This is a repost.

The prescient point to partake (alliteration, bitches!) is that the former Hall GOP Chairman hasn’t updated his blog since Obama was elected. Clearly, he is still distraught by the Obama landslide.

Damaged, even.

So here’s another swing at the venerable old guy. And if the-guy-with-a-big-set goes a year (an entire year!) without updating, the graphic on the upper right hand of the page will be removed.

Can he do it? An entire year? We’ll see.

Old post is below.

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In his blog, the Hall County Republican Chair addresses the abysmal SAT scores in the state of Georgia. Too long to excerpt here, but you can read it at his personal blog.

He believes the educational answer lies in improving the curriculum, and has several thoughtful answers on why it’s the curriculum to blame, and not the teachers/students/whatever.

In this, we can agree. He’s pretty astute in his observations, and I agree with him more than I expected.

However, at the beginning he delivers this oldie-but-goodie:

The usual answer in education is that we need more resources. However, we are paying more per student for education than some of the 46 states that are better than we are. More money and more government is NEVER the answer to a problem.

To simply insist that more money is NEVER the answer to a problem shows a lack of thoughtfulness that is completely opposite of his (otherwise) well-reasoned post. More money answers a lot of problems, in real life and in government.

  • If your house is being foreclosed on, money can fix it.
  • If your car is being re-possessed, money can fix it.
  • If you’re arrested, money can get you a better lawyer.
  • If you’re hungry, money can feed you.

We all understand that more money can fix problems, but the money must be spent wisely. In the case of Georgia’s education, the budget hasn’t been fully funded in years.

Now with the budget shortfall, Sonny is talking about 3%…5%…maybe 10% cuts to an already underfunded program. While I acknowledge that throwing money at the problem isn’t the solution, spending additional money with benchmarks and accountability IS a solution that hasn’t been tried in the state in my recent memory.

Increased financing can solve problems. Wasteful spending does not. The two concepts are not the same.

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