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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. Michael wme
  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 6 months ago

    Better cut the school budget then. Trump needs to re-gild the casino.

  3. davefrompaterson

    davefrompaterson said, 6 months ago

    i graduated from high school in 1962 and the guidance counselors were useless idiots then, and there was no socialism or gay agenda. that commenter must be a high school guidance counselor.

  4. ODon

    ODon said, 6 months ago

    @davefrompaterson

    No that’s just the nonsensical ranting of Ima Simpleton.

  5. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @davefrompaterson

    and @ODon: Or perhaps just someone who reads a newspaper about, for instance, the dilemma about the school in CA that was trying to accommodate the trans-gender students with washroom facilities and education classes for “the straights”. Know what you’re talking about before you snark. If you check with a current newspaper you’ll notice a few changes from ’62. Signed: A ’68 Grad.

  6. ARodney

    ARodney said, 6 months ago

    I had a guidance counselor. I also took a driver’s ed class. Both have been cut from my high school to pay for lower taxes on the rich. It was a bad trade.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 6 months ago

    Except for Supervisors and certain other “executive” positions in the larger school systems, qualified and involved teachers and guidance counselors are in short supply. The best ones are spending their own money trying to provide tools their students need to do classwork and homework, not to mention items for arts or music classes. When not being accused by uninvolved, often overpaid superiors who sit in offices far from struggling classrooms, they are defending themselves from parents who, either from being overworked themselves, uneducated, or lazy, believe it is the teacher’s job to motivate and encourage students to do homework and study even when not in the classroom. Teachers are supposed to provide direction, it is the parent who is the true teacher, the one who MUST inspire their child to want to learn, to see the benefits of learning, and if necessary, to fear the consequence of an adult life without the sufficient tools of education. Guidance counselors are even more hamstrung by what they can say or do even when students willingly and actively seek them out for help. Once again, without resources from above, or help from parents, the child is going to be left to the influences of their peers, their neighborhood, and the media culture that promotes sexuality, drinking, violence, and greed. A culture that says if you are polite and hardworking you’re a fool, and if you are aggressive and self serving, you’re cool.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  8. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 6 months ago

    @Adrian Snare

    You are probably under the misapprehension that socialism means state ownership of the means of production. Which is actually an ambiguous definition. Does any state ownership of even a single small means of production make the entire government socialist? Or must the state own a significant fraction of all the means of production? No one can agree.


    But really, all those ‘means of production’ definitions are obsolete. A law that requires people to buy private insurance from private, for profit companies or pay a small tax is clearly rampant socialism, and makes the party associated with it a Socialist Party.

  9. Enoki

    Enoki said, 6 months ago

    @Michael wme

    A modern variant of Socialism is Statist Capitalism. In this variant the means of production are left in private hands, but all or most of the production decisions are made by government. Some recent examples:
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    The Obama administration pushing the Volt into production then heavily subsidizing it even as nobody bought that vehicle.
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    Masses of government regulation on… well, everything.
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    Ethanol subsidies. Solar and Wind subsidies.
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    Each time the government subsidizes or regulates something they are controlling to some degree the production of goods and services in the market place. Now, some regulation simply places across the board requirements on an industry such as food safety standards.
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    Where it becomes Statist Capitalism is when regulations or subsidies start picking winners and losers in the market or drive certain outcomes in favor of other potential outcomes. Setting a government energy policy for that entire industry is Statist Capitalism. Setting the size of soft drink cups is Statist Capitalism.
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    In the end Statist Capitalism is just Socialism without the government confiscating the means of production. Instead, the government confiscates the decision making on what to produce and how.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @CCNJ's say the sky is falling

    “Gay agenda” you say? You mean equal treatment under the law? I know in your utopia there would be no Gays or Lesbians or Atheists or Muslims. They would be dead.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    But, doing what that counselor is doing is “Fair and Equal” following the precepts of “Social and Economic Justice” as practiced by the Progressive Left!
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    Works better than the cut throat live or die of the Regressive Right.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @ARodney

    I had a guidance counselor. I also took a driver’s ed class. Both have been cut from my high school to pay for lower taxes on the rich. It was a bad trade.
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    Unfortunately as Dr. Noam Chomsky pointed out, the Plutocrats are so selfish and into themselves they can lead to self destruction. First of us and our economy with them surviving to the end then losing it all.

  13. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 6 months ago

    I already knew what I was going to do so, I never had much need for a guidance counselor.

  14. Enoki

    Enoki said, 6 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    TTM, you do realize that the vast majority of oil and gas “subisdies” are not directed towards start ups or expansion of those industries but to government desired research, clean up of pre-existing pollution, and other things government wants these industries to do but wouldn’t do on their own?
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    On the other hand, Obama’s energy strategy has been to direct huge subsidies to solar and wind start ups many of which have gone bankrupt, and towards related “Green” initiatives that nobody would do because they are economically unprofitable without continious and heavy government subsidy.
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    The difference is that in the first case the government is getting established profitable corporations to do stuff that the government needs doing but otherwise would not be undertaken while in the second case you have an administration handing out money wholesale to questionable and unprofitable enterprises on the hope and prayer that someday they might become otherwise.

  15. swilkins

    swilkins GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    FYI: In Philadelphia, there were big school budget cuts last fall and counselors were among the hardest hit. Signe

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