Peace in the Middle East: That alone is enough to win Trump’s re-election–never listen to the experts!

For those thus concerned, and how it will shake out by Election Day, what the Trump administration did just in the Middle East this past week is enough to win another four years as president.  In the context of history, if the previous four years was Trump’s list of Supreme Court Justices which proved to be the safest bet against the mob like Democrat party, then it will be the Trump foreign policies that will win the next four years.  Forget all the hype from the media, they are in denial of the very foundations of why what I’m telling you is an irrefutable fact, extending back well over 100,000 years, likely much more.  Mankind is in a rebellion against “experts” which is a long time and coming and electing Donald Trump has only proven correct, and there are people who were on the fence the last time who will now be voting for him in greater margins because of this trend.  The reason there has not been peace in the Middle East is simply because up to this point, the “experts” have been in charge leaving presidents of the past to follow their advice, hiding the real problems.  Most people understand this to be the issue from everything to foreign policy to baking cakes, and they have started to vote differently as a result.  And given the choice, they will pick Trump again, which of course has the “experts” terrified, because they have spent their whole lives learning to be experts only to see the world turn against them.

We were watching TV the other night with my grown kids and I was reminding them how many people that were at the top of intellectual circles they had met before they were 10 years old, for instance we were watching Ancient Aliens at the time and the subject was Jonathan Young who was very prominent in the Joseph Campbell Foundation in the 90s.  That was why he was so familiar to them because they had met him a long time ago.  I also reminded them that they had met and spent quite a lot of time with Jean Erdman who just died this last May at 104 years old.  She was Joseph Campbell’s wife.  And there were many other top tear philosophers and entertainment professionals that they ran into as children which I always felt would give them great confidence as they moved into adolescence.  After all, nobody in their school could claim to meet one celebrity, let alone many of the best who did some really important work behind the curtain.  But as I was telling them those stories I was thinking of Trump and how I recognized in him early everything that was happening now, which was good for our world, even if it meant the destruction of liberalism, because my perspective toward existence was anti-expert, and not in support of our entire structure of society which still believed that “experts” should be the foundation of everything.

In truth, and I’ve told this story before, when I was running around with those types of people, I had spent a 10-11-year journey reading everything Joseph Campbell had written and edited.  Many of the top minds in the world lay claim to studying the free-thinking Campbell, including many liberals, such as the most recent Health Director of Ohio, Amy Acton.  Recently I was reading Ray Dalio’s book called ‘Principles’ where he spent a lot of time talking about how Joseph Campbell changed his life and gave him meaning.  Bill Moyers of NPR was also thus enchanted, but I knew a secret about all these people that they had not discovered in Campbell’s work, and that was his embrace and discovery of the destructive nature of institutionalism.  It was in fact by the time my kids had met the elderly Erdman and Jonathan Young I was already picking about the works of Friedrich Nietzsche who was questioning the very same things.  Adolph Hitler would miss the point of the German philosopher completely when he turned supremacy of thought into an experiment on socialism and would become a villain to planet earth, but that’s how dangerous some of this stuff would be, and clearly is.  I would say that with my extra work in the effort and the laborious efforts of working through the James Joyce novel, ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ I came to some unusual ideas about institutionalism and the class of experts that have always been around in society and have done my own work toward the trajectory of mankind.  It is surprising what a person can do if they do not care to get credit for the enterprise.  I call it ghosting it as far as being an influence leader in many fields of work at the same time.

The entire notion of how humans have put “experts” at the front of social thinking has been wrong, and currently we are taking an eraser to those many centuries of failure.  It started with the Scottish Rites in Europe, culminated in the writing of our Constitution which is a work of philosophy, not so much law, and it thus produced out of the minds of a free people percolating over many more centuries, Donald Trump, a free spirit who does not limit his thoughts to the experts, but can use them to his own needs.  That is after all the central theme of the debate about Covid-19, will the world be ruled by a class of medical experts, or will they ignore them and move on in life at their own inclinations?  Google and Facebook have certainly bet on the experts. They after all think they know better just as Ray Dalio the billionaire investor thinks he knew Joseph Campbell by understanding one of his first books, ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces.’  But he doesn’t know Campbell the way I do, and the pin heads of Silicone Valley don’t either, they only learned the surface stuff. But in truth, Campbell was a conservative anti-institutionalist and that is why no matter how hard they try to understand higher concepts, they always fail, including the ebbs and tides of the 2020 election.

I tend as a result of all this study to look at the whole story of things and with that in mind, our society failed by placing as a priority of education the creation of “experts” in the field.  What the world really needs is battle hardened leaders, people like Trump who can think above and beyond the limited advice of experts and are wise due to their own experience.  Not to go Biblical, but Trump reminds me a lot of King Solomon, people who are almost unearthly in experience, wealth, and knowledge which is truly the ultimate freedom.  To not need “experts” is the path to freedom that Americans have been looking for since the foundation of the country and that is what has liberals going crazy, because they can feel that grip over mankind slipping.  Sure, there are still some suckers out there who are stupid, uneducated, and surrender to the whims of their unchecked fears.  But the trend is against them for the first time in thousands of years, the trajectory of thought isn’t going the other way.  And with all that in mind, nobody but Trump could have brought any notion of peace to the Middle East, because the answers were outside the scope of our experts, which is why it had never happened before, even with all the resources the world could provide.  Its good to read lots of books and to function outside the limits of “expert” opinion.  Because it is there that we can only say that we are truly free, when we are free of thought away from their tyrannical grasp, and about to think on our own without their thoughts to shape our opinions.

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The Buckeye Firearms Association Endorces George Lang: One of the truely good people in politics

Even with everything that is going on, its nice to take a moment to appreciate one of the true good guys out there in the world who is trying to make our Republic a better place through proper representation. With the world gone mad, it has been wonderful to see that George Lang, the current House of Representative for the 52nd District member running for the 4th seat in the Senate was endorsed by the Buckeye Firearms Association, along with many other endorsements, many named and many more to come. Its still early in the election season, yet George has been getting a lot of activity thrown his way by positive support from many sectors of the community he represents. We often don’t get enough time to talk about positive political stories where the people running for office, or just holding office are good and working hard in all the right ways, and George is certainly one of the good guys. And as a big time politician who raises a lot of money and has dealings with a lot of people who want representation in Columbus, I can think of few people who do it as well as George does without losing integrity in the process and is as firm in his Second Amendment roots. The Buckeye Firearms Association understands George’s value and it was great to see their endorsement this week.

I bring up the money that George has the ability to raise because as I’ve said before fundraising is a kind of vote all by itself. Its hard to convince people to write you a check so that you can run for office, buy all the signs that you do, run airtime, do the advertising that is required for name recognition. Yet, it is difficult to stay out of the kind of trouble that Larry Householder found himself in where dark money can creep into the process and corrode all the good things an office holder might try to do without getting caught in the sticky business of corruption and mayhem. Yet George was in the thick of things in Columbus when the FirstEnergy Solutions was injecting a lot of money into the support of House Bill 6 which was some tricky circumstances. George managed to stay clean of all the bottle rockets that were flying around on that one which showed just how politically savvy he is under great pressure and can still stand behind values that are unique to anybody working at such a high level.

