2.19.2012

Idiota - Santorum is Missing a Few Marbles

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum Says Obama Thinks Man Should Serve the Earth 



I'm trying to be open-minded to this man, but he doesn't make it easy.  He says man's role is to husband the earth's resources and be good stewards of the earth.  Well said, but wrong.  Mother Earth has been here for billions of years and man has only been here for a tiny fraction of that time.  She doesn't need a man.  

To go deeper... If mankind were to die today, Mother Earth would keep on turning and frankly, over time, would repair the damage we did.    However, if Mother Earth died today - she'd take us and all living beings with her. So to say the Earth is a priority over Man is correct.  Her fate is our own.  Civilizations throughout the ages knew that.  For some reason, we've lost that focus and so has Santorum.  Fortunately, Santorum has reminded us that President Obama has not lost that focus, so there is hope for us all if we re-elect Barack Obama.  

I think what he's trying to say is our focus should be on ourselves (what else would an alleged conservative say?), and tend to the earth after damage is done.   For example, in his mind, there's no need for regulations on oil companies.   Let them do their thing and when the next Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon disaster comes up (and it WILL) then we'll worry about how to clean it up.   

Most of the rest of us know we cannot wait until disaster happens to fix things.  It's too late then.  We cannot wait until global warming becomes irreversible - we'll all be dead by then.  And just because it's unlikely that "The Event" will occur in our lifetime doesn't mean it won't happen and doesn't mean we should disregard it.  Our descendants will bear that cost if we do nothing.  A conservative - especially ones who speak so passionately about public debt - should understand.  Santorum doesn't.    



Mr. Santorum goes on to talk about his ideas on education.  He says parents should run schools, not the federal government, not the state, not local municipalities - but parents.   It's an idea of a long by-gone era - pre-Civil War America - where communities came together to build schools.   In this idea, Mr. Santorum has a point - but a woefully misguided one.   

For starters, parents are no longer involved in education as we once were.  It is a travesty, but the truth.  Particularly in poverty-stricken areas in America where the parent either works two jobs just to keep food on the table or strung on out crack or too drunk to attend or care about Parent-Teacher meetings.  The same is true in many suburban school districts.  For whatever reason, parental participation has fallen off a cliff.  

But let's take Mr. Santorum at his word - his idea that parents run schools.  Okay, then who decides on where the school is located?  Who decides which contractors to build a school or an extension?  Who interviews the teachers?  Who will discipline the kids (and the teachers) when needed?  Who will make up the curriculum for teachers to follow?  Who decides on teacher pay?  Who is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the school?  We can get Newt Gingrich and his kids to clean the bathrooms so that shouldn't be a problem, but what if the plumbing breaks?  Who fixes it? Who is responsible for fire, tornado, hurricane, earthquake evacuations?   

It's a full time job to run a school.  The parents would need some mechanism to hire a superintendent, pay him/her a fair salary and give him/her clear directions on what they want from the school.  Parents cannot get together to meet on every such decision they run busy lives themselves, hence the idea of a school board.  Then there's the money.  What are parents to do, pass around a collection plate every month and deposit funds into a PayPal account?  No!  The most logical mechanism for collecting money to pay for school is through the local and state government - through property taxes and school bonds.  

So, Mr. Santorum, if America were to take you up on your fabulous offer to turn back the clock to 1812 we would simply wind up right back where we are today - albeit woefully unprepared for the modern era.  We don't have time for fanciful time travel, so suck it up!  The people who are going to elect you are perfectly okay with public schools being public!   So if you want to help, work with what we have already agreed to.  As I've said many times:  either lead, follow, or get out of the way.  

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