The Argument by the GOP

Posted: November 26, 2020 in News and politics
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The new argument I hear the last few days from Republican leaders, governors, and legislators are that having an education is terrible. Especially an education that specifically qualifies you for the job for which you are being considered! It is also reprehensible that you correspond with and interact with people who specialize in the things your job will entail. Or at least this is what people like Mark Rubio said about
Biden’s picks so far for his administration! Tom Cotton Ark., Josh Hawley of Mo., and Rubio of Fla., all despaired about the fact that all of Biden’s picks so far are all highly educated and have in-government expertise! Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noam, criticized “supposed science experts” who want to take our rights away by making us wear masks and other safeguards. Currently, South Dakota is doing none of the things recommended by the scientific community and are increasing their numbers of infections and deaths at a tremendous rate, now the highest in our union! So yes, they are free, free to die!

Where did the GOP get the idea that education and science are the enemies? That all media companies are liars and in some plot against the GOP? That we should suspect any findings by law enforcement, even the FBI and CIA? Wait, I think a guy named Trump started all of that. In all fairness, there have been anti-science and anti-education memes that sprung up about climate change, even before Trump, but he turned it into a call to arms! According to Trump and his sycophants, all of the world scientists formed a cabal intent on misleading the world! It all comes down to money. Big industry does not like climate change because it cuts into the profit margin to deal with it. The movers and shakers on Wall Street hate the thought of universal healthcare as it is stock driven, and profits to its rich stock portfolios driven by higher drug and healthcare costs are what is important to them. You are supposed just to shut up and die, or you are unpatriotic! Healthcare is a money maker the way it is set up now; in the U.S., we die sooner, are unhealthy more often, and our healthcare is way more expensive nationally than countries that supply it to all of its citizens equally!

So the uneducated tend to blame the educated for their woes. Sure, a lot of it is put upon them by educated people! But that is more attributable to their greed and avarice than it is education! But it makes education and science easy targets when you want to pollute at will and make healthcare a money grab devoid of actually providing a healthy outcome! So it has to change, and I believe it will eventually. Instead of spending more on the military than almost all of our allies put together, we need to make a switch to education, from pre-school to college graduation! We need to do it without putting students in so much debt they shy away from education, but instead rewarding those who choose it! I hold no college degrees, even though I attended on and off my whole working life! I do own an entire wall of certificates and diplomas from job-related schools, and I am a voracious reader. But if I could have afforded an Ivy League or higher education at college or university level, you bet, I would have been right there! And that is what we need to strive for! And at the basic level, we need to treat our teachers in K12 with respect and pay that attracts and keeps quality teachers at the helm of education. I did raise a teacher/college professor who is now the Principal of a reasonably large school here in the Southland! Best I could do!

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