Ted Rall for February 22, 2021


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    Concretionist  about 2 months ago

    I’m sorry to say that I do know a few people like this. But on the other hand, I know people who are childless (deliberately), or who are long past having their own kids who not only vote for school taxes but actually campaign for them. But then I live in a “pro-reality” town where we mostly do understand the concept of paying it forward (After all, when I’m retired, who’s going to be running “my” world? I need them to be educated!)

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    Daeder  about 2 months ago

    Bullseye, Ted.

    So many Americans would rather schools crumble into dust or thousands die on crumbling infrastructure than pay taxes.

    Lucky for those folks, they have 1% CEOs in their corner who will ensure that socialist programs like schools are roads never get enough tax money.

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    mr_sherman Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Until they have the “Who’s gonna raise my kids?” moment.

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    lopaka  about 2 months ago

    There are those that don’t give a damn about your kids, and there are those that care quite a bit about your kids. Screw the ones that care. Throw your money at the NFL instead. Yay.

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    GreggW Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Right wingers can have long hair, too.

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    Denver Reader Premium Member about 2 months ago

    The reason for not opening has nothing to do with the problems layed bare in the first 3 panels.

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    mourdac Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Jeesh. Just send your kids to private and charter schools. Oh wait, that would require you to have thousands of dollars available for tuition….

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member about 2 months ago

    I don’t get the tax thing, I pay my way and happy for it. I do think the recent rebuild of the high schools for $300 Million was excessive though, I would have rather seen less on the rebuild and more on teacher pay and books/computers. But teachers don’t give kick backs to the local politicians and so it goes.

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    Màiri  about 2 months ago

    You’re bang on the money with this one, Ted! And I do mean money.

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    piper_gilbert  about 2 months ago

    Good people voted for school funding, and paid their taxes so you could get an education. Now it’s your turn and you won’t pony up.

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    6.6TA Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Reminds me of the departure of Betsy DeVos, Federal Secretary for Monetizing Your Kid’s Education — Your kid, her money. Education? Maybe.

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member about 2 months ago

    And.. another republican sees the light.

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    Raging Moderate  about 2 months ago

    Nailed it.

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    StackableContainers  about 2 months ago

    Exactly. I remember when I was a teenager listening to my uncle rant endlessly about an increased school millage that was going to add about $100 onto his annual property taxes. And he was a dentist who lived in a very large 5 bedroom house in a upscale wealthy area. And his kids went to the school for which the millage increase was targeted. He was particularly upset that teachers got a raise with the last contract renegotiations. A couple months later he mentioned his county club yearly membership went up over $500. That didn’t bother him at all. He wanted them to remodel the pool area and tennis courts. He got pretty pissed off when I pointed out his attitudes about where money was well spent.

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    Kurtass Premium Member about 2 months ago

    The answer is to give more to private schools through vouchers.

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    ChristopherBurns  about 2 months ago

    My thoughts exactly on this. All of the sudden certain sectors of the public are concerned about students of color – after years of ignoring them. And teachers, who were heroes this time last year, are now craven greedy, lazy cowards.

    HINT: never let them call you a hero. Then you become cannon fodder.

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    patrickab7  about 2 months ago

    Let them know that the taxes will pay for mandatory assault rifles for all ‘Muricans. They’ll pony up then.

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    Diane Lee Premium Member about 2 months ago
    About 40% of those people who major in education, get a teaching job and start teaching wash out before the 5th year. I have taught and I have worked in an office. The major difference is that when you are working in an office you do not have to be paying 100% attention 100% of the time. And, when you leave work, you leave work. Each class requires about 20 minutes of prep time if you are revising lessons you have done before. If it’s a new lesson, an hour or two is more likely.After getting a total of 6 1/2 years of college and working for 32 years, I was making about 75% of what my nephew was two years into a sales job.All of the ideas for improving education add about 20% to the classroom hours, and no additional money seems to be available to get extra people to help with the job. Paying the people who are doing it more might make them happy, but it’s not going to increase the quality, because you have to already be giving 100% to get the job done. Eventually, they are going to get to the point where no one with the intelligence to do the job is going to be dumb enough to take it.
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    ncorgbl  about 2 months ago

    No one likes paying taxes. Not on the left nor the right. But those on the left know that to have what we want in this Nation, the successes, the infrastructure, the world leadership, we must pay to have it and pay yo keep it.

    conservatives either know no such thing, or are so self-serving that they don’t care. conservatives are only willing to pay for what will benefit them, which is fine and can be said of all Americans. But conservatives are only willing to pay for what will benefit themNOW. They spend like crazy when their guy is in the White House, but use their age-old complaint of ‘our grandchildren will pay the bill’ when a Democrat is in office. To be a conservative you must be a hypocrite. conservative hypocrisy has become an art form.

