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0814, 01 Nov 22

Winning the election is just the start

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Here’s a part:

The outcomes of elections are always uncertain and replete with surprises, but it is looking more and more like the Republicans are going to do very well next week. If that should come to pass, I fervently hope that the Republicans govern boldly. Winning elections is the goal of politicians. Leaders act to use the power loaned to them by the voters to solve problems for the betterment of our state and nation, and boy, do we have some real problems.

 

The biggest problem facing our nation right now is inflation. There are many other problems, but runaway inflation kills nations. America is not invulnerable to the whirlwind economic forces that inflation unleashes that have obliterated a hundred nations before us.

 

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At the state level, Wisconsin’s biggest problem is the deplorable state of our government education system. Despite lavish spending averaging over $16,000 per child per year (an increase of 19% in just five years), our kids are learning less than ever. Test scores have plummeted to the point that barely a third of Wisconsin’s kids can read, write, or do math at grade level.

 

Our government education system is not just an embarrassment, it is a generational brutality committed on our own children. We are condemning a generation of Wisconsinites to be less educated, less capable, and more ignorant than we are. We are robbing them of their potential and a lifetime of opportunities. Our state government schools’ failure to provide our kids with even a mediocre education – much less a good education – is a cruelty for which our kids will rightfully condemn us.

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0814, 01 November 2022

1 Comment

  1. Tuerqas

    >Our government education system is not just an embarrassment, it is a generational brutality committed on our own children. We are condemning a generation of Wisconsinites to be less educated, less capable, and more ignorant than we are.

    Just like Government wants them, their wet dream come true. Do what they want and get re-elected for it, because they keep the fires of Rep vs Dem hatred burning hot.
    Outside of Walker’s Act X, when has the Rep majority State legislature acted boldly? They have had control of the legislature for 12 years running and done virtually nothing with it. The only thing can be said for doing nothing is that it gets one re-elected more often than actively burning down the State while in office. But that may come to an end soon. More and more kids that can’t read past the 5th level graduate every year. Then the burning can continue unabated as more and more programmed idiots start to vote.

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