Car or Teachers? Which Is Worth More?
If you are a resident of Fort Worth, remember to vote on Saturday, May 14th.
I know it’s “only” the mayoral and city council elections, but these positions are often stepping stones to higher office, and not voting can allow people who make … questionable … decisions to ascend to positions where there are real consequences.
Take our State Legislature for example.
There’s an article over at Bloomberg online that mentions how “Texas, which may balance its budget by firing thousands of teachers, plans to commit $25 million in state funds to Formula One auto racing each year for a decade” in the capitol city of Austin.
That’s right, Texas, who ranks in the bottom ten of all states and US territories for spending on education, proficiency of its students, and graduation rates, is going to fire more teachers and give money to race cars. Not only that, but taxpayers will be subsidizing a segment of the racing community that’s proven itself to be a total loser over the last three decades in Long Beach, California, as well as Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and, most recently, Indianapolis.
I can’t help but think that if we’d culled the candidate pool at the local level back in the 1970s and 80s, we might not be seeing travesties such as this play out in our fair state.
But then again, politicians do like a populace that doesn’t think too deeply. They tend to stay in office longer.