Thursday, July 21, 2022

Govenor Polis' twisted logic on Education




https://tinyurl.com/tgr9u6y
Link to article

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis proposed a $34.5 billion state budget Wednesday for the next fiscal year, once again emphasizing early and higher education investments and seeking to increase rainy-day reserves.
Polis presented his request to the Joint Budget Committee, which will craft a balanced budget during the 2020 legislative session.
Polis noted that the requested funding increase of 2.9% kept with the inflation rate, Colorado Politics reported.
"There's not a lot of free money" available, he said.  Hmmm is there any such a thing?
Polis wants to increase general fund reserve to 7.5% of state obligations from the current 7.25% to help the state weather a possible economic downturn.
The Democratic governor previously instituted full-day, state-funded kindergarten and increased pre-school enrollment. He wants to boost state-funded preschool enrollment by 6,000 children next year.
Polis requested $52 million to help reduce unfunded state obligations to K-12 schools to about $520 million; $10 million for capital improvements to public colleges and universities; and $14 million to help college students make payments on their loans during the first two years after graduation.
Tuition at public colleges and universities would rise by 3% under his plan.
Polis wants $550 million for transportation. He also has outlined a plan to give state workers two months of paid family leave.
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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com
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David Williams CD5

 RELEASE:  Rep. Dave Williams launches CD5 campaign (mailchi.mp)

 Ok...It's time we disected this missive from Rep. David Williams


First, let's all understand that CD 5 is a solid Republican District.  This means that a person elected to represent the voters of CD5 will have a solid opportunity to be reelected for years.  It is therefore extremely important that the person elected must exhibit the highest moral, ethical and liberty-minded values.

Nearly every two years, since being originally elected, Doug Lamborn has been challenged by individuals that coveted a future in national politics.  Doug has won handily each time.

Heritage Action Scorecard
117th Congress:  100% with lifetime score of 94%
116th Congress"   92%  with lifetime score of 92%

Prolife   
https://lamborn.house.gov/rep-lamborn-s-pro-life-legislative-history
National Right to LIfe 100% Rating
Family Research Council: 100% Rating and Recipient of "True Blue" Award

2nd Amendment
Unwavering history of Support  https://lamborn.house.gov/issues/gun-rights

Education Review his stellar views and action
https://lamborn.house.gov/issues/education

Illegal Immigration and more
https://lamborn.house.gov/issues/illegal-immigration

One has to question the motives of those challenging such a strong valiant America-loving, Liberty-minded Congressional Representative who has advanced in influence within the Congress by virtue of serving several terms; is it ego?, is it the need to acquire a governmental pension?, is it the desire for status?

Reading between the lines of this Press Release, (above) one has to wonder how many half-truths can be directed to a strong conservative to wrest his seat from him?  Half-truths leave one to assume that the charge is true regardless of the actual truth. It is COMMON KNOWLDEGE among campaign directors that NEGATIVE ADS WORK.

Stating that it is a "moral necessity" to replace a sitting Congressman is an egregious charge and deserves a truthful explanation.  Without disclosure of facts it is designed to foster immoral assumptions.
    
Rep. Williams implies that the Congressman is corrupt.  While the reader knows that there is a lot of corruption within the ranks of Congress, implying corruptness without thoroughly delineating examples is tantamount to slander.

Making statements like: 

  •  I’ve never and will never vote for a tax or spending increase 
  • "corrupted establishment Republicans are also to blame for the mess our country is in,"
  • "U.S. House Committee on Ethics announced they have enough evidence to extend their ethics investigation into Doug Lamborn’s actions"
  • "never selling out to corrupt DC power brokers the way Doug Lamborn already has so many times,”
  • “Lamborn’s lack of effective leadership and compromised integrity have cost our community dearly over the last 15 years all while he’s been getting rich off the backs of taxpayers who never voted to give him, his wife, nor his kids our tax dollars so they can just help themselves while abusing staff and volunteers who are just trying to save America from the Democrats,”
  • “For the good of our community and to advance our conservative values against Biden and Pelosi, it’s not just a political necessity to fire Doug Lamborn, it’s a moral necessity as well.  While Doug Lamborn may not be ashamed of himself for violating ethics laws or hiding his true RINO voting record, the rest of us are.  I won’t stand by and allow him to corrupt our new district too because authentic Christian leadership means serving others above self and not letting failed, say-anything politicians like Doug Lamborn get away with taking advantage of the rest of us,” concluded Williams.



