When this writer was much younger, he held a number of politicians in high regard. Now that this writer is much older, he holds all politicians in very low regard. This is so because this writer has watched and studied their legislative histories. Much to this writer’s horror it was discovered that legislators legislate for themselves in order to gain power and wealth. They have no regard or respect for the people. In fact they get upset, and resist the will of the people. Why the people tolerate such disrespect goes beyond this writers comprehension. Sure would like to hear from people through out our Tampa Bay community and the nation as to why this is the case. Is it a feeling of helplessness or what?
For example, the voters spoke loudly and clearly that we want smaller class sizes for the children of Florida. The state legislature and the governor do not think that’s a good idea. The governor wants to give voters a chance to reverse themselves. We do not need selfish politicians like Jeb Bush to give us a chance to reverse our vote. After all, it was the citizens who spoke and ordered the state to provide the resources for smaller class size. If voters wanted to reverse themselves, we the voters would do just that. For a change, the governor and legislature need to get busy and execute the peoples business as ordered.
All voters hear is how important children are to professional politicians. Which of course is just political spin; meaning just talk with no results. Now these politicians are faulting teachers for the poor test results of Florida children. Academically Florida children rank near the bottom of the ladder nationally. The governor now wants to tie teacher pay to how well children do on the statewide F-cat test. The problem is with the politicians and not the teachers. Politicians speaking for themselves will tell the public that money buys the best of everything. Except when it comes to the needs of children and the educators who labor to educate the states children. Florida educators rank near the bottom of the pay scale nationally. Forget the Southern states when comparing the pay scales. Instead compare Florida pay scale for teachers with the pay scale of Northern states. And take a look at how much money Florida allocates to education compared to the more successful Northern states.
Then tell those politicians to shut up and get about the peoples business or pay the consequences. This writer favors making them pay the consequences. By that this writer means, we the people need to create a government that serves the needs of the people, and not self serving professional goons. That’s the only way the Tampa Bay community, and the state will ever have a meaningful educational system to meet the needs of our children.
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