Monday, April 18, 2011

College and Class Warfare

I say this in reference to a recent tweet John Cusack posted on his twitter about how America should end sponsored warfare and start mandating military service to those who attended ivy league schools. Of course, many were shocked and thought it was unfair, but I have to praise him for this. There was one remark said to him that particularly bothered me.

"So you want us to punish people for being smart or elect a president who went to community college?"

I, being a community college student, find this terribly insulting. If one's school determines intelligence, then that just goes to show that all college is really about is money. The richest are always the ones who graduate from the ivy league schools, and the poor are helpless. This is so obvious, it's common sense. College education is merely based off of who has their hands on which person's inner thigh. It has practically become a political orgy to insure scarcity. Without scarcity, the whole system would crumble. Or perhaps it has always been this way, after all...this is America. Why have we become so elitist to believe the best people are the ones with the biggest boats? How can we say that our society is just when we worship greed? I, for one, cannot stand this on a personal level. I graduated high school in the top 10 percent of my class and I am treated one way, privileged and praised, yet when I meet someone for the first time and he or she discovers that I currently attend a community college, I am treated like a second-class citizen. It's the status that has changed, not me. Hell, it even comes up in insults as if I do not know anything about the world even though I am a part of it.

College is known for being expensive and, sadly, it is only getting worse. Classes are getting cut left and right, yet the deans are getting big cash bonuses. How many women have become strippers in order to pay for college? And the reason we pay for it is because we were not allowed to attend in the past. No minority groups could think about education during times like that. The sad part is that the whole college system has not changed. Sure, maybe they will accept other groups of people as long as they have money. Poor people (who tend to be minority groups because of society's preference for old money) were always poor and the rich (who tend to be white men who may have merely accumulated wealth from not being discriminated against over generations) were always rich. As a way to attempt to combat this system, we created public, cheaper schools -- community colleges. I am sure that it will not be long before we start seeing extreme right-wingers advocate for getting rid of "public" (i.e. cheaper) schools, if not already. I'm confident they already have. How fundamentally disturbing is it that we, as a whole, are taught from an early age that success and happiness can only be derived from money? How can we claim that those who do not want to work meaningless and menial jobs from nine to five are considered lazy and unproductive to society when it is truly (and not only figuratively) "the Man" keeping us down by whipping us every time we rise up? And do not even get me started on the police system. Unfortunately, we are too blinded by well-rehearsed scripts of history and blatant propaganda to even notice it. Those who think differently are apparently criminal. But that, as you know, is a whole other sad story for another time.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Must Watch...

...this episode of The Daily Show...


I said so.

(Click Here.)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Taking a U-Turn on Women's Rights is Voodoo Economics

There is nothing more appalling to me than the selfish and depraved mindset of the people who have taken over this country. Conservatism was created as a collective group of opinions on how money should be spent in the government, but now it has turned into an ongoing and bloody war against the rights of anyone besides rich white heterosexual men and the overall dictators of history. I can understand when people have different political viewpoints and I encourage it. In fact, it actually bothers me that lately I have seen so many liberals upset with Arianna Huffington for allowing Andrew Breitbart to write on Huffington Post. I am definitely not a fan of Andrew Breitbart, but what Arianna was doing was only fair. We should not void other opinions because we do not agree with them. Now, however, there is a difference between opinion and outright malice against others. If Conservatives want to have their own opinions on how they believe the government should run, then that is fine. But the rights of the people CANNOT be taken away for their own fundamentalist, selfish needs.

And, after all the events happening at the moment, the government faces the possibility of being shut down over contraceptive issues. As this New York Times editorial reads, It's Not Really About Spending.

If the federal government shuts down at midnight on Friday — which seems likely unless negotiations take a sudden turn toward rationality — it will not be because of disagreements over spending. It will be because Republicans are refusing to budge on these ideological demands:

• No federal financing for Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions. Instead, state administration of federal family planning funds, which means that Republican governors and legislatures will not spend them.

• No local financing for abortion services in the District of Columbia.

• No foreign aid to countries that might use the money for abortion or family planning. And no aid to the United Nations Population Fund, which supports family-planning services.

• No regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency.

• No funds for health care reform or the new consumer protection bureau established in the wake of the financial collapse.

Abortion. Environmental protection. Health care. Nothing to do with jobs or the economy; instead, all the hoary greatest hits of the Republican Party, only this time it has the power to wreak national havoc: furloughing 800,000 federal workers, suspending paychecks for soldiers and punishing millions of Americans who will have to wait for tax refunds, Social Security applications, small-business loans, and even most city services in Washington. The damage to a brittle economy will be substantial.

Democrats have already gone much too far in giving in to the House demands for spending cuts. The $33 billion that they have agreed to cut will pull an enormous amount of money from the economy at exactly the wrong time, and will damage dozens of vital programs.

(Read full article here.)

The only words I have to give after all of this ridiculous idiocy are those from Paul Krugman's article titled Ludicrous and Cruel. "The G.O.P. budget plan isn’t a good-faith effort to put America’s fiscal house in order; it’s voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness."