The ungrateful masses look at what Obama hath wrought and see a federal government taking over their lives, debt biblically extending to "our children's children," and a ruling class that lives large while taxpayers now spend a quarter of their lives working to pay for its excesses.
P.J. O'Rourke sees an Obama States of America as Detroit-writ-large, with the president extending the life previously reserved by Democrats for their core constituencies to the average American. The humorist says the president is creating a nation of "vile schools, lawless slums, economic stagnation, and social immobility." Thomas Lifson described this as "progressive feudalism," condemning the average American to a grim subsistence with "more and more of our lives ... regulated by government bureaucrats setting rules and regulations and licensing people."
I tend to agree with PJ O'Rourke and his description of vile schools. What makes a school vile? A school that has no control over its own curriculum and being able to innovate. Stagnation. "More and more of our lives are regulated by government bureaucrats setting rules and regulations". That's what Race to the top and the rush to adopt common core standards is really all about. Centralization of power and loss of individualized education.
Stuart Schwartz explains the five truths this administration has helped everyday Americans discover. Pay particular attention to the fifth truth:
It would seem if two-thirds of the country believes these programs have put us "on the wrong track", and it is time to get rid of the choice architects and start listening to the people who are paying for the education of its youngest citizens. Think about that. Two-thirds of the country believe we are on the wrong track. We know in education the rot is deep. It's time to take back the curriculum from this elite group and protect the future for our children.
We can start by voting on November 2...vote for candidates who reject choice architects and understand Schwartz' fourth truth:
Let's Make a Deal. Let's launch a Divorce American Style from Choice Architects and politicians who don't uphold the Constitution. Then maybe, just maybe, we can start getting rid of the rot in our educational system.