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    Motivemagus  about 2 months ago

    Part of the reason 70 million Americans voted for the authoritarian ignoramus was a lack of decent education, which can immunize you against propaganda and conspiracy theories. The Republican Party, in particular, has consistently tried to eliminate public schools in favor of charter schools (such as Betsy DeVos’ for-profit chain), religious schools which utterly reject science in favor of Bible study, and private schools which wealthier people can afford. This leaves only scraps for public schools, which are the main source of education – and, in some cases, food – for underprivileged populations, which is exactly how they want it.

    The intent of public schools was originally to create “good citizens,” who were educated enough to contribute to the country in various ways. (They was also used originally to propagate political myths, a practice which is at least less consistent today.)

    Investing in education – whether grade school, high school, or college – has a powerful and positive impact on any country. Those that fail to do so encourage the development of a permanent, illiterate underclass – which, it must be admitted, has been a consistent theme of the Republican Party of the past few decades, whether giving day passes (but no citizenship protection) to migrant workers, as under Dubya; or killing education, which has been consistent since Reagan, whose commitment to education was limited to sending a teacher up in the Space Shuttle to die.

    I’m happy to pay my taxes to help kids go to school, even though mine are largely grown. It’s my duty as a citizen.

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    smartgrr  about 2 months ago

    This is a good one Ted. Absolutely correct. For the record, I have always voted for any school bonds but then I am a parent. I understand not wanting to pay more taxes for other people’s children although I disagree with this attitude. I plan to continue supporting school bonds even after my kids are adults because education is vitally important to society. The more we educate kids, the better the whole society benefits, not just those kids and those parents. I wish we could extend this to higher education as well.

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    #Rad-ish  Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Right wingers gave the USA the biggest case of covid in the world and all they do is complain.

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    lsnrchrd.1 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    This is the most on-the-mark TR cartoon I’ve seen in ages. Well done.

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    Lola85 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Paying teachers better, hiring more of them, and keeping buildings up to par are actually some of the things for which I gladly pay taxes. I taught in the public schools for 10 years, and I know how important these things are.

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    lookinside  about 2 months ago

    My parents were both civil servants. By the time I was 12, I had a basic understanding of WHY education bonds were important. Being a grandfather of 5, I continue to support those bonds. Nevertheless the wealthy idiots in Sacramento are nibbling at the funding issues. In a decade or two, their overpriveleged kids will be served for lunch in the public schools, I hope.

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    ferddo  about 2 months ago

    Odd how things never seem to change over decades… people have been complaining about paying for public schools for as long as I can remember. In the town I grew up in, back in the 1960s, we had a large elementary school that had one whole side closed (with barriers erected) because it was unsafely run down… the rest was still being used, but it was a firetrap (half the emergency exits were barricaded off due to the condemned part)… every election year they tried to pass a bond issue to repair or replace it, but voters would come out of the hills to vote against it… a lot of those same voters didn’t feel that school was necessary, and also depended upon welfare since they didn’t have enough education to get stable well paying jobs…

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    Northgalus2002  about 2 months ago

    This is why we need a “New Deal” for American Education. We need to modernize our schools and pay teachers what they’re worth. Perhaps the next Education Secretary will spearhead that.

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    countoftowergrove  about 2 months ago

    A good strip today, Theodore. Extra credit for actually mentioning Trump virus in your comments.

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    Màiri  about 2 months ago

    It’s not just Texas: A Kentucky couple froze to death after the power lines went down.

    James Duff (62) was lying in the yard of his home on Pine Hill — Brock Road, about five miles east of London. Dinah Duff (63) was inside the house, according to a news release.

    The house had no electricity for some period before the couple was found because of damage to power lines from ice and snow that hit the area earlier in the week, said Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Acciardo

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    Màiri  about 2 months ago

    On point:

    OAKLEY, Calif. (AP) – All members of a San Francisco Bay Area school board resigned days after they were heard making disparaging comments about parents at a virtual board meeting they didn’t realize was being broadcast to the public.

    The four members of Oakley Union Elementary School District Board had stepped down by Friday amid growing outrage that began with the board’s Wednesday meeting. Before the meeting officially began and unaware the public could see and hear them, they used profanity and made jokes about parents just wanting a babysitter or to smoke pot in their home.

    The incident garnered national attention and widespread condemnation.

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