President Obama Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results?

Over the course of the past six years after Republicans continually demand to perpetuate their failed economic agenda that devastated the economy, many pundits have often cited Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity as exclusively Republican. As a refresher, Einstein said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” One thing most Americans, particularly Democrats supporting Barack Obama, would be loath to admit is that the President is insane for doing the same thing over and over again and after failing, do it again and expect different results. Unfortunately, Democrats would be wrong in thinking the brilliant President Obama would learn from his, and his Department of Education’s, mistakes. Particularly in joining Republicans by throwing good taxpayer money after bad at a gross failure and think they would get different results.

Democrats may be surprised to learn that although Republicans have never granted one of the President’s domestic funding requests there is one specific area that Republicans will gladly give the President unrestricted amounts of taxpayer money including much more than he asks for. Especially if it hastens their crusade to abolish public schools and destroy teacher unions. Republicans will do anything  to advance the interests of the school privatization movement driven by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Koch brothers; the one area that the Obama Administration and the Kochs are in absolute agreement.

If there is one thing Republicans and the Obama Administration love more than pandering to Wall Street, it is the abject 20-year failure of the charter school industry; and why wouldn’t they? The Koch brothers and ALEC have spent no small amount of money in the states and nationally to advance the Koch brothers’ vision of a nation without a public school system to eliminate teachers’ unions; primarily because it is a profession dominated by women. It is one area that Republicans, ALEC. The Kochs, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, his BFFs Michelle Rhee and Senator Cory Booker all agree needs to happen without haste and charter schools are their chosen means of privatizing education. To show his continued support for the privatization movement, last week the President gave Republicans, the Kochs, and ALEC multiple orgasms by asking the Koch Congress to increase government funding for the grossly underperforming, unregulated, and corrupt charter school industry by 50 percent; a request Republicans wet themselves in seeking how to grant the President’s request with the greatest expediency and full support of their Koch masters and ALEC.

First, it is beyond dispute that the charter school “industry” that is wholly funded by taxpayer dollars at the expense of public schools is an abject failure. Charter schools typically underperform even the lowest performing and underfunded inner-city public schools, and yet the President wants them to have more taxpayer dollars. One of the primary reasons charter schools underperform is because “they operate with no federal or state oversight as written into their ‘charters’ by the Koch brothers’ American Legislative Exchange Council, including with no regulation or accountability on how they are spending the billions of taxpayer’ public school money.” In fact, according to the charter industry’s own admission, the anti-regulatory environment allows charters to conceal their finances leaving no record of how they are spending government money or how horrible the student results are with good reason; charter schools underperform public schools.

In a new report by the Center for Media and Democracy, “New Documents Show How Taxpayer Money is Wasted by Charter Schools,” there is such incriminating evidence of fraud, corruption, pathetic results, outrageous spending on executive salaries, outsourcing to for-profit corporate schools, and lobbying the federal government for more charter schools that it is insane for the President to ask the Koch Congress for more funding. In fact, American taxpayers are underfunding their public schools to not only lobby for more corrupt and underperforming charter schools, but to waste millions advertising the benefits of sending their children to charter schools. It is a perpetual feedback loop of funding corruption with taxpayer dollars to advance the Koch and ALEC’s drive to privatize America’s schools and an unwitting public is funding what any sane person would regard as a Koch brother scam of epic proportions; a scam the Obama Administration wants more money invested in. As the report says, even though these failed corporate entities are called “public charter schools,” they operate for the private sector for the benefit of CEO’s and Wall Street.”

Charter schools are allowed to get away with fraud at will because unlike public schools, they are unregulated according to rules put in place by ALEC in states across America. According to audits based on the Inspector General’s report, there are no real state or federal controls, or financial accountability on how taxpayer money is spent and it is all by ALEC design. States have no way of knowing how or where taxpayer dollars are spent, or what happens to “alleged” assets schools acquired, much less if students are served at all. In fact, according to a report released last week examining federal and state criminal fraud indictments, there has been more than $200 million worth of fraud in the charter school industry. An industry President Obama wants to increase funding by 50% that boggles the mind. Instead of screaming ‘waste and corruption’ and demanding greater accountability, oversight, and control, with Republicans, the President wants to throw more money at the problem while Republicans scream that what the charter industry really needs is greater independence without ‘overbearing government’ regulation.

It is possible that President Obama forgets the story he told about why he succeeded in school and how it was his mother’s diligence in ‘forcing’ him to study hard, strive for excellence, and achieve his own lofty goals; not attending unregulated, unaccountable, underperforming, and corrupt corporate charter schools. Whatever happened over the past six years, the President has wholly embraced the charter movement he has to know underperforms public schools because there are myriad studies exposing them as failures. He also knows the charter school movement is the Koch Republican path to privatizing public education as legislated by the American Legislative Exchange Council. It is disparaging to see someone as intelligent and successful as Barack Obama join forces with the likes of Republicans, the Koch brothers, and ALEC to hasten the demise of America’s public school system. It is even worse to see him doing the same thing over and over again and instead of expecting different results, knows he is wasting taxpayer dollars to get a result the Koch brothers lust; privatizing public education.

18 Replies to “President Obama Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results?”

  1. I’m indifferent toward this issue, but after I skimmed a couple of paragraphs, I had to stop reading, because I can’t stand smug emo’s.

