“The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth. This alignment destroys the commonwealth – that is, the natural wealth of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and community – and so destroys democracy, of which the commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.” -Wendell Berry
The long term effect of the political pull to the right is becoming more evident. The Republicans have gotten more crazy and extreme in their views, and the centrist Democrats have moved to the right in an attempt to look more rational- while selling off the party. But what do we end up with? Things like tax cuts wherein schools become the losers, continually being underfunded in a deliberate attempt to kill public education.
Read the NY Times Editorial “Back to School with Budgets Still Tight” here to find how “25 states were still spending less per student than before the recession, adjusted for inflation, and cuts in seven states exceeded 10 percent”.
And then the schools are sold to charter chains….