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News from the Plains: All this Red can make you Blue

We're Number 42!
by Barry Friedman

Oklahoma’s current pace of progress is not enough to meet future workforce needs
Progress? We don't need to stinking progress. We have our freedom, we have our guns, and we have our Swons.

In a recent study released Georgetown Center on Education, Oklahoma ranked 42nd in the nation for the number of adults who have college degrees, up from 43rd place.

That's right, up from 43rd.

Ain't no stopping us now.

Actually, there's plenty stopping us.

Congressman, Senators, come on down.

First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine

Q: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms to be eligible for federal grants?

A: No. I support funding of education at the local level. The federal government should not be in the business of funding education or setting standards for the states to meet.

Right. We don't need no stinking federal government money, we don't need it imposing national standards. If we want to allow the use of tax dollars for the teaching of creation stories and fanciful tales of Christ slaying the dinosaurs in science class, as does Louisiana, who's to say we can't? Godless Humanists? Chuck Schumer? The ghost of Albert Shanker?

Senator Tom Coburn

America became a great and prosperous nation in part through strong local education that was controlled by parents, families, faith-based groups and community organizations.
Help me out here, because I keep looking and looking and looking and can't find where the senator mentions, you know, (Lewis Black delivery here) teachers.

And for higher education to work, let's be clear, before anyone even gets to college, Oklahoma, the study concluded, has to "close the attainment gaps that exist by race and class to work at the local level."

Senator Jim Inhofe

Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers"

Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects.

Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies.

Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education.

Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors.

Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction.
Did he always vote NO? No.
Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer.

Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education.

So, there you go: NO on money for learning centers and closing corporate tax loopholes for teachers salaries and books but YES on the Lord's Prayer and money to promote virginity.

Here's why it matters:

“Research from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce tells us that 57 percent of all Oklahoma jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, which works to increase college completion in the U.S.
Intact hymens will not matter as much as Associates Degrees.

Your Top Ten

1. Massachusetts
2. Colorado
3. Minnesota
4. Connecticut
5. Vermont
6. New Hampshire
7. Maryland
8. New Jersey
9. Virginia
10. North Dakota
If you remember, last week, Oklahoma was ranked 5th freest state in the nation by an organization that has close ties with the Koch Brothers (as in owned by them), so take that, Massachusetts, with all your, pffft, graduates and high-paying jobs.

Our bumper stickers kick your bumper stickers' ass!

Your Bottom Ten

41. North Carolina
42. Oklahoma
43. Alabama
44. Louisiana
45. Wyoming
46. Indiana
47. Kentucky
48. Mississippi
49. Arkansas
50. West Virginia
Notice anything?

Anyway, kind of hard to know what Alabama did that made it possible for Oklahoma to leap frog into the Top 42, but congratulations to all state legislators in OKC this session who decided that what we needed here was less money for education, but more for guns and prayer

West Virginia, we're coming for you.

“If we intend to develop the talent needed to meet future workforce needs," said Merisotis, "we must improve the delivery of a high-quality education to the growing numbers of low-income, first-generation, minority and adult students.”
Take a look at the list again. It pretty black and white--uh, Blue and Red.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Oklahoma Is KO. (3+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Rogneid, hnichols
  •  42? (7+ / 0-)

    If I am not mistaken, that is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 04:38:53 AM PDT

  •  What you are looking at are the socialist (2+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, jabney

    states. What their politicians are really against is the nation, uniform standards promulgated by a central authority. They are against what they are a part of to the point of denying they are a part of it. Why? For some reason, it strikes them as impolitic to admit that the central authority is responsible for the issuance of all currency. Maintaining the myth that the banks (run by their bankster friends) are actually in control of the money has become most important because, if the myth is exposed as a fraud, then the Congress becomes immediately liable for all the disruption its rationing of the money supply has caused. Deniability is the base on which their power rests.
    The electorate are dissatisfied with Congress, but the majority don't know exactly why or where the problem lies. The people they elect all protest their impotence, as if to assure the virgin that just one little fuck won't take. They don't realize they've been exploited until it's too late. Our national habit of blaming the victims doesn't help.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 04:57:28 AM PDT

    •  Except Their Beloved Corporations Are National (1+ / 0-)
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      hnichols

      and global.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 06:35:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  True. But most are registered (authorized) (0+ / 0-)

        by states, especially Delaware, NorthDakota, etc.
        Their ability to operate in neighboring states and across state lines is a matter of comity. Some enterprises, such as insurance companies, are restricted to operating in the states in whi ch they are registered. That was a big issue in the ACA because a public option would have overridden state regulation by insurance commissions that, like utility commissions, have a vested interest in keeping power.

        Georgia wanted an exemption from the requirement that the administrative costs of medical insurance amount to no more than 15% because it is customary for insurance agents to keep 25% of the first year's premium as their commission. This is an example of how, traditionally, regulators at state and national levels were tasked with providing support and benefits (protection from competitors or poachers) to the enterprises which they make regular and less risky. Business risk, from the perspective of business, is something the agents of the state are supposed to mitigate. Promoting the interests of individual citizens and consumers is a heretical expectation.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:15:53 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  And it wouldn't be quite so bad (3+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, Gooserock, hnichols

    to be ranked 42nd or even 50th....if the US was ranked #1 world-wide. But we come in at #17. That's pretty pathetic, especially given what education costs us in this country. College tuitions can pretty much put you in the poor house. The rest of the developed world is beating our pants off.

  •  In Oklahoma our goal (0+ / 0-)

    is an ultrasound for every uterus.

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