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Helen Thomas: "Faltering U.S. Schools Are National Disgrace" [GRAPHIC IMAGES, LIBERAL LUNACY]
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 28 Apr 10 | Helen "National Disgrace" Thomas

Posted on 04/28/2010 3:28:09 PM PDT by seanmerc

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama needs to wake up to the fact that the nation’s school systems are going down the drain.

Thousands of teachers are facing a payless summer. Millions of school children are looking at a drop in educational standards and bigger classes.

We are depriving students of their right to a decent education.

Granted that school systems are under state control, the federal government needs to step up and help them overcome their financial woes.

Aren’t the schools too important to fail?

U.S. priorities are to spend billions every week for the unjustified and unexplained wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the maintenance of hundreds of U.S. military bases around the world. At the same time, we neglect the nation’s schools when teachers affect eternity. It’s a national disgrace.

As Lyndon B. Johnson, a former school teacher, used to say: “Education is the passport to a better life.”

Obama had a great education and presumably knows its worth. But what are our national priorities? What does it matter if we win the whole world militarily but lose our learning?

Obama promised change. But change from his predecessor’s policies and priorities required a giant leap, and he has not made it.

It takes great courage to turn a country around. The president has to be reminded that he has dug us into a Vietnam-style quagmire in Afghanistan. Nine years of killing and dying in Afghanistan are enough. The Russians were in Afghanistan for 10 years before departing. It took courage for them to leave.

It’s too bad Obama does not have knowledge of the Vietnam era. If he had, he would never have committed American troops to widen the war in Afghanistan.

Too many civilians are caught in the crossfire in Afghanistan between allied forces, the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Recently, four young Iraqis returning from a soccer game were killed, mistaken as “insurgents,” meaning the enemy. I’m sure that “regrets” were sent to the families for the “mistake.” Who is to blame? Normally when you invade and occupy a country, YOU are the enemy!

Unprovoked, preemptive war was the hallmark of former President George W. Bush, who yearned to be known as a “war president.”

Real “war presidents” like Dwight D. Eisenhower -- the hero of World War II -- knew better. When Eisenhower arranged a cease fire with North Korea and pulled most U.S. forces out of Korea after winning the presidency in 1952, there was a huge sense of relief in the country.

How many Americans and Koreans are still alive today because of that move?

Yes, breaking up is hard to do.

As for Vietnam, after widespread protests against the 15-year-long war and with North Vietnamese armies poised to overrun Saigon, President Gerald R. Ford withdrew the last U.S. forces. We’re friends now with Vietnam, with an amazing lack of bitterness on the Vietnamese side. American presidents should learn that winning the hearts and minds of people who have been occupied by U.S. forces is asking a lot.

The president and Congress need to stop spending the nation’s treasure on war while simultaneously neglecting children, our most important assets.

The Washington Post reported last week that “from coast to coast, public schools face the threat of thousands of layoffs this year in a fiscal crunch and fewer programs to help students in need.”

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has proposed a $23 billion federal bailout to help states avert teacher layoffs. This is a pittance compared to the cost of enforcing U.S. foreign policy around the world.


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Leave it to HT to turn an education discussion into an antiwar rant.
1 posted on 04/28/2010 3:28:09 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Of course they think the answer is more money.. lol.


2 posted on 04/28/2010 3:28:49 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: seanmerc

What.... couldn’t make the pic large enough???? :)


3 posted on 04/28/2010 3:29:54 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-3-10!)
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To: beckysueb; Beowulf9; DirtyHarryY2K; freedomlover; greatdefender; holly go-rightly; ...
Yoo-hoo, Helen Thomas ping list members! This is classic HT nonsense...
4 posted on 04/28/2010 3:29:55 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Of course schools and education is going down the drain, but it ain’t for lack of the government being involved...

They need to get the heck out, stop pushing their liberal indoctrination and regulating crap and I’m sure things will get much better.


5 posted on 04/28/2010 3:30:04 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (I'll just say the 2nd amendment to the Constitution is there for a reason!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

I can work on making the picture bigger, if you like...


6 posted on 04/28/2010 3:31:02 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

It is about getting $23 billion to bailout teachers unions. The Dems just keep bailing out union workers.


7 posted on 04/28/2010 3:31:06 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: seanmerc

Curses for posting that.


8 posted on 04/28/2010 3:31:42 PM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: GeronL

I heard this morning that The Peoples Republic of NJ pays on the average of $19,000 per student.

Yes, the Teachers Unions suck and must be destroyed.


9 posted on 04/28/2010 3:32:07 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-3-10!)
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To: seanmerc

LOL! Nooooooo thanks. :)


10 posted on 04/28/2010 3:32:50 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-3-10!)
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To: seanmerc

11 posted on 04/28/2010 3:33:32 PM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: seanmerc

Wait wait... let me guess this one:

The fix is MORE GOVERNMENT MONEY for schools!

How’d I do?


12 posted on 04/28/2010 3:38:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: seanmerc
As Lyndon B. Johnson, a former school teacher, used to say: “Education is the passport to a better life.”

And Johnson, who was known to insist that most of his female clerks have sex with him, also said, "I need five minutes with you." Helen Thomas and Lyndon Johnson were both pigs.

13 posted on 04/28/2010 3:39:48 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: seanmerc

In the late 50’s my classes at a Catholic school had 50+ kids in them..and just one nun. We behaved..and learned.


