Our Gangrene Government

In #TCOT, Education, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Public Schools, The Mob on March 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

How did it get this bad?

Festering disease catches up with you. Whether it be  in a relationship, your own health, or budget deficits–if you don’t pay attention to the problem you end up with gangrene.

Governmental waste and the habit of ignoring problems have become too typical of  governmental leadership by unqualified, hyped-politicians who were elected because of momentum and not because of substance. We are now seeing the effects of allowing overspending to maturate.

In today’s New York Times article , discussing the Kansas City School system’s decision to close over 2 dozen schools, they cite the growing problem of ignoring the money issue in government:

The sudden move suggests a depth of dysfunction here that is rarely associated with Kansas City, a lively heartland town with a reputation for order. But a closer look at the school board’s recent history reveals a chaotic, almost nonfunctioning body that put off making tough choices and even routine improvements for generations. Experts said that in the board’s years of inaction is a cautionary tale for school districts everywhere.

Where is government oversight? With the people. It should have been. It should be.

“This is extraordinary,” said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a research group in Washington. “The school board was dysfunctional for years. There was very poor governance for a long period of time, and it was like a revolving door with superintendents.”

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, just a couple of schools face this dilemma. Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne facing closure due to budgetary constraints on the district.  With all of it’s failings, at least the Fort Wayne Community Schools is addressing a problem before more than a couple have to be dismantled.

Detroit’s blight can be blamed on the same disease…Gangrene Government.

How do you fix gangrene?

Urgent evaluation and treatment. In general, dead tissue should be removed to allow healing of the surrounding living tissue and prevent further infection. Depending on the area that has the gangrene, the person’s overall condition, and the cause of the gangrene, treatment may include:

  • Amputating the body part that has gangrene (get rid of the board responsible for overspending)
  • An emergency operation to find and remove dead tissue (budget cuts)
  • An operation to improve blood supply to the area (new plan of action)
  • Repeated operations to remove dead tissue (debridement) (don’t let go of the problem)
  • Treatment in the intensive care unit (for severely ill patients) (prosecute)

This is one disease Indiana State Government is not in danger of having, so long as they stay fiscally conservative and continue with attention to details of the budget constraints. The Democrats in Washington should pay attention to our scenario instead of coming up with more massive gangrene spending.

  1. I listened to Pat White’s show on WOWO today as he provided a vetting place for Elmhurst High School parents. I replayed the comments in my mind having read here of our Gangrene Government. Most of the comments made by callers affected by the closure were filled with nothing but bad emotions and very little logic.

    My first thought was that it is the berserk public expectations for government services without cost that leads to more and more government promises that cannot and will not ever be kept. Upon further review, however, I conclude that it is emotion and empty promises that keep the destructive liberal bureaucratic mind tuned up for more and more of the same BS.

    Fort Wayne is supposed to be a conservative community, but even our “conservative” Republican council members are rolled by liberal maneuvers that are used so often that they are the accepted norm. Conservatives need to take back the school board from ex-teachers, disband the public unions (all of them) which are nothing but anti-taxpayer lobbyists, and shrink government’s role. Heck, there is nothin’ to it! Let’s start tomorrow.

  2. It reminds me of the scenario of children asking parents for money. A child asks one parent for money, they says no. Then the child goes to the other and she says yes. Eventually, the child goes only to the parent who will continuously give them money.

    Somehow the attitude of ‘think about it first’ doesn’t occur to the people who are elected continuously. You are correct. We have to take back the money grabbing public officials who are used to getting their own way.

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