As a public school teacher of 42 years, I read with an ironic sense of amusement, the opening paragraph from the article pertaining to school funding: “A bipartisan bill from the state Senate makes another attempt at eliminating the dependence on local tax levies to pay for public schools, but it doesn’t offer a concrete way to pay for it.”
Let’s all pause for a moment to review this bipartisan masterpiece: 1) It attempts to eliminate levies as a means to pay for public schools. 2) The proposed bill offers no specific plan to accomplish this funding.
I actually double-checked the source of this article to make certain it came from the AP and not “The Onion.”
Can’t you just visualize somebody actually uttering something along these lines: “Fellow colleagues, after much effort and debate, in this our second overtime session, we have decided to submit, with a straight face, this phantom bill designed to improve school funding. This is merely another demonstration of the kinds of decisive actions we regularly take to earn our 11 percent bump. Now, let’s get the heck out of this gulag and pick up our free tickets to the US Open. Remember, we must conduct business to justify the freebies. Fortunately the “ business” can be conducted on any of the eighteen World Class holes on the course, as well as the nineteenth hole off the course. Don’t forget to generously tip your waitpersons using your taxpayer provided per diem.”
I’m old enough to remember the famous quote from the comic strip philosopher, Pogo, “We have met the enemy, and it is us.” After all, we continue sending these people into office, don’t we?!