Don't petition the White House, Use

Don’t petition the White House, Use

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Bring Back Child Labor, Fire Working Americans

Nov 22, 2011 Aaron Krager No Comments

The latest grand idea coming from one of Republican candidates for President consists of firing union janitors and hiring students to do the job instead. Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, can claim credit for this one. Conventional wisdom tells us he is a man of ideas. Not sure if anyone ever said they had to be good ideas.

“You say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, 14, 16 years of age, fine. You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing. I’ve tried for years to have a very simple model,” he said. “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.”

It may seem a simple idea, either repulsive to some and disciplinarian to others, but it deserves to be dissected a little more. If we can move past the idea repealing child labor laws aimed at protecting kids from being exploited, underpaid, and placed in dangerous situations… actually how do we move past that?

Janitorial duties require more than just a broom, mop, and a bucket. Cleaning supplies are often toxic. How many would unknowingly mix bleach with another cleaning product? It takes time to develop what society often calls common sense and the knowledge of this deadly concoction falls into that category. Next, the kid must clean up after their peers in the lunchroom, in the classrooms, and worst of all, the bathroom.

Newt’s simple idea completely misses the complexity of the consequences. Our schools already suffer from big problem in bullying and some deal with violence on a daily basis. Now he wants to throw hard working Americans out of a job and install kids to clean up after their peers. The social indignity of the situation is too hard to comprehend.

Putting kids to work at their own schools is not going to create any type of pride. As it is now, too many kids dread going to school. Imagine going to work and school at the same place when you are 12. The time for educating the working students vanishes with strict hours. The likelihood of the student garnering a college degree, let alone finishing high school, would plummet even further.

Newt also subtlety attacks union workers. The right hates the idea of working people joining together to exercise their rights. The reasons are two-fold, unions generally support Democrats and union workers generally earn more money on average. Newt and other dislike both of these concepts. In an unregulated free market workers would fight against each other for jobs, thus creating a competition to be the lowest cost employee. Unions prevent drastic decreases in wages and protect every day people from abuse and manipulation by employers.

Delving into Newt’s idea reveals more than the mere insidiousness of it. but also the true intention of shoving poor kids into already low-wage job to keep them there for life. We need to keep these kids in school and provide them with a more advanced education than Newt desires.

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