Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Free Market Success In New Orleans

From the Reason Foundation...

"Following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans public school administrators thought they'd shut down for the entire school year. Meanwhile, Reason's Shikha Dalmia reports, "14 of the 34 schools operated by the Archdiocese of New Orleans are already up and running with many more slated to open by Christmas. Despite the financial strain, the schools found creative ways to collaborate with each other and cope with the lack of safe drinking water, power and other basic city services. For instance, notes William Maestri, the Superintendent of Catholic schools, some of his schools ran a double shift, beginning the school day at 7 am and ending it after 6 pm. One school accommodated 3,000 students from 14 area schools in this way." Dalmia examines how private schools, charters and vouchers are filling the needs of New Orleans students."
Education Research and Commentary

A True Fiscal Conservative Calls Out The GOP

"At the national level, where President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress are presiding over the largest expansion of government since LBJ's Great Society, things are no better. Our political base expects elected leaders to cut both tax rates and spending, because they know that the real tax burden is reflected in the overall size of government."
Dick Armey
(from his op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Nov. 29th)

I admire and respect Mr. Armey but I don't believe the GOP will ever shrink the size of our federal government. Once they gain power, they forget their campaign promises. When will the so called fiscal conservative voters in this nation stop sending these liars to Washington ? At least a hardcore leftist is honest enough to tell us that they want to redistribute our wealth.

I can tolerate that better than a Republican liar.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Law And Education

"You say: "There are persons who lack education," and you turn to the law. But the law is not, in itself, a torch of learning which shines its light abroad. The law extends over a society where some persons have knowledge and others do not; where some citizens need to learn, and others can teach. In this matter of education, the law has only two alternatives: It can permit this transaction of teaching-and-learning to operate freely and without the use of force, or it can force human wills in this matter by taking from some of them enough to pay the teachers who are appointed by government to instruct others, without charge. But in this second case, the law commits legal plunder by violating liberty and property."
Frederic Bastiat