You may have noticed that I have not written an article since April 27th. Spring is my favorite season so I decided to ignore the news for a few days and see if things improve. Week before last I spent the entire week with my friend, John Sommers, in his boat fishing no farther than 1000 yards from our house. When he returned home to Baton Rouge I spent all last week playing golf six straight days. This morning I tuned in on Fox News and today’s headlines and “surprise” our six years of bad news just got worse.
Sitting in a boat or my golf cart these several days I had day dreamed that with Eric Holder gone the Obama designed plan to use racism to divide Americans would ease up.
Wrong, the Mayor went berserk and the Chief Prosecutor of Baltimore filed murder charges against six police officers for apparently allowing a drug dealer to kill himself without taking time to investigate facts. To make things more intense and stir up Obama and Eric Holders war against police officers nationwide, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings again went ballistic. This all happened so fast Al Sharpton was so busy stirring up hate in Ferguson Missouri he missed out fanning the fires in person.
Elijah screamed so loud he flushed out our new US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch who immediately repeated Holders over-reaction of investigating the police in Missouri by creating an investigation of the Baltimore police department. These six police officers will eventually be freed but their lives have been destroyed by our hate filled raciest President, Democrats in Congress and the out of control and leaderless Justice Department. The sad part is our Political Supreme Court just watches this madness and does nothing to stop the racial wars and the designed plan to incite people to kill police officers. With the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg the headlines today reported that makes forty officers killed this year.
America has no leadership or common sense anymore and it will be several months before we have a chance to wave goodbye to Obama. Unfortunately the Republicans will slaughter each other and it’s a cinch that Hillary Clinton will increase the race to Marxism.
Unfortunately my dreams that Juan Williams and Bob Beckel would not still be on Fox News was just a dream. I am waiting to see when Obama will report that the storm that hit Myrtle Beach and the tornados that hit Texas and Oklahoma in today’s news was a result of global warming. He will blame the Republicans for their refusal to let the United Nations govern the United States and the weather.
Although today’s news headlines do not focus on Obama and John Kerry’s desire to allow Iran to accelerate its ability to make nuclear weapons it does have some new twists. We are still racing to make Cuba a friend again. Kerry is off to Moscow to kiss Putin’s feet for some secret reason. President Obama’s unsolicited plan to host a middle-east Gulf summit will not be attended by the Kings of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
We can all be assured that our President has now pissed off every nation on earth that were our friends and it appears that by the end of his Presidency he will have pacified every enemy we ever had. One thing is certain, he has destroyed America’s images of being a peaceful and world leading democratic Republic form of government. He has incited more unrest in America and the world than anyone in history. If we do have another civil war in America, he will have succeeded in his designed desires.
Fellow Americans we are in trouble, if you are happy with watching this self-destruction just keep the Democrats in power. Sharia law is coming and for all of the women who keep the Democrats in power, Burkas will be uncomfortable in the summer.
I may just stop reading the news and only fish and play golf full time. This will make the Progressive-Liberals happy I am sure. Comments????
Teachers unions in Oklahoma promoted a ballot proposal last year that would have forced the state to the average of all surrounding states spend on public education. Wisely the voters shot it down.
A typical Oklahoma school district spends about 80% of its total budget on labor costs. This includes many unnecessary “perks” spelled out in union collective bargaining agreements. Oklahoma also spends millions on automatic annual salary increases and more than generous paid sick and personal days. Teachers are reimbursed for unused sick and personal days, plus pay for “extra duty”. They also receive pay to attend professional conferences, health insurance and many other things.
The problem is not the amount of money that schools receive, but the constraints give the districts no flexibility on how they actually spend it. The unions control the spending of 90% of the budget. It appears the districts do get to buy and sharpen pencils.
The “Education Action Group” has been studying the situation and started with the “Jinks Public Schools” Below is a snapshot of what they found.
Out of a total budget for 2009-10 of $63,947,342.00, labor costs were $58,264,152.00 or 91% of the total. $749,000.00 of labor costs was automatic salary increases over the prior year.
Jinks district has 678 teachers who took a total of 3412 sick days and 1,049 personal leave days in 2009-10. Their records do not capture the salary and benefits paid for sick and personal days. The records do show that the district paid out $481,632.00 for substitute teachers. The salary and benefits for the regular teachers is several times the cost of substitutes.
Teachers also receive “Extra Duty” pay for coaching, advising clubs, chairing academic departments, school bands and breakfast and lunch supervision. In the 2009-10 year this costs was $983,063.00.
The district also pays $300.00 annually to the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System for each teacher. This totaled $203,000.00 in 2009-10.
The Education Action Group recommended that sick days be cut to 5 and 2 paid personal time days which are more generous than most private companies today. The only figure that could be reduced, with any accuracy, would be the costs for substitutes that should be 50% less, a savings of $240,816. These must be really nice people as my recommendation would no paid personal time.
The Group also recommended that the teachers pay 50% of the $300.00 to the retirement system. Using the 2009-10 figures this would save $101,700.00 this year. Based on a business evaluation of these facts, I would require that the teachers pay the entire $300.00 themselves. This would obviously save the entire $203,400.00. Just think these cuts could be made without decreasing teacher’s base pay.
The bottom line is that all of our education systems are in bad need of independent professional operational audits. Do they meet their stated mission objectives and where is the waste hidden?
I would come out of retirement and audit any school district for 10% of the real audited savings. On second thought, I could hire this done, make some money and keep fishing and playing golf. When I think about the U.S. government using the same, no cost, independent operational audits to find just the waste alone in healthcare, I get dizzy. When you audit yourself you will never have the power to change anything.
The deeper I get into the public sector unions, more facts surface. If we had a real Department of Education our success ratios would be well above current levels. Wait until you see how much money has been given to Wisconsin since Obama was elected. What will really make you want to throw up is what they did with it before the last election to cover up the past.