Education

Trippin’ With Betsy


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One thing that’s been constant with the Trump administration is cruelty. From attacking a dead senator, feuding with Gold Star families, insulting women, racist slurs, shithole countries, encouraging rally participants to beat up up protesters, ripping families apart, throwing babies in jail and forcing them to go to court alone, to defending Nazis, this administration has been nothing but vicious and vengeful. Trump defender, former adviser, and another guy who was unable to get a security clearance probably because he creeps everyone the freak out said, “The era of the pajama boy is over,” shortly after Trump went into office. And so began the era of the asshole.

This week, Trump has started another initiative to repeal Obamacare without a replacement, which can leave 20 million Americans without health insurance. Trump promises to make the Republican Party the “party of healthcare,” but first, they’d have to actually care. Republicans actually campaigned during 2018 on keep coverage for pre-existing conditions, but they’re liars. Their pre-existing condition is that they’re assholes.

While meeting with Republican senators on Capitol Hill to celebrate his “exoneration,” Trump reportedly complained about how much money is being spent on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. According to a few witnesses, he lied about how much has been spent, citing $91 billion when in fact, only about $11 billion has been spent so far. Trump doesn’t care about the island since it’s not a state and it’s mostly made up of brown people. Trump believes the recovery was completed when he ran out of paper towels to throw at the island’s citizens. De nada, Puerto Rico.

At least there’s one thing that receives bipartisan support and that is the Special Olympics. Nobody could go after special needs kids, right? What sort of heartless, troglodyte monster could ever…oh yeah. This is the Trump administration which is well stocked with heartless, troglodyte monsters like Betsy DeVos.

DeVos is an education secretary who hates education. Now, she’s trying to eliminate the $17.6 million the federal government appropriates to the Special Olympics. Guess what. This is her third try.

The Special Olympics mostly relies on private philanthropy and it will survive without the government’s support. But, why yank away $17.6 million which is a small part of any federal budget? As it’s been pointed out elsewhere, this amount is about the same cost of four Trump golf trips to Mar-a-Lago. Maybe, if saving this money is so important, Trump could keep one campaign promise and stop spending his weekends playing golf and wanking off country club members (that’s in the brochure). We’re all inspired by the Special Olympics. Nobody gets inspiration from watching Cheeto Fatass cheat at golf.

The Special Olympics program is offered in 6,500 schools nationwide, which is a small fraction of the roughly 100,000 public schools in this nation. This cut would most likely make the number of schools participating drop. I don’t think we can afford that. If anything, we should greatly increase the budget for the Special Olympics. Maybe we can remove Secret Service protection from the Trump kids. Just make them all wear fake mustaches in public. I’d like to see that.

In all, DeVos is cutting $7 billion from education, including programs for the blind. Maybe she thinks because they’re blind they won’t see it. The secretary of education should be an advocate for education, not its destroyer.

DeVos struggled to defend the cuts while testifying Tuesday before the House Appropriations subcommittee. When Representative Mark Pocan asked whether DeVos knew how many children would be affected by cutting Special Olympics funding, DeVos said she did not know. Seriously. She doesn’t know and doesn’t care enough to be bothered to look it up. Just slash and burn, baby, yeah!

You would think that if you’re going to cut a program that affects, no, hurts special needs children that you would look into how many children you’re hurting. If nothing else, you would think she’d look it up before going to Congress to testify about it. Did DeVos forget that Republicans don’t control the House anymore? Facts are used now. Serious questions are asked. Cabinet members will no longer receive the Mar-a-Lago members treatment from Congress. For the record, that number is 272,000. That’s how many kids you’re hurting, Betsy.

DeVos defends herself from criticism by stating she donates her $200,000 a year salary and the Special Olympics is a recipient of this donation. That’s great and all but in case you’re a Republican, $200,000 is less than $17 million. I double checked. Also, DeVos is worth over $5 billion. $200 grand in charitable giving? Hell, she and her family spent over $8 million in donations to Republicans to buy the job she has now.

The Trump administration isn’t just working to make this nation meaner, but also dumber. It’s bad enough our nation has a president who’s an idiot, but his cabinet selections are fierce rivals in a contest of the most stupid. Have you seen Ben Carson or Rick Perry? If you want to make this nation dumber, installing someone like Betsy DeVos as secretary of education is a great star.

Between Trump and DeVos, I don’t know which one’s dumb and which one’s dumber, and now I’m having a hard time seeing which one’s more evil.

Creative note: I stole this cartoon from myself. I drew it last year or the year before and I can’t remember what the issue was. I also drew it in 1997 or ’98 while working for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The governor was feuding with the football coach of the University of Hawaii (I don’t remember why but it sounds so Trumpian), so I drew the guv tying the shoelaces of the coach. I didn’t look at either previous version to draw this one as it’s pretty much etched into my brain.

