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  •  You and I think exactly alike and it's (4+ / 0-)

    true. I no longer broadcast these thoughts when I'm discussing this with people, because it sounds like whining about 'Pubs, but it's true.

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:26:03 AM PST

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    •  As a concrete example... (3+ / 0-)
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      Here in Georgia, there was recently a report in the papers about the number of teachers.  Of course, Georgia has been Republican the entire time, so keep that in mind.  But still, from 2009-2012, Georgia lost more than 7800 teachers.  During this time, student enrollment continued to grow.  If the number of teachers had kept up with growth, then, we're looking at least 8000 more teachers across the state.  

      Now, that's not a ton of jobs in a state this size - but it's indicative of across the board hiring decisions.  I don't know enough about economics to talk about multiplier effects, but I assume that's going on as well.  

      The politicians blame it on the need to balance a budget and the recession, but leave out that Georgia has some of the lowest taxes per-capita in the country.  In other words, we weren't forced to cut like crazy (or to pay back federal loans for extended unemployment insurance by whacking the future unemployed, etc. etc.).  

      •  That's a great example (1+ / 0-)
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        and we are seeing the same in NC. Since 2008, teacher pay in NC has fallen from the mid-20s to 48th in the nation with a 1% raise in the past 6 years. Since 2011, the GOP-led legislature has eliminated teacher tenure, cut education funding in a growing state and eliminated the cap on charter schools, resulting in explosive growth of largely unregulated charters that pull largely middle class kids out of the public schools.

        Teachers are now faced with low pay, crowded classes, a higher concentration of poor students and fewer middle class parent volunteers - it's a recipe for a disaster in public education. Teachers are leaving NC in droves.

        Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

        by bear83 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:26:50 AM PST

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