Maybe I’m beating a dead horse, but I feel like I need to keep whacking people over the head with this concept until they get it.
Like today, there was an article in one of my local online papers. The story was that Arizona apparently is the 2nd to last state on the list when it comes to education funding.
We only spend $7,666 per student, as opposed to Washington D.C. (the 2nd highest in per education spending) which spends $18,475 per student.
The article wasn’t intended to be negative, in fact I think that the Arizona Capitol Times is one of the few truly fair and non-biased papers we have in Arizona, so I don’t take offense at the coverage. I do however take offense at the lack of depth to the reporting, which was likely in deference to appearing non-biased.
In the report they offered a list of the states which spend the least per student and the states which spend the most and that was that. They did no extra delving into those numbers.
So I crunched the numbers for them.
No need to thank me.
So you are looking at these numbers and thinking “Well, maybe the idea that higher education spending is better is right? I mean, Idaho? Oklahoma? Mississippi? Nothing there but rednecks and hillbillies right?”
Thanks to being what the “elite” like to call “flyover country” these states have gotten a generally bad rap. People from the south and mid-south are just dirty hicks who run around barefoot and say things like “y’all” and “fixin’to” instead of speaking like an “educated” person.
While I will admit to saying y’all on occasion, I deny the barefoot part. There are some nasty, stickery plants that grow in the grass in the mid-south (plus fire ants and scorpions) so bare feet are generally discouraged.
Anyway, back to the main point.
These states get a bad rap, but when you look at their SAT scores and graduation rates, they are on par (or doing significantly better than) the top 5 spending states.
Let’s look at graduation rates first. I average the rates for each set of states. The top 5 states had a combined average graduation rate of 74%.
The bottom 5 states had a combined average of 76.8% graduation.
Wait a minute, their average is 2.8% higher than the big spenders. That’s weird.
Of course you could blame that on Alaska and the District of Columbia ruining it for everyone else, their graduation rates are absolutely abysmal. 68% in Alaska and 59% in DC. New York (77%), New Jersey(83%) and Vermont(87%) have rates that are not far from the other 5 states rates. Utah (76%), Idaho (84%), Oklahoma (70.7%), Arizona (78%) and Mississippi (75%).
Funny, you would think that with more than twice the spending per student those top tier states would have a better graduation rate.
Oh well, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink right? Surely the students who graduate and go on to college are doing better than the students who are college bound in the low tier states.
Let’s look at their SAT scores.
Here’s where things get really interesting.
Because the low tier states have a combined average SAT score of 1633.8
The high tier states only have a combined average SAT score of 1481.4
A 152.4 difference in favor of states which spend significantly less money.
In fact, not a single state in the high tier scored a better average than the low tier states.
Utah – 1674 New York – 1461
Idaho – 1601 District of Columbia – 1382
Oklahoma – 1684 Alaska – 1524
Arizona – 1544 New Jersey – 1506
Mississippi – 1666 Vermont – 1537
In fact, the two lowest scores, New York and DC, are the two biggest education spenders per student.
Between the lowest and highest spenders there is almost no difference in graduation rate (76% and 77%) and the lowest spender has an average SAT score that is 213 points higher (which is not an insignificant difference).
So keep telling me how I “hate education” and “want students to suffer” because I don’t want, yet another, spending increase for education.
The numbers don’t back you up. Money is not the answer.
In case you weren’t aware, yesterday Steven Crowder of Fox News, was physically assaulted at a Right to Work rally in Michigan.
Misfit Politics has been keeping their readers updated on the situation with several new videos coming out of the events that occurred at the rally. I seriously recommend checking those updates periodically in case they receive new videos or information on the situation.
I would also recommend reading the comments on their article, because they contain real gems like this one from liberals.
Three cheers for the guy who whacked your hate-filled buddy though.
Conservatives are such pussies, they talk the Macho talk when they are hiding behind their keyboards, but squeal like little piggies when somebody has the guts to stand up to their bullying.
