Lakota Top Story of 2012: ‘West Chester Buzz’ and ‘The Enquirer’ beg for food

If you ever wondered why our current government is so screwed up all one needs to do is look at the kind of institutions that instruct our society and study how they behave when confronted with trouble.  It is not hard to discover the root of the deteriorating rot that infests anything that is attached to government, and public schools are “government schools.”  They believe that they function outside the rules of reality because they live off of tax money which is collected on their behalf under force—and they fight over that money like dogs over a bone.  And their collective intelligence is just as proficient as the only concern they have is to fill their bellies so they can live five more minutes before they are begging for another bone.

In my local community of West Chester it has been well-known that I have spent the last couple of years fighting the stupidity of the blind tax and spend actions of the Lakota school district—which I attended as a kid.  Many, because I went to the school, believe that I should automatically support anything that Lakota does because I’m an “alumni” or something.  I hear the same type of ignorance from fools who blindly support their colleges because as adults they love the sports program—never connecting the dots that it is in such follies that many evils are conducted.  Those actions are forms of collectivism which I reject entirely.  At Lakota, they have refused to acknowledge that the cause of their funding problems is that they are like rabid dogs begging for food at the dinner table blindly hungry for more and more money to consume never connecting their actions to their hunger—as if the two weren’t connected.  Then to make matters worse, there are the apologists who try to sneak food under the table even when the owner of the dogs tell those apologists not to—because it makes the dogs even hungrier, and misbehave more often.  Such is the role of the local newspapers against the wishes of the taxpayers.

In the West Chester Buzz—a local arm of the Cincinnati Enqurier, they recently did a feature naming the top 12 stories of 2012.  Among them were the Mitt Romney rally that took place just before the election, and the announcement of the Liberty Way entertainment/shopping complex, which seemed like very reasonable community minded features.  But guess what number one was?  Out of all the stories that occurred in a community of over 100,000 residents over an entire year—can you imagine dear reader what the number one story was?    It was an article about Lakota’s budget problems featuring a March 12th article breaking down the massive cuts and layoffs the district had to make because of three tax increases that had been shot down at the ballot box, led by myself.  This article appeared just two days before The Enquirer did a “hit piece” on me personally to attempt to remove me from the debate—because nobody could answer the points I brought up. (CLICK FOR REVIEW) which goes a long way to painting a picture of the kind of diabolical schemes that go on behind the scenes of West Chester politics—of which Lakota is a major player.

It’s not like Lakota tried—they simply refused—just like Obama and the gang is doing now on Capitol Hill–to deal with reality.  They simply ignore any part of reality that doesn’t fit their version of it.  As government entities, they have their agenda, and their expectations—and they will only listen to options that fulfill their agenda—which is why they fail time and time again.  Have a look:

In the course of early March 2012 The Enquirer decided to get into bed with the Lakota school district and the evidence is in their priorities of what they consider to be the “biggest story of the year.”  But nowhere is there any mention of “WHY” Lakota has a budget problem.  The article only mentions the result, not the cause, which is typical of these big government types.  The reason is because Lakota employees make too much money, and there are too many of them.  Pure and simple.  The education market is changing, there are many options that are better for teaching children, and government schools are clamoring to keep themselves relevant just as the Postal System is trying to stay relevant after the advent of EMAIL.  Public schools are trying to fulfill a progressive utopian vision of being the central figures in society, and the newspapers are obviously on board to help paint that picture—which is why The Enquirer has been losing readership by the droves and more and more people are turning to alternative sources of information like this blog, for their news.  People see the situation for what it is, and 18,000 people voted against the foolishness of the Lakota district, and the many thousands of tax payer dollars they have spent on public relations—to help set up articles in publications like The Enquirer and The West Chester Buzz. 

As The West Chester Buzz published their top story of 2012 article a levy supporter sent me an email stating, “No Lakota Levy seems to indicate that the teaching staff is paid too much and now the community is unable to afford such salaries.   I contend that the labor force is overworked and, for it to consider any further concessions, that group needs to be thanked for their steadfast service of the past and encouraged to work a normal 8 hour day rather than devoting hours of free labor to a district that can no longer afford such dedication.”  That statement, which the newspapers should be covering, cites the entire funding problem at Lakota, and in just about every government employee in The United States.  They have all lost touch with reality and have a sickness rooted in neuroses.  They simply aren’t working within the realms of reality—and therefore cannot be rationed with.  “Thanked,” what are these school employees—children?  Or worse—not even possessing the ability to retain information like simple dogs begging for food.

How can any sane person claim that an employee making 65K per year should not be expected to work 10 or 11 hours a day or more, and that such people are “overworked.”  The average income for Lakota employees is 63K per year, which is very good compensation, but the trouble is, it’s not competitive.  In the argument over what makes a good teacher or a bad teacher the public is supposed to take the word of labor radicals like the guy who sent me that comment at face value without validating the truth.  In my book his comment doesn’t even deserve a seat at the table because I don’t recognize his right to exist.  I have determined that the biggest problem in public schools is the labor unions who utter that kind of garbage, and there is no discussing anything with them.  They are like speaking to hungry dogs who only wag their tails if food comes near their mouths.  They are not the pinnacles of our society as The Enquirer has tried to make them out to appear.  They are simply parasites hungry for more government expansion, mindlessly higher taxes, and more youth seduced by all the wrong things to be cast out ill-prepared into adulthood. The labor argument in this case has a monopoly on education and the government backs that monopoly, and until that organization is broken up, there will never be cost reductions in education, there will never be improved test scores, and there will never be great leaps in social advancement.  The problem with government schools and their monopoly is the fact that there are no options for parents to have their child taught by ambitious teachers making only 45K per year over the one making 90K per year who is tired and beat up—hanging on till their retirement at 55 years old.  The tax money in the State of Ohio is sent to the school, not to the child, and that is the source of the problem allowing labor unions to basically control that tax money.  The system is ridiculous, and the press has not had the backbone to do their job—which is a disservice to everyone.

People say that all the things I’ve said above are “just politics.”  It’s just the way things are, and they will never change.  Well, it might be politics, but like I told one of my employers years ago, “politics costs money.”  If you remove the politics, you will save millions.  And the same holds true for Lakota and every other public school—remove the politics, and they will be able to balance their budget without being leeches on the rest of the community constantly hitting up the residents for more tax increases.  Lakota needs competition, and the press needs to get out of the business of helping to support destructive monopolies, which The West Chester Buzz confirmed is the role of The Cincinnati Enquirer in regard to Lakota.  For myself, and many on my side, the “labor argument” doesn’t even deserve a place at the negotiating table.  I don’t care what they think; they are no different then dogs begging for food to me.  They don’t offer a service I think is important, and they charge too much to provide it.  They need to be cut out of the money stream completely and that is my 2013 position.  Apparently, the media is going to settle for their role to be mere lap dogs, to the dogs begging for food at the bargaining table where the feast of West Chester is in control of the adults sitting at the table.

Rich Hoffman