Undocumented Workers just want to do the jobs that common Americans are unwilling to do. Oh, and also cost the American taxpayers almost $20,000 dollars for each low-skilled “worker” household annually.

It’s funny, but the United States used to be a Republic. You know, a nation of laws, not of men. I guess that if enough people break a law then it was a bad law to begin with and they should instead be rewarded.

I guess we must be a democracy now.

Link to Executive Summary: The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayer

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all

Naomi Wolf
Tuesday April 24, 2007

Guardian
Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody.

They were not figuring these things out as they went along. If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more and less bloody, more and less terrifying ways. But it is always effective. It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy – but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps.

As difficult as this is to contemplate, it is clear, if you are willing to look, that each of these 10 steps has already been initiated today in the United States by the Bush administration.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329789179-103680,00.html

WASL math becomes political | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA

It sounds to me as if "political" is just a euphemism for "duck-and-run" as far as state and union officials are concerned. Given the choice between delaying the WASL math requirements for 3 years, or failing 49% of the students and facing an angry backlash from parents, what do you think the politicians will do?

The cowards in Olympia will do the expedient thing, and the finger-pointing will continue from all sides until some enterprising legislator suggests that we "relax" the requirements and everyone runs pell-mell to lower standards in order to look good to their constituents. Chris Vance’s statement, that "it’s just not politically possible" to tell parents the truth and make them face the consequences of their choices for government and education leaders is a graphic illustration of why the Republicans will continue to hold a minority position in the House. I think spelling lessons should be the first course of order, starting with the word "backbone".

Gregiore – the feel-good liberal of choice is worried about "demoralized" students, never mind the fact that they will be taking remedial math courses when they get into college, and wondering why they even bothered with high school (assuming they get into college with their correspondingly low SATs). Charles Hasse, president of the WEA has the most telling quote in the article, pointing his finger at the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s "poor testing policy" which could be taken to mean that the teachers are teaching to the test rather than teaching good math skills in order to get a high graduation rate, and their dereliction has finally caught up with them.

It’s not a matter of "too little money for school reform" as stated in the article, but too little determination by politicians, school officials, union leaders, and parents to affect change for the benefit of our students in spite of the political fallout.

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