Maybe they should think about who they elect.

Anyone who is decently versed in Chicago politics knows that the reason Chicago is called The Windy City ain’t because it’s super windy there. The city hasn’t had a Republican mayor in ninety years, and the Democratic machine there is still active, so much so that I’m pretty sure it influences the surrounding counties, even neighboring Lake County across the state lines in Indiana (which is home to another machine in Gary, Indiana…they haven’t had a Republican mayor since the 1940’s). If you want some insight into this, compare a map of Illinois’s counties to a map of their congressional districts and keep these facts in mind: Chicago has about 3 million, and Illinois has about 13 million people. Eight of nineteen of their congressional districts include some part of Chicago, and to me, when I look at these maps,  it almost looks like there’s some gerrymandering. Maybe I’m over analyzing things, but things seem fishy to me.

Anyways, people in Chicago seem to be always complaining about something–the Chicago teachers complain about public school funding, they complain about murder rates and gun violence, etc. Well, the politicians of Cook County (which is essentially, Chicago) have decided to enact a sugary drink tax (read the article below for more details), and citizens have protested it, saying it’s too much (for those of you who aren’t aware, Chicago has taxes on many, many things…such that as that article says, it’s hard to remember what isn’t, and as my dad always likes to say, it’s taxation without representation). As I was reading that article and analyzing in light of what I know about Chicago, I realized that if Chicago has this much to complain about, maybe they should elect different representatives.

Here’s an 2016 electoral map of Illinois, which shows its counties. Notice which counties are red, which are blue, and what the popular vote totals are:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Illinois,_2016

Here’s the map of the Congressional districts of Illinois.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois’_congressional_districts

Here’s a map of Indiana counties from our last presidential election…just for comparison. Notice the similarities:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Indiana,_2016

Here’s the sugary drink tax article I mentioned:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-selle-cook-county-soda-tax-0629-20170628-story.html

 

Brilliance in 3 Parts

This was sent to me by a friend of my dad’s. It’s funny but also sad. These guys complain about their lot, but they keep electing the same people. I can only just shake my head and count my blessings that I don’t live in any of those cities.

THIS IS MOST CERTAINLY TRUE.

 

 

Part I:
A. Back off and let those men who want to marry men, marry men.
B. Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women.
C. Allow those folks who want to abort their babies, abort their babies.

In three generations, there will be no more Democrats.

 

 

Part II:
10 Poorest Cities in America  (How did it happen?)
  City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

1. Detroit, MI 32.5%
2. Buffalo, NY 29.9%
3. Cincinnati, OH 27.8%
4. Cleveland, OH 27.0%
5. Miami, FL 26.9%
5. St. Louis, MO 26.8%
7. El Paso, TX 26.4%
8. Milwaukee, WI 26.2%
9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%
10. Newark, NJ 24.2%

What do these top ten cities (over 250,000 pop.) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

Detroit, MI – (1st on poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961
Buffalo, NY – (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954
Cincinnati, OH – (3rd) not since 1984
Cleveland, OH – (4th) not since 1989
Miami, FL – (5th) has never had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO – (6th) not since 1949
El Paso, TX – (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee, WI – (8th) not since 1908
Philadelphia, PA – (9th) not since 1952
Newark, NJ – (10th) not since 1907

Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’
It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats… yet they are still POOR.

Part III:

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
~
Abraham Lincoln

 

 

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a much closer look at the American Indian.”
                                   ~Henry Ford

Proof of Detroit’s Comeback

I have had this one sent to me a few times, and every time, I can’t help but shake my head. They haven’t had a Republican mayor in more than fifty years, which makes me of the opinion that they could use a serious change in leadership. Anyways, enjoy!

There are no words…
PROOF OF  huh DETROIT’S COMEBACK…and why they need 15 bucks an hour.
DETAIL OF AN EXTREMELY INTRICATE “COUNTERFEIT”
BILL PASSED IN DETROIT!
 
WOW. IT’S A WONDER THIS BILL WAS EVER CAUGHT. 
TALK ABOUT PERFECT!


WE KNOW…

SORY TO HEER THAT… CAN WE GETS A HOT DAWG 


LOOKS LIKE SHE COULD USE A LITTLE SUPPORT!
(HOPE SHE IS BUYING SOME DUCT TAPE).


LOVE IT… LOVE IT… LOVE IT! (My favorite)

THAT’S ALLS I GOTS …..

Look in the mirror, educators and liberals.

