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ROMNEY RUNNING WILD AT WARP SPEED

I always respected Mitt Romney for his patience, character, demeanor, stature and a supposed assumption he was intelligent. He may well be a genius at being a good Mormon but at politics he proved he was a total failure four years ago.

These past few days make me suspect he is totally losing his mind. If someone can reel him in he will be known in history as the individual that destroyed the Republican Party. If he can’t understand the damage he is rabidly racing to destroy the Grand Old Party (GOP), someone needs to shake him up. Uncontrolled he is making it a certainty we will see Hillary elected and finalize set the plan to make America a Socialists Democracy similar to those in Europe.

If Hillary ends up in prison, which is where she belongs, old Bernie will then be elected and we will see bankruptcy before Socialism. Bernie is a flower child from the 1960’s and drugs appear to have fried his brain a long time ago. As Vermont keeps electing him, the entire State must have smoked the same pipe. The only thing that saved Hillary from drugs then was she was stuck in Arkansas where everyone was kin to each other back then and could not afford a pipe or the weed.

Mr. Romney, the certain thing that will change the course of history is replacements for the Supreme “Political” Court. One is a replacement for Scalia which will happen early next year will set Socialism in motion to radically remove more freedoms first. When John Roberts, Clarence Thomas or Samuel Alito retire or die, as most do, the next Progressive/Liberal/Socialist replacement will result in elimination of our Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Bear Arms and Freedom of Religion that Obama did not finish. THE Court will also likely eliminate our right for Freedom to Assemble. Unless we have until another civil war in America to regain our lost freedoms America will become a Muslim controlled country by 2050 and Sharia Law will be imposed.

If I am right God save my family as I will be a forgotten old veteran who lived the American dream of success.

It is nearly unbearable for me to watch Mitt Romney on his hell-bent crusade to destroy the GOP. Even a madman like Obama could not believe that the gift of the White House for four more years would be that easy even though he probably hates Hillary as much as Cruz does.

Obama knows that if either Hillary or Bernie win they will be blamed for the certain financial meltdown we face. He has not endorsed either one and is waiting to see if Hillary is indicted before he has to commit. Should she be charged it will be easy to back Bernie who is dumber than a “dip-stick”. Obama know that total financial failure is more certain with Bernie than Hillary. What puzzles me is why he is blocking the Justice Department from charging Hillary with crimes so evident, a deaf, blind and mute illegal ten-year old knows she broke the law with the personal computer server. The entire leadership of the FBI should be charged with stupidity for believing any sane American could possibly believe her actions were legal or lawful.

I know I am right so God save my family as I will be a forgotten old dead veteran who lived the American dream. Hang on ladies and our welfare army before America self-implodes, ending over 200 plus years being the envy of the world. You can only blame yourselves. C Brewer 5-16-15

EDUCATION TEXAS-IS STATE FUNDING ADEQUATE & FAIR?

 

I recently reported that we have 1265 school districts in the state. I have tried to understand the reason for this but there is none. Downsizing and digging deeper in an attempt to understand, I discovered that children in Sabine County where I reside, attend four different school districts. Even though the current census reported that we had surpassed 10,200 people, this makes no business sense.

While working at the local level, I wish to report some figures obtained from the Texas Education Association (TEA). The State of Texas appropriated $7,561 per student average across the state. The US state average is nearly $10,000 per student. The highest is Vermont that provides $15,139 per student. I asked our State Representative, Wayne Christian, in a letter last month why the two largest school districts in Sabine County received less than $5,000 per student. I have not received a response but he did have a press release issued on April 7th that addresses some of my questions. My two letters to Mr. Christian and his first response is on my blog should you desire to read them. I will post his news release soon.

Hemphill ISD received $4,806 and West Sabine ISD received $4,596 per student. For everyone’s information the Westbrook ISD received $13,121, Wink-Loving ISD received $12,526, Sundown ISD received $12,544 and Webb ISD received $11,057. It would be nice to see more people ask why! I hope I am not alone as a layman in trying to understand and improve education and equalizing the funding for all children in America.

My current focus is to visit with educators, administrators and school boards in east Texas. This will permit me to determine how to better understand how we can all help improve education. I will share the knowledge gained in future articles.

I had my first meeting with Mr. Glen Pearson April 7th and gained a much better understanding of the Hemphill ISD. I was surprised to find we do have some impressive vocational programs offered to the K-9-12 students in Sabine County. Mr. Pearson recommended that I meet with Ms. Lana Comeaux, at the Sabine Area Career Center, and let her provide me with the details of the various programs. These programs provide the area students with vocational opportunities and college credits. The Hemphill ISD pays for two courses each semester. These courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends. I will try to meet with Ms. Comeaux next week and write an article explaining the details as soon as possible.

