Friday, March 20, 2009

Parents forced to support Bloomberg?

From the Daily News:

Supporters of Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, including principals from many newly formed public charter schools, have launched a well-financed and sophisticated effort to lobby for more charters and for mayoral control.

In recent weeks, those principals have mobilized parents from their schools for "School Choice" community rallies to demand extra space for new charters in existing public schools, and to pack a series of state Assembly hearings on school governance, the last of which will be held in Brooklyn today.

"You see the organizers and the parents brought in on buses, and the sandwiches distributed, and you can tell it's a highly organized effort," said one official who has attended several of the hearings.

Some disgruntled charter school parents have claimed their principals require them to attend such rallies.

20 comments:

italian girl said...

Look at Joel Klein. Is there an uglier man anywhere?

Anonymous said...

When you've got enough money in your vault to buy out democracy...
the likes of Bloomberg seem to have us by the balls.

Sorry...all you gals....by the short hairs!

And what he can't coerce you to do with his wealth....he'll blackmail you by taking the position:

"But I'm doing this for your kids".

Bonaparte incarnate!

Wade Nichols said...

Some disgruntled charter school parents have claimed their principals require them to attend such rallies.

It's all starting to make sense. Government control of the banking system, government control of talk radio, squelching of free speech, mandatory attendance at school rallies........

Looks like we'll be seeing each other in the re-education camps real soon!

georgetheatheist said...

Charter schools, Schmarter schools.

It's all a bunch of nonsense.

This is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.

Bottom line?

Parents. Can your kids diagram an English sentence when they graduate?

italian girl said...

"It's all starting to make sense. Government control of the banking system, government control of talk radio, squelching of free speech, mandatory attendance at school rallies........"

What's wrong with government control of the banking system? The banking system clearly NEEDS control. And hopefully that they'll pass that bill that will allow the government to tax those disgraceful bonuses at 90%. Control of talk radio? If that's so, maybe they can get rid of that idiot Rush Limbaugh. I'll agree with you on the free speech. As far as any mandatory attendance at a school rally. Doubtful. They probably bribe the parents with free Dunkin Donuts and McDonald's if they go.

Wade Nichols said...

Control of talk radio? If that's so, maybe they can get rid of that idiot Rush Limbaugh. I'll agree with you on the free speech.

Bit contradictory there. Limbaugh's not my cup of tea either, nor is NPR, Air America, or any other talk radio. I place my vote by simply not listening to any of them.

Just have a little mercy on me, Italian Girl, when I'm housed at the re-education camp that you are Commandant of, as a reward for being a faithful Obama supporter.

italian girl said...

I'll be kind. But only if you pledge your eternal loyalty to our president.

:)

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Artful Dodd-ger said...

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Gal. 6:9).

Missing Foundation said...

Look, this guy's advantage is his money, so we need to think of some way to neutralize it - sort of like the AIG executives who can't touch their toxic million dollar bonuses given as a reward for running an insurance company into the ground.

Poor darlings! They might be forced (horrors!) to sell their homes next door to Bloomberg in Bermuda.

Not to worry. They are not more than concrete bunkers ready to blow into the sea anyways.

The Man With No Name said...

I think we need to bang on the drum every hint that his money is being used to buy media.

Whether is it true or not, we need to give the impression that this man is

1. arrogant and out of touch with the concerns of the regular Joe (or at best, totally Manhattan, no better East Side/Wall Street centric.

2. not a very good manager - this economic mess in the city is his fault because his skill should have avoided it

3. he does not care for the regular guy (an image he will devote a lot of time cultivating.) He will ride roughshod over them be it their term limits votes or the needs of their families.

He only cares about rich developers who look at communities not as homes to raise families and communities of people, but investment opportunities and a resource ready for exploitation.

I believe that Tony can play his cards as Obama did. Study him Tony! If Hillary, a house on wheels ready to crush anything in its path be derailed, so can this bastard.

He IS vulnerable. Its up to the blogs to lead the charge.

UP AND AT 'EM LADS!

georgetheatheist said...

Italian "girl" says: "What's wrong with government control of the banking system"

Answer: The likes of politicians such as Charlie Rangel.

Anonymous said...

And let's not forget Sen "I'm a friend of Angelo" Dodd, who didn't remember writing the AIG loophole, until he did. BTW He was also the largest recipient of campaign donations from AIG - I hope they will tax that at 100%

Mad as Hell in Glendale said...

This is despicable--using the parents in this Potemkin-style farce. This is what he did with the congestion pricing issue, when he forced his fundees to show up to testify in favor.Pay for play, quid pro quo. This is manipulation of the public in order to manipulate the media. A meta-fraud! Pull back the curtain on this wizard of oz mayor. Take awy mayoral control of our schools, our city, our neighborhoods, our lives.

Liman said...

Godless George: although you are often right (not about religion, but about other stuff), you are uninformed about charters. They are generally heads and shoulders above traditional public schools. They exist to be better, and to do it differently.

Taxpayer said...

Lovely Italian Girl said:
"What's wrong with government control of the banking system?"

Answer: I'll bet you believe that G.W. Bush listened to all our conversations, read all our emails and intercepted all text messages. If that were true, it would be terrifying.

Now, have the government (Dodd, Schumer, Rangel, the IRS, the Fed, ...) trace EVERY financial transaction any of us have. Our books, magazines, travel, dining, clothing, ... you name it paid by card, or check, initiated online or in person.