Replacing dishonest incumbent Lamborn “a moral necessity”

 
Colorado Springs, CO – Today, conservative Republican and State Representative from Colorado Springs, Dave Williams, announced the launch of his campaign to represent Colorado’s newly drawn 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
An acclaimed standout and tireless conservative leader in the Colorado Legislature, Rep. Williams relayed his conservative leadership on a wide variety of issues and his disgust over the corrupt actions of incumbent Doug Lamborn that are finally being exposed by Congressional Ethics Committee investigators, anti-corruption attorneys, the media, and abused former employees.
 
“It’s not difficult to know what kind of Congressman I will be because during my service in the State House I’ve been a passionate advocate for the working families of Colorado and been an outspoken leader to expose and fix election fraud and to stop illegal immigration.  I’m 100% pro-life and 100% pro-2nd Amendment because both issues are about protecting the innocent from harm.  I’ve never and will never vote for a tax or spending increase because at all levels government is too big and spends too much and I know that not just Democrats but corrupted establishment Republicans are also to blame for the mess our country is in,” said State Rep. Dave Williams (R).
 
Last Thursday, December 9, 2021, the bi-partisan U.S. House Committee on Ethics announced they have enough evidence to extend their ethics investigation into Doug Lamborn’s actions.
 
“Finally, the real Doug Lamborn is being exposed by Congressional investigators, the media, and the courts for the unethical establishment insider he has become in Washington, D.C.  Our new district deserves a new Congressman with a proven conservative record of always fighting for regular workers and families and never selling out to corrupt DC power brokers the way Doug Lamborn already has so many times,” stated Williams.
 
“Lamborn’s lack of effective leadership and compromised integrity have cost our community dearly over the last 15 years all while he’s been getting rich off the backs of taxpayers who never voted to give him, his wife, nor his kids our tax dollars so they can just help themselves while abusing staff and volunteers who are just trying to save America from the Democrats,” continued Williams.
 
“For the good of our community and to advance our conservative values against Biden and Pelosi, it’s not just a political necessity to fire Doug Lamborn, it’s a moral necessity as well.  While Doug Lamborn may not be ashamed of himself for violating ethics laws or hiding his true RINO voting record, the rest of us are.  I won’t stand by and allow him to corrupt our new district too because authentic Christian leadership means serving others above self and not letting failed, say-anything politicians like Doug Lamborn get away with taking advantage of the rest of us,” concluded Williams.


So there you have it.  Half-truths and innuendoes carefully crafted to make a solid conservative who has proven his credentials in the Colorado State legislature as well as his several terms in the Congress.  I expect to see challenges every two years in the future, and we'll go through this all again.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Nov 2, 2021 Voting Recommendations

This November 2nd, Colorado will have one of the most critical off-year elections in my memory.  With what has taken place in the short ten months of the Biden "Presidency," to negatively affect America's future, I have concluded that in no small way, we as citizens have been partially to blame.  

I say this, because citizens have allowed the public (government) education system to teach their children Anti-American, Socialist, Marxist concepts.  To accomplish this, K-12 public schools have almost totally excluded parents from knowing what is being taught to their children.  Schools have kept parents unaware of what has been taught, until recently.  That is clearly evidenced by the major pushback that parents...especially angry moms...have exercised at school board meetings across the country. Their ire is palpable. 

Citizens are now becoming aware of their loss of control of public education.  Much of it is linked to the National School Boards Association.  When Terry McAuliffe recently stated that parents should have no role in their children's education, a national firestorm to swept across the U.S.  Following that, the U.S Department of Justice has now referred to parents as "Domestic Terrorists."  

My school board voting recommendations are not made lightly.  I have interviewed numerous candidates for a minimum of two-three hours each in pursuit of courageous candidates that I could recommend.  Most School Boards have essentially lost control of the public education system and parents have been left out of knowing what their children are being indoctrinated with.  THAT MUST STOP...NOW.

Below are my voting recommendations.  Check back periodically, for any future changes/additions.

School District Board Election (1)
(Recommendations for El Paso County and Woodland Park)
The El Paso GOP school board candidate recommendations emailed on 10/11 were extremely misleading.  I've been working with several candidates who either had not seen the GOP survey, or hadn't returned it early enough.  Please ignore any GOP candidate results in conflict with the list below.  

