GAPS AND INDIFFERENCE: In fact, we have millions of people to waste!

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

Part 2—D.C. Public Schools Confidential:
Long ago and far away, we had an award-winning punchline, one which brought pleasure to hundreds.

It came as part of a comedy "bit" in which we'd lightly parody the kind of "straight-talking" candidate the mainstream press corps pretended to love back in the 1990s.

We'd ask the audience to shout out some issue or point of concern. Ignoring whatever it was they shouted, we'd proceed to offer a string of pre-selected "simple, common-sense solutions to the nation's problems."

We'd solve the problems for which we had jokes. The award-winning punchline to which we refer went exactly like this:

"If we can't make Canada pay for our health care, what do we have an army for?"

Never mind the way we set that up! That was the punchline to which we refer. As experts have noted, it predated Trump's pledge to make Mexico pay for our wall by almost twenty years!

We've been thinking about that punchline in response to a recent news report. We picture an updated bromide:

"If we don't have plenty of people to waste, what do we have a huge continental nation for?"

We picture a large, appreciative crowd laughing at this macabre joke. After all, the observation on which it's based is so transplendently accurate!

Let's return to the 1990s. Back in those days, President Clinton was distracting attention from the price of his haircuts by making a highly unusual claim.

"We don't have a person to waste," he would weirdly say. For proof of the claim that he actually said this, see yesterday's report.

In fact, we have millions of people to waste, and this has been true for a rather long time. One such group was featured in Saturday's news report, which appeared in the Washington Post.

The report referred to low-income urban students, or at least to one group of same. They attend the D.C. Public Schools—D.C.'s traditional public schools, not its large number of charters.

It seems that things aren't going perfectly well in those public schools. In a report your favorite liberals won't stoop to mention or read, Perry Stein described the state of play concerning graduation this year:
STEIN (4/27/18): Fewer than half of the seniors in the District’s traditional public school system are on track to receive their diplomas in June, a drastic shift for a school district that celebrated a record high graduation rate last year.

Data released Friday by D.C. Public Schools show that 46 percent of the 3,623 seniors are on course to walk across the graduation stage, while 21 percent are considered “moderately off track,” meaning they could still earn enough credits for a diploma.

The graduation rate in 2017 was 73 percent, and these latest numbers suggest the city could be bracing for a double-digit dip.

City officials had said they expected the graduation rate to drop this spring
following an investigation that undermined the validity of diplomas awarded to the Class of 2017.
Say what? An investigation "has undermined the validity of diplomas awarded to the Class of 2017?" Well actually, yes, it has!

"The city-commissioned probe determined that 1 in 3 graduates in 2017 received their diplomas despite missing too many classes or improperly taking makeup classes," Stein said as he continued. Stein didn't say so, but one in three is more than thirty percent!

Basic in January, the gruesome results of that investigation were also reported by Stein. This latest scandal within D.C.'s schools was, of course, completely ignored by the liberal and mainstream press.

We liberals! We have just one thing on our minds, and it very much isn't the kids in the D.C. schools! Last Saturday night, this cultural problem was described by Michelle Wolf, a modern-day successor to Howard Beale.

Wolf described this problem well. She did so in a brief departure from her comments comparing Ivanka Trump to a big box of used tampons:
WOLF (4/28/18): There's a ton of news right now; a lot is going on, and we have all these 24-hour news networks, and we could be covering everything. But, instead, we're covering like three topics. Every hour, it's Trump, Russia, Hillary and a panel of four people who remind you why you don't go home for Thanksgiving.
Wolf didn't really have a punch line to go with that observation. In that sense, she didn't exactly have a joke.

Beyond that, we're not sure when she last watched CNN. We haven't seen a CNN panel that small since the days when Bernie Shaw was asking the Democratic nominee for president to imagine his wife getting raped and killed.

(Maybe Bernie should be hired for the "comedy" segment next year!)

Most CNN panels are larger than that; this guarantees lots of excitement. But Wolf's basic observation was right on target, corporate cable news-wise.

Corporate cable discusses Trump and nothing else. Those low-income kids can go hang in the yard—or maybe they can go play in the yard with Ivanka-reminiscent soiled diapers!