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Lottascamma U


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If you’re the cynical type who believes students have a much greater chance of attending elite universities, like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, USC, or UCLA if they’re rich, well connected and white, you’re right.

Sure. Studying hard, scoring well on your SATs, and avoiding the keggers is all well and good, but it also helps if your daddy donates $2.5 million to Harvard, like Jared Kushner’s daddy. That’s the legal way to bribe your kid into a school.

Another way is to pay up to six and seven figures for bogus SAT scores and athletic profiles and bribe standardized test administrators and college coaches. As it turns out, some parents bribed coaches of upper-class sports like crew, sailing and water polo, even staging photos of the applicants playing various sports they’ve never played before. Hell, most students don’t even know what crew is. I don’t.

Fifty people were charged Tuesday in a college admissions conspiracy to get rich kids into elite universities. Prosecutors say parents paid William “Rick” Singer to cheat the system.

Some of the people charged for the scheme included a tennis coach who made $950,000 promoting several students as potential tennis recruits for Georgetown, a USC parent who is a craft bourbon distillery, another USC parent who is a Silicon Valley investor who has worked with Bono and the founder of Netflix, an individual who test entrance exams for students, and actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

Lori Loughlin played Aunt Becky on Full House, which I learned yesterday. I never watched Full House. I swear. She and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli were both charged. They allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the crew team at USC…despite the fact they did not actually participate in crew. Prosecutors say Mossimo sent action photos of their daughters on rowing machines. That’s what crew is? Their daughter previously posted a video on YouTube where she said she didn’t really care about school and was most excited about partying and game days (probably not crew game days).

Felicity Huffman is an Oscar nominee who was on Desperate Housewives. Apparently, she was desperate to get her kid into UCLA. She’s married to William H. Macy, who was not charged. I know who he is.

Huffman once tweeted, “What are your best ‘hacks’ for the back-to-school season?” Loughlin had tweeted in the past, “My kids will love this fun fact! UberFacts: Research shows homework has no academic value and students are usually given too much.” Who needs to actually do homework when the parents pay someone to take their entrance exams for them?

Investigators uncovered about $25 million in bribes, which most of the kids didn’t know anything about. They actually thought they were that smart. Not sure if they understood they really weren’t doing that crew thing. Was Jared or the Trump kids on a crew team?

These are not victimless crimes. For each spot taken by a snotnosed, spoiled, entitled dumbass with millionaire parents, a student who actually worked and deserved it was denied. The system already works against students who are not privileged, especially minority students. A conspiracy of bribes that benefits trust fund babies makes it all more revolting.

Jared Kushner probably didn’t belong at Harvard any more than he belongs in the White House, where he was appointed by his father-in-law. The Huffman and Loughlin kids shouldn’t be in USC and instead should be attending Los Angeles City College.

As for the rest of them, does Trump University have a crew team?

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Teacher Walkout


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Teachers are getting fed up. In Oklahoma, they’re entering their fifth day of a walkout and packing the state capitol building to pressure lawmakers to increase funding for schools.

In Kentucky, teachers are protesting a change to their pension that eliminates the traditional pension and puts teachers into a hybrid cash-balance plan. They’re also upset over new limits on sick days they can put into their retirement. Kentucky just cut taxes for the richest one percent in the state while raising taxes on those who make less than $21,000 a year.

Oklahoma ranks 49th in teacher pay, with only Mississippi and South Dakota behind them. Notice these are all Republican-voting states. Many teachers in Oklahoma have second, and in some cases, three jobs. Some teachers have to rely on food banks to help feed themselves and their families. Many classrooms don’t have enough textbooks for the students, and many of those books are run-down and outdated.

Teachers in Oklahoma are upset over a repeal of a motel and hotel tax which eliminates $42 million in funding. Legislators are considering a bill that will tax third-party retailers selling through internet outlets like Amazon. They’re also considering a new gambling tax. Both measures can bring in $20 million each per year that can go toward education.

There were walkouts in West Virginia last month that led to a five percent pay raise. Teachers also protested in Arizona last week seeking an increase in their funding. Again, red states.

A lot of lawmakers don’t seem to understand that compensating teachers and education makes their state stronger. A strong education system, along with an educated workforce, attracts companies to your state. Paying teachers well attracts the best teachers and encourages students to pursue a career in education. Everyone wins when you properly fund education. Even if you don’t have kids, you benefit from a strong educated system in your state.

Yes, everyone benefits, except maybe Republicans. The higher educated a person becomes, the less likely they’ll be voting Republican.

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Kollege Is Shtoopid


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Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, Vice-President Dick Cheney was asked about opinion polls reflecting that a majority of Republicans believed Iraq was behind 9/11. Cheney said he could understand why people believe that, but he wouldn’t state that Iraq didn’t have any involvement with that terrorist attack. Why not? It’s because his agenda fed off of an ignorant base. Basically, stupid people.