And that is where the fine line is, critics of George Lang will attempt to tie corruption to him because he has the ability to raise so much money, because that is how the news likes to portray fundraising. Yet as a politician, it is hard to accept money for the political aspects of the vote it represents without falling for the expectations of favoritism that often spawns from the process. It costs money to run for a big office and to get elected without dividing everyone you meet along the way with differing opinions, its quite another to lose a step and fall for the temptations of expectation that often comes with it. In Lang’s case, it would be easy to step away from the Second Amendment with everything that is going on in order to appear more moderate which is where a lot of fundraising money can come from, but George never abandons his core principles, which is how he was able to stay out of trouble in Householder’s FirstEnergy scandal. Regardless of whether the FirstEnergy issue is more politics than actual scandal, it takes some very savvy politics to dodge the bullets that do fly which is much more than luck. And still stand behind your values, and George Lang continues to impress me with his ability to do that.

George is a business first politician in a time where businesses of all kinds are being attacked for any connection to profit by this new breed of socialist radicals that are infecting politics at every level, and most candidates and office holders will run from any connection. But not Lang, he doesn’t run from his core values or people he’s known. He may not always agree with them, he’s his own person, and he has a great feel for trouble before it emerges, but he can be trusted ethically in ways that most could only wish for. I feel lucky that we can vote for George Lang in Butler County which has over 400,000 residents all who want something, and he has managed to represent them well without compromising himself in the process. Yet George’s commitment to Second Amendment rights has never wavered in the least. When it would have been easy to do so, he has never backed away publicly from an important gun rights issue and that is saying something where a politician could easily be hung by their feet in the court of public opinion for any support. So that is the significance of the Buckeye Firearms Association endorsing George so early, before Labor Day for the 2020 election.

It is hard to meet with all types of people from the Ohio Military Family Month advocates to Women’s Suffrage Centennial supporters, then to have lunch with the Chamber of Commerce types all while Democrats are begging you to go to lunch to pull you to their side of an issue or a lobbyist is wanting to shower you with gifts before a fundraiser dinner must be attended later that night. Most people come across as sleezy as they must be so many things to so many different people, but George comes across as sincere. And that is because at the end of the day he is just a good person who loves his wife and kids and the ability to do the right things. He doesn’t get lost along the way because he has great grounding at home and that is the key to his success. The key is to give everyone an ear and do as many people right as their representative, but not to get lost in the process and for George, his strong family life is the sanctuary that sets him apart from everyone else. And we should all feel lucky to have such a person representing us.

When I think of George Lang I think of gun rights, business, and a real passion for doing what is right. I’ve spoken to him off the record many times and can say that the person he is on a Sunday morning before the world wakes up is the same person who shows great enthusiasm for everyone he meets in a business day. There is nothing phony about George Lang. If the world had a George Lang for every political position in our Republic at every level, everything would work so much better. I put George Lang in the same lofty category as I do Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota. There are a lot of very good politicians who are coming out of the Tea Party movement from earlier in the decade who read a lot of books on what makes a good republic work and now they are putting their skills to use. They have been very rare, but through all the negative stories, there are ones like those coming from George Lang which continue to inspire and give hope where we need it most. And on November 3rd 2020 it will be quite a privilege to go to a polling place and vote for George Lang.

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Trump Did Great with Covid-19: Governments should be prosecuted for mass murder in using a coronavirus to attempt an overthrow of an American President

Bernie Sanders pretty much admitted to all my accusations about Covid-19 with his speech at the DNC Convention. When the Mueller Report didn’t work, when the impeachment attempt by Congress didn’t work, they had to try something in 2020 so their friends at the World Health Organization under the guidance of Doctor Fauci and others used a new form of coronavirus to advance economic and emotional terrorism which they hoped would propel them into a capture of the White House after this next election. The Democrats and socialists around the world united and played it all to the smallest detail and hoped to trap Trump into also going all in on the Covid-19 reaction, then before it was too late, being stuck with the remnants of a great economy smoking on a ash heap. And if you believe the polls, which I don’t, people would not vote for Trump because of the virus as it happened on his watch, and people suffering by it would blame him. That was always the strategy, yet as they arrived at the DNC Convention to make their plea for votes, the plan was unraveling as they spoke. It didn’t have the power it should have had, because Trump did not go all in, he played along enough to get by, but he never bought into the scheme completely and that is the source of much panic. After all, the DNC had committed to making Covid-19 the centerpiece of their strategy with a “virtual convention” of pre-recorded messages while Trump flew around the country giving rally style speeches at the same time showing a stark contrast to the approach.

I am not bitter that the Trump people didn’t listen to everything I said about Covid-19. Heck, it will likely take many a decade or so to admit to themselves what I have been saying about the virus outbreak from the beginning—that our reaction to it was completely fake—it was made up using non-science from the very first government suggestions. For instance, did you know that in many states the banning of N95 masks is happening because the exhale valve on them does nothing to keep your germs from getting out to the air which could contaminate other people? Yet we were told by many during the early days of the Covid crises that the N95 masks were the best on the market and people were climbing over each other to get them. Well, after a few months of analysis, the logic has found the light of day and now N95 masks are terrible because they allow unfiltered vapors from your lungs out into the air of the potential innocent. We also know now that the half life of the virus at around 70 Degrees Fahrenheit is about 18 hours with 20% humidity. That means that the virus can live on a surface for that long without a host in those conditions, again, hindsight providing a clearer picture. With 80% humidity, the half life drops down to around 6 hours. Well, guess what the half-life of Covid-19 is when exposed to direct sunlight? 2 minutes. That means that the breakouts in the summer in places like Florida and Texas along with Arizona were due to hot conditions pushing people into their homes with the air conditioners running circulating the virus within the homes making more people sick. The best thing for them to do would have been to go outside and let the sun kill the virus. And the numbers would have dropped dramatically.

The other issues that are carefully concealed in the death reporting number of Covid-19 is that states like Ohio show that 41% of all deaths occurred in nursing homes. But as the summer has evolved and more statistics have become known the real number appears to be around 70%. And that 70% to 80% number holds through an analysis of most states in America. The talk about Andrew Cuomo’s terrible decision to send post Covid patients to nursing homes to recover and save ICU beds is just now being considered for the tremendous mistake that it was. It is now very obvious that the early government reactions to Covid-19 likely did more harm than good in sometimes doing the opposite that should have occurred. Government could easily be charged with mass murder in many of the Covid-19 cases due to malpractice in the most severe circumstance—by giving medical advice that was completely wrong for the circumstances, and I would argue that the reason was that the medical advice was designed to destroy the American economy by the Chinese and communist loving World Health Organization, cheered along by American’s billionaire class, the Gorge Soros and Bill Gates types who wanted to bring down Trump any way possible—and at any cost, including lives.

