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GOP Governors Slash Education To Grow Their Ignorant Base

Post by Big Fat Heretic on Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:23 am

OK, as I have mentioned before, I'm 63 years old. So, I remember the "Cold War" between the USA and the Soviet Union and hearing about in on the NBC NEWS or CBS NEWS on TV with Douglas Edwards or Walter Cronkite, back in the day when we had Black & White TV.

There was some mutual hostility between the USA and the USSR. As a kid in grade school, I learned what was meant by the words Commie, or Comsymp, or Russki, or Reds, etc. etc. etc. all of the slang terms for Communists. When I was a kid, I have even been called those names because I didn't like sports, like, football.

So, as a kid, I was often amazed by just how stupid some adults can be!

Well, our Republican party, which hated the Commies so much, have now become even worse than the Communists ever thought of being!!!

In the former Soviet Union, education was very important to them. Students in their schools actually scored much higher in science and math skills, so they were better educated. Of course, they were also indoctrinated by state propaganda along with their education.

So, there was an up side and a down side. OK, I get that!

But, their science and math textbooks were actually no different than our science and math textbooks, except, theirs were written in Russian instead of English. Oh! And Soviet students were also being taught English. Maybe we should have also been teaching our own kids a little Russian.

Anyway . . . . .

There really was no such thing as American math and Soviet math, because 2+2=4 in both American and Soviet math books, and in both American and Soviet physics textbooks, the force of gravity varies inversely with the square of the distance.

That's because, Newton's laws of gravity and motion are universal through out the entire universe, and it's certainly no different from one country to another.

When I was a kid back in the 1960s, I probably would have gotten a much better education in science and math if I had been born in the Soviet Union, and that's a fact!

Science was very important to the Soviets, because they were competing with the USA, and they were often ahead of us in their space program, until be finally beat them by sending our astronauts to the moon.  

But, I have seen, how over the years, the quality of education in some of our schools had been steadily swirling down the crapper!

And now, our own Republican party want's to make it even worse, by cutting money toward education.

Today's Republicans are far worse than the Communists had been.

In fact, our Republican party has become absolutely Fascist!!!

Anyway . . . . .

Check out the following article from Politicus USA

Yeah! Now, isn't this special!!!

GOP Governors Slash Education
To Grow Their Ignorant Base

By: Rmuse
Saturday, February, 21st, 2015, 6:16 pm

Americans who have lived longer than 30 years are likely aware that fascist Republicans and their corporate money machine have had enormous success whittling away at the idea that America is a representative democracy despite counsel from a Founding Father on how best to preserve the nation. Thomas Jefferson knew, and said, that “an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” However, because Republicans depend on “the widespread ignorance of objective reality,” their fascist threat to democracy is only succeeding due to the abundance of ignorance and gross stupidity of America’s uneducated citizenry.  Subsequently, Republicans are building on their success and slashing education funding at a record pace to produce an entire population of stupid conservative voters.

A couple of years ago a survey asked 1,000 Americans to take the U.S. citizenship test and surprisingly, only 38% of them failed miserably. The number is obviously higher today and at the rate Republicans in Congress and particularly red states are slashing education funding, it is not going to get better any time soon; if ever. Republicans could not exist as a viable political party without overwhelming numbers of ignorant, and frankly intensely stupid, Americans, and announcements from at least three Republican governors over the past month inform they are intent on adding to the number of Republican voters by creating the next generation of stupid Americans.

The latest Republican to announce severe cuts to education is Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner. Rauner told lawmakers that “It’s time to make education our top priority again – and that’s what this budget does.” He promptly cited the benefits to education in his “turnaround budget” that slashes $209 million from the state’s higher education budget. Rauner said the education cuts are just one of several “difficult choices no one wants to make,” and then stressed the importance of filling the gaping $6.2 billion budget hole the state faces in the coming fiscal year. His turnaround budget plan includes no effort to raise taxes, close corporate tax loopholes, or raise revenue in any way; a typical Republican fiscal scenario playing out in red states across America. Illinois Republicans have spent the past four years giving the rich and corporations generous tax cuts that created the “gaping $6.2 billion budget hole.” It is exactly like the Kansas “trickle down” model that stupid Kansas voters continue supporting as their governor Sam Brownback proposes more education cuts.

