(h/t - PopsInFL)
Okay, so if you don't know by now that The One managed to wedge a permanent Socialized Medicine Bureaucracy into an otherwise "supposed-to-be-temporary-Stimulus Bill" ... well, you're obviously not a regular Here.
So there we are - the Federal Government (which according to the founding principles of our nation has no business doing any such thing) will be 'overseeing' (read: applying an ROI-matrix-to) your healthcare, and punishing your doctors if they don't get in line...
..Cradle-to-Grave, ultimately making an ENTIRE GENERATION dependent-on and beholden-to the Federal Government.
Hope you didn't think that would be the end - after all, we're not through the first 100 days yet.
Obama wants to overhaul education from 'cradle to career'
...Because you can't make people 'okay' with this sort of thing, if you're not controlling what they learn in school...
President Obama began to flesh out the details of one of his signature campaign promises Tuesday, outlining his plan for a major overhaul of the country's education system "from the cradle up through a career."We'll come back to that sentiment...
"We have let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short and other nations outpace us," Obama said in an address to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "The time for finger-pointing is over. The time for holding ourselves accountable is here."Accountability? So we're done with the "I inherited this" mantra?
"The relative decline of American education is untenable for our economy, unsustainable for our democracy and unacceptable for our children, and we cannot afford to let it continue," he said.
Hm. Not fer nuthin' here - but it seems to me that there's a fairly obvious correlation between individual enthusiasm for education and, well... career prospects.
We can't all be lawyers, a major feature of Socialized Medicine is the ensuing shortage of doctors, and with so many other careers having been 'outsourced' or NAFTA'd-away, what is the plan supposed to be?
Obama noted that the recently passed $787 billion stimulus plan includes an additional $5 billion for Head Start, a program to help low-income families.
Ah, so he's decided that some low-income families are deserving of his largesse - of course, Head-Start for the "little ones" is fine, as long as there's no chance of those 'low-income' children going to shool with HIS kids.
Echoing former President Bush's call to end "the soft bigotry of low expectations," Obama said states needed to stop "low-balling expectations" for students.You know - I wonder if anyone has told him that it's going to be ...difficult... make that happen without mucking about with Political-Correctness and Affirmative-Action quota guidelines
"The solution to low test scores is not lower standards; it's tougher, clearer standards," he argued.
- I also wonder how long he'll hold onto that 'popularity' of his if he decides to go there.
At the same time, however, he urged states to develop standards "that don't simply measure whether students can fill in a bubble on a test but whether they possess 21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking, entrepreneurship and creativity."
To help promote this goal, Obama said he would push for funding in the No Child Left Behind law to be more effectively tied to results. The Education Department, he said, would "back up this commitment to higher standards with a fund to invest in innovation in our school districts."
At the same time, however, the president warned that ineffective teachers should not be allowed to remain on the job.
"If a teacher is given a chance but still does not improve, there is no excuse for that person to continue teaching," he said. "I reject a system that rewards failure and protects a person from its consequences."
Okay - I can really stop right there, because we've come to the crux of my issue with this:
- Federal Government shovels-on the money.
- Federal Government takes complete control of 'Overhaul of Education System'.
- Federal Government sets educational standards.
And - just like in their Socialist Takeover of Healthcare - The Federal Government will (purse-strings, people) become the final arbiter of what is "effective teaching".
Now maybe I'm just being a little over-cynical, but do you really think that a Federal Government that takes control of a country's Healthcare and Education systems is ultimately going to determine that "effective teaching" includes a strong emphasis on the aforementioned "problem-solving and critical-thinking"?
Wouldn't a grounding in 'entrepreneurial and creative' thinking make students see the deliberate hobbling of entrepreneurship, via over-taxing and over-regulation?
And wouldn't that put the thought-processes of entire generations of kids completely at odds with the idea of ineffective (but total) and costly (on so many levels) government-control of areas of everyday life in which the Federal Government has no business meddling?
And once they've staggered through that simple bit of deduction...
What will the Federal Government decide is "effective teaching"?