Trump’s initial Covid-19 response was to close the border and isolate the threat until Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci dropped the death bomb on the President and told him that he’d be responsible for millions of deaths. Trump listened and supported the medical movement toward containing the threat to protect people. He had to really, until the evidence started coming out otherwise. Now that we’ve had a few months to analyze things, people have been asking questions and many of my early assertions have proven to be 100% true. Covid-19 as a pandemic was a hoax. And the social isolation and mask mandates have been the worst way to deal with the virus. We would have done a much better job if we had done nothing and let nature do its thing. If we had, we likely wouldn’t have known much about Covid-19 in the least. But by making a big deal about a nothing virus and creating conditions where people in nursing homes would be most vulnerable, we now have a destroyed economy and many deaths on the hands of the governments of the world. And it was all for getting rid of Trump from the Presidency. Nothing more. Nothing.

I think Trump managed a tight situation well, and he has managed to break free of the Covid nightmare well before the election. The events that Trump held on the first day of the DNC Convention after all had people packed arm to arm which is a good sign. And the big Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota just ended where a half million bikers enjoyed life as normal with no social distancing and no masks at all, and nobody came back from that dead or taking the virus back to their communities. Do you know why, because all those people will drive home outside on motorcycles and the sun will literally bake away the virus before they get where they are going in 2 minutes. By the time the bikers get home, the virus would have been killed 900 miles earlier. And that is the real science that should have guided our public policy. Yet science was ignored at every junction on Covid-19 because the goal wasn’t to keep people safe, it was to make them sick so there was a story to tell and an election to win by blaming Trump for the deaths. And yes, people were killed in the process on purpose. History will come to terms with that in time, but for now, its important to understand to what extent the Democrats and communists of the world were willing to go, and that it almost worked for them. Luckily, Trump didn’t fall for it completely and his true reaction is the real path to a solution that will occur before Election Day, 2020.

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Trump’s Tax Holiday: Likely the best news of 2020

Probably the best thing about President Trump’s Executive Order providing anyone making less than $100K per year a “tax holiday” is that for the first time since the inception of a progressive tax system, people will finally get a taste of just how much money is being robbed from them each weak by a bloated and corrosive government. For those making six figures, they’ll see around $6,000 more added to their weekly check, distributed over those months of course, but the amount of money is significant. Most people don’t view taxable income as part of their salary because the money is robbed by the government before anybody ever gets it, so it makes it much easier for the government to spend that money knowing that nobody will challenge the amounts, because they never saw the money to begin with. This has been a problem with all taxes for a long time, the money comes from invisible methods that people seldom see or understand. Its quite another thing to have to write a check to pay taxes as opposed to the governments both state and federal just taking that money before we get our checks.

I kept waiting for somebody else to point this wonderful issue about the “tax holiday” out on one of the Sunday shows or even when the talk radio people returned to the national airwaves on Monday, since Trump signed the now famous executive orders on Saturday August 8th, 2020. But the news of the weekend wasn’t about the magnificent space successes of Space X, first splashing down the first Americans from space in decades from the International Space Station, or the successful testing of a controlled flight and landing of a Starship prototype, or just a few days later the launch of more Starlinks, all within a week of each other. The news instead was about riots destroying stores along the Miracle Mile in Chicago—again the news was focused on the primitive diatribes of yesteryear to direct the mind of mankind toward things that a slow minded government could highlight as core competencies. All this space stuff and concepts of becoming an interplanetary species is just too complicated, so the focus was on riots, failed politics and hiding from a silly virus when our society should be easily conquering all those issues with bandwidth to spare. So I’ll go ahead and make the point.

Collectively, government brings out the worst people and it is stupid for us to treat them with the kind of respect that a top-level CEO deserves. At best, government is a place holder for the real smart people who do make things happen in the world, so we should never be eager to throw endless amounts of tax money at them for the basics of society. One of the biggest criticisms of Trump’s tax holiday as a method of Covid-19 relief to everyday people is that it undermines the Social Security and Medicare systems. We are supposed to accept that those socialist measures created so long ago are viable solutions for a future that really doesn’t need either. The question of health care shouldn’t be in government managing it, it should instead be in how people can heal themselves better by living longer and more productively. And the idea of Social Security is archaic because people simply live too long now, and the money issued isn’t enough to justify all the work. It’s a system that needs to be re-invented into something else more conducive to modern society. But government, dumb as it is, wants things simple and easy for them to control, so they lay in the way of progress for all those obvious reasons, so they can stay in the management game, even though the world is moving way too fast for their tiny minds.

Trump’s brilliance on the tax holiday is that people will finally see how much money has been taken from them provoking them to ask questions as to why they should ever give it back, which is a good question. The government over the years just assumes that it owns 6% or so, even greater oftentimes just for existing while there are many people in America who pay little to no tax because they don’t make much money, and we are supposed to share government resources with them out of the kindness of our hearts. Its was always a ridiculous proposal for the last 100 years, and its just as dumb now. We need a tax holiday and once Trump gets re-elected we need to make those tax cuts permanent, and by then, people will have seen for a half a year or so how much money they have more from week to week as opposed to accepting the losses before they ever were paid. That is the best way to get support from people on serious tax cuts and innovative ways of looking into the future. People will be more likely to support such tax innovations if they can get their hands on more of their cash and see the benefit.

This idea of just blindly trusting government to spend our vast sums of income is just stupid. They do not spend our money wisely, and worse than that, they have come to feel entitled to our labor efforts without earning the respect that should always accompany the measurement of money. To listen to Democrats, negotiate with the Trump team over the stimulus package last week throwing around numbers in the trillions of dollars by people who likely struggle to add up the money for their lunch was preposterous. They don’t deserve our money and we shouldn’t have to give it to them by gunpoint, which is essentially what the IRS is for the government, a mob like entity that can take everything you own if they are displeased with you. That kind of power should never go to government and its about time we roll some of that back.

I always felt Trump was playing the hands of the coronavirus for politics, he had little choice. I may have been one of the angriest people about Covid-19 on planet earth because I saw it as a fake reaction to a global United Nations strategy from the outset. Others were much slower to it, but as of today, many more people are understanding the situation for what it has been. Yet Trump is doing what we expect him to do, to finally have a Republican who can turn a crisis into a benefit for a change. Finally we can push back on issues that otherwise would have never seen the light of day, and with Trump’s “tax holiday” we can finally get people to pay attention to real tax reform by disguising Covid-19 relief for a real strike against the progressive tax system and put the government on their heels for a change. They aren’t entitled to our money as they have believed for a long time, and with Trump steering the ship, we have our best chance ever to wrestle away that perception with lasting consequences. And that is very exciting, probably the most exciting news of this year of 2020. It may be depressing for the lazy governments that just want infinite amounts of money stolen from us with perpetuity. But its always been our money, and its about time that someone give it back to us to keep.

