If you read the Herald and News today it has two Letters to the Editor by Michael J. Fitzgerald and Dan Keppen. While both are well written, both miss the point of those opposed to the Klamath Schools Bond measure. Whether ignorance or arrogance, they are missing the point.
The main point they are missing, and it is a very important one, is that Klamath Schools receive approximately $100 million (that's $100,000,000.00) each year. That's a lot of money, especially in our sparsely populated county. Both Fitzgerald and Keppen ignore this fact. It's as if they believe every penny of this money is wisely spent or that we shouldn't count this money when it comes to buildings and maintenance. Why not? Good question.
Suppose you were a generous parent and you gave your son a weekly allowanceof $100. At the end of the end of the week your son comes to you in a panic and says, "Hey, look, I'm out of money and I'm out of gas. I can't drive anywhere! Can you give me an extra $30 this week? I'll pay you back... I just need to put some gas in the tank." What would your first response be?
A recent Letter to the Editor and a radio ad campaign by the Citizens for Klamath Schools PAC take direct aim at Dennis Linthicum, by launching several personal attacks. Isn't it interesting that when someone opposes the Left (increasing taxes to solve a problem) that the person who stands up against these “elites” who “know what’s best for you” is personally attacked? Well it should be no surprise. Rule #13 in Communist Saul Alinsky's handbook, Rules for Radicals, states:
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Note: This article has been updated. Thanks to a reader (Ed) who pointed our chart original chart was incorrect.
The wise book states that you can tell where a person’s heart is by seeing where their treasure is also. Below is a chart to help you understand who exactly is supporting the Citizens for Klamath Schools PAC.
Last week the Herald and News continued to spread its progressive, liberal filth on the innocent in Klamath County. I've attached a clipping of the article in found in View Points (page 1, page 2). It only requires reading the first paragraph to understand that the person (or group) who wrote this article either lives in an alternative universe or can not let the facts get in the way of their ideology.
“Anyone who attended the inaugural Klamath County Crystal Apple Awards ceremonies Tuesday night for teachers and school staff were surely impressed with the caliber of educators in this county.”
Now wait a moment. Is this the same group of fine educators that produces a 73% graduation rate in the County Schools and a 57% rate in the City Schools? Combined the two districts spend $100,000,000.00 each year to educate our children and 1 out of 3 do not receive a diploma. Moreover of those that do graduate many are not proficient at math or reading. That said, we can be certain that all of them know how to place a condom on a banana and where at their school they can score some funny weed. What's more these students are well versed in the pilgrims bigoted lifestyle, the awful sins of Washington and Jefferson for owning slaves and how much a debt our society owes to the native tribes who were here before us (we're sorry we stole your land, how can we make this up to you?).
Have you ever made a decision that later on you regretted making? The answer to that question is, "of course." We have all made decisions that we wish we hadn't made. Sometimes those decisions don't really matter, yet sometimes they can significantly alter the course of our lives. The fool continues to make the same poor choices over and over. The fool doesn't learn from their mistakes. One poor decision after another. The wise person learns from the errors in the past and tries to prevent from making them again going forward.
So why do we make such foolish choices?
Well in some cases it is inexperience. We just don't have enough information or experience in a particular matter so we make an error in judgment. Fair enough. This is one way we develop as a child, through adolescent, to maturity as an adult. As we live our lives we add more and more experience to our knowledgebase. But in most cases as adults, our foolish choices are caused when we let our emotions get the best of us.
Senator Marco Rubio talks about the problem with the current direction President Obama and the Democrats want to take the nation.
Senator Rand Paul talks about defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to return the era of Reagan by limiting government and expanding liberty, and reforms to the GOP going forward.
If you get your news from Entertainment tonight, if you think that Lady Gaga is the essence of classical music and if you believe it's only a matter of time before aliens invade our planet then you will also probably put a lot of weight in the results of the latest KBRA poll conducted by the Herald and News.
The paper is attempting to get the pulse of the people by asking, "Do you agree with the Klamath County commissioners pulling out of the KBRA?" As a community paper this is not a bad idea. However, if the results are reported as "news" instead of entertainment, that will be another sad commentary on the editorial staff. The reason this poll can not be viewed as anything but entertainment is because you can vote as many times as you'd like. I've already voted two times and might go back again after I'm done writing.
If you want to know how the public really thinks on the issue, see the following list:
One thing you have to admit, Liberals are a patient lot. Liberalism didn't just appear in America one day. Instead, slowly but steadily Liberalism has been advancing the cause of an all powerful state, an irrelevant church, and the subservient individual.
A popular tactic of the Left is called incrementalism. It is a slippery slope that gets the public to buy into a liberal idea — but slowly over time. Incrementalism typically ties itself to an emotional or compassionate cause (we need to help the needy, the children, the elderly, etc). The way incrementalism works is similar to boiling a frog. If a frog were placed into boiling pot of water, the frog naturally reacts by immediately jumping out of the pot containing certain death. However, if you place a frog into cool water and slowly over time warm the water to a state of boiling, the frog will never know what has happened until it is too late.
In Klamath County we see this playing out with the County School Bond Measure soon before us. The plea is "Just a little bit more". Even though the County and City school districts receive nearly $100 million each year (that's nearly $1 Billion spent on public education in our county in just 10 years), they will be asking you for just a little bit more: a mere 53¢ per $1,000 on property taxes. That sounds harmless enough. This blog has several reasons to be against this bond measure, but this post looks at what's happening incrementally.