Throughout history, it has been a common thing that education will open the door to many opportunities to better your life…and nowhere has it been more true than in America. In this country, education gives you the tools to make your own American Dream.

However, in recent years, there have been issues. People in America complain that American children aren’t preforming as well we should in school compared to other nations when you would think that we should given that we are the most prosperous country ever in the history of the world.

Naturally, most teachers say that there should be more funding for their salaries and their schools or even that national government should be in control. But is any of that really the right answer? I think not.

First off, not every school district is terrible–some, like mine, regularly graduate more than ninety percent of their high school seniors. Based on this, I do not believe that this is something that requires federal control and intervention. Different school districts are at varying stages of success and failure and some even have different problems. As the common saying goes, don’t fix what ain’t broke…and for those things that are, those closer to the problems (states and the school districts themselves) must solve their problems individually.

So, what do I think is the problem? I think the main problems are twofold: misallocation of educational funds and the teachers/educators themselves. So, based on that, as the title of this post indicates, when looking for who to blame: look in the mirror, educators and liberal policy makers.

With educational funds, it seems that a lot of times, schools focus a lot on pushing sports so that they can win championships and bring athletic prestige to their school. For example, my high school built a million dollar stadium even though my high school’s football team has never even sniffed at a state championship…in my opinion, they hadn’t earned an upgrade. Also, in a referendum, my school district’s school board elected to put in a new swimming pool. In these cases, it seemed to me that my school district was emphasizing athletics more than academics. Now, don’t get me wrong: I do understand that sports can teach you things and build character and skills in teamwork, but I believe that since schools are meant to teach you the basics (math, science, reading/writing, etc.), these academics should be put first. If there are things academically that need upgrading (i.e. technology, school supplies for classrooms, school building repair, etc.), then those things should be dealt with…any extra money can go to helping sports and other extra curriculars since they can be good ways to keep kids out of bad things (i.e. gangs, drugs, etc.).

The other problem, as mentioned above, are the teachers and other educators themselves. In big cities with bad public schools, people know that if their kids want a good education, they have to go to some sort of private school. There are plenty of good teachers out there…I have been fortunate that most of my teachers in K-12 have been good, some even exemplary. However, there are teachers out there that aren’t great…I have had a few. Part of the problem, is with tenure. As you are probably well aware, once a teacher gets tenure, it is very difficult to get them fired…which makes them almost untouchable. This can be a reward if the teacher is good but a nightmare for parents if the teacher if bad. This, of course, is unlike most other jobs in the real world. In the real world, if you do a bad job…especially consistently, you will be fired, no questions asked. And sometimes, when good teachers get tenure, they become lazy because they know that their job is secured until they retire. They lose the incentive to do well with this security whereas other workers know they must always preform well to keep their jobs.

Teachers also complain about the pay because as it is infamously said that you do not get into education for the money. In the same sense as with most other jobs, I believe that pay even for teachers should be earned…if you teach well enough that your students are doing well, you should be compensated. I am not against rewarding those who do well–I’d be perfectly okay with giving teachers raises for based on how long they been there and their level of education (as many teachers seem to say they wish would factor into their salary) as long as they do well–I, just like most taxpayers, want to just see the results before we give the reward. And if your students are not doing well, adjust your teaching style or whatever it takes so that your students are succeeding…after all, it is the teacher’s job to make sure kids learn.

In the news a lot lately, there have been a lot of teachers protesting in big cities such as Chicago…these cities, of course, are famous for having such terrible public schools that if you want your children to get a decent education you go to whatever private school is available. They demand better funding for schools, but it seems that ever year, they get the funding but still underperform. My message to these teachers? Vote differently. Many of the cities that having these failing public schools are run by Democratic machines which then have their meddling hands in the education system. If you’re going to fix the problem, go to the source. Protesting won’t help…it’ll just take away from time that teachers can be helping their kids learn.

Also, recently in the news has been Trump’s Secretary of Education pick Betsy Devos. The mainstream media criticizes her for being for private, charter schools. However, if they work better than the public schools that are failing, why not try them as part of the solution? States should invest in what works…just like a business will invest its assets into something they believe will make them money.

So, in conclusion, I suppose my point is that when you’ve tried over and over to fix something with a ‘solution’, and the job is not getting done, then you must move onto different solutions to get the job done. It’s just common sense, and anyone who would rather whilly-nilly just go along with the same failing methods instead is a blind moron.