The LuLac Edition #2247, October 30th, 2012
STORM AFTERMATHThere will be political ramifications of this big storm. How the President reacts and delivers services to the people hit by the disaster will give people a glimpse into how government and an administration can function. For bald faced political junkies, people like us will look to see if the candidates make the right call. I think it is safe to say that the best politics will be no politics at all. Plus it is an opportunity to show those people who want government out of their lives, that government is too intrusive (except for of course controlling a women’s vagina) and that their freedoms are threatened by government, to demonstrate what government at the federal, state and local level can do. An administration’s legacy lives on in how it takes care of its people. There are insiders in the Bush administration who have said their lowest moment was when that regime mishandled Hurricane Katrina. You can be sure no one is going to saying again to a functionary, “Brownie you’re doing a good job”. The best thing to do is for the challenger to lend his support and the President to keep his head down and work like he did when he was a community organizer. Good politics is letting the chips fall where they may.
REPEALING OBAMA CARE?Say Mitt Romney becomes President. And say he tries to repeal Obama Care. First off it would take about a year to do that. It would drive up costs because right now Health Care Insurance companies have modules in place for pre existing conditions as well as enrollment. All of that would be upended. Second, the insured currently would become uninsured. So where would that money go currently being invested? Away. And those people losing the insurance would be driven back to the Emergency Rooms. Again costs go up. It is reckless to say you are gong to try and repeal a law passed by Congress and with the imprimatur of the Supreme Court, If Romney persists in this, he will look foolish.
EDUCATION SCORES DOWN
The Citizen’s Voice reports that Education scores are down in Luzerne County. It appears that the scores for area children have taken a dip. True to form the Education lobby, specifically the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Administrators blame the cut in education funding by the Corbett administration. I’m stunned. Not really. Look, we’ve been throwing money at education for the last decade in this state. And we have little to show for it except the results for the full day kindergarten advocated by Ed Rendell. You raise kid’s reading and Math scores by having parents and/or a parent sitting at the kitchen table drilling the kids on what they learned that day. Instead most parents today bitch about the homework their kids take home. The kitchen table, not the bloated education system’s conference table will raise the scores.