Posts Tagged ‘John Stossel’

Our Failing Governmental Educational System

October 2, 2013

Our Failing Governmental Educational System

The following is an excellent article on why our public (governmental) school system is failing.

In short, they are failing for the same reason that gigantic central governmental enterprises always fail. Competition and experimentation is stifled, the controlling government attempts to mandate and propagandize its own ideology, and meritorious performance on the part of teachers is unrewarded and substandard performance is not penalized.

In America, teacher’s unions are more dedicated to protecting the welfare of teachers than they are our students. Furthermore the teacher’s unions have become action groups for the liberal/progressive/secular political movement.

In only this sense, propagandizing America’s youth in liberal/progressive/secular philosophy, our governmental (public) education system has become a “raging success”!

With respect to teaching America’s youth the intellectual skills and wisdom needed to propel American freedom and cultural excellence into the 21st century, our governmental education system is a predictable miserable failure.

The following presents a rank-order of national education systems. We are ranked at the bottom, 17th among selected nations. See for yourself:

This is not new news. We rank lower in reading, math and science than many other nations. What is new and refreshing, is that this article discusses the fact that it is not simply the educational system’s performances that are reflected in these data. The state of the culture in each of these nations also has a lot to do with how their youth performs in their educational systems. For example, American families have been badly damaged and rendered badly dysfunctional, even destroyed by numerous cultural changes starting in the 1960’s. There is nothing America’s present, or its immediate future to suggest a reverse of these trends.

As you can see in the rankings above, America invests more proportionately more money than many of the  higher ranked nations on its governmental education system.

“It’s the culture stupid!” It always was and it always will be.

Our culture has traditionally embraced and celebrated the free market, completion, local government, and citizen independence. At the center of it all is competition.

The universe of living things is orchestrated by a marvelous balance of competition and cooperation (view the magnificent series, “The Blue Planet”, for an unforgettable primer on such amazingly complex matters). This complex admixture of completion and cooperation mediates the outcomes of a myriad of natural selection processes and outcomes. Like it or not, we humans and our cultures are a part of this natural firmament.

Our American culture has lost this precious balance as it has betrayed its founding principles that hit the sweet-spot of these natural processes as it has recently evolved into an increasingly centralized governmental social system. A self-destructive system that runs contrary to the natural laws and processes described in the paragraph above.

Only one of our numerous symptoms of this problem is our failing educational system.

Be that as it may,  John Stossel is spot-on in his analysis of the failure of our education system and his suggestion for its improvement. Such improvements, if they were implemented, would represent a “regressive” step in the proper direction.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.


“Killing Giggles”

August 16, 2013

“Killing Giggles”

Anytime science, government, media and politics are in cooperative confluence LOOK-OUT!

Nothing known to humankind can exert this kind of power over those subjected to these coordinated propagandistic influences that shape human thoughts, emotions, actions and ultimately: The entire socioculture.

We have not seen this kind of propagandistic power since Nazi Germany and a man named Joseph Goebbels.

In Germany, the government killed whoever they wanted and they killed whenever they wanted. They destroyed themselves, only to be rebuilt by a nation that is now destroying itself.

In the United States these propagandistic forces have us believing in global warming, that we are not in WWIII, that there are no terrorists (only criminals), that we can borrow more money than we make, that our President is in charge (as opposed to his socialist/communist puppeteers), and that the government will protect and care of us if we just move in with our parents, play computer games and make babies that we can’t afford or care for.

Welcome to America, 2013.

And remember, they Killed Giggles.

America, you better watch-out.

VTM, 8/16/13

Fight Ravages of Progressive Politics With Mobility

May 8, 2013

Fight Ravages of Progressive Politics With Mobility

It is common to think that we can stem the ravages of progressivism/socialism at the ballot box. This approach does not look as promising as it once was. In large-part, because close to 50% of our population is suckled by the dramatically increasing largess of the Federal Government.

