November 22, 2009
Calm down, Alan
Alan Borsuk, JS cheerleader and occasional education columnist for the paper, is scared. He is, needless to say, in favor of elimination of the elected school board governing Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Alan is so in favor of the Duncan/Doyle/Barrett plan he writes as if panicked now that it appears the plan will not make it through a skeptical Legislature. Alan, in what seems like a plea, asks, "What happens if nothing happens?" Oy!
Bob Herbert has a superb column in Saturday's NYT: "The rise and fall of Detroit." Remember NAFTA, the Democratic Leadership Council's (DLC) gift to America? Remember "all ears" Ross Perot, who predicted the flow of good jobs leaving America? How about warnings from unions? Catch this from Herbert: "Detroit and environs are suffering the agonies of the economic damned because of policies, crafted at the highest national levels [President Clinton & the DLC] that resulted in the implosion of crucially important components of America's manufacturing base." When economists pontificate about a jobless recovery, ask, "How did things go with NAFTA?"
Afghanistan: Don't worry, Pakistan will help our war effort. Catch this in NYT: An overwhelming majority of young Pakistanis say their country is headed in the wrong direction and, sit before reading, "Few have any confidence in their government." What? No confidence? As we see student demonstrations in California over the 30 percent tuition increases, their contemporaries in Pakistan drew a picture of a "deeply frustrated young generation that feels abandoned by its government." (Just like the students at Berkley and UCLA.) The future? "And they are despondent about its future!" So, the U.S. believes Pakistanis are going to pick up arms and slog through ice and snow to fight the Taliban? Yah, sure. Get out.
Good vote: 60-39. Now the fight begins. Health care or more wars? Our choice.
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This is about the School Takeover. There is a coalition in Milwaukee of about 25 organizations and individuals who are supporting the Coggs/Grigsby substitution in principle. Some changes must be made in the overall plan. There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m at the MPS Building at 52nd and Vliet Street. The coalition usually meets every Tuesday at 4:30 at the NAACP office on MLK Drive. Dec. 1 they will be at the public hearing instead. They have demonstrated in front of Lena Taylor's home and Pedro Colon's home against the "takeover". The Journal Sentinel is not covering the group of course. I will ask Bob Peterson on Tuesday to write an article for Fighting Bob.
-Kathleen Hart | Milwaukee, WI | November 27, 2009