Barely a month ago, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told conservatives in Washington D.C. just how incredibly important public education was as a fundamental pillar of America’s democracy. Jindal asked the audience, “Why is it important to fund and support public education? Because if we want to keep the republic we have, we need an educated population with critical thinking skills. I always hear from parents, from the Chamber of Commerce, from business groups that we’ve got to fund education.” Jindal’s funding solution was immediately cutting the state college budget by over $300 million; or about a third of the system’s total budget.  Even Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter slammed Jindal’s gifts to the rich and corporations and accused him of “exacerbating the state’s outrageous deficit woes by recklessly expanding tax breaks for the wealthy.”

Another Republican governor, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, announced education cuts to the tune of $300 million he claims is crucial to try and make up a $650 million budget shortfall. Like Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, and Arizona, the state is suffering major revenue shortfalls due to Walker’s $2 billion in tax cuts for the rich. Walker is currently pushing for more tax cuts for corporations that will put the state budget further in the red. Walker won re-election despite the state’s budget woes and it is due to stupid voters; Walker’s education cuts will increase the number of ignorant voters he, and Republicans, depend on to stay in power.

Newly-elected Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is pushing at least $75 million in education cuts in his budget to “help address this state’s $1.5 billion revenue shortfall.” In typical Republican fashion, like Jindal, Walker, Sam Brownback, and Rauner, Ducey claims his education cuts are necessary to “preserve major business tax cuts” and “protect taxpayers by rejecting calls to address the budget shortfalls by raising taxes.” Ducey says that cutting education funding and preserving tax cuts for corporations are the only reasonable solution to Arizona’s red ink and they are fair because they “ask all areas of government to share in the work to develop and find savings.”

This list of Republican governors and state legislatures slashing education funding to continue providing tax cuts for the rich is long and demonstrates why Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said, “Republican charlatans and cranks have gained increasing favor in the party, despite, or maybe because of the fact, that they get things wrong.” Krugman makes a valid point, but he held back from stating the obvious; Republicans are gaining favor due to ignorance among the electorate that continues supporting Republicans despite the incredibly stupid fiscal decisions they have made over the past thirty years.

Republicans understand that, as Jindal said, an “educated populace with critical thinking skills is crucial to maintaining the republic.” However, Republicans have no interest in maintaining the republic as a representative democracy any more than they want a well-educated citizenry with critical thinking skills to know when they are being crushed by corporate fascism. Many Americans wonder aloud after every election why a preponderance of voters in Republican-controlled states perpetually vote against their own best interests and by extension their freedoms; it is sheer stupidity.

As much as one grieves to state the obvious, it is because too many Americans are beyond ignorant; they lack critical thinking skills borne of stupidity. The “widespread ignorance of objective reality” is better stated as “willful rejection of objective reality;” not ignorance, just sheer stupidity. It means that although Republican voters see and feel the effects of Republican economic and fiscal policies favoring the rich at their expense, they continue supporting conservatives.

If the Republicans’ storied trickle down scam was an exciting and novel fiscal policy, one may understand how ‘ignorance’ might play into the support from Republican voters. But for dog’s sake, Republicans have been pushing the same failed agenda for over thirty years and despite the damage to the population, stupid conservatives continue electing Republicans. And, to increase the number of stupid people, Republicans hasten their horrendous cuts to education funding. They know that “an uneducated citizenry is a vital requisite for their survival as a party intent on rule by corporate fascism,” and tragically they are seeing their efforts reach fruition.

OK, as I had mentioned earlier, I'm 63 years old. So, I'm ashamed to have to say, many of these Republican retards are of my generation, some older, and some not as old.