So, John Stossel provides another way to defeat this economic death spiral: Vote with your Mobility!

Move to where freedom from Governmental Tyranny is fiercely and forcefully rejected. Then defend your Constitutional Rights as if your life depended upon it…because it does! When you leave socialist communities and States, they will die of their own self-inflicted social/financial diseases.

VTM, 5/8/13

June 20, 2012

The Stupidity Of The Electorate: Present and Future—

The Education Mess!


“Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates … to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them.” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
I dare you to watch 5 minutes of the following video with 
John Stossel! Here is new meaning to the phrase: 
"Our children are our future".

VTM, 6/20/12

It Is Not Very Moral

August 27, 2010

It Is Not Very Moral

Please enjoy one of my favorite authors. A true intellectual: Thomas Sowell.

The following is taken from Dr. Sowell’s article on

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. 8/27

One of the things that makes it tough to figure out how much has to be charged for insurance is that people behave differently when they are insured from the way they behave when they are not insured.

In other words, if one person out of 10,000 has his car set on fire, and it costs an average of $10,000 to restore the car to its previous condition, then it might seem as if charging one dollar to all 10,000 people would be enough to cover the cost of paying $10,000 to the one person whose car that will need to be repaired. But the joker in this deal is that people whose cars are insured may not be as cautious as other people are about what kinds of neighborhoods they park their car in.

The same principle applies to government policies. When taxpayer-subsidized government insurance policies protect people against flood damage, more people are willing to live in places where there are greater dangers of flooding. Often these are luxury beach front homes with great views of the ocean. So what if they suffer flood damage once every decade or so, if Uncle Sam is picking up the tab for restoring everything?

Television reporter John Stossel has told how he got government insurance “dirt cheap” to insure a home only a hundred feet from the ocean. Eventually, the ocean moved in and did a lot of damage, but the taxpayer-subsidized insurance covered the costs of fixing it. Four years later, the ocean came in again, and this time it took out the whole house. But the taxpayer-subsidized government insurance paid to replace the whole house.

This was not a unique experience. More than 25,000 properties have received government flood insurance payments more than four times. Over a period of 28 years, more than 4,000 properties received government insurance payments exceeding the total value of the property. If you are located in a dangerous place, repeated damage can easily add up to more than the property is worth, especially if the property is damaged and then later wiped out completely, as John Stossel’s ocean-front home was.

Although “moral hazard” is an insurance term, it applies to other government policies besides insurance. International studies show that people in countries with more generous and long-lasting unemployment compensation spend less time looking for jobs. In the United States, where unemployment compensation is less generous than in Western Europe, unemployed Americans spend more hours looking for work than do unemployed Europeans in countries with more generous unemployment compensation.

People change their behavior in other ways when the government pays with the taxpayers’ money. After welfare became more readily available in the 1960s, unwed motherhood skyrocketed. The country is still paying the price for that– of which the money is the least of it. Children raised by single mothers on welfare have far higher rates of crime, welfare and other social pathology.

San Francisco has been one of the most generous cities in the country when it comes to subsidizing the homeless. Should we be surprised that homelessness is a big problem in San Francisco?

Most people are not born homeless. They usually become homeless because of their own behavior, and the friends and family they alienate to the point that those who know them will not help them. People with mental problems may not be able to help their behavior, but the rest of them can.

We hear a lot of talk about “safety nets” from big-government liberals, who act as if there is a certain pre-destined amount of harm that people will suffer, so that it is just a question of the government helping those who are harmed. But we hear very little about “moral hazard” from big-government liberals. We all need safety nets. That is why we “save for a rainy day,” instead of living it up to the limit of our income and beyond.

We also hear a lot of talk about “the uninsured,” for whose benefit we are to drastically change the whole medical-care system. But income data show that many of those uninsured people have incomes from which they could easily afford insurance. But they can live it up instead, because the government has mandated that hospital emergency rooms treat everyone.

All of this is a large hazard to taxpayers. And it is not very moral.

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