We are not required to use the phone or any technology to communicate, but, we just don't have the cash to complete all transactions.

Government control of banks?
Then you will be required to get approval to spend more than specified amounts. Approval will be granted if the item is politically correct: size of home, neighborhood, choice of school, physician, auto, fuel, books, food, children, ... .

Nuts you say! Could - would never happen! What if your company wanted to give you a bonus, or a raise (a permanent bonus), or even a particular starting salary? What if you worked for the wrong type of business?

After all, the government would make two claims: (1) it owns all money, and (2) it owns all manner of cash disbursement.

Oh! And yeah! All this has already happened. During the lifetime of most of us. If it happened once, it can - it will - happen again.

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Mistrust of government is a protection of a free democracy. Freedom requires very hard work. Incessantly hard.

Does anyone believe that the US Constitution is a random collection of meaningless words?

What's wrong with us controlling every aspect of our own lives? Under the PROTECTION of the government that ALWAYS acts lawfully and constitutionally? That WAS the original plan. The plan was executed corruptly by corrupt people, but, the plan is magnificent. We just have to have the spine to jail anyone who corrupts the plan - whether the person is in the private or the public sector.

Nobody is above or below the law.

I'd rather they read my email.

italian girl said...

Taxpayer said...
"Answer: I'll bet you believe that G.W. Bush listened to all our conversations, read all our emails and intercepted all text messages. If that were true, it would be terrifying."

I don't believe G.W. Bush did anything but scratch his ass all day.

"Now, have the government (Dodd, Schumer, Rangel, the IRS, the Fed, ...) trace EVERY financial transaction any of us have. Our books, magazines, travel, dining, clothing, ... you name it paid by card, or check, initiated online or in person.

We are not required to use the phone or any technology to communicate, but, we just don't have the cash to complete all transactions.

Government control of banks?
Then you will be required to get approval to spend more than specified amounts. Approval will be granted if the item is politically correct: size of home, neighborhood, choice of school, physician, auto, fuel, books, food, children, ... ."

Taxpayer - Are you still drinking Irish coffee? Your scenario sounds a bit far-fetched.

"Nuts you say! Could - would never happen! What if your company wanted to give you a bonus, or a raise (a permanent bonus), or even a particular starting salary? What if you worked for the wrong type of business?

After all, the government would make two claims: (1) it owns all money, and (2) it owns all manner of cash disbursement."

And what's better? The way in which private companies compensate their employees creating cutthroat, stressful environments where people can be thrown out of work on a boss's whim?

"Does anyone believe that the US Constitution is a random collection of meaningless words?"

About 95% of the population doesn't even know what the Constitution saysor even is.

"What's wrong with us controlling every aspect of our own lives? Under the PROTECTION of the government that ALWAYS acts lawfully and constitutionally? That WAS the original plan. The plan was executed corruptly by corrupt people, but, the plan is magnificent. We just have to have the spine to jail anyone who corrupts the plan - whether the person is in the private or the public sector."

There's absolutely nothing wrong with us controlling our lives. Why not have the government protect us? I doubt the government wishes to HARM us. Don't rely on the private sector to watch your back. I have many friends and some relatives who work for the private industry and they look like sh#@. Forever stressed. Always feeling like they have to prove themselves to their boss so they are not on the chopping block. Is that anyway to live? Who I don't trust are some politicians who say one thing and then do another and are driven by their own ambition, agenda or greed and don't give a damn what their constituants need.
I am surrounded by many who work or worked for the government. I trust our government to do right by us. Am I being naive? Maybe. Or maybe hopeful. Why don't we put some faith behind this administration. After all if you hope for failure, the we ALL fail don't we?


P.S. Don't be pissed about the Irish coffee comment. I was just joking.

Taxpayer said...

Thoughtful Italian Girls said:
"About 95% of the population doesn't even know what the Constitution saysor even is."

You are so correct that many (95%? Nobody has taken a survey.) people have no idea whatsoever what the Constitution is or what it's for or what it says.

But you have to take a big hit on that; you're a teacher.

No matter how overwhelming the ignorance is, there the Constitution is anyway.

As for FAITH in any POLITICAL person? NEVER!

Free enterprise is a better arrangement than politically controlled enterprise.

Both the private as well as the public sector are man-made arrangements. Man cannot EVER be trusted to faithfully honor the trust (not faith) we place that they will exercise power with the interest of all in mind.

If a businessman cannot be trusted to treat employees - under his control - properly, why would a politician with the same control over people act any better?

Employees cheat employers as each other. Employers cheat employees and other employers. Everyone cheats customers. Government cheats it citizens, and citizens cheat the government. Citizens cheat each other. Governments cheat each other.

So, we can have order under the rule of law (law 'n order for all the Nixon haters), or we can have anarchy (chaos).

If we prefer the rule of law, the questions is: who makes the law(s)? We the people, or the powerful? Do you trust the powerful to have our interests in mind?

Order or Chaos? You choose.

italian girl said...

"But you have to take a big hit on that; you're a teacher."

I don't teach the U.S. Constitution. My Social Studies lessons consist of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

Taxpayer said...

Miss Italian Girl said:
"I don't teach the U.S. Constitution. My Social Studies lessons consist of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria."

If that's your syllabus for Social Studies, then it's exhibit 1 as proof that the Commissar should not be allowed inside any school, much less have any control over all of them.

Of course, we all know that he hates the constitution and the law (too restrictive). See Term limits.