Good Lord, McClintock Actually Wrote Something Intelligent!
California State Senator Tom McClintock recently wrote a thought-provoking and effective piece of agitprop.
Looking at the issue of the educational system, McClintock conducts a clever thought experiment to determine whether our schools are spending our money wisely.
He creates a hypothetical 180 child school, and gives it the Governator's proposed budget of $1.2 million.
Then he proceeds to show how you can lease luxury office space to house the school, hire associate professors from the Cal State University system to teach the students, pay for all their books, pay for gym memberships to replace PE, and add in an $80K administrator and $40K secretary to boot. The annual cost (including benefits)? A tick over $1 million.
Since I hate to give either major political party an unfair amount of space in this blog, I would love for one of my faithful readers to locate a more progressive take on education spending that refutes this simplistic, but seemingly effective thought experiment.
Otherwise, I might be forced to admit that, at least in this one small matter, I agree with McClintock, which is a pretty frightening thought!