First of all, thanks go out to everyone for the replies in my first attempt at a blog. I may have found a reason for the way some people act.
This past Monday, I was off work. My wife asked me to go with her to get school supplies for the kids. In the past I've financed the back to school purchases, but I have never gone with them. So we head out to the Chinese Military Industries Mega Super Store, excuse me, Wal-Mart to purchase school supplies. Suprisingly enough, there were no problems in the parking lot. We make our way over to the rack that has the lists for each school and grade. My wife gets the lists, and we head to the area in the store that has the school supplies. My wife has the lists, so I have no idea what is on there.
The first thing on the list is pencils. I tell her that she doesn't have to get any for the girl because I had already got some that were real girly looking and had her name on them because I knew she would like them. My wife tells me that they can't use those. Everyone has to have the same kind of pencils, and when they get to school the first day, the teachers get all the pencils, sharpen all of them, and put them in a bucket at the front of the class for everyone to use. My jaw hit the floor. Not only was I buying pencils for my own kids, but I'm footing the bill for others' kids also. It gets better.
Other than some other essentials like notebooks, folders, paper, and scissors that were for my own kids the next few items on the lists got me even worse. We had to buy toilet paper, soap, and paper towels. That's right, toilet paper, soap, and paper towels. Now the veins are popping out in my head and neck. Normally, I'm a pretty quiet person, and it takes alot to get me rattled. But this sure did it. I ask my wife if these items were for our kids or the school (she works for the school by the way). She says they are for the school. So I ask her why is it that we have to supply toilet paper et al for the school. That should've been one of the first things to be budgeted. She says it's so they can spend more money for "furthering education for at risk students". I asked her to explain that in English to me. Come to find out, it's for those who cannot speak English and the welfare kids.
So I ask her where are all the tax dollars going that the schools get. When I was in school, which was 18 years ago, we did not have to furnish paper towels, or soap, or toilet paper, or anything else except for our own personal school supplies. That was a given. We didn't have all the touchy - feely feel good about yourself, it's ok if you can't pass we'll lower the standards until you do pass, go ahead and act like a fool you won't get punished programs at the school where I went. We knew that if we screwed up at school, not only would the football coach get the "Board Of Education" out, but we'd get another one when we got home. We didn't even have air conditioning at my school. Imagine the lawsuits that would be brought about today for having to go to school in the south in August without air. There we were, though, sitting in class in the Mississippi heat. With school supplied toilet paper.
She never could tell me exactly where my tax dollars go. When the state of Mississippi legallized the sale of hard liquor in 1966, the tax charged on each bottle was supposed to be set aside for education. When gambling was legallized in about 1989, that tax money was supposed to be set aside for education. A part of my property taxes is supposed to go toward education. Some of the tax when you buy a tag for your vehicle (which is very expensive in this state) goes toward education. And the state taxes that come out of my paycheck every 2 weeks goes towards education and is dispersed to the ones on welfare. Lest I forget, the state is also sitting on billions of dollars that was part of the tobacco lawsuits that were settled a few years ago. I know the money isn't going to the teachers. The teachers in this state are paid the least of any in the country. If all this money is going towards education, then why is this state at the bottom of the list for test scores?
To sum things up, I have found out what is wrong with people. They start school in kindergarten being taught that everyone is supposed to hand out everything they need for the rest of their lives. They have no reason to try to better themselves. If they can't afford something, they think someone ought to give it to them. If they can't pass a test, lower the standards. If you don't want to exercise in PE class, get a note from home. If you don't want to be punished, get a note from home saying not to punish you. All these cradle to grave entitlements can work in a country like Sweden or Denmark where the population is maybe 3-5 million, but it cannot work in the United States that has a population of 300 million. We as a country need to wake up and remember how we got to be this great country, or else we're going to wake up one day to being a communist country.