Under the Government Bus

Jeff Sessions, the great Senator from Alabama,  is constantly talking about how the influx of illegals is damaging job prospects for American workers.  We usually think of this as affecting mostly farm and service jobs, but the reality is that it impacts every job.  IT workers are living on a salary that it the equivalent of that in the Clinton years.  On the low end the influx of illegals is devastating working poor Americans and for the middle class the H1B program has robbed skilled workers of opportunity.

Who do we blame for this.  The answer is simple, the Federal Government.  These are policies shaped strictly by large corporate contributions to PACs and candidates.  Companies that want to keep wages low have maneuvered our representatives into giving away the opportunity due American citizens.  This is all in the name of corporate profit and political gain.

As food inflation hits record highs, poverty hits record highs and the number of people on government assistance explodes, these policies, which penalize the majority of working Americans, remain unchanged.  Perhaps the news cycle, instead of focusing on ISIS, domestic violence in the NFL, the Kardashians, and Ferguson should focus on helping the majority of US citizens.  All the other stuff may be important, but compared to the misery the sell out of our citizenship has caused, it is little.

The solution is simple.  We need to close the borders and create huge penalties for hiring illegal workers.  Then we need to cancel the H1B program altogether.  The prosperity and the security for every US citizen will go up dramatically.  With hiring for illegal workers stopped, the ones here illegally will go home on their own.  Amazing.

It is a shame that so few in government are patriots to the tune of caring out our own citizens.

 

Our Failing Educational System

In all the hubbub about common core, which is already starting to create havoc in our schools systems, I seldom see anyone ask what type of product our school systems need  to produce.  To look at some of the exam questions today the answer might be that we are trying to produce avid environmentalists, or crusaders for social justice.  Instead of molding our youth to become successful career minded, conscientious, independently thinking positive contributing members of society we are inundating them with propaganda and government approved theories of how society ought to function.

Yes, education should accomplish specific things.  Below is a list of the things I see that should be part of a minimal education.  Judge for yourself, but I do not see our system as doing these things consistently.

1.)  Reading — every child should graduate high school and be literate.

2.) Writing — every child should be able to write coherently.

3.)  Arithmetic — every child should have master addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication and basic Algebra.

4.) American History — every child should know why we exist and the history behind out Constitution.

5.)  World History — every child should have a general understanding of world history, of empires and wars, atrocities, and governments.

4.) Science — every child should have a firm foundation in chemistry, physics, and biology.

5.)  Economics — every child needs to understand how goods and services are produced and how that results opportunity.

6.) Critical thinking and memorization  — every child should be taught critical thinking skills and be required to memorize substantial amounts of material ranging from history to multiplication tables.  The most important thing education can do is train children’s minds so that they can absorb the skills needed in an ever increasingly technological world.

You can teach someone a set of manual skills which when that process becomes automated those skills become out of date.  However, if you train someone how to manage the automation they can now work in multiple industries at a higher wage than when it was just manual labor.    Further, if schools will provide their students with basic set of work conventions and expectations skills then the graduates would be better prepared to support themselves and their families.

Education in this country has been on path where it is not meeting the goals outlined above.  Nevertheless it costs more than ever.  It is not about the money, it is about the curriculum and the time focused on having standards for the students.  Many of the processes in Common Core, although advertised as creating those standards, actually lowers the standards and dumbs down the curriculum.  That is why home-schooled children often outperform their in public school counterparts.  If the focus was education and met the goals above our society would reach new heights.