Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #133 “Liberty Sidelined In Education”

judgejimgray_portrait2            The logical extreme has happened in New York City!  According to an August 19, 2017 article on the front page of the New York Times, teachers who either had disciplinary problems or bad teaching records or who worked in schools that had either been closed or were experiencing a decline in enrollment were paid $150 million in salary last year alone – not to teach!  That constituted a full 822 teachers, more than 200 of whom had been receiving those payments for at least five years!  At an average salary of $94,000 per year!  They could have been re-engaged as teachers, but their performance was so poor that none of the school principals wanted them.  So, since the teacher’s unions were so strong that they couldn’t be fired, they were being paid their full salaries mostly not to teach.

How can a society that holds itself up as the Land of the Free tolerate such a result?  And how many other school districts around the nation are in the same situation?  In today’s world, imagine how much of a benefit it would have been to the students to have had that money for smaller classrooms, extra labs, field trips or tutors?  In too many places around our country our schools are failing our children.  So, as had been stated several times in this column, we must decide what the purpose is for our educational system: to educate our children?  Or to protect below-average teachers?  Liberty means that our children’s interests must be placed ahead of supporting teachers who cannot teach!  Thomas Jefferson famously said that we should have a bloody revolution every generation to keep the vested special interests at bay.  Fortunately, our Constitution has given us a means for the revolutions not to be bloody. But how long has it been?  When witnessing outcomes like this, maybe it is time for another of these revolutions!  How about trying it out with the Libertarians, who would never allow this result to occur!

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President,
along with Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President

 

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Friday, September 8, 2017

2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #132 “Frederick Douglass — Champion Of Liberty”

untitled          The truth is the truth, regardless of when it is spoken.  And who better to speak about timeless racial truths than Frederick Douglass?  A former slave and premier abolitionist writer, Douglass spoke and wrote often and forcefully that “It has long been the desire of our enemies to deepen and widen the line of separation between the white and colored people of this country.”  In literal effect, the only minority that counted for Douglass was the “Minority of One,” which was the individual.  And with what we have seen in the last few months and years in our country, we truly need to keep his teachings fresh in our minds because so many people from so many different standpoints are trying to separate us.

Douglass emphasized that America was a nation founded upon “human brotherhood and the self-evident truths of Liberty and Equality.”  In that regard, he went on to say that the designation or protection of specific groups or classes of Americans would lead to a focus upon benefits and burdens of class members at the direct expense of the protection of individual rights.  But, as he timelessly reminded us, “The Constitution knows no distinction between citizens on account of color.”  Instead, the “burden of our demand upon the American people shall simply be justice and fair play.”  Thus “We utterly repudiate all invidious distinctions, whether in our favor or against us, and only ask for a fair field, and no favor.”  In other words, Frederick Douglass was a champion of Liberty, and asked for no more nor no less – for everyone!  Each one of us today should simply and stalwartly demand and enforce the same!  That is fundamentally what America is – and should be – about!

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President,
along with Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President

 

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #131 “How Liberty Saved The Bees”

Bees working on honeycomb            Last week we talked about how Government is Money.  In other words, people in government have their own biases and, often, personal desires for power and influence.  So Liberty —in this context defined as instituting a system for private individuals to have incentives to prosper by producing (legal) goods and services that other people will desire and purchase – will almost always triumph over government bureaucracy, controls and regulations.  And that is what has happened over the past few years with the survival of bees.

According to an article by Shawn Regan in the August/September edition of Reason, large numbers of honeybees started disappearing in 2006.  And not only were they dying, they were mysteriously abandoning their hives.  The situation became so widespread that in 2013 some experts predicted “a world without bees.”  In response, the Obama administration set aside $82 million in funding and formed a task force to deal with this “crisis” by creating a “national pollination strategy.”  But this crisis was averted because of Liberty, which rendered the federal monies and efforts unnecessary and even wasted.

What happened?  Commercial beekeepers, who make a profit both by “renting” their bee colonies to orchards during the blooming season, and also selling the honey that is produced, had incentives to deal with the losses of bees.   So they responded in two ways.  First they privately determined that two parasitic types of mites were killing the bees.  So they countered by the use of miticides, fungicides and other treatments.  Second, they artificially stimulated the production of thousands more queen bees which, in turn, generated hundreds of thousands more honeybees.  The advocates of Big Government felt good about themselves in spending the taxpayers’ money and “rallying to the cause,” but no government involvement was really needed.  What is needed instead in to nurture a climate that supports Liberty!

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President,
along with Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President

 

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(Okay, I know this was three paragraphs.  I could have combined the last two together, but I didn’t want to make my 9th grade grammar teacher, Ms. Menazian, mad at me!)



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