02 Woodland Park
 David Illingworth FB  Dist. B, At Large
 Sue Paterson FB  Dist E

03 Widefield
 David Dock

11 Colorado Springs
 Al Loma

12 Cheyenne Mountain

20 Academy

49 Falcon
 Lori Thompson FB

(1) Regardless of the number of Board vacancies or the number of candidates, do NOT vote for anyone you don't know about, OR that is not recommended by someone you truly trust.  Simply liking a person is no reason to vote for him/her;  there is too much at stake in this critical election.  It will take men and women of real courage to change the Leftist public school system.
Each of the above candidates has been vetted by me for at least for 2 1/2 hrs.  I strongly urge your vote for those in your School District.  Each is extremely concerned with the troubling direction government schools across the U.S. are moving and have assured me of their exceptionally-strong commitment to reverse any aspect of this trend within their school district.

NO on: 1A  NO.  Attempts to circumvent the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR)

NO on 2A:  Town of Ramah An attempt to circumvent the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights  (TABOR)

No recommendation on Ballot Issue 2B: Town of Calhan.  

NO on Ballot Issue 2C: Colorado Springs.  STOP! With the pending increases in federal taxes, and inflationary food prices, this is no time to increase the tax burden on El Paso County taxpayers.  

NO on 2D: Colorado Springs.  STOP AGAIN! With the pending federal tax increases and national uncertainty, this is no time to additional burden on the taxpayer.   It is also an attempt to circumvent TABOR.  

2E & 2F: Monument   No recommendation.

NO on 4A: School District 49, Falcon. Major portions of  District 49 budgets are available to cut expenses before considering adding more taxes.

NO on 4B: Colorado Springs School District 11. Major areas of District 11 budgets are available to cut expenses before considering adding more taxes

4C: Manitou. No recommendation
5A: Joint School District  23JT: No recommendation
6A: Security Fire District.  No recommendation
6B: Briargate General Improvement. No recommendation

State-wide Issues

Let me say, first that with the uncertainty facing the U.S., and the near certainty of massive tax increases on nearly all citizens, now more than ever, it is time to carefully analyze local and state-wide tax-related issues that will place far greater financial demands on our families.

YES: Amendment 78 will require the state legislature to approve the spending of all money that comes through state accounts, including “custodial money.” Currently, the legislature does not have any authority over billions of dollars that come from the Federal government and many other sources. Often the governor or even individual departments are free to dictate policy apart from the General Assembly's oversight, by spending money not appropriated by the General Assembly.

Amendment 78 will force better accountability and transparency for ALL taxpayer dollars our state government spends.

NO: Proposition 119 Don't be fooled into thinking this is good just because it can be considered a "Sin Tax" on Marijuana.  Prop 119 sets up a learning enrichment program that at first blush looks like it might empower parents.  Instead,

  • It will increase the marijuana black market
  • It will expand government by one more state agency, with an unaccountable self-appointing board
  • It will lessen public (Government) schools'  responsibility and accountability to teach children.  
  • There is no legislative or other government oversight
  • There is no accountability as to how funds increase learning enrichment
  • It ignores the responsibility of the public school to provide learning enrichment.
  • Its funds are primarily distributed to certain categories of students rather than to each applicant regardless of group-association.
  • It will cost taxpayers $137,600,000, reallocating these funds to one more government program.

YES: Proposition 120 is a tax reduction that will apply to multi-family housing and lodging properties. 





Saturday, September 11, 2021

Timely Comments and Quotes By Noah Webster and others on Education and other Important Issues

Childhood innocence is a powerful political tool.  By now (20 yrs. from 9/11) those youngsters are grown up.  They have graduated from college, entered professions, begun corporate careers and become voters.  Some are teachers.  They bring with them into adult life the attitudes they have been carefully taught.  

There is more than a single cause for the ruin of a nation.  Still, historical ignorance and its harvest of disbelief in the rightness of this country (USA) -- generated in the classrooms -- is a powerful destroyer." The federalist.com

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you haven't realized the importance of education the young, READ THIS:

“...the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus, did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over--a weary, battered old brontosaurus--and became extinct.” ― Malcolm Muggeridge, Vintage Muggeridge: Religion and Society

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. -- Abraham Lincoln




Monday, July 12, 2021

Relevant Colorado Constitutional Sections Pertaining to Public Schools

 

