Sunday, April 2, 2017

April, 2017, Part 2, Political Class Insanity: Where Being White Means A Worst Education, Chicago Imploding, and No Cure For Stupid In California

It is the beginning of another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Today and for all of the insanity posts this month, let’s start off with a welcome piece of honest political dialog. It comes from a State Department spokesperson. Mark Toner, who is about to start the daily State Department press briefing. In a joking matter, he makes the following quote: "Welcome to the State Department. I think we have some interns in the back. Welcome. Good to see you in this exercise in transparency and democracy."

He then burst out laughing at his own quote, indicating he also knew what a joke the Obama administration has been, especially Mr. Toner’s State Department, when it comes to cover ups, lack of transparency, denial of Freedom of Information Act requests, the prosecution of whistleblowers, etc. But at least it was a little refreshing to finally hear some actual honesty out of Washington as we see from the actual clip of the news conference:

With that context of honesty, let’s see what other insanity has been going down:

1)When government gets too large, it gets out of control, throwing common sense out the window. And what recently happened to a school in California shows how politicians and bureaucrats get way too involved in our lives with outright stupidity.

According to a recent article on the Eagle Rising website:
  • According to California law and court decisions, if the percentage of white students in a California school exceeds 30% that school must see a reduction in the amount of government aid it receives to educate its kids.
  • When this happens, it usually results in the reduction in the number of teachers in that school who dares to have more than 30% of white kids and larger classes, likely resulting in lower learning results just because some kids are white.
  • In theory, this nonsense was supposed to get more taxpayer money to non-white students which is as racists as it sounds.
  • The latest instance of this atrocity happened to the Walter Reed Middle School in Los Angeles, California.
  • This school dared to have over 30% of its students be white which means cuts to its budget.
  • The great irony in this case is that the majority of kids at Walter Reed Middle School are minority Hispanic which means that minority students will see a cut in the number of teachers available to them and larger classes which will likely weaken their instruction, the exact opposite of what the policy was supposed to do.

“The exact opposite,” yep, sounds like a typical government program, set out to resolve a problem and make the current problem worse. In this case the policy was supposed to take learning resources away from white kids and give it to minority kids but at Walter Reed, it is the majority of Hispanic students that will suffer.

In addition, funding schools based on kids’ racial backgrounds is so racist to begin with, every kid should be given the same opportunity regardless of who their parents were. What is the next step, not fix roads in communities which have too high of a white population, not plow the snow in communities which have too high of a white population? America is based on the premise of equality regardless of race.

2) We have often reported on the reality of what a mess the city of Chicago is. High taxes, high drug cartel presence, and a very high murder and violent crime rate. We have also reported on how people are not stupid when it comes to where they live, they will vote with their feet and move to areas in the country where the cost of living, be it financial or the threat to their lives, is minimized. We have shown that in general people are leaving high tax and high crime states (e.g. California, New York, Illinois, ewtc.) for lower taxation and lower crime rate states (e.g. Texas, the Dakotas, Florida, ertc.)

Both of these trends were vividly illustrated in recent data coming out of Chicago, a high crime and high taxation location:

  • According to reporting by the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper, using U.S. Census data, 21,300 people moved out of Cook County, a county that includes the city of Chicago, in a recent single year.
  • The Chicago Tribune also recently reported that just in 2016, 37,508 Illinois residents departed the state just for Texas, Florida, and Arizona.
  • Illinois as a state has lost more residents in the past three years than every other state.
  • The state’s population is the lowest it has been in 10 years despite the overall national population growth rate being positive.
  • Which should not surprise anyone since there were 760 homicides in Chicago just in 2016, the highest number of murders in more than 20 years.
The failure of government and the political class in Chicago, at both the state and local level, continues unabated and residents are voting with their feet to take themselves elsewhere, where taxes and crime are not as high. But politicians are either unwilling or unable to fix what needs to be fixed, an unmitigated failure.
3) This third piece of political class insanity for today definitely falls into that category, “there is no cure for stupid.” Unfortunately, this expression now describes the thoughts and words of a sitting U.S. Senator from California, Kamala Harris.
Ms. Harris recently showed her ignorance of the law, the Constitution and representative government when she stated she would not vote to appoint Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court because he values “legalisms over real lives.” Such a stupid statement on several levels:
  • Judges’ only job is to rule on legalisms, is a law legal relative to the Constitution or is an action legal relative to a law that Congress has passed.
  • A judge’s job does not involve whether or not a law applies to “real lives,” that is the job of the executive and Congressional branches, theoretically acting in accordance with the will of the people who elected them.
  • If a law is bad for “real lives,” it is the job of Congress to change it based on input from society, it is not the job of judges to unilaterally do so based on their own values and perceptions.
In reality, if we take Harris’ view to the extreme, we really would not need her and the over 500 people she sits with in Congress, we should just elect judges and let them rule over us, doing what is best for “real lives,” whatever the hell that statement means. Still no cure for stupid.
That will do it for today’s political class insanity: A California politician proves again there is no cure for stupid, the continued failure of politicians in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois, and where being white means you have a right to  a lesser education. More insanity to follow.

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