14 posted on 04/28/2010 3:41:59 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: Lucky9teen

The more taxpayer dollar$ get thrown at public schrewl education the worse the end product becomes.


15 posted on 04/28/2010 3:42:22 PM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: seanmerc

It’s demonstrable that the schools have been shoddy for years.

They produced her.


16 posted on 04/28/2010 3:44:34 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: seanmerc

This is NOT about students.

IT IS ABOUT TEACHERS UNIONS AND THEIR PENSIONS.

America, you have been had.
Deal with it, or pay with uneducated indoctrinated morons reporting YOU to the authorities.


17 posted on 04/28/2010 3:46:07 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Lucky9teen

Right under her nose is the example of the Washington public school system. A lack of money is not the problem. The problem is the schools are in the hands of venal and/or stupid people.


18 posted on 04/28/2010 3:50:04 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: seanmerc

Hey Helen! Thank your fellow Leftists for dumbing down America! You should be proud!


19 posted on 04/28/2010 3:50:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (?)
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To: Natural Born 54

Sigh- I feel as though my childrens children will be listening to her drivel. I guess its true only the good die young......


20 posted on 04/28/2010 3:57:44 PM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: seanmerc
Impossible!

After all, our magnificent Department of Public Education (DOPE) is on the job...

21 posted on 04/28/2010 4:01:47 PM PDT by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: seanmerc

The faltering schools have been run by liberals for decades...it’s the incompetence of liberals that have condemned more than a generation.


23 posted on 04/28/2010 4:06:15 PM PDT by highlander_UW (First we take down the Democrats, then we clean the Augean stable that is the GOP.)
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To: GeronL

Helen... We could use more money to fund education if it weren’t for the fact that the federal government has already taken it away from us to fund Obamacare, cash for clunkers, and the GM bailout.


24 posted on 04/28/2010 4:10:14 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: seanmerc
We are depriving students of their right to a decent education

When did it become a right?

Give us more money or your kids will be stupid!!

25 posted on 04/28/2010 4:11:08 PM PDT by winodog
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To: Morgana

And what would that be?


26 posted on 04/28/2010 4:19:06 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: GeronL

Isnt ther a movie by that name. Mo money, Mo Money

It’s the democrat scream every couple of years, Mo money for schools.

The scores go down and still they scream Mo money.


27 posted on 04/28/2010 4:23:49 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I saw her on Varney & Co. the other day. She is a major loon. For all the times she has seen government fail miserably at everything it does, she still calls for even more government. She’s crazier than an outhouse rat.


28 posted on 04/28/2010 4:48:25 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: seanmerc

Good God no matter how one steels oneself, this harridan is so brutally and God awful UGLY!!!


29 posted on 04/28/2010 4:53:43 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: John-Irish

Somebody said that if she had any brothers and sisters, they must be pretty good-looking because she soaked up all the ugly in that family.


30 posted on 04/28/2010 4:59:37 PM PDT by seanmerc
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Does anyone actually believe that we have not spent enough on education? No amount of money can fix the main problems with education, such as single parent families, a drug culture, and absentee parenting. Until women stop shacking up with every Tom, Dick, and Harry and flooding society with bastards, nothing good is going to happen. The problem with education is a moral and spiritual problem, and money cannot fix that. I see the affects of parent-less children every day in our schools and housing projects. I have spent my life trying to help these kids, and it is discouraging to see that more and more young women pregnant, and many have no clue who the father is.
31 posted on 04/28/2010 5:35:28 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: seanmerc

OMG The humanity


32 posted on 04/28/2010 6:19:10 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: ExtremeUnction

I wonder if Helen Thomas ever hit on Ronald Reagan Hollywood friends LOL!


33 posted on 04/28/2010 6:20:13 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: Mr. K

A++


34 posted on 04/28/2010 7:34:06 PM PDT by hyperconservative (bring back gridlock now!)
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To: seanmerc

Faltering U.S. Schools Are National Disgrace....

...thanks to liberal mindsets, methods and agenda.


35 posted on 04/28/2010 7:35:05 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: seanmerc

Oh, Hellen, come to California and see what decades of a Democrat-controlled legislature have wrought.

I asked several juniors in the high school I work at who Thomas Jefferson was; none of them knew. In two years, they’ll be voters.

And, Hellen dear, they don’t read newspapers either!


36 posted on 04/28/2010 10:23:47 PM PDT by Melian (The two most common elements in the world are hydrogen and stupidity.)
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To: seanmerc

Oh, good grief. I was actually reading the article...


37 posted on 04/29/2010 9:05:48 AM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters, now.)
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To: seanmerc

Hey Helen, how bout the Federal. government gets the hell out of education PERIOD. Let each state handle their own and that puts and end to the Federal government indoctrination of the kids. Soon we will have 2-3 generations of good little commie kids.


38 posted on 04/29/2010 9:09:41 AM PDT by mojitojoe (“Our leaders seek to pit us against one another, and torment us relentlessly."Mark Levin)
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To: ExtremeUnction

“In the late 50’s my classes at a Catholic school had 50+ kids in them..and just one nun. We behaved..and learned.”

Yes, and that Nun was a great believer in Teddy Roosevelt...she spoke softly and carried a big ruler.


39 posted on 05/02/2010 8:57:50 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: ExtremeUnction

Huh, that reminds me of some managers I’ve had in the past...


40 posted on 05/12/2010 8:17:44 PM PDT by Silicon Cowboy
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