Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2016, 19:33:
Meanwhile my wife's school has to fire 8 teachers next year because they have no money to pay them.
Education in this country is SUPREMELY fucked up.
There's a lot of f'd up things in our country right now, and 90% of it is related to the "trickle down" economics we've been championing for around 30 years now. Counties, towns and cities are strapped for tax revenue because wages have been flat for decades. People working full time jobs don't make enough to qualify to pay taxes and some of them are on public assistance to supplement their wages. However, due to corporate lobbying efforts, we've kept minimum wage artificially low for years, we are implementing trade agreements that will further depress wages, and our government is actively working with corporations to abolish unions, get more work visas for people willing to work for half wages, and get more and more jobs made exempt from overtime pay. The country now has a wealth gap equal to 3rd world countries like Africa, and it shows, in that our infrastructure is crumbling because 80% of America has only 20% of the wealth (so there is no tax revenue to maintain anything), and 65 people on the planet now have greater wealth than 50% of the planet combined.
However, if you took the trillons wasted on multiple useless wars, plus the ongoing wars on terror, drugs, etc., TSA, NSA, Homeland Security, privatized prisons, etc., I'm sure we'd probably have trillions of dollars available for education and maybe have a good healthcare system.This comment was edited on Jan 31, 2016, 08:24.