You know, I would really like to know where in fresh hell all the GODDAMNED Proposition 100 money has gone.
Something IS rotten in Denmark.
You see, now there is another proposition being introduced in November that is asking voters to approve a half-cent tax increase for public safety. Isn’t that part of what Prop 100 was covering? Good luck getting voters to approve ANOTHER tax increase when we have seen exactly ZERO benefit from the first increase, and I don’t consider “status quo” a benefit. For the record, I supported Prop 100 and even actively RALLIED for it. I was the GUNGEST kind of HO I could be supporting the tax increase.
Now the department of public safety is threatening to lay off 100+ officers, stating that they are “putting our safety at risk”, IF we don’t approve this half-cent tax increase. Given that that illustrates almost exactly the definition of extortion, I am going to go ahead and throw down the bullshit flag on that one. While I “thank a cop” at every opportunity, almost twice as often am I seeing cop cars sitting “Adam 69” style while they chat with each other. I also OFTEN see them throw on their lights just so they can “Streets of San Francisco” their way through a red light, using otherwise illegal traffic maneuvers. Shave those few jokers off the top and problem SOLVED.
Let me ask another question: While I whole-heartedly support the use of cameras at intersections to reduce the number of collisions, I wonder where the abundant revenue generated from that exercise is going, if it isn’t going to public safety.
The problem in this state isn’t a lack of funds; it’s a lack of integrity.
I have had personal experience on the “education funding” side of things, and in my short tenure have recently encountered what I believe is some shady, shady bullshit. I’m not naming names or bandying about some unsupportable accusations, but suffice it to say that information has a way of finding me whether I am looking for it or NOT, and I have it on good authority that at least one certain person that is hell bent on making the world think they are swallowing a HUGE martyr pill is really just trying to save face from egregious mishandling, nay, EMBEZZLING of the very funds we are trying to generate only a few short years ago. Seems to me such folks should be lucky they still have a JOB (another mystery) and STFU about their long list of “qualifications” and how butt-hurt they are about people thinking they aren’t up for the job. In fact, why ARE these people still employed? Do NOT piss on my leg, tell me it’s raining, and then steal my watch, okay?
The same “good authority” that gave me that juicy little nugget also mentioned that it has happened elsewhere and on more than one occasion with different unnamed individuals. So basically, we have a network of gypsies, tramps, and thieves running rampant within the school system while simultaneously collecting a salary and benefits, and nobody is doing a Goddamn thing to stop it. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Everybody is guilty of something, so nobody is willing to call anyone else out. These are OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK, ACTIVELY SCREWING US. It’s like paying someone to get a good, solid fisting, for crissakes.
There exists a huge hemorrhage within the system and I PROPOSE we shake it down from top to bottom, starting with our esteemed seat-filler, Jan Brewer. She is the biggest offender of all – making up bullshit about her father being in WWII, pushing this ridiculously unconstitutional immigration law to line the pockets of the private prison system, refusing to speak to the press when asked to be accountable for her shenanigans. Maybe she should voluntarily cut back her $100,000 a year salary to help offset the budget crisis that we have. In fact, if you work for the state of Arizona and you make that much money, you are highly overpaid against a system that is failing miserably and therefore cannot support funding useless figureheads.
I am beginning to believe that the money is there; it’s just being hoarded and doled out only when the scent of negative attention wafts by. I mean, there is a REASON that Arizona consistently ranks DEAD LAST in a list of “smartest states.” Does that not concern anyone else? We are the state with the least motivated teachers, the stupidest kids, and the least amount of funding. The only thing kids are taught is how to pass the AIMS test – the test which is used to establish funding.
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.
So, I guess in summation, we, as a state, need to get our heads out of our asses and start thinking beyond our next move. If we had a better educational ranking, it would entice a higher quality of resident to move here, bringing with them better companies, better jobs, better TEACHERS, and overall greater opportunity.
OR, we could just keep suckling off of each other’s dried up teats in an unending daisy chain of jumblefuckery…I guess it’s really up to the voters.