    “If there is one thing Republicans and the Obama Administration love more than pandering to Wall Street…”

    I stopped reading after that paragraph, because I’m not in the mood for more emo ranting about the f’ing sky falling! And, I’m sick of the passive aggressive, veiled racism from emo’s using terms like, “the Brilliant President Obama.” And YES, it could be veiled racism, because that’s the way racists used to mock Martin Luther King, Jr., and his supporters.

    President Obama does not “love” pandering to Wall Street, like republicans do. This kind of hyperbole is the kind of B.S. that hurts your cause, and the reason why many people don’t take your kind seriously.

    F-off, “RMuse” whoever you are.

  2. Yes, you have missed a lot; six years worth of a lot. It is hardly a secret the President supports charters schools over the nation’s teachers, except to you. There are search engines, but in case they’re too complicated here are three links out of pages and pages.

    Obama Changes National Teacher Appreciation to National Charter School Week

  3. Yikes. I don’t know what to say here. I am a teacher. I don’t think the public schools work well, I don’t think charter schools are the answer and I am not s member of any teacher’s union.

    I don’t know. A lot of what might help comes from Europe.

    1) Lose Common Core. That’s the worst.
    2) Local control is better than state. State control is better than Federal.
    3) Admit that students are not “one size-fits all” track them at 6th grade based on good tests.
    4) Education is voluntary after 8th grade. Make trade schools of all kinds available to learn real world skills.
    5) Lose all sports programs. Let each community create clubs and leagues separate from the school. Colleges won’t care.
    6) No school should ever have more than 500 students in it. In those schools the teachers have real relationships with every student.

    That’s all I got. (have)

  4. Well the way I see it- if Obama didn’t give in on this- then the Republicans would bitch, moan, whinge, and snivel, until they got their way.

    So, he’s letting them have it, until such time as the People have had enough. When the people lead, the leaders will follow.

    Look at Gay Marriage.
    Obama isn’t gonna save us from ourselves. We need to save ourselves.

  5. The only schools in trouble are those stuffed with children who live in poverty. Public school from the well off suburbs are doing just fine. So because public schools are funded by property taxes the kids from the most deprived and poverty stricken backgrounds get the least help, support and facilities. But nobody is going to address the homelessness, the physical and emotional deprivation of children living in grinding poverty. They want to do hand tricks and think that is going to work.

  6. Rmuse – I think better of you than this screed. PBO is HARDLY the tool of Wall St. or of charter schools. Some DO work – especially those in several urban blight areas – and many do not. I’ve never seen a blanket support for charters in general so much as charters that work – and I say that as someone saddled with the horrific Michelle Rhee in my city. ICK. But to paint this president as a shill is just WRONG, and I expect much better of you than this.

    I asked teachers across the country whom I know and trust about Common Core. They like it a lot. The testing? Not at all. Those are two different issues.

    Buffalo, NY did its best work with kids when they had ‘magnate’ schools as well as high quality elementary schools. Charters or magnates do NOT have to be bad, are not necessarily anti-union. I worry about them as segregationist tools – but it depends on the district. So stop tarring with the same brush – this president has clear vision, and he has NEVER let us down…

  7. Robert, we have never agreed on many things however most of your suggestions ring true. #’s 1,2,3 are workable and proper.#4 I believe should still be a 12th grade traditional high school program WITH trade schools like it used to be, I graduated in 76 and we still have most programs like that. #5 A RESOUNDING YES!!!, sports hinder education because most school boards are slaves to their sports teams fro any or ALL recognition, I as many do have true horror stories about the free ride and the latitude that jocks are given in every way. I say that the professional sports teams should pay EVERY SINGLE CENT of high school and college funding seeing as how they are ultimately the financial benefactors of that sports training funded by tax payers. #6 is one that should be flexible, if the proper number of teachers are hired then this would be less of a problem.

  8. Robert:
    Yes, make the schools smaller, but the districts bigger.

    In my small city we have one HS and two elementary districts, with diminishing populations.Every district has one big $$$ administration multiplied X 3 of each for the little city.

    There is no $$ for books, but we have consultants and high waste of funds.
    The schools do not want to merge, as they would lose control and benefits. Meanwhile our kids lose.

    Religious charter schools just teach their culture and their point of view. No way of knowing what is in their curriculum.

  9. My suggestions to repair our public school system, #1 Remove then prohibit any devout Christian Conservatives or Democrats from school boards and teacher ranks. #2 Prohibit the existence of charter schools. #3 STOP giving public tax money to parochial or private schools, also stop bussing students of these schools on publicly funded vehicles.#4 Prohibit the teaching of any faith based pseudo-sciences, i.e. Creationism,Intelligent Design etc. And strengthen the laws to keep prayer out of schools AND enact legislation to prohibit churches from renting space in public schools as this practice leads to “mission creep” and the un-constitutional action of religious oppression of students who do not join or conform. #5 Remove all sports from schools UNLESS they are COMPLETELY funded by a sponsoring professional sports team or league. Of course physical education and exercise classes will be mandatory to maintain proper health and physical growth.

  10. #6 Stop using text books from Texas!! Remove the power of Texas to decide what is the true nature of history. #7 VOTE DEMOCRAT ACROSS THE BOARD!!!

  11. I wish I could up vote you Mr. Uhl a thousand + votes. I have also have a feeling they are rewriting the Bible also.

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