Mr. Pearson was also concerned about the variations in state funding and it appears that Wayne Christian is also looking into the matter. My overall knowledge of Hemphill ISD was greatly expanded in the meeting. I will share some of the results of my meeting with Mr. Pearson in future articles. I hope to visit with Mr. Pearson again on April 21st.

One evening a few years ago, my closest neighbor, Dr. Michael Neal, told me an educational related story that I will never forget. He had a sixteen year old boy in for a physical. During the exam, he asked the boy how he was doing in school. The response was “OK”. He then asked him what he desired to be after his high school experience. The response was, “I just want to be a better hawg hunter than my daddy.” I will always respect this honesty and this is one example of education just wasting this young boy’s time.

Hopefully someday, we can find the right formula to educate the children and align them to their destined place in society. All children were not intended to be identical and some are not capable of being a doctor, lawyer, teacher or a rocket scientist.

Observing our political leaders in Washington D.C. and Austin over the past several years has me convinced that the education of all politicians has been an abysmal experience. As most of these politicians are lawyers, it is apparent that common sense is not a subject required or offered in our universities or law schools.

Clyde Brewer

EDUCATION IN TEXAS-WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

 

Our illustrious Governor, Rick Perry, has exposed his analysis of the education problems with a bomb shell statement. The reason we will have to lay off 100,000 Texas teachers is each local school district’s fault.

He rejected the charge that the $9,000,000,000.00 cut in state funds over the next two years would lead to the mass layoff of teachers. Quote, “The lieutenant governor, the speaker and their colleagues are not going to lay off one teacher, as best I can tell, Perry said.” “That would be the task of the local school districts figuring out how to do the same with less.”

Texas now provides 37 percent of funding for public schools. A little over 10 years ago the state provided 50 percent of the funding for public education. The difference has been made up with increased property taxes.

Perry suggested that the local school districts should just trim the administrative ranks to make up for the cuts of funds. He added, “Over the past decade, we’ve seen a rather extraordinary amount of non-classroom employees added to the school rolls.”

Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and republican members of the legislature have also blamed this on the federal government involvement. What a bunch of hogwash to place a smokescreen in front of them to hide behind.

According to the latest figures I have obtained, Texas spends an average of $7561.00 per student annually to provide K-12 education. The average for all 50 states and Washington D.C. is nearly $10,000.00 per student. Vermont ranks first with $15,139.00 per student. Utah was fifty first with $5,963.00. When you compare this with our miserable ranking of how Texas students are ranked with the same 51 entities academically, something is rotten in Austin, not Denmark.

As a benchmark locally, the annual money provided per student in the Hemphill Independent School District is less than $5000.00. Compared to as much as $12,000 that some other Texas districts receive, someone should be ashamed. I will provide a look at these variations in a later article that will hopefully excite everyone to contact their representatives in Austin. I doubt our State Representative and State Senator even know this disparity exists? I do not question their honesty, just their concerns for our children.

If the school districts are the only ones responsible for the academic performance and spending state money, as Perry stated, I have some real concerns with education in Texas. This means that the State of Texas has questionable oversight on how the 1265 school districts spend their money or educate the children. If this is true, then Texas needs an agency or appointed citizens group to improve any audit of financial and academic performance elements of each district that is currently performed. When parameters are out of accepted range, they would assess the specific causes of any variable. This would require a plan from the district to correct the situation. Follow up would result in an acceptable condition or the state would take over the school district. For those who are not familiar, this is what a private business would do if they had similar conditions.

I feel certain that the some of the 1265 school districts deserve to be challenged. Our Governor and his band of “Pretenders” have declared that all 1265 school boards are equally guilty of incompetence. Without an intense study they have sentenced every Texas child in grades K-12 equal suffering. Action to approve any across the board 20 plus percent education budget reduction for the next two years is irresponsible. Texas leaders have learned how to utilize the Congressional democrats and Obama tactics to just kick the can down the road for someone else to fix someday.

You may have read this past week that Perry and his “Posse” are about to take over $3 billion from the state “Rainy Day Fund” to ease the pain of the budget cuts. I have not found any details of how this affects the proposed $9 billion in education cuts. Sadly this will have no impact on the state ignoring total fiscal and academic performance, they just do not seem to care.

“Someday” is now, we must demand the republicans who have a super majority to stop pointing the finger and do their job. To say the state does not care if the school districts are good or bad is nothing but cowardice. Defaulting their responsibility is about as stupid as a band of criminals breaking into a prison to rob the inmates. Speaking of prisons wait until you see what Texas spends to educate prisoners. Maybe if we educated them during K-12, they would not be in prison?                 

C Brewer

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