Defining Local Control

The phrase is loosely tossed around these days.  But what exactly does local control mean to you?  Technically, it means that you, the taxpayer, should have an elected representative who is accountable to you at the voting booth for every government function.  You know that you have lost local control when your elected representatives pass measures to set up another commission, agency or outsource privately (privatization) and in effect merge the private sector with the public.

Take education, for example.  Parents have been petitioning for the restoration of “local control” for decades.  Each new generation rises and asks, “Why aren’t you listening to me?”

Today, neighborhood schools have no elected boards – replaced by site-based management teams or unelected councils, but the local decisions have been transferred to the district, and in the last two decades, to the state, regional and national levels. That means less accountability.

Charter schools have erupted everywhere, and while some have elected boards, you don’t get to elect them – or even run for them (unless you have a child in the school or are affiliated with it).  Yet, you are paying for them. Some are run by the state.  Where does that take “local control?”

In my book, that’s taxation without representation.

I thought a graphic would illustrate better than words, so I brought together as many of the players involved in the nationalization of education as I could legibly include on one page.  It shows just how big government has become, how bureaucratic, how out of control – with local control virtually lost.  This must change.

You can clearly see that this bureaucracy has been funded and supported by both the Left and the Right. Have I left out any sacred cows?  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Local Control

Another graphic coming soon: All roads lead to Bill Gates.

To understand how to take back our neighborhood schools and save public education the way it was meant to be, here is a proposed action plan.

We need your help.  It’s a costly campaign going up against this Goliath Bill Gates.  But if David could do it, so can we.

 

Should Private Lobbyists Get Publicly Funded Pensions?

This article discloses disturbing facts: in at least 20 states, We the People are funding the lobbyists that work against us as our representatives at state legislatures. Yes, government associations and commissions and agencies hire lobbyists to promote what we are paying those entities that our elected officials have appointed.

Government has just grown too big when government entities need lobbyists to represent the interests of the unelected bureaucrats in Congress or in a state legislature.

TotalLobbyingSpending-thumb-250x398-10385The number of lobbyists in Washington and on the state level has grown so large, it is a swamp. In DC, Open Secrets documents that there are over 10,000 registered, actively engaged lobbyists. In 2012, over $3 billion was spent. The all-time high was in 2010 at $3.52 billion, presumably because that was the infamous year of the passage of the largest, most costly piece of legislation to the American people of all time: ObamaCare, the Unaffordable Care Act.

Some conservatives, especially in the Tea Party, are determined to make sure all Americans know, and that their children are taught, what type of government America has. “It’s not a democracy. It’s a Republic!” they assert. “Democracy is another word for socialism!”

Well, yes. On paper, when the Constitution was established, Benjamin Franklin did answer that question: “It’s a republic.” And his colleagues would have asserted the same.

How odd.  Within the last century, there once was the Weimar Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. And there’s still the Republic of China. All countries we know as socialist-communist (meaning degrees to which the government owns or manages the enterprises and economic decisions.

The hallmark of socialism is not so much whether it is called a republic, but whether its government has become so big it requires an unelected bureaucracy in order to function, a bureaucracy built by the people (a democracy) that wanted more of it.

Look around. What say you of the United States of America? What has it become?

It’s time for this excellent video again. If you or your children haven’t seen it, take 10. It’s worth it.

Then examine current public policy against this list that Karl Marx and Frederick Engels compiled as their goals for utopia.

You’ll know what form of government you have, not by the name of your country, but by the number of government employees it has, plus the number of lobbyists it employs.