Sunday, December 13, 2009

The High Cost of Living

We always see these teachers inviting everybody else to do their work for them for free -- as though they weren't being paid very generously relative to every other way they could be struggling to earn a living in Hawaii. Perhaps they should tag along with the farm worker or fireman -- or even computer programmer, waitress or janitor to see if they could even survive a day -- actually doing something difficult besides praising themselves in the newspapers incessantly as the only deserving people in society.

You pick 'em -- for all those easier jobs you think you could be earning $100,000 you think you are entitled to, including of course, running for the governor. But you actually have to run for the position -- and not just feel entitled to the position and pay.

The high cost of living affects everyone equally and not just teachers, and in fact, the major reason for the high cost of living, are the insatiable demands of public servants demanding something for nothing.

Of course the "brains" behind these talking points are the union leaders who tell them what to say -- as though they thought of it themselves, and we haven't heard of it before, as though they think sheer repetition of lies, make them true. Chief among these lies are that we cannot have a "democratic" society unless they vote for the "Democratic" Party -- and dismiss any notion of any other alternatives, and especially the Republicans -- which they brainwash their members to believe means, only for a few "rich guys" who deserve to have all their money taken away from them.

These mythical "rich guys" turn out to be all the poorer guys -- put together so they can afford to pay these unionized civil servants more than most people make because they are not organized to pursue their own advantage regardless of the common good. That is basically the constituency of the "Republicans," and not the armies and conspiracies of the rich. And so as one reads the opposition to the collectives of the unions, there is no lockstep political correctness repeated day after day unquestioning by their union comrades at the media outlets.

They know how to play this game utilizing the old mass media to their own benefit -- but something new has come into being in the alternative media that promises to at least level the playing field of information and communications, and it is this leveling of the playing field, that often lowers costs to zero -- because that is the cost of obtaining that information now, rather than having to pay these tollkeepers who have secured these monopolies for all time.

That is the old status quo, that they don't want to see end -- even if it is to the greater benefit of society, and allows everyone to move forward. So there is quite a bit of this tension -- to maintain the dysfunctional status quo that sucks up all the resources needed to solve the very real problems of today.

When half of a society has college graduates, one can become educated just living in that environment, and no longer needs to create an artificial world for learning. Learning is now a part of everyday living, and not just for students and young people. Doing so, drives down the cost of living because people now have the alternatives of solutions that actually do the job and work.


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