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  1. Buster says:

    Robert Reich: Socialize private charity: Parent gifts to their children’s schools should be shared equally with other schools.

    I have a better idea. How about give each student a voucher. Let students attend any school that will have them. Let schools charge any tuition that parents will pay. Allow schools to compete on amenities, such as providing vocational training, college preparation, a better sports team, drama, enrichments, etc. The fact that parents in wealthy enclaves donate $1,000 per child to their local schools while poor parents cannot doesn’t bother me. Recent research found that the amount of parental involvement in school activities doesn’t correlate with child success. Parental involvement in their children’s lives makes a huge difference. All the fancy schools, teacher’s aides, afterschool programs isn’t want makes kids success. What makes school kids excel is elevated expectations from parents and parents who read to their kid, make their kids read to them. Ensure their kids do their homework and study. If parents cannot donate to their kids school, they could always pay for tutoring.

  2. Rutledge says:


    So what are people suggesting we do to fix this? ^

    • JD says:

      First, only wage defensive war.
      Second, privatize many aspects of the military, particularly health care provision.
      Third, only wage defensive war.

      Which is the most important?

      • Dewaine says:

        Good point. Regardless of how we fund it, war will always be destructive. Curbing war is how we solve the problem.

  3. JD says:

    “Health costs of war.”

    Outrageously high. War is the single most destructive governmental operation by far. At least with entitlement programs we are getting something out of it.

  4. Crawford says:

    “That perhaps explains why Mississippi — the state with the highest poverty rate, at 22.8 percent — also has both the highest food insecurity rate (20.9 percent) and the highest obesity rate (34.6 percent). It also has the second-highest concentration of fast food cooks, after Arkansas, which comes in right after Mississippi in the obesity rankings.”

    Fast food, the root cause of all this?

    • Lucas says:

      Absolutely, but we must look deeper at why we as a society have disregarded healthy food at the school level as well.

    • Floccina says:

      Blacks tend to have a higher obesity rate than whites and urban people tend to be less likely to be obese, This would tend to put Mississippi ate the top of the states in obesity.

      I lived in a poor country, poor people are never fat.

  5. Lucas says:

    “Being “food insecure,” though, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re underweight: Both occasional lack of adequate nutrition and obesity track closely with poverty.”

    Low calorie foods cost more than high calorie foods. It does not get much simpler than that

    • Connor says:

      School lunches are also enforcing the high calorie cheap cost mentality.

    • Floccina says:

      Yeah things like cabbage, carrots, greens, beans, oranges all cost more per pound that do fattening things like ground beef and bread. Yeah right.

  6. Dewaine says:

    “Robert Reich: Socialize private charity: Parent gifts to their children’s schools should be shared equally with other schools.”

    Wow, so that private charity can become as useless as government entitlement programs? This guy is not thinking beyond stage one.

  7. Dewaine says:

    “Mississippians are the fattest people in the nation, and also are the most insecure about getting their next meal.”

    Many people in the world now and most throughout human history would call that prosperity.

    • JD says:

      We don’t need specific health initiatives to solve this, simply more economic prosperity. If we focus on letting innovation and productive individuals succeed, we will drag everyone else along also, meaning healthier, happier people.

  8. JD says:

    “Alan Grayson: there’s scant and circumstantial evidence that Assad ordered the attack.”

    Bush Redux?

    • Dewaine says:

      It looks like Obama may have stared them down and won. Maybe it is Kennedy Redux.

    • Perry says:

      The similarities are striking. As much as many of these democrats (including the current president) opposed the Iraq war, I’m surprised at the current turn of events.