That’s right, they cheer on people who physically assault people who dare to use their first amendment rights.
This sounds familiar.
Yup, looks familiar.
Only Steven got punched and assaulted much more violently.
But maybe he was asking for it, as Leah from Misfit supposes.
Let’s use the Left’s logic for a moment and see where it takes us, shall we?
Steven Crowder was assaulted. But it’s not that big of a deal, because he was asking for it. After all, he knows that everyone in Detroit hates him and he should have known he’d be threatened if he went there.
Hypothetical situation: A woman is raped. But it’s not that big of a deal, because she was asking for it. After all, she knows that when she wears low-cut tops, short dresses, or high heels, that men will think about banging her. She should have known she’d be threatened if she did that.
Steven just shouldn’t have been there. He was asking for it, obviously.
The tent that the AFP had put up was just asking for it.
Those women and men who were there in that tent were just asking for it.
By entering the vicinity of that protest they were consenting to have physical assault and property damage done to them.
Because that’s a thing that people do.
That makes sense.
Please tell me you can here the sarcasm inherent in my voice?
Look, the fact that you disagree with the words I say is not license for you to beat me up.
I would not hit you for your opinions.
That’s how civilized people function!
We disagree, we argue, we possibly insult each other’s intelligence, but we don’t hit people. That’s one of the first things you learn in kindergarten, right up there with don’t eat paste and stealing people’s crayons is wrong, even if they do have a box of 100 crayolas and you mom only bought you a 15 count roseart set.
Liberals, if you can’t be more mature than a 1st grader then please exit the ring of rational discourse.
If you defend those that are less mature than a 1st grader, then you have lost any chance to earn respect from independents or conservatives.
From Occupy Wall Street to this. You still haven’t grown up.
Robin Hood is a heroic story of conservative principles, I’ve said that before on this blog.
Now the only real bright point of that Kevin Costner film that clip above is from is Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Especially his death scene.* It’s a crappy movie, but if you don’t judge my brain candy, I won’t judge you for that time you watched Jersey Shore.
The quality of the movie, or lack there of, isn’t the point of this post though.
You see, the Obama administration has effectively placed themselves as the Sheriff of Nottingham in America’s little version of Robin Hood.
They even threatened Christmas! What kind of monster does that?!
A new report from the National Economic Council and the Council of Economic Advisers timed to the online shopping holiday “cyber Monday” estimated that consumers could spend close to $200 billion less, while GDP growth could slow by 1.4 percentage points in 2013.
The report also warns that the psychological impact of a looming middle class tax hike could put a huge dent in retail sales over the holidays — traditionally the most important retail period of the year.
“Consumer confidence over the next several weeks is particularly important,” the report warns. “If Congress does not act on the president’s plan to extend tax cuts for the middle-class, it will be risking one of the key contributors to growth and jobs in our economy at the most important time of the year for retail stores.”
As Doug Powers said in his article on MichelleMalkin.com: Raise taxes on the rich or Christmas gets it!
The funny thing about this is that the article was published on Politico on the 26th, but on the 25th Politico reported that there was a “Record start for holiday season”.
It’s estimated that U.S. shoppers hit stores and websites at record numbers over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation on Sunday.
All told, a record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites over the four-day weekend starting Thanksgiving, up 9.2 percent of last year, according to a survey of 4,000 shoppers that was conducted by research firm BIGinsight for the trade group. Americans spent more too: The average holiday shopper spent $423 over the entire weekend, up from $398. Total spending over the four-day weekend totaled $59.1 billion, up 12.8 percent from 2011.
Hmm…so which is it Obama? Is the looming fiscal cliff really going to effect consumers that much? Because it seems like it isn’t doing much at all.
I argue that is because the majority of American’s are morons, I’m certianly not out spending tons of money this Holiday season, but then again my argument is confirmed by Obama winning the election.
