Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Public education: A working class issue

Defend Public Education

Public education is being undermined with exorbitant charges and increasing fees for everything from books to music and sports and school lunches and after-school programs.

The required list of supplies parents have to provide grows every year... supplies that should be provided for free as part of a public education.

Big business profiteers are undermining public education along with the bankers who keep our public schools in constant debt.

Every year the list of what students and parents need to pay for grows by leaps and bounds; this is unconscionable.

Public education should be free; and free from fees for books or school lunches or anything else.

School boards are dominated by real estate and other business interests who see public programs like education as a threat except when they can scheme and scam to make a profit.

Superintendents and school administrators are over-paid while teachers and other education workers are under-paid.

The entire purpose of public education is being undermined by the likes of the billionaire John Bircher Betsy De Vos, Trump’s Secretary of Education.

Pre-school through university should be completely free, paid for by general revenue funds.

It will be a great day when the generals have to hold bake-good sales and public education is financed with a Peace Dividend instead of rapidly rising regressive property taxes which are driving down the standard-of-living of working class families. Increase the taxes on big-business, the oil and gas industry and big agri-business to help pay for public education.

The right wing believes it is only necessary to provide a limited amount of education for working people... just enough education to enable workers to be employed at their poverty waged jobs.

The intent of Wall Street is to eliminate public education... in the meantime these Wall Street investors will continue to undermine our system of public education so people lose confidence in public education so people will not band together to defend public education.

The filthy rich are so arrogant they truly believe only their children are worthy of receiving an education.

Wall Street wants to return to private for-profit market-driven education... their model for education is based on their private for-profit market-driven health care system.

No universal social program works better than public education when it is properly funded and properly administered and delivered by caring and concerned teachers and education workers who