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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Cruising the Web

There is a general rule in politics that it's never good when you're the subject of widespread jokes. Representative Weiner has reached well beyond that point. And when a man can't answer whether or not the lewd Twitpic was of him, the man has gone well beyond the joke phase. How many men have taken pictures of themselves in their underwear? And since he can't answer that question, all the other questions are fair game. The man has demonstrated the worst crisis-management skills since Al Gore tried to not answer questions about campaigning in the Buddhist temple. The man is not acting like an innocent man. And saying that he's trying to save the taxpayer money by not getting the authorities involved in this is as lame as can be. He's toast. Insert your own puns here.

Daniel Henninger explains why Barack Obama owns this economy.

Here is an odd statistic that Mike Antonucci has uncovered. In the 2008-2009 school year, the Census reports that there was a loss of over 157,000 students in K-12 public schools. In the same period there was an increase of over 81,000 teachers. He adds in more data to demonstrate that this is the trend in public education. I know that the push is for smaller classes, but it is surprising that, in a recessions with politicians bemoaning cuts in education, this has been the trend across the country.

How unions are attempting to unionize charter schools without a vote of the staff.

Shouldn't Chris Christie have better political sense than to take the state helicopter to his son's baseball game? Even if the state police say that the flight was used for training purposes, how many training flights just happen to deliver the governor to a personal event?

John Taylor explains why economists believe that raising the debt ceiling should be tied to spending reform now and not to some point in the future as Obama wants. If politicians can't agree to cut spending now, why should we believe that they will agree to cut spending in the future?

The US Postal Service is going broke. David Leonard describes the problems in Business Week and argues that now is the time to rethink our postal system. In fact, as he describes the problems and proposed solutions, we could learn some lessons from how the European Union has updated the reformed their postal operations.


lorraine_lanning said...

Before showing the Wiener photo to my 18-year-old son, I asked him if he had ever, or would ever, take a picture of his crotch. He looked at me as if I were crazy! I showed him the photo and he doubled-over laughing.

If a teenage boy thinks it's stupid, why in the heck would a 40-something Congressman think it was OK? If he thought it was sexy, he was WRONG.

As for unionizing charter schools, the article doesn't emphasize that 50% of the teachers signed the cards. Were they really that unhappy or were they purposely undermining their own school?

Pat Patterson said...

In the LAUSD most of the schools that became chartered were taken over by UTLA with the promise to the teachers that they would be able to keep their seniority and pay if they signed the cards.