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Did I miss something?

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 8:07 AM

Let me see if I got this straight.

Idaho voters overwhelmingly rejected the signature piece of legislation of the state Republican Party for the last two years, then overwhelmingly re-elected the men who made that policy.

Did I miss something?

Then, those very people start making statements that the voters didn't really understand what they were voting about (a polite way of telling us we're stupid), that it was all union advertising that swayed them, so this year they'll pretend to listen to the opponents, put a little lipstick on the pig, and try the whole thing over again as if the voters never really counted. The voters have two years to forget until the next election, and the legislature's pulled this trick before.

Did I miss something?

OK, let's try again.

Nationally, the voters were clearly fed up with the gridlock in Washington, D.C., that has led us like lemmings to the edge of the famous fiscal cliff. Less than one in five voters had a positive attitude toward Congress. But, on election day, better than four out of five Congressmen, the very men who led us to this fiscal cliff, were re-elected and only a handful of seats in either house changed party. Nothing changed. We have the same people spouting pretty much the same positions and somehow this time (in the next 42 days in fact), we expect them to actually do something. Isn't that the definition of insanity -- doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

Did I miss something?

Wall Street, which is sitting on record amounts of cash, tells us the economy is in terrible shape and the federal debt is the problem. But at the first sign of trouble, where do Wall Street investors run to safely stash their money? That's right, Treasury notes. Their safe haven is to invest in the federal debt.

Did I miss something?

The Texas Republican Party has come out officially in opposition to the use of critical thinking in schools. I'm not kidding. They're opposed to the core of what schools are supposed to do, get students to learn how to analyze facts and make informed decisions. I suppose this is a blatant effort to stay in office since Thomas Jefferson insisted that democracy depended on a well-educated electorate, and if you don't have one, it's easier to fool all of the people all of the time. Especially those who don't do any critical thinking.

But don't wipe your brow and say, "thank goodness, it's Texas, not us." Because Texas has enormous influence on textbook publishers. It's such a big state, they can't ignore the sales potential and over the years Texas has been responsible for insisting on changes that resulted in watering down textbooks and actually introducing factual errors into texts used by the rest of the country. The errors come from the concept that if you don't like a fact, change it rather than deal with it. But people let them get away with this and apparently approve of these ideas by re-electing the same clowns over and over again who come up with them. Does critical thinking disappear at the ballot box?

Did I miss something?

The Idaho Democratic party....

Did I miss something?


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Zook, amen to that.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 9:34 AM

Stephen,

When it comes to education matters Mr. Everitt gets all of his information from his buddy down at the school district without fact checking it for accuracy.

-- Posted by TundraRat on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 2:23 PM

And I Am An American No matter who won the Election!! And I am Guilty as Charged and PROUD OF IT!!

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Nov 25, 2012, at 11:04 PM

BS

Just Sayin" No matter who is President I still am an American and Proud of it. I supported Bush and Bush and will support Obama.

Good Night Sweet Dreams! Our County is getting Stronger each day!

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Nov 25, 2012, at 11:52 PM

BS What exactly does "Get BENT" mean? No one has ever said that to me before.

Some people see the glass half full while others see the glass half empty you BS don't see the glass!

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 1:21 PM

I'm with you MsMarylin.

Whether the candidate I supported had won or not, I would've been proud to be an American. The pride I have in my country doesn't/won't hinge on the popularity he/she may have with outliers.

Although I would've been upset if Mitt Romney had won. I really didn't want any more kids. He was going to mandate that every family have 6-9 kids you know. Regardless of the age of the parents.

Really.

I saw that somewhere on the internet.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 5:51 PM

And a Happy Monday to you to BS !

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Tue, Nov 27, 2012, at 10:12 AM

I know that.......

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Tue, Nov 27, 2012, at 6:30 PM


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