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Teachers change test scores...canary in mine?

 The recent conviction of a number of teachers caught changing students' test scores indicates a far more complex and far-reaching problem.  None of the following comments condone what these teachers have done, but it may indicate a small example of a very large set of problems in education.

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Watch out for "Libertarianism"

One of the most distorted uses of a word is when a politician refers to himself as a "Libertarian."  Watch out!

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Another Scott Walker staffer to jail

Well, another Scott Walker staff person bites the dust and is off to jail.  How many is that now?  Sleaziness abounds where Walker goes.  A John Doe investigation revealed enormous sleaze information about Walker, and huge sums of money poured in to stop the investigation from continuing.  Walker was recorded talking to someone he thought was one of the Koch brothers, but was actually an imposter.  What Walker revealed in that conversation makes one shudder.  He is for sale to the highest bidder.  He was almost recalled as Wisconsin governor but an avalanche of out-of-state money saved him.  His staff continues to reveal moral and ethical shortcomings.  His record in bringing jobs to Wisconsin is horrible, the worst in the Midwest as a governor.

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"Ignorance" running for President

 With Ted Cruz's announcement that he is running for President of the United States, the field of candidates begins with an ignorant starter.  Ted Cruz does not believe in Climate Change, Same Sex Marriage, but does believe the answer to the mess in the Middle East is with the U.S. showing more military strength and rattling our swords for the Arabs and Iranians to see.  That represents the epitome of ignorance, and it is amazing that he would get even one vote.  But he will.

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Cheney, Scott Walker, Kochs, and down into the pit we go

As the nation-building of the United States trudged on into the 20th century, there was the evolution of an American Dream that tended to make life a little better and better for the common man.  Yes, there were set-backs, and yes, it took too long to extend equal rights to minorities.  Robber barons and greedy industrialists used every trick in the book to accumulate more and more riches, while they looked on unsympathetically at their abuse of child labor, inequality for women and minority workers, and took advantage of immigrant workers.  But at least through the administration of FDR and sparingly in the LBJ era, America saw an evolving progress in rights and sharing.  But now we have gone farther into the dark abyss of greed and the "American dream" is thought to be for the greedy few.  We are slipping on a day to day basis.

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