“If FEMA is unconstitutional, and Texas dosent need Washington when disasters approach, then why are they the first things Paul begs for when the dookey is about to hit the fan?
Paul Asks President for Emergency Declaration
September 21, 2005 Washington, DC: Congressman Ron Paul has joined Texas Governor Rick Perry in requesting a federal state of emergency declaration for the entire state of Texas. Under a federal declaration of emergency, federal assistance in many forms becomes available to the people of Texas. This assistance includes Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, SBA disaster loans, and USDA loans, in addition to assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security in general.
President Bush declared the emergency today, pledging a stepped-up federal response to what may be the biggest Hurricane ever to hit Texas.
Paul, in a letter to the president, stressed that all 254 counties in Texas likely will be affected by the hurricane, causing the displacement of thousands or even millions of citizens. Galveston and Brazoria counties in particular may be hard hit, and will need the coordination of federal, state, and local disaster services to ensure the fastest possible recovery.
“Thanks for a fine post and for the link to Ron Paul's site.
Interesting that on the very same page, Paul quotes Thomas Paine's famous "That government is best which governs least." I guess he believes it when someone else's state is hit with a disaster, but he's willing to be flexible when it comes to Texas.”
“To all those bashing SP actions as a 6 year old child when are you going to demand 0bama end SCHIP since you want to hold children responsible for their health care?”
nailinpalinnow on Mar 8, 2010 at 21:13:44
“You don't get it do you? This is a whole lot about the way that $istah $arah - your political idol - just can't help but open up her mouth and get herself in trouble, day after day, hour after hour. She is so confused she wouldn't be a suitable candidate to lead a kindergarden class in a chorus of "Row Row Your Boat".”
“First off, professional non teaching jobs in the private sector often require employees to attend regular meetings for various issues after regular hours! They also often require coming in early or staying late to get a jump on projects, or finish them up!
Also teachers may not be earning the income of Doctors or Lawyers, but they also dont earn as little as janitors, garbage men.
The households in this town work year round without summers off, spring break, fall break, winter break for an average income of $22,000 probably less than half the average pay of the teachers at this school! Whats starting pay? $35,000? $40,000? For 10 months with summers off, and breaks of a week or two every few months! So its not like teachers in Rhode Island are lowly paid minimum wage garbage collectors!
Plus we always hear how teachers go above and beyond what they need to to help educate young minds! Buying students supplies with their own money, working late on lessons, papers, grading, etc...
Then when asked to come together, and work on a plan to turn their school around! The teachers refused!
They deserve to be fired!
Maybe they caan apply to be garbage men since some people seem to think they make more money!”
Jniel on Mar 22, 2010 at 14:11:22
I think I get the jist of what you are saying but you should understand one thing...teachers/councelors/administrators are paid hourly just like the school support services. We have higher pay because we have degrees. In CA where I am from we have 6 to 7 years of training and 76% of teachers have continued to a Masters degree in a related field.
We get summers off because we are not paid for those days. Surely, you see the difference between getting paid hourly and getting paid salary.
My last comment to you is please realize that teachers already take work home that often carry into personal time. Teachers are not alloted time in the day to grade papers. To lessonplan and plan units. It takes 3 to 5 minutes to grade a paper and if a high school teacher has 200 students you can see how a 45 mins conference period wouldn't make sense. Planning units also take time... I have taken up to 3 hours. I too work at an underperforming school. I stay late...the whole nine yards. I have not had a weekend where I did not take work home.”
Franci Vilorio on Mar 3, 2010 at 01:08:22
“ignorance is bliss. for your info, there was never negotiations going on. the superintendent had that planned out before negotiations started. its kinda hard to negotiate a problem when someone's mind is already made up. Although think about the economy. Because of our economic crisis, if you werent fired, ur pay went lower than usual. And firing teachers just to make the school's test scores better contradicts the goal at hand since firing teachers the students care about will cause unnecessary stress to the student and the drop-out rate would either become lower or not affected at all.”