People are idiots and sales will continue to pull them in. They are spending MORE now than they were in years previous, which means your little threats that Christmas will be ruined if we don’t let you raise taxes, we’re not buying it Scrooge.
Stop threatening to call of Christmas and do your damn job.
I’m on Robin Hood’s side here. If you are going to raise my taxes, I’m probably not going to be spending much at all. You can’t spend my money better than I can, especially not in the Holiday season. A welfare check doesn’t mean quite as much as buying my sister that new Taylor Swift songbook** and it doesn’t look as nice when wrapped up under the tree.
*Because if there is one thing Alan Rickman is fantastic at, it’s overblown death scenes.
**Here’s hoping she doesn’t read this blog.
If you’re listening to the hard left, you’d believe that the boycott of chicken chain Chick-Fil-A is working and the brand is being dealt an irreparable blow.
Unfortunately for them, this is pure fantasy. There’s a CFA restaurant right next to my loft, and these days the place is absolutely packed. The dining room is stuffed to the gills and the drive-thru line quickly wraps around the building. Every CFA in the country seems to be getting more business these days.
We all know what the kerfuffle is about. Dan Cathy, the company’s CEO and the son of founder S. Truett Cathy, recently said “guilty as charged” when asked by the Baptist Press if he supported traditional family values. He never specifically singled out gay marriage; he did single out divorce quite specifically, but the way things have gone you’d think Cathy held a forum in support of Fred Phelps and called for us all to be rounded up and herded into concentration camps.
Roseanne Barr said that everyone who eats at CFA deserves to get cancer. After then saying that people who feed their kids at CFA are guilty of child abuse, she went on another nazi-cursing tirade against the chain. Non-celebs went completely bats as well, commenting that CFA sandwiches are “deep fried in hate” and called traditional marriage “a sacred bond between two consenting bigots”.
The really frightening thing about all of this, however, is what elected government officials are doing now.
Read the rest of the post at the above link.
Great stuff, as usual, from the Gay Conservative blog.
On a personal note, I apologize for the lack up updates. My life is in a bit of an upheaval at the moment.
You know how I usually go into great detail when I do a movie review…with spoilers and discussion of philosophy and what not…I’m going to do that, don’t worry, The Snark Who Hunts Back and I are already planning a joint review on those terms…
…but I couldn’t go even minutes without telling everyone to see this movie. See it this weekend, drag your friends along. I won’t spoil anything for you, but let me just say that this[...]
Seriously, go see this movie.
You WON’T be disappointed.
TCNA and I will be writing a review after we see it a couple more times.
After a lot of difficulty and maneuvering I got a ticket for the full event at Right Online, which was sold out this year.
So Friday morning, my family* packed up and headed to Las Vegas.
The conference was held at The Venetian, which is apparently the only non-union business on the La Vegas Strip. Which made it ideal for a meeting of conservatives.
Anyway, I got to the Venetian in time to get registered and get my copy of Culture of Corruption signed by Michelle Malkin.
The Andrew Breitbart Tribute Reception was extremely moving with dozens of stories about Breitbart’s life and how he had affected the lives of those he worked with over the years. In fact, stories about Breitbart were brought up in almost every speech.
It made me incredibly sad to see how many people he had affected in his 43 short years and the fact that I never had to chance to meet him.
I can’t even begin to describe the awesomeness of the speeches at this event or how much they affected me. So I’ll simply include the videos and encourage you to listen to them.
I hope to also implement some of the ideas I got in the breakout sessions, where I heard a lot about making a blog successful and building an audience. Including the possibility of doing a roundtable podcast with other conservative voices and covering more of my city and state local politics.
To the speeches.
Andrew Marcus, Breitbart Tribute
Former Governor Sarah Palin
Michelle Malkin on June 15th
Michelle Malkin on June 16th
Congressman Joe Heck
Who I got to take a photo with.
*They wanted to go on vacation and Las Vegas seemed like a good choice.