According to that news report in the Post, a whole lot of seniors in D.C. public schools aren't going to graduate this year. Last year, in its latest cheating scandal, the system broke all kinds of rules to get its graduation rate up to 73 percent.

You haven't, and you won't, hear about any of this from your favorite liberal stars. You won't hear about this from Rachel. Nor will you hear about this from Lawrence, Nicolle or Chris.

They discuss Russia and Trump and nothing else. You aren't allowed to know how much they're getting paid to keep them behaving like this.

"We don't have a person to waste," Bill Clinton used to say. He was trying to direct attention away from the major issues of the day—from the price of his haircuts; from the fact that Candidate Gore sometimes wore a brown suit, which was described as "earth tones."

(Gore's suit jackets had three buttons! This was widely discussed, since it helped show that Gore's was "today's man-woman," if we might quote Chris Matthews. Brian Williams was deeply upset by Gore's too-numerous buttons too.)

All they talked about back then was a bunch of phony quotes they'd pout in Gore's month—and of course, those ten blow jobs The Big he had enjoyed. Wolf might have felt right at home inside that era's press corps!

Tomorrow, we'll continue our discussion of the millions of students we do have to waste.

We've had them to waste for a very long time. You won't hear them discussed tonight by the nation's corporate liberals.

Those kids, who may be "years behind," have long been banned from our "cable news" programs, which discuss nothing but Trump. In that sense, Stein's report in the Washington Post was like a tree which fell in the forest, perhaps on Kellyanne.

In that sense, Stein's horrible news report was the latest D.C. Confidential. Over Here in our self-impressed liberal world, we've long since agreed with the power elite:

We have millions of people to waste—to ignore, disregard, disappear.

Tomorrow: Categorizing the gaps

23 comments:

  1. "...which discuss nothing but Trump."

    Well, to be fair, for the powers that be losing presidential election was a huge shock. If Trump is not delivered a decisive beatdown, if the incident is not dealt with and forgotten, then what - anyone can be elected?

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  2. Maybe I'm over-interpreting, but when Clinton says, "We don't have enough people who are doing what they should," it sounds like the people belong to the government. That's the reverse of how the country is supposed to work. The government belongs to the people.

    I would turn it around and say, "We the people don't have enough government who are doing what they should." Or, more precisely, "We the people have too much government who are doing what they shouldn't."

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    1. Yes you are, to advance your continual "big government" screed.

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    2. "The government belongs to the people."
      Now, square that with the "Citizens United v FEC" decision.
      Good luck.

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  3. The Koch brothers are doing what they should: making public universities into conservative think tanks!

    https://apnews.com/0c87e4318bcc4eb9b8e69f9f54c7b889

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  4. The Noble Network of Charter Schools maintains high standards of discipline. Students are not allowed to waste time on excessive visits to the washroom.

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  5. Yes, MSNBC and CNN spend an inordinate amount of time on the Mueller investigation. I agree that it would be nice if they reported in other things more often, such as education.

    But knowing the lay of the land, I go to other sources to find out about education in America. It seems appropriate that the Washington Post would report on the D.C. public schools. I wouldn't really expect to read about this in my local newspaper.

    Nor do I see how a problem that is specific to DC is necessarily the problem of "liberals" in general. It sounds like a problem generated by local administrators that they need to solve.

    There are thousands of school districts in this country. Is any one person really aware of what is going on in every one of them?

    I live in Arkansas. How many people outside of the state, Somerby included, know what is going on with our schools? The Walton family (of Wal-Mart money) are pouring millions into charter schools, with the grateful cooperation of our elected (Republican) officials. Not saying it's all bad, but there is a distinct bias against public schools. How does the growth of charter schools impact public schools? Do charter school supporters simply want to help students, or are there other motives at play?

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  6. "All they talked about back then was a bunch of phony quotes they'd pout in Gore's month—and of course, those ten blow jobs The Big he had enjoyed. Wolf might have felt right at home inside thatera's press corps"

    (Proofreading anyone?)

    I seem to remember that era's Republican Party...you know the one which investigated, breathlessly released every juicy detail of, and impeached Clinton over those same 10 blow jobs? We owe all of this to Ken Starr and the R's. The press corps kinda had to talk about them.

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