Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 30, 2017
One of my Progressive friends and I recently discussed the pros and cons of Liberal socio-economic policies. During that discussion my friend questioned my empathy for the less fortunate stating: “”There are a lot of arguments as to why we are short and where the jobs are but the fact remains we have people who cannot survive. I simply don’t understand how making people’s lives miserable somehow makes my life better. Their plan (conservatives) is akin to just yelling ‘Get a Job.’”
It is disappointing that liberals believe, or at least profess to believe, that those with different policy opinions are somehow less empathetic than they are. Inherent in their view is the belief that government and governmental programs improve the lives of the less fortunate. This decades old view had the potential for being correct during the 1960s when the great experiments were initiated. But history has since made its judgment and it concludes the programs have been a failure.
Posted is a graph of the US poverty rate since 1960, but prior to Obama and Trump. Going back a few years helps remove the current partisan political rancor. These numbers and the trajectory of this graph indicate that the poor have fared worse under Progressive policies initiated in the 1960s through the Great Society programs. Many these programs continue to this today.
While this graph does not answer the question of cause and effect, it at least raises a red light. At best, these unacceptable results emanated from bad socio-economic policy. The alternative is that things have turned out just as the political-elites designed. Conclusion; those who promoted the feel-good economic policies of the past five decades, both Democrats and Republicans, own the results. Continuing these Progressive policies will offer the same trends, which will also give the political class the ability to grab more power through offering economic solutions for problems their policies created.
It is time for society use object results instead of feel good talking points to determine public policies. However, this logical approach would usurp power from the ruling political class, which they will not give up easily.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 21, 2013
In another sign of misguided Progressive logic, a Massachusetts principal canceled the school’s traditional Honors Night so as to not offend average or nonperforming students. According to the Dailymail.co.uk, David Fabrizio, first year principal of Ipswich Middle School in Massachusetts, canceled its traditional Honors Night that had given special recognition to its top students. In canceling the event, Fabrizio indicated that its continuation would be “devastating” for those students whose grades were not up to the required standards. In an email he further said: “The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average.”
Some in the community were outraged by the action forcing further explanation from Principal Fabrizio who said: “We changed our Honors Night from an exclusive ceremony at night to an all-inclusive ceremony during the day in the presence of the entire student body. During this ceremony we will honor those who have excelled in academics, in athletics, in the arts and in the related arts. Any reports to the contrary are incorrect.’
Let’s see, first Fabrizio indicates he is canceling the program so as to not offend those students who were not good enough to make the grade. Then, adding insult to injury, he compares the accomplishments of honor students to those who have excelled in athletics and other extracurricular activities. It is Progressive gibberish such as this that has helped lead to the degradation of America’s educational institutions.
The dumbing down of Americans and sapping the individual of competitive spirit goes a long way towards explaining many of the problems facing our society. Throwing money at education cannot overcome the handicap given our young citizens by removing reality from their growing experience.
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