Sunday, October 7, 2012

Romney to Pull PBS Funding If Elected


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At the debate, Romney mentioned that he would pull funding for PBS.  Well, this remark has not set well with educators as I am sure it did not with Jim Lehrer, a PBS News Anchor.

With the United States trailing other developed nations in mathematics and science, any cuts to education may continue to slip further still.

Time Magazine reported on 28 August, 2012, "ACT scores show high school students not ready for college."

ABC News stated, "America’s eighth-graders still are largely outperformed by children in industrialized Asian and European nations, scoring only at average levels on the latest round of international math and science tests."  5 December 2011.

How exactly does cutting funding for education help our nation maintain a competitive edge with other world nations?  Under cutting education only serves to bolster less informed, less innovative citizens.  Indeed, education in math and science is the impetus of a strong nation both in terms of economics, military tech, and healthcare.

By cutting funding, the statistics can only get worse which can hurt our nation's ability to be a top-ranked industrialized "know how" nation among other national competitors.

If Romney and the Republicans have their way with routing money away from education to other purposes, the results can only worsen for an educational system that is struggling in the midst of soft economy.

Reporting for Political News Now,
Michael Hathman

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Romney Campaign Dogged By 47% Remarks


Mitt Romney has been troubled by the 47% remarks made to at a recent fundraiser stating, "I'm not worried" and that the nearest form of "apology" - if it can be called as such - was that it wasn't stated in a more acceptable way.

MSNBC has been reporting on various aspects of the Romney Campaign and some of the aspects aren't sitting well with voters.  Here are some of the platform policies of the campaign that seem to driving a wedge in between the candidates and the voters who support these programs:

Privitizing Social Security is making seniors more skittish than ever.  After the banking collapse of 2007 and the Cooking the Books fiascos of the early 2000s, people nearing retirement are getting jittery.  Even though the stock market returns are currently high, Wall Street has forgotten that the key word to investing is a five-letter word, "trust" and this seems to be missing from the conservative's perspective.

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration claimed that the economic policies drafted by the Republicans would:

- Result in 4 million LESS jobs for the American economy
- The Ryan Plan would take from lower income Americans and give to the rich
- Ryan wants to replace Medicare with a voucher system shifting risk from insurers to plan participants.
- Shifting the tax burden to those who make less would increase the national deficit.
- Romney wants to make cuts in education, infrastructure and R&D in favor of increasing military spending.

Looking at what is being proposed seems to be ostentatious with regard to the treatment of the rich compared to persons at lower income levels.  Apparently, supporting the rich - not just by tax cuts - but by diverting tax payer monies to them is the real priority here.  How can this be?

- Less money diverted to the Military Power Structure will further enrich those persons who are in weapons manufacturing.  This means less money will go to maintain infrastructure in America such as aging roads, bridges, dams, electrical grids, schools, etc.

- Less money spent for education means far less jobs for teachers, computers, books, teaching materials, school building maintenance just to make a few.

- Less money will be spent on R&D which will hurt America's ability to remain an R&D powerhouse.  When new technologies are developed outside the American economic zone of prosperity, Americans are weakened by even more job losses and access to technology they need to have.

Many Americans will be asking at election time, "Who am I going to vote for and will that vote hit my pocketbook in a bad way?"  If the Republican ticket wants to win, its going to have to broaden its appeal - especially to independent voters who are quick to analyze those political agendas.

Reporting Campaign News,
Michael Hathman
mhathman@gmail.com