Monday, June 14, 2010

Progress Comrades!

It wasn't too long ago when a leader with similar ideological inspirations would just have this pesky member of the masses shipped off for a 'tenner' at some labor camp. Today, just a scuffle on the sidewalk. Now THAT'S progress!

Can't wait for the public apology. Something to the effect he is "overburdened with his constituent's needs, blah, blah, blah".

U/T: Breitbart

Not enough progress for you, comrade? How about these comments found through Instapundit on education and unions:

Liberal 'conservative' David Brooks at The Atlantic (only a decade late or so...), Teachers are Fair Game:

The unions feel the sand eroding under their feet. They sense their lack of legitimacy, especially within the media and the political class. They still fight to preserve their interests, but they’ve lost their moral authority, as we’ve seen in New York City, Denver, Chicago, and even Washington, D.C.

Mona Charen at the Washington Examiner, Abolishing Department of Education Isn't Extreme:

There are hundreds of federal programs that could be eliminated tomorrow with only the happiest consequences for the nation. And yes, the whole Department of Education could be scrapped. It vacuums up money and produces ... what exactly?
Between 1973 and 2004, a period in which federal spending on education more than quadrupled, mathematics scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress rose just one percent for American 17-year-olds. Between 1971 and 2004, reading scores remained completely flat.
There is no accountability. There are no consequences for failure, except perhaps, requests for even greater funding next year.

The Department of Education is a great burbling vat of waste and it is not extremist to say so.

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