Yeah! one could say, that I went to school with them, and grew up with them. No . . . not actually with any of these politicians in particular, but rather . . . I grew up among idiots who were pretty much like them.

For example: Mitt Romney, when he was in high school, he was a typical bully, like so many of the jocks and sports fans in so many of our public high schools. In fact, many of his former high school associates, who were also involved in the bullying of other students, had come out and publicly admitted to this, back in the 2012 Presidential election year.

So, I would not be in the least bit surprised to learn, that many of these Republican Senators, Governors, and Congressmen, were high school bullies, and who probably did poorly in their academic classes, especially in science and math, which would account for their being right-wing Christian Fundies who deny science.

Well . . . they were probably just good enough at math to figure out their finances, and to make money. Yeah, calculating interest rates, percentages, and tax returns, etc. etc. etc. it's not exactly rocket science. And of course, they are probably smart enough to cheat the system.

But, when it comes to science, like Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics, Geology, Paleontology, etc. etc. etc. they are as dumb as tree stumps! Many of them know far less about science than I knew when I was only in the third grade!

Also, these Republican retards sound like they flunked out in basic grade school American History, because they don't know jack-shit about the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, because if they did, they wouldn't be trying to pass so much legislation that goes against the Constitution, and trying to take down the wall of separation between church and state.

I rest my case.

Well . . . . . I think I know what became of most the school yard bullies that I had encountered when I was a kid in grade school, and when I was in high school.

They grew up to become registered Republicans!!!

Anyway . . . . .

Here's another article, which is probably just a satire, but it would not surprised me if it were real.

OK, this is from the Borowitz Report, in the New Yorker, and I did a Wikipedia search for Andy Borowitz, just to make sure, and it turns out that most of his articles are satire or parody!

This is from the Borowitz Report in the New Yorker

So, check this out! This is sweet!

February 25, 2015
Republicans Unlearning Facts Learned in
Third Grade to Compete in Primary

By Andy Borowitz

Photographs by (from left) Chip Somodevilla/Getty, Kevork Djansezian/Getty, Darren Hauck/Getty

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — In the hopes of appealing to Republican primary voters, candidates for the 2016 Presidential nomination are working around the clock to unlearn everything that they have learned since the third grade, aides to the candidates have confirmed.

With the Iowa caucuses less than a year away, the hopefuls are busy scrubbing their brains of basic facts of math, science, and geography in an attempt to resemble the semi-sentient beings that Republican primary voters prize.

An aide to Jeb Bush acknowledged that, for the former Florida governor, “The unlearning curve has been daunting.”

“The biggest strike against Jeb is that he graduated from college Phi Beta Kappa,” the aide said. “It’s going to take a lot of work to get his brain back to its factory settings.”

At the campaign of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the mood was considerably more upbeat, as aides indicated that Walker’s ironclad facade of ignorance is being polished to a high sheen.

“The fact that Scott instinctively says that he doesn’t know the answers to even the easiest questions gives him an enormous leg up,” an aide said.

But while some G.O.P. candidates are pulling all-nighters to rid themselves of knowledge acquired when they were eight, the campaign of Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas, is exuding a quiet confidence.

“I don’t want to sound too cocky about Rick,” said one Perry aide. “But what little he knows, he’s shown he can forget.”

OK, how does one unlearn what one has learned in the third grade?

How does one unlearn, for example: the fact the the earth is round, and instead, come to believe that the earth is flat?

You can't actually unlearn facts, but you can come to ignore facts.

Also, most of these moronic Republican fuck-tards really don't have to actually unlearn anything, given that they probably didn't learn anything in the first place.

So, they have simply kept their shit-for-brains at factory settings!!!

And they have mastered the art of Orwellian Double-Think! actually, more like un-think!

Anyway . . . . .

What can I say, for all the idiots among us American citizens who would vote for these Republican TRAITORS against their own best interests?

I have to wonder, how many of our fellow citizens will be willingly drinking the poison Kool Aid during the upcoming 2016 Republican National Convention!

The mind boggles!

I'm outta here!
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