ARTICLE 9

Section 3.  School fund inviolate. The public-school fund of the state shall, except as provided in this article IX, forever remain inviolate and intact and the interest and other income thereon, only, shall be expended in the maintenance of the schools of the state, and shall be distributed amongst the several counties and school districts of the state, in such manner as may be prescribed by law. No part of this fund, principal, interest, or other income shall ever be transferred to any other fund, or used or appropriated, except as provided in this article IX. The state treasurer shall be the custodian of this fund, and the same shall be securely and profitably invested as may be by law directed. The state shall supply all losses thereof that may in any manner occur. In order to assist public schools in the state in providing necessary buildings, land, and equipment, the general assembly may adopt laws establishing the terms and conditions upon which the state treasurer may (1) invest the fund in bonds of school districts, (2) use all or any portion of the fund or the interest or other income thereon to guaranty bonds issues by school districts, or (3) make loans to school districts. Distributions of interest and other income for the benefit of public schools provided in this article IX shall be in addition to and not a substitute for other moneys appropriated by the general assembly for such purposes.

Section 8.  Religious test and race discrimination forbidden sectarian tenets. No religious test or qualification shall ever be required of any person as a condition of admission into any public educational institution of the state, either as a teacher or student; and no teacher or student of any such institution shall ever be required to attend or participate in any religious service whatsoever. No sectarian tenets or doctrines shall ever be taught in the public school, nor shall any distinction or classification of pupils be made on account of race or color, nor shall any pupil be assigned or transported to any public educational institution for the purpose of achieving racial balance.

As amended by the People, November 5, 1974 Effective upon proclamation of the Governor, December 20, 1974.

Section 15.  School districts board of education. The general assembly shall, by law, provide for organization of school districts of convenient size, in each of which shall be established a board of education, to consist of three or more directors to be elected by the qualified electors of the district. Said directors shall have control of instruction in the public schools of their respective districts.

Section 16.  Textbooks in public schools. Neither the general assembly nor the state board of education shall have power to prescribe textbooks to be used in the public schools.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Comments on the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Initiative

 On March 16th, the School District D20 Accountability Committee presented the Superintendent's Initiative,  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), to the D20 Board of Directors (BOD). A DEI RFP Selection Committee was formed, consisting of 15 members.  There were 7 proposals and 4 Presentations.  The Award was made to Colorado Education Initiative (CEI).  Question:  Who or what group authorized the school Superintendent to proceed with this Equity Audit and Task Force, and on what basis of need?  What were the specific facts from which the Superintendent and the Board made this decision?

The Collaborative Input Model developed implies the following: "Increasing concern has been expressed in recent months by students, parents, and patrons regarding restricted educational opportunities based on race and/or skin color, disproportionate discipline statistics, exclusion of marginalized populations, expressions of hate and racism, and the absence of a culturally diverse staff in Academy District 20"  "This expression is concerning and has no place in our school district."

This  "concern" smells of boilerplate verbiage designed to create work for CEI, as it is apparent that their reason for being is to be paid for grants to identify "problems" that the school will then pay them to specifically "identify" so that the CEI staff can then suggest solutions that they will then be paid to monitor.  

Question:  As one reviews the scope of DEI programs across the U.S. and realizes that DEI is spreading...see Critical Race Training in Education , it becomes immediately evident that it is a multi-billion business built on the false premise that there is systemic racism EVERYWHERE.

Therefore, this (CEI) initiative must immediately be discontinued, UNLESS the Superintendent can identify a substantial number of students/faculty to verify that there is in fact continuing "victims" of widespread "systemic racism" and indicates that he is unable to handle such complaints within the policies of the school.  If the Superintendent indicates that he and staff are unable to deal with this false narrative, then the Board should reevaluate whether its policies are sufficient or whether the Superintendent should evaluate his hiring practices.

This Equity Audit should be scrubbed immediately because our American ethos does not uphold the concept of Equity, but rather Equal Opportunity for all, regardless of race.  To the contrary, the Equity Audit Framework includes, 

  • Equity in student outcomes
  • Equity in student access
  • Equity in resources and supports
  • Equity in students' school experiences
  • Equity in families' school experiences and 
  • Equity in staff members' school experiences
The D20 School Board should reexamine its policies with respect to maintaining any statistics on the race of students and faculty, because the keeping of these statistics is racist on its face and leads to decisions based on race.

DEI MUST be completely scrubbed!!!! It is no more than an adjunct to Critical Race Theory.  We must be DONE with classifying ANYONE by Race.  We must adhere to being a race-blind community.  

Dave Schultheis, Concerned citizen and D20 property taxpayer.