DeVos Proposes the Deletion of Federal Funding of Special Olympics From Department of Education Budget


The Department of Education program budget is being cut by 12% across the board, while the line for executive pay in that department is being increased by 15%.

How is this action being taken against the must vulnerable and defenseless segment of our society consistent with the notion that: "Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes in order to promote the general welfare."?

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Comment by Ron Powell on March 29, 2019 at 7:30pm

My comment states that ONE of the prerequisites to becoming and staying wealthy is sociopathic lack of empathy, greed, and selfishness, etc...

BUT NOT THE ONLY ONE...

There are other means or pathways to be sure. However, the pathway to wealth that has also guided and informed our politics for the past several decades has been that of the Gordon Gekko style free-market capitalist...

Trump didn't show up in a vacuum and corporate centrism has simply exacerbated the problem by slowing down the demise of a healthy and robust middle class not reversing or eliminating the causes of middle class demise...

And I repeat: Nobody gets rich in this country by caring for or caring about other people...NOBODY!!!

Comment by koshersalaami on March 29, 2019 at 7:56pm

Not proveable. The most you can prove is that in all cases a selfish motive is feasible. You can’t prove that it’s primary. You don’t think anyone has ever gotten rich off inventing safety equipment or a vaccine or anything along those lines? And you don’t think there are any cases where what bothered the inventor was preventable injuries and deaths as opposed to mainly being worried about money? 

Comment by Ron Powell on March 30, 2019 at 12:19pm

"You don’t think anyone has ever gotten rich off inventing safety equipment or a vaccine or anything along those lines? And you don’t think there are any cases where what bothered the inventor was preventable injuries and deaths as opposed to mainly being worried about money? "

If altruism was the primary force or factor behind these things there wouldn't be a need or desire for patents and copyrights....

That said, I won't dispute the notion that you raise and concede the point that there are humanitarian pursuits and endeavors that can result in producing wealth...

The problem here is the potential for exploitation of the consumer, market manipulation, and the capitalistic impulse or urge to monopolize the societal "benefit" derived from the kinds of products you list...

The profit motive is a strong incentive for inventors and researchers...

Somebody got rich from the creation of the polio vaccine. I'm just not sure it was Dr. Jonas Salk...

Likewise the inventors of seat belts and air bags.... 

And on and on...

Comment by Ron Powell on March 30, 2019 at 12:20pm

"Not provable", you say?

Neither is the existence of "God".

But we won't go down that road here....

Comment by koshersalaami on March 30, 2019 at 2:59pm

I don’t claim the existence of God is provable. I don’t try and convince people that God exists.

Do you ever listen to NPR? There’s a program that runs on Saturday mornings here, usually just before 11:30 if you’re listening on Sirius. It’s called How I Built This. In terms of this conversation, I’d suggest listening to a few episodes. Most of these people don’t start their businesses with the aim of getting huge, they start them because they’re passionate about something and it grows like Hell. 

Comment by Ron Powell on March 30, 2019 at 3:22pm

There are a couple of TV programs that run in the same vein...Very interesting...

This piece explores the efficacy of the Balzac quote in historical and contemporary contexts...

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/09/fortune-crime/

Comment by Ron Powell on March 30, 2019 at 10:54pm

BTW;  The fact that you don't claim, or can't prove, that "God" exists doesn't stop, or preclude, you from engaging in worship.

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 31, 2019 at 12:20am

LO radicals, intellectuals

I'm recollecting (read somewhere in that deep purple dream) an anecdote that President George H. W. Bush diligently crafted personal thank-yous to Pastors etc. within key zip codes post GOP 'wins'. Which is all good and thoughtful and 'nice'.
However now that the War on Poverty* is how old?!
I'm compelled to say really LO!

*The War on Poverty is the unofficial name for legislation first introduced by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 8, 1964. This legislation was proposed by Johnson in response to a national poverty rate of around nineteen percent.

War on Poverty - Wikipedia

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