acknowledge that the incident happened and his acknowledgement was also published in the paper.

3) I have never been a fan of hypocrisy which makes such a critic of the American political class. General Petraeus was forced out of government service because he shared a little bit of classified information with his mistress. At that time, Obama declared there would be ZERO tolerance for playing loose with classified information. 

However, when Hillary Clinton incurs orders of magnitude more in classified information atrocities, he goes campaigning with her. Pathetic hypocrites. And the Against Crony Capitalism website recently exposed another gross political hypocrisy, this one with a state politician in California. 

Former California State Senator Leland Yee, a voracious gun control advocate, is now heading off to prison for, wait for it, weapons trafficking. Yee received a five year sentence of accepting bribes and trafficking in weapons. Apparently, he had received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in exchange for political favors in addition to him and two associates being involved in a weapons transportation plot.

So, here we have a politician who advocates against Americans owning guns and then goes out and profits by running guns. Great hypocrisy if it was not so sad. But we should not expect anything less. Consider a summary from the Washington Post that was in the same article that captures the current status in this country of the political elite vs. ordinary Americans, or in the Post’s words. “The managers vs. the managed”:

“A key part of the crony system is the idea that there are the managers and the managed. That there are those who are wise and benevolent enough to rule and then there is the great unwashed rabble which at best should be tolerated and farmed for tax revenue. The unwashed rabble need to be told what to do. The unwashed rabble doesn’t know what’s best for it. And hey, if the political class can get rich while telling the rabble what to do, then that’s just. Doing well while doing “good” is what being in the political class is all about after all.”

Kind of says it relative to the American political class today.

4) With this theme of the managed vs. the managers, the elite vs. the ordinary, take a look at the following illustrative video from the Against Crony Capitalism website. It illustrates in a very entertaining and straightforward, easy to understand manner how the political class took care of itself and its cronies in the financial and banking industries during the last recession. All of this was paid for by what the Washington Post just called the ”unwashed rabble.” 

Again, default on your mortgage, tough luck. Be a bank and default on your investments and business decisions, just throw some campaign money at our politicians and they will arrange for your bad decisions to paid for, at an astronomical cost by the American taxpayer:

That will do it for today’s insanity: bailing out the bankers with American taxpayer money, political hypocrisy at both the state and Federal government level, and more evidence that Common Core is still a major failure. More insanity tomorrow and probably for several more days to come, all courtesy of the worst set of politicians we have ever experienced in this nation.

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