Part of Russia’s meddling in our election to plant a dumbass in the White House required them to spread bogus stories all over the internet, which was shared like wildfire by trolls on social media. It helped that the audience they were targeting were Republicans because that meant the stories couldn’t be too stupid.

They spread bogus stories like the Pope and Denzel Washington had endorsed Trump, Hillary Clinton was a criminal suffering from serious health issues, there would be violence if Clinton won, election rigging, fake ballots in Clinton’s basement, and that Clinton was running a child-sex trafficking ring out the basement of a pizza shop that didn’t have a basement.

When it came to sharing the fake stories, Republicans were useful idiots. Some members of the Trump campaign even shared the fake stories, including Trump himself.

Today, a majority of Republicans believe millions voted illegally for Clinton and that Trump won the popular vote. They probably still believe Obama was born in Kenya. These are the people who put an idiotic, crooked narcissist in the White House.

Conservatives love to whine how the press has a liberal bias. I’m asked occasionally “why are you so liberal?”. My views are liberal because I base them on facts. The press has a bias for facts and the truth is biased toward liberalism. Climate change is real, Hillary won the popular vote, there were not millions of illegal votes cast, Trump did not have the biggest inauguration crowd ever, and Obama did not have Trump Tower wiretapped. Sorry, conservatives. Facts hurt.

Facts hurt so much that Republicans have to make shit up about their opponents like Obama was invading Texas, or that more Americans are uninsured since Obamacare was implemented. If you watch Fox News, read Breitbart, the Daily Wire, Daily Caller, or InfoWars, you will be fed a lot of lies. That’s because facts don’t work for a conservative audience.

A new Pew Research Center poll released Monday revealed that a majority of Republicans think that colleges have a negative impact on the country. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans now say that colleges “are having a negative effect on the way things are going in the country.” That kinda adds up since Democrats capture the majority of college educated voters.

Cost is not the biggest reason Republicans oppose free college education for everyone. If voters are educated, that’s bad for the GOP. The fact that Donald Trump is actually the freaking president of the United States of America is all the proof you need that this is true. Smart people didn’t put Trump in the White House.

My advice is: Read newspapers. Knowing things is good.

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Bearly Confirmed


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Betsy DeVos had a terrible performance during the Senate hearings on her way to confirmation as secretary of education. It’s a good thing she’s donated over $200 million to Republican causes and candidates, including many of the senators who voted for her. Even her defense of guns in schools to protect against bears didn’t hurt her among Republicans.

DeVos is a major backer of charter schools and vouchers. Even some charter school groups opposed her nomination. She exhibited a vast ignorance of how public education works. A lot of Republicans defend her selection by saying public schools have been messed up for years, so a new type of leader is in order. Many others say the department isn’t even important, so why care who leads it? Anyone who believes that shouldn’t be an influence on education of any kind.

Democrats staged an all-night vigil Monday to delay the vote on DeVos in hopes of collecting a third Republican to vote against her. They had two members from across the aisle, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, but only after they were sure they wouldn’t be the defectors to kill DeVos’ confirmation.

Republicans are afraid of being on the wrath-end of a Trump tweet. That fear, and DeVos’ campaign contributions, assured a tie vote in the Senate. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote, the first time ever for a cabinet confirmation.

In the past DeVos has stated that government “sucks” and that public schools are a “dead end.” It seems DeVos now has the opportunity to make those statements true.

Children will be safer with the bears.

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Washington Wrecking Ball


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How about that, regular readers of this site. I drew an exclusive cartoon this week and you’re just now hearing about it and getting to see it. I drew this last Thursday night, eh…Friday morning for The Seattle Times Sunday edition.

This is the routine for charter schools in Washington state. The legislature implements charter schools. The teachers unions sue. The court shuts the schools down. The legislature restructures how the schools are funded. Charter schools reopen. The teachers unions sue. The court shuts the schools down. The legislature…well you get the idea.

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Washington State Photo Bomb


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I drew this cartoon for The Seattle Times Sunday edition.

Washington’s retiring Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn, might throw his hat into the governors race as an independent.

Governor Jay Inslee isn’t very popular right now but he’s still running for reelection. He’ll probably win as the state is very blue. His opponent is moderate Republican Bill Bryant. Dorn wants to put the focus of the race on education.

He has a good argument. Dorn argues that neither Republicans or Democrats have fully funded education. The state supreme court held the state in contempt for failing to fund education. A later decision slammed the state, the governor and Republican led legislature with a $100,000-a-day fine.

Funding education in Washington is required by law. If the current leaders aren’t living up to that, Dorn will appeal to a lot of voters with his proposal that education has “first dibs” at the state budget.

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