Marginal Sanity Returns to California
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  • bpuharic

    One can hardly miss the sense of puritanical concern over such wasteful spending as mental health care and education spending. Meanwhile, moral hazard tax expenditures on the 4 largest banks amount to about $100 billion a year. The elites, it seems, are worried the hoi polloi might get used to the soft life of having educated children whose teeth aren’t rotting.

    • Bruno_Behrend

      Where is the evidence that spending what amounts to $11K/kid on an army of worthless bureaucrats and underwhelming teacher recruits.

      America doesn’t need more education spending, but better education spending.

      This is accomplished by dismantling and then abandoning the failed “district” system and having the money follow the child to a vast new array of independent education options.

      After decades of gushing spending on superintendents, assistants, coordinators, and other worthless “makework” jobs, it’s time rethink the idiocy of measuring dollars alone.

      Charters, vouchers, education savings accounts and independent schools are what is needed. A mass firing of the 700+% growth in administration can be used to finance the transition.

      “Reform” has failed. It is time for dismantlement and transformation.

  • ljgude

    For me this is an indication that even the most delusional Blue state governor is sane in comparison to the politicians in Washington. Governor Moonbeam has the sense to not immediately spend a surplus, but Washington is going on like 2008 never happened. Of course that is because they can keep selling themselves bonds and pretending its all OK. And I don’t believe the Republicans in Washington have any answers other than open ended Keynesian stimulus either.

    • Ulysses4033

      That’s pretty funny. You think Gov. Brown wouldn’t behave like all the rest of them were he in Washington with the ever-churning printing press?

      • ljgude

        No I think he would behave the same or even more so – particularly given his basic character which I see as unfettered blue sky, Blue Model optimism. I think he clings to that high speed rail project because it is his teddy bear, not because it has any rational basis – social environmental, or fiscal.

  • Ulysses4033

    Prof. Mead has an inexplicable soft spot for our lefty governor, who has bet the farm on unsustainable boondoggles like high speed railroads and “green” energy, while promoting budgets that are technically balanced by ignoring necessary pension payments that amount to billions of dollars annually. Snake oil is snake oil, professor; just because Gov. Brown’s label is less gaudy than the rest of his party’s doesn’t dilute its toxicity.

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