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Racism is not the Problem in America: Its a lack of good fathers–the truth about ‘White Privilege ‘

Truly the source of the problems we are seeing, and the ease for which our youth, and media are striving toward socialism is for one primary reason, they are lacking stable fathers in their lives and they seek government to give them what a nuclear family could not. If you took a sample of all the rioters for Antifa, all the protestors of the communist organization Black Lives Matter, and the suburban white women who have made themselves part of the #METOO movement you will find most of the participants are lacking good fathers in their lives and that missing piece to their childhood psychology is why they are lost as young people now, unable to deal with the world and looking to government for a parental replacement. And what they are calling white privilege, or privilege of any kind if peeled back to all the sentiment is a jealousy that the people they are protesting against had good parental structure and opportunities in life largely because they grew up with a father who taught them the basics in life.

My daughter actually pointed this out to me as she was thinking about Father’s Day and shared with me a website on YouTube called ‘Dad, how do I’. The guy running the site started his channel during all the Covid-19 lockdowns and within a few weeks, has literally millions of viewers, much more people are watching his new material than are watching CNN for instance, just to provide some scale. And that doesn’t surprise me. It is quite clear that biologically for our nurturing as humans starting in childhood, we need input from two parents. We need our moms for lots of security needs, at least until we become teenagers in life. But we need dads too, to show us how to change tires, deal with interacting with the world at large, and how to solve basic problems. The current problems of our times is largely a progressive problem where our institutions have messed around with the biological natures of our species and they failed. For all the reasons that Democrats are wanting to rip down the statues of the past because it was they who owned slaves and fought for slavery in the Civil War, and they want to erase their involvement as much as possible, the same group of people, Democrats, progressives, and weak kneed Republicans have not stood up for dads and the important role that a solid family structure plays in the production of the next generation. Instead, they have experimented with replacing the nuclear family with government and those who have accepted have watched their lives be destroyed with the huge void that is left in them during that process.

Its not that America is a racist nation, far from it. There is no more diverse group of people on earth than those who come from many skin colors and nationalities to join under the rules and conduct of American life. But certain sectors of our government have sought to use those skin colors to create voting blocs for their own election process. Inner cities come to mind where Democrats have essentially put people of color back on a new kind of plantation. Government took away the efforts of fathers, by doing their jobs for them leaving millions and millions of young people to grow up without fathers and the rage is obvious. Of all the protestors we see on the news turning over cars and burning them, and destroying storefronts looting the content, I would be surprised if we found a single person in those mobs who grew up with a good father, or could find them on a map in their current state. When protestors proclaim that white privilege or privilege of any kind exists what they are really asking for is that everyone be equally miserable, that government destroy the good families out there so that everyone is working from the same equally bad playing field. It has nothing to do with racism, but everything to do with good families who teach their kids right and wrong, living in a world of competition with people who had very little family structure growing up.

Government is trying to cover up the father issue, because they are the ones who made the mess. They are quick to allow people to think that the issue is a racism one, because if people thought about the problem long enough, they would discover that the real result of inner city breakdowns, or the poor living conditions in any community, it was government attempting to take over the lead roles in a typical family pushing out the father, caring for the mother and the kids that are produced under those conditions tend to grow up to become wrecks of people spending the rest of their lives lost and afraid of literally everything—because they didn’t have a dad around to show them how to solve problems, like to turn a wrench, work on a gun, change a tire on a car, or even how to hook up a water hose to a house spigot. Government knows they have screwed up so they hope now that they can appease the Frankenstein monsters that they have created by shifting the blame to racism and historic blunders, instead of the real cause, governments tampering with families to minimize the role of fathers in them, and taking over the management of a family so that the members look to government for the traditional guidance men always played in making good families.

I say all the time, and I use gentlemen clubs often as the best example because they are such deplorable cases of what’s rotten with people, strippers and prostitutes are the direct result of having a bad relationship with their fathers. I would dare say that not a single girl working in those industries had a healthy relationship with their dad and that unfortunate situation is the cause of them picking that way of life to make a few bucks while they are young and pretty. And grown women who are not quite stable and have too many screwed up relationships in their lives could trace their problems back to having a not so good dad in their lives. But the problem could be said to be present in both sexes, we just notice it more in women because within a family structure they tend to lead the rules and parameters, so if those conditions are screwed up from the start, it is unlikely that a mom is going to know how to create a good family as an adult, and they will pass on their disfunction to the next generation. So of course, the key to fixing these problems that we are seeing is not more government, more philosophy from Karl Marx, or even more education. It starts with a dad and a mom staying together and working to create a family that teaches children important things they will need when they are adults, like knowing how to use a screwdriver, how to fix a grill, or how to use a saw to cut some wood. When these basic things are not taught, then the products of those environments are going to be looking for excuses as to why failure finds them in life. And government will try to hide their role in the mess by blaming racism, or some other mask that hides the real problem—a lack of fathers in the lives of the people causing all the trouble. And that is the truth that nobody is willing to face, which is why it’s a mystery to so many people how to deal with this current crisis. But its actually quite easy to fix once we push government out of the family making business, because like everything they touch for a lot of reasons, they screw it up every time.

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“Social Distancing” was always a Scam: The new kind of terrorists in the world

My job in life is a problem solver and what I do on this site for free is because I enjoy helping people who can’t help themselves. I would not limit myself to an overly specialized field of understanding, such as to be a doctor. I would be bored out of my mind for one, and two, I wouldn’t be able to solve very many problems because often to do so, you must understand a great many things to create solutions and that is not the life of a doctor. What is sad is that this ability, the problem solver ability used to be common in America, but after listening to opinions from “experts” about the six foot distancing rule that has spawned from the coronavirus outbreak its quite obvious that the problem of dealing with Covid-19 was too far out of the scope of most people and anything that did not follow the dialogue has been considered a conspiracy theory by both Republicans and Democrats. Thankfully, Rush Limbaugh gets it and I was happy that he beat me to the punch on talking about the ridiculous nature of the “social distancing” policy that was created to give politicians more time to paint the Covid-19 virus to be more of a threat for their objectives than it really was. And they did that by tricking us to “flatten the curve” by artificially making the curve look worse with bad numbers from the World Health Organization, then prolonging the effects of the virus to justify the shutting down of the world economy. It was a massive hoax that goes well beyond the most audacious conspiracy theory except for those who can see the really big picture. Rush Limbaugh says pretty much what I have been saying about this whole matter in hour three of his April 9th show which can be viewed below.

It should be obvious to everyone that the resistance to the drug Hydroxycloroquine and azithroymycin is because to the eye of any problem solver, not a specialized doctor with political agendas, it was a quick solution from a fast acting President of the United States who wanted to put an end to the virus outbreak that was shutting down the economy, where a solution was not wanted by people like Dr. Fauci from the CDC. What he and big activist donors wanted was a means to shut down the world with a power that had never been tried before from the academic class that was heavily radicalized toward leftist causes. They were essentially Antifa but in suits and ties instead of the gear of anarchy. Most people have been trained in our society to trust what these people say, so that was the cause of the paralysis psychologically, and its why the attackers are very happy with the results of Covid-19, only that it appears to be much less deadly than they had hoped, because it’s tough to make a story out of a subpar virus and to convince people that it’s deadly when it wasn’t. The global numbers will be well under a typical virus and the only reason we are still talking about coronavirus is because we interfered with the herd immunity that naturally occurs with these things. The natural way to deal with these matters is for humans to get it, and get over it. The spread would stop by immune systems developing a resistance and if we had not interfered, Covid-19 would have died in March all on its own. Instead, we introduced social distancing to slow the spread not to save lives, but to make the story last longer for the advocates of changes to world economics through pandemic emergencies.

Once they “the experts” got our attention and froze our actions by associating everything we do on the potential for fake deaths, they had us. Now that we’ve given them this power over us not even the smartest people in the world can figure out how to reopen the American economy without being blamed by a left leaning socialist media for every death that might happen. The theme of the day is that humans interfered with the natural process of getting over viruses and stopping their outbreak by inserting medical professionals in the middle of the action to slow the spread because they wanted to do two things, highlight needs in the healthcare profession from their point of view, and to reduce the carbon imprint on the world to reduce man-made climate change. The social distancing concept was a scam from the start, sure they wanted to slow the spread, but not for the reasons they told us. They wanted to scare us into believing whatever it took to give them the stage and now that they have it, they aren’t giving it back. Trump is literally going to have to rip Dr. Fauci off the stage with his friends and to deal with the consequences. They don’t want a solution other than more laws and to make vaccines that can track us everywhere we go and everything we do mandatory by the same stupid government that over-reacted to this virus. And the longer it goes on, the more able they are to see success of their original objectives.

Now that so many have tasted the power of panic, they won’t give it back easily which is evident by the amount of time even people like Larry Kudlow are saying it will take to get back to normal. Of course, the governors and the doctors at the CDC never want to go back to normal where the world couldn’t care less what they thought about much of anything. Suddenly they are kings of the world and they like it. William Barr, the Attorney General has noticed the draconian violations to state and federal constitutions and is outraged by it. There has been so much wrong with all this activity that it has spun many minds into chaos. They can’t see the big picture because this virus has been smashing them in the face so that they can see nothing else. But I’ll be happy to report that the social distancing was never anything more than a trick to get us to look at one thing while the other hands moved the rabbit into the hat to pull out for a show to a terrified audience.

Just think of all the things we haven’t been talking about, like the FISA abuses, the many perils of the FBI activism in favor of the DNC. We haven’t even been talking about the attempts at freedom in Hong Kong and Iran by populations sick and tired of totalitarian regimes. This virus outbreak has distracted us all to the point we’d agree to almost any draconian measure just to be able to go to a restaurant again. That is exactly what these environmental wackos at the CDC and WHO wanted with this coronavirus outbreak. And their phony social distancing served only their own purposes by keeping us from talking to each other and putting our minds on this virus and nothing else so they could work Agenda 21 objectives through the World Health Organization. And to make the virus appear more dangerous and to keep the economy closed longer, they did want to slow the spread. Not to save lives but to save their movement, and we played right into it. It was a ploy any problem solver should see easily. But unfortunately, we have trusted the experts too much, because they have turned out to be terrorists of a different kind, one we weren’t prepared to see and we are now paying the price.

Rich Hoffman

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What Amy Acton has in Common with the Blackfoot Indians: Like the buffalo jump, we are being led over a cliff of Coronavirus to our doom, for the “greater good”

Well, finally there is something that Amy Acton from the Ohio Department of Health and I agree on. You might know her as the woman who has Mike DeWine wrapped around her finger and has essentially shut down almost all activity in the state of Ohio and inspired so many other very power hungry liberal governors across the nation to overreact to the Coronavirus. If you want to know why you are stuck in your home, why your businesses are closed and are bleeding money killing some of them forever, why there is no March Madness, no start to the baseball season, why Kings Island and Cedar Point are not going to open for at least another few months, you can blame Amy Acton and her crazy climate scientists from all over the world who have built bad models projecting the death toll of the Coronavirus and they have set policy to it. However, during her recent press conference on March 25th with the governor she showed who she really was, which I’ve been saying for a long time, she’s a crazy hippie chick who shouldn’t be anywhere near setting public policy of any kind. She spattered on and on about her love of Joseph Campbell, who also happens to be one of my favorite authors, and she dared to cite his great work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces as one of her main influencers. I was so touched by this I almost reached out to her with that common ground, however I know something about those people that they don’t seem to know about themselves. As a matter of fact, I used to be pretty deep into The Joseph Campbell Foundation when I was in my 20s and I left because of people like her, out of touch academic types who were attracted by the Joseph Campbell message of the power of myth, but clueless to the true nature of following one’s “bliss.” Instead, they had a propensity to act like the buffalo in some of Campbell’s stories in his best books about how the Blackfoot Indians used to treat them, and that became the range of depth of their understanding. Once I heard Amy Acton was a Joseph Campbell fan, I was convinced that everything I have said about her had been 100% true, maybe even more.

She also showed signs of the strain knowing what was coming next as this whole Coronavirus was coming to an end even as she continued to try to perk up the numbers to make her overreaction to it seem less severe. We were told that there would be millions of people dying of this stupid thing or on ICU back at the start of March and now that’s just not happening. The medical community is already trying to backtrack and say that they saved lives by acting early, but in all reality, Coronavirus was never that deadly. The scientists got it all wrong and they are responsible for literally trillions of dollars of lost GDP. Hippie chicks like Amy Acton as I have been saying is an activist using this virus to express her personal philosophies about life, and she thinks its great and heroic to sit in our homes and be quiet, and to say we are all in this together even as we now accept we have to be at least 6’ feet apart. Amy and I have one thing in common, we are both readers, and of our favorite authors Joseph Campbell we obviously share. And knowing many thousands of people like her over the years who have attended the Joseph Campbell Roundtables all across the country I feel quite comfortable in saying that those people should never be near any public policy making……..ever.

Surely since Amy Acton knows so much about Joseph Campbell then she knows in several of his books and lectures that he often spoke about the great buffalo jump that the Blackfoot Indians used to conduct to slaughter herds of the wild animals for food. What they would do was herd up the terrified beast into a rampage and direct them toward a cliff where the buffalo would jump over it and plunge to their deaths. This would then ignite some sort of Blackfoot Indian dance where the leaders of the community would dress up like the buffalo and the Indians would thank the dead bodies for sacrificing their lives so that they could live. The Blackfoot Indians believed that the spirits of the buffalo would return then to do it all again, so the little dance was important. For them it’s a wonderful example of the circle of life as identified by people spanning back 12,000 years of the practice. Essentially modern government hasn’t evolved much from that mentality, instead of the sacrifice being buffalo this time however, its average people suffering under the mistakes of a government power hungry and out of control. They are trying to paint the world in their image, of the need for sacrifice, and some notion of the circle of life, life, death, resurrection, or to cite the Vico Cycle from the great work of James Joyce which I’m sure Amy Acton is familiar with, theocracy, aristocracy, democracy, then finally anarchy. Putting health freaks in charge of our government, people like Amy Acton are resorting to their primal instincts which are not much different from the beliefs of the Blackfoot Indians—drive people over a cliff metaphorically slaughtering their individual natures only to have them rise up as a holistic species united through crises to unleash a new age. This is the anarchy those hippie types have been craving forever and they have run us all over a cliff economically, and emotionally to ignite that new age, where the scientists might be in charge instead of the industrialist job creator. It’s a slaughter they think is for the “greater good,” and we should all be very pissed off that its been done to us.

Yesterday I noticed that the news media, especially Channel 12 in Cincinnati had become one of the first to become the boot lickers of this power move as they told the police about some kids trying to play at a park near their homes. They proudly announced their actions on Twitter and showed the police showing up to tape off the area as restricted as they stated the children playing there were in violation of the Governor’s orders, who obviously is doing everything that the hippie chick Amy Acton tells him to. Every case of every new Coronavirus test suddenly became a weapon for the various departments of health in every county to trample all over individual lives all in the name of “safety,” and throw out the constitution for the benefit of all humanity, as defined by people like Amy Acton and her notions of sacrifice. For them the need for selfless acts are no different than the spirits of the buffalo knowing that the Indians need food and that they willingly jumped to their deaths to provide sustenance for the Blackfoot people, just as we all must by sacrificing our jobs, our restaurants and our potential for individual based happy lives. Yeah, I read a lot, likely much, much more than Amy Acton—I’ve seen all this before in history and its clearly happening now in America and specifically Ohio which has led the way in most cases to the trend of the rest of the country.

Ohio government led by Amy Acton by default of Governor DeWine’s lack of good judgment has revealed about herself a person not gifted in leadership. Her reliance on academic models to predict Coronavirus outbreaks were wrong and she knows the egg on her face is going to be ruthless. She is already talking about the arm chair quarterbacks who will scrutinize and skewer her for many months to come now that people can see that the death toll is nowhere near what Acton said they would be and that what she was really after was herding us all over a cliff to change our capitalist behavior, and through a death and resurrection, a new world of sacrifice and emphasis on collectivism would be given birth in the great cycles of life. If I didn’t know hundreds of people just like her over the years I might be surprised too, but I knew there was something kooky about her, and she clearly revealed it at that press conference. Individually, I might like talking to her—in a library or a bookstore about favorite books and great authors. But setting policy in Ohio—forget it. She shouldn’t be anywhere close to a decision, of any kind. Like the Blackfoot Indians, we can’t trust them to not see us as buffalo and lead us over a cliff to our own slaughter, because they believe it’s the only way to go—which is why they are so wrong to lead.

Rich Hoffman

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The Criteria for State Funding of Education in Ohio: A future state free of Parkinson’s Law

Just as a preview to the upcoming debate at Lakota schools, and the post Trump election of 2020 where Betsy DeVos will unleash her education reforms I think its only fair to give a sneak peak into my position model for state funding problems in Ohio. One thing that became very clear to me while fighting the Lakota levies during the early part of the last decade was that everything pointed to problems with state funding, where the state was having a terrible time of constitutionally providing money to schools due to two major character flaws in the foundation assumptions of the public education debate. First the cost for schools were filled with what I call in this case Parkinson’s Law, which is a business term to describe typical problems in schedules, where allotted time fills to whatever dates are provided, the work fills the time provided, and secondly, the attachment of money to real estate instead of the students provided by the tax payers. Those two elements have made it impossible to come up with a proper funding model and must be solved before the state can do anything, so to answer the questions from the past, how can the pro levy people and the anti-levy people get together to focus their efforts in Columbus toward real education funding change, those two questions must first be solved. Anything that does not deal with those two issues, is off track and a useless gesture, and that will be my position on the upcoming levy fights no matter what frontier we find ourselves fighting them.

Parkinson’s Law occurs when building things like Gantt charts in business where all the parties of a process are allowed to give their perceived dates for the completion of their given task. When looking at a total project and the critical path needed for its completion, it will be quick to note that all the participants in a schedule will give themselves a comfortable amount of safety in case they have runovers and problems in their task. Taken as a whole, this takes the completion date for a project well past the usual funding requirements and must be worked out by taking away all the fluff that finds itself into the assumptions. In public schools where collective bargaining agreements take up 80 to 90% of a $200 million budget at a school like Lakota, the desire to have tax increases is only to fund this out of control filling of a budget with Parkinson’s Law where the money in the budget always fills to satisfy the supply. It has nothing at all to do with the quality of education, but everything to do in order to satisfy the comfort level of the government school in recruiting, and labor management among a hostile organization that is bound to socialist desires, the government labor unions that are embedded and cannot be removed without destroying education as we know it and the free babysitting service that it has become for so many busy, working parents.

Knowing all that, the per pupil cost of education is excessively high and no state law maker can hope to sign their name next to such an inflated figure until the schools themselves work out the true need of their paid staffs, and are getting the most out of those they do have. If a school wants to pay a teacher six figures to do a job, that’s fine. But the teacher better be worth it. However, through collective bargaining, some teachers may be worth it, some may not, but all get it because of the nature of the union agreement which goes well above and beyond what taxpayers should be funding with their property taxes. It’s the same rule that applies to private businesses, if a company has a unionized workforce, that’s fine if they can operate with it. But don’t ask the customer to pay more for those services because the union is present. That is not the fault of the customer, it’s a non-value-added experience for the taxpayer to fund on the top end for mismanaged services passed down to them through the government school looking to appease the radical elements of their labor force. To keep the labor happy and justify all the advanced degrees and other elements, Parkinson’s Law says that the budget will grow to satisfy the demands placed on it by the comfort level of the participants.

How many teachers does it take to teach a classroom in this fast moving world where video games have more influence over students than a stagnant employee teaching things in the front of the room that are already two or three years too old by the time they are trained to teach it, and how much is that teacher worth for 7 or 8 hours of their day, 5 days a week and summers off? Is it worth $70K per year, or $100k, because a lot of teachers at Lakota are making averages of that amount of money and the report cards for the school show that it hasn’t helped them get “A”s on their state report cards. Questions like that have to be asked before state funding can be acquired because those are contributors to the Parkinson’s Law I am proposing must be answered before any model can be created legally. In this day and age couldn’t a government school operate with a lot less teachers and more interactive media, even larger classrooms? Given the state of the results of our current way of doing things, its clear our education system is not doing a very good job as compared to other countries, so why would we stick with the same old same old, its too expensive and its not very effective. Education needs to be faster, and more engaging, and up to date, with the rate that computer processers increase in memory and efficiency. Things kids learn today are almost outdated before they even leave high school, so we need better ways that are much less bureaucratic to keep up. All these considerations are part of the state funding crises that must be solved before anything happens. Just lobbying the state government for more money isn’t going to solve a thing because we haven’t dealt with how that money would be spent.

Of course the answer nobody wants to talk about that thinks of public education as a crowning experience for youth, where football games and dances are centerpieces of culture young people depend on, and parents who need someone to watch their kids while they are busy at work. But the future of public education is to get government out of it, out of the regulations, out of the report cards, out of the business as much as possible and to turn over that effort to private enterprise, which the labor unions are completely against because it would take away all their emotional leverage. But that is where education is headed whether it takes 10 years to get their or 100. The inevitability is fast approaching and it won’t take long for everyone to see it. The need for more personal freedom and faster rates of learning that are not so top heavy in costs demand such a thought and that is ultimately where the state funding will reside. Any discussion besides these things is a useless one.

The assumption among education activists is to lobby for money to feed the old broken system that has not been effective, as is evidence in our present society. The current system is too expensive and does not teach the right things at the rate that kids need the information. I would offer that the cost of an average teacher should be about half what it is now and that many of them should not just do teaching as a career, but as one thing in their lives. The structure of teaching should not need a stagnant employee present to hold down the speed of learning, but should only be present to provide an interface to knowledge. That is a part time job at best in the schools of tomorrow. Certainly not worth 80K per year for hundreds and hundreds of employees only working a fraction of the day in a fraction of the year. I measure a day in 24-hour intervals, so if a job only requires 8 to 9 hours of dedication from an employee asset, it’s a part time job to my eyes. And that is how things will look as we get into the future state of government school funding models. To me, they are already extinct. Its taking other people too long to realize it, because that’s the way we’ve always done it, but once Trump is elected for his second term and his sons or even Candice Owens takes over the future of the White House going into 2030, the word “government” is coming out from in front of schools which must be privately managed. Just like health care is headed, and just about every other utility of economic expenditure. That is the wave of a fast-moving future and government schools are way behind in recognizing it. But soon, they won’t have a choice. Their entire reality will be taken away with the Parkinson’s Law that has built their budgets with so much fluff over the years that people are tired of it. And will vote accordingly.

Rich Hoffman

Why EdChoice is so Beneficial: Removing Parkinson’s Law from the public education debate in Ohio

I’ve been watching and listening to the whole debate about EdChoice in Ohio with great interest. Of course, the Ohio Senate had to vote to delay the implementation of Ed Choice which was scheduled to take effect the day of this writing, until April 1st 2020. The public schools in particular have responded terribly to it, including the school in my own district which I’ve written a lot about, Lakota. It has been nothing short of embarrassing to listen to Lakota’s superintendent complain about the funding model that is coming whether they like it or not and move the entire district into a victimized status so quickly on the issue. The report back from some financial news from Lakota has not been good and they are floating the idea for another levy which would be a terrible, anti-growth tax increase just to supplement their mismanaged spending habits, so the news was bad enough. This EdChoice debate has only made things worse. Dealing with professional educators to me is the worst experience that there is in professional politics because they are so entitled and unrealistic about what they think their financial requirements should be, so we’ll deal with some of that here, and in the coming months. Listening to politicians attempt to put their minds around what to do about EdChoice, which is simply a grading system that inspires the financial contributions of the state to follow the student of that failing school to the school of their choice. This of course leaves variability in public school budgets for money they have been used to getting now going to an unpredictable number of students who may decide to go somewhere else with that precious state money.

I listened to Bill Cunningham and Representative Bill Seitz talk about this EdChoice problem on WLW and every word made me cringe. Here were two people who call themselves rock ribbed Republicans missing the whole point of the public education debate. Now, my history with these two is that they are on the wrong side of many issues. They mean well like a lot of people do, but their perspective has been tainted by years of acceptance of a system initiated by people like John Dewey during an experimentation of many things during the progressive era at the turn of the last century and like many have accepted that that’s just the way things are and the way they will always be. Money goes to the school from the state to teach children living in that district not just skills for a future job, but to turn them into democratic citizens with an emphasis on social change. In hindsight this has been a complete disaster, look at the products of the schools, which many of us are. People aren’t very smart, and they don’t set their sights very high in life. Dewey’s mistake was in attempting to steer society away from republic representation and more toward democratic majority rule, which we all know now is a disaster at the epistemological level.

For the two Bills talking on WLW about EdChoice, they are both people in their 60s and 70s now, to them public school is about sports programs, learning to follow orders so that kids learn to live in a civil society, and in establishing much needed social connections with peers. Way back, many decades ago when my wife and I pulled our kids out of public schools for a year to teach them at home because the results were just so disappointing we had family members literally melt under the news because they were afraid my kids would turn into complete social outcasts, because they believed after so many years of this Dewey philosophy that the goal of public schools was to establish these mental applications. Of course, those sentiments were completely fear based, just as about everything in public education is. We have learned to just accept the failure that is evident because that’s always the way we have done things. People like the “Bills” on WLW enjoy the idea that their public school is the holder of real-estate value, and that Friday Night Lights football in the fall months of every year make for great conversation. But it was flawed from the beginning and never was poised to do what Dewey wanted because his fundamental problem was in thinking that the state as a central authority should be in charge. It was a progressive experiment, but not a very “Republican” thing to do.

Schools like Lakota and many others who are complaining about the insecurity in their funding model should be looking at the situation like any business would instead of some free-loader sitting in a bird nest of a rich district and opening their mouths for tax money to flow in. They should be working to be the best school with the best options in a free market society. No matter what the report card states in giving families the choice of a school they’d like to go to, Lakota should feel confident that kids would want to go to their school for all the reasons that anybody would, to get a good education, be near a good sports program, or just to be around other students who aren’t problems coming from broken families. Students should have a choice and if Lakota wants those students, they should have to work to attract them.

The most tragic thing I have noticed, looking at the situation professionally, is that all public schools have become addicted to the natural state of Parkinson’s Law that has contaminated their budgeting structures. Everyone who has been involved professionally in process improvements understands that Parkinson’s Law is an adage that states “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion,” meaning that a work schedule blankly stated will allow a worker to fill that time allotment from beginning to end by the nature of human interaction. If you give someone an hour to do a 5-minute job, they’ll take the whole hour. Process improvement demands to understand how long it actually takes to do a job, and to work out the tendencies of Parkinson’s Law to misstate labor needs. Well, that same tendency is at the center of the public education debate all across the country, and is why the EdChoice trend is so badly needed. Budgets have been filled to their maximum to accommodate whatever the state provides and to what extent local school district tax payers will put up with in increased levies driven by labor unions looking to use Parkinson’s Law to attach need to student performance by using the chaos of money going to the schools, not the student, to keep the process centrally controlled and with a false understanding of what education per student should cost, leaving the real state funding model perpetually broken, which is just how the labor unions and lazy superintendents like it.

Clearly what we have had hasn’t worked. Education needs reformed and the centralized aspects of it need to be removed. Free market solutions are the only way to improve schools and the students that come from them. People should have the option to vote with their feet putting schools into the same competitive situation that every restaurant, shopping complex and entertainment destination must do, compete for the dollars available. Education is not so sacred to not be attached to competitive market conditions, end of story. A quick look at our students declares that trying something new wouldn’t hurt, because we couldn’t do worse. And ultimately that is the direction of education anyway, just as the trends of the world are declaring. People want more choices in life, not less, and it’s a matter of time anyway where money for education shouldn’t even come from the state. But while it does, it should go to the students so they can vote with their feet. Not to hold them to a school that doesn’t feel it has to earn their business. If Lakota is such a great school, or any government school for that matter, don’t tell us how good you are. Make yourself one of those schools that people want to go to. Make it so that you are so crowded that you must turn people away, which only increases the value of the product. Sure, it makes the current way that schools do business chaotic, it forces them to understand how much Parkinson’s Law is in their processes. It forces the teacher unions to think differently for sure. But that is their problem, not ours. And the state will never know how much it should spend on students so long as Parkinson’s Law is contaminating their assumptions. That is the key to this whole discussion and we’re going to have it now or in a few years, but the way things have been are not the way things are going to be. The old Dewey model was poised from the outset to fail. But these days, life happens too fast and there is just too much to learn to attempt to squeeze everything into the traditional classroom setting that we have been attempting to do. The times and this new economy are forcing us to change, so let’s get at it and solve this problem once and for all by looking at the entire concept differently.

Rich Hoffman

Lakota Alums Complain about EdChoice: School superintendents show they aren’t anything like CEOs, they just don’t have the skills

“I’m OK with choice and options for your kids. I’m not okay with public tax dollars going to the private schools,” said Matt Miller, the superintendent of Lakota Schools in reaction to this year’s expansion of Ohio’s EdChoice program. And across town at Hamilton City School’s Mike Holbrook the former Lakota principal and complainer-in-chief who is now the superintendent there, he’s back to complaining about money because this EdChoice challenges his district which has a report card of a “C” into making better decisions instead of just continuing to ask for more and more budget to fund failure. These Lakota school alums have spent some time lately complaining that the Ohio voucher program is getting more aggressive, which I have always said that it would, and its forcing them to control their budgets better, and they just don’t like it. I find their statements amazing because after all these years, we have been told that a school superintendent is like a CEO at a public school. Yet all they really have done is lobby for more money. Anybody can do anything with infinite amounts of money to work with, but only in public schools is it assumed that more money gets better results. Yet in Hamilton City and at Lakota Schools, that clearly is not the case. Those districts are not getting A+ grades and we pay them fortunes. So why not attach the state funding to children and allow competition to make everyone better? A CEO would certainly understand that, and these guys show in their statements on this EdChoice debate that they are clearly not up to the task.

This is what happens to a governing body when they are allowed to inflate their budgets with union contracts and overpay their staff without a funding model that lives within the scope of their resources. I have written about Mike Holbrook before when he was just a Lakota principal, you can see his comments after a levy defeat by clicking here. He has a long history of complaining about money, which public schools have allowed to be the role of superintendents. These guys want respect and to be treated as top managers, but they don’t want to do the work. They coddle the teacher’s union during contract negotiations and drive up their costs then expect taxpayers to bail out their failure. Hamilton certainly isn’t anything to be proud of with their “C” grade report card. But Lakota isn’t much better, and we did pass a levy in 2013 after a lot of debate, and guess what. They did just what I said they would, they gave the money to the teachers in the form of raises and performance went down. The school’s performance worsened. Paying top dollar for the so-called best teachers did not promise Lakota an A+ report card, and it should have.

The best way to secure the best scores is with vouchers, where tax money is attached to the kids. If parents don’t like the school, they should be able to take their tax money and pick another school. And if the schools want to be in business, they need to do a better job. That is the job of a CEO, to make sure that parents want to send their kids to their schools, and to make themselves that choice. They need to work at it, and if you have a six-figure income, that is your job to figure out guys. These token superintendent jobs were never intended to be levy cheerleading positions where you just spend and spend and spend and have guaranteed security due to the kinds of people living in your district. You should want to work for better kids, better parents, and better results. Not some state definition of success, but one that is market driven

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Senator Bill Coley, whom I’ve known for a long time and who cares about this voucher issue a great deal, tried to explain it to these superintendents in ways they might understand. The school district still has tax money coming in from every home and business and those values are continuing to appreciate, the revenue continues to increase every year in an area like Butler County. What’s the problem? Well, the problem is they have gotten used to not having to manage the money. That’s the issue. They are used to it always being there and most of the problems have been solved with coffee talks. Schools like Lakota took away busing to save money. Parents have gotten used to driving their kids to school. So why wouldn’t they just drive their kid to school somewhere else if they had a choice? And why should Lakota get all their money just because that student lives in the district? If the money is for education why shouldn’t that money follow the student, and the performance that the customer expects?

Of course, we all know the answer, public schools and their labor unions depend on these fixed numbers to manage their collective bargaining agreements. But wouldn’t the unions get what they want with this EdChoice? Teachers would get smaller class sizes due to declining enrollment in failing schools, those only getting “Bs” and “Cs” are failing based on marketplace analytics. If parents want the best for their students, that would be an A+ on the report card. If a district can’t get that, get rid of the teachers and get better. Oh, you can’t do that because the union contract won’t allow it. Well, there is your problem and so long as the tax money is locked to the school, not the student, we will continue to fund failure.

Only by having such a competitive element, such as EdChoice will school superintendents be forced to do the job they were hired to do in the way that schools need to do it. The word “public” assumes that there is some community right to money and the education of kids. We have seen over the last century that public education is not the best way to teach a kid, and parents who understand that private schools are clearly better for children are already paying for that improvement. Why should their tax money go to appeasing failure? But as Senator Coley has said, Lakota will still get their money, so will Hamilton. They’ll lose a little but they’ll also lose some class size. Everyone should be happy. Property values continue to go up in this Trump economy. A CEO would understand how to make those elements work, but apparently all the Lakota alums want to do is complain that they don’t have enough.

Any real CEO of an organization would love to have the problems of these public schools, they have guaranteed income, they have nice new buildings, and they have sports programs to distract the base and keep team building exercises active in the community. It’s a dream job for anybody with half a brain so it is extremely disappointing to see these guys crying like babies. Manage your contracts, let the complainers leave with their poison to other districts because it hasn’t helped your report card anyway and pull up your bootstraps. Don’t ask for more money with levies because that’s lazy, work with what you have. And work to be better and to make yourself an EdChoice destination instead of a repellant. And if you can’t, cut your losses and be happy being a “B” or “C” player in the world. That’s life. The trend is in choice, choice in entertainment, choice in food, choice in government, and especially choice in education.

Property values unlike what people may have thought ten years ago are not so intricately linked to the public school in their districts. They are linked to choice, the kinds of jobs there are, the entertainment options, the overall quality of life. Most people in Lakota don’t even know that there are football games on Friday nights. They could care less; Netflix has all the options they need and the carryout down the road has dinner. I would suggest to these superintendents that they start acting more like the CEOs they want to believe they are instead of union stooges padding the way for continuous contract increases to their labor rates. Choice in performance will demand them to get with the program, EdChoice is just the beginning.

Rich Hoffman