It’s been a hell of a week in the political arena and it was dominated by Republican silliness, ruthless dictators and inept school boards. With all these FAILS going around it’s kind of hard to keep track, but we found a way to bring you the biggest ones of the week.
STORY: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Got Punk’d!!!
Amidst all the protesting and fighting that is going on in Wisconsin surrounding the proposed “budget repair bill,” created by Republican Governor, Scott Walker, the Governor was prank called by Ian Murphy, editor of the Buffalo Beast, pretending to be Republican financier David Koch.
David Koch is a major patron of the arts and funder of conservative and libertarian political causes and has been linked to the American Tea Party movement. Scott Walker was elected into office by the Tea Party. So it’s no surprise that Walker thought he was talking to one of his major contributors, but Walker fails when he starts going into detail about what his plans are when dealing with the 14 Democrats who left the state proclaiming, “My sense is, hell. I’ll talk. If they want to yell at me for an hour, I’m used to that. I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.”
Tom Brady, Superintendent of Providence Schools
The school board in Providence, Rhode Island has voted to send termination letters to all of its nearly 2,000 teachers, giving them just enough room to make budget cuts.
STORY: BROKE IN AMERICA: 1,000 Providence Teachers Get CHOPPED!
Are we really going to lay off teachers? State law requires school departments to notify teachers by March 1 if they’ll be laid off the following school year. Providence teachers received notices of potential layoffs before the board met Thursday night and voted 4-3 on sending termination letters. We remember watching President Obama during his State of the Union speech and when he talked about education he said, “If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child — become a teacher. Your country needs you.“ How can anyone make a difference when our teachers are losing their jobs?
The City of Detroit is in the same position. The Michigan Department of Education gave Detroit Public Schools deadlines for moving forward with a deficit-elimination plan. The plan calls for closing 70 schools by 2013, increasing high school class sizes to more than 60 students. What will happen to our students if deficit problems and budget cuts continue to hemorrhage the system?
Moammar Gadhafi is the mad man if the Middle East. The Libyan leader is not giving up control of his country and is not backing down from protesters trying to take over. Gadhafi vowed to defend his rule and called on supporters to crack down on anti-government protesters. Gadhafi’s retaliation is the harshest the Arab world has ever seen, an estimated 1,000 people were killed in the violence in Libya.
Hopefully the murderous reign of Gadhafi will cease soon and a new democracy will come to Libya. The fight continues and more lives have been taken by pro-Gadhafi supporters. After Egypt, the Middle East is experiencing a new emergence of vigor, pride, and determination. This new spirit of revolution is sure to spread—we stand and fight with the people of Libya.
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