Schools are going broke? . . . Who would have guessed?

Why don’t we chalk this up under the “I told you so” column.

In the most recent election in Ohio, conservatives told voters that if Issue 2 didn’t pass, local governments will be helpless in negotiating with labor unions who demand ever increasing pay and Cadillac health care and retirement plans. Cities and schools will be forced to either raise taxes or cut services, conservatives warned. On the other hand, liberals told voters that if they don’t vote “No” on Issue 2, the middle class will be “robbed”, students will suffer and there will be irreparable damage to minorities.

Issue 2 doesn’t pass and public sector unions announce that they have saved the middle class.

Fast forward to present day.

School districts across Ohio are facing large deficits. Take the Westerville City School District for example. After voters shot down a request to have their property and income taxes raised by hundreds of dollars, school officials realized that since salary and benefits make up more than 80% of school costs, they could close the looming deficit by simply asking teachers and other public employees to start contributing to their health and retirement plans just like every other private-sector employee. After all, they couldn’t dream of hurting the students and our future in any way by taking away the school buses, art and music programs, sporting and other extra-curricular activities. School officials also discovered a remarkable chemical formula that caused feathers to sprout from people’s finger tips, promising to reduce reliance on fossil fuels as commuters flit to and thro in an environmental-friendly way.

In case you missed it, I was being sarcastic. School officials are actually completely ignoring the fact that between 2010 and 2018, salaries for district employees are projected to increase 77% . . . by the way, how much is your salary going to increase? Since freezing teacher pay and benefits will be just too “damaging” for the students and the middle class, the Westerville City School district will be cutting and/or eliminating transportation, sports, clubs, art and music programs and other after-school activities for all its students. Oh, and it also plans on laying off more than 200 employees. So much for looking after the middle class and our student’s futures.

Don’t worry though. They are promising to bring back these goodies if only voters agree to have their taxes raised in March. Or to put it another way, they’re “making an offer you can’t refuse”.

Wait . . . isn’t this exactly what conservatives and other supporters of Issue 2 said would happen?

Funny how this works out. Home owners are threatened with hundreds of more $$$ in taxes. Students lose valuable classes, activities and transportation. Hundreds of low level employees and new teachers get fired. All thanks to the teacher unions, school officials and other public employees who need their yearly pay increase and don’t want to contribute to their benefits. It seems the Democrats and the unions prove once again that they don’t actually care about the real middle class or even the kids in school.

Tell me why again so many people believe that the liberals are supposedly the “compassionate” ones?

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Feeling Sorry for Lady Gaga

Watching Lady Gaga sing in Times Square to close out the year 2011, I just can’t help feeling sorry for her. Not feeling sorry as in let’s-all-pass-around-the-hat-and-pitch-in-a-few-bucks-to-help-her-buy-some-decent-clothes kind of sorry.

It’s the sorry that she has to do these types of things to make it big in our society these days. There’s no question that she is a good singer and talented songwriter. (Honestly, how often do you get both these days in pop music?) Despite that, she was still destined to live in obscurity in other people’s shadows. Why? She is just too darn ugly.

Hold on, I’ll take that back! Being ugly is what is making her popular now. Back when she was just Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, she was actually just too plain looking. Here’s a picture below. So in order to make it, she has to become a freak show so that people will listen to her music.

If Lady Gaga was born pretty like . . . let’s say Taylor Swift . . . do you think her style (can dressing up in window curtains be called a style?) would still be the same? Maybe she would be writing more love songs and sing about finding her Romeo instead of insisting she was “born this way” as an excuse for dressing up in Kermit the Frog dolls to get people’s attention.

So instead of throwing a hissy fit the next time Lady Gaga decides that her shower curtain would make a great dress, maybe we should all silently contemplate the depths a plain-looking female has to stoop to in order to sell music. After all, if Lady Gaga was an ugly dude (I know, there have been rumors), all she would have to do is put on some big tinted glasses like Elton John and no one would care that he looks like a child molester. It also make me wonder, just how many other talented musicians are out there that can’t get a break just because they don’t look attractive enough or, (in the case of Lady Gaga) aren’t willing to look like complete psychos in public? It’s not like we care how people look like on the radio anyway.

Poor Lady Gaga. Visit me and I’ll show this great place that sells jeans and t-shirts that even you can afford on your $90 million income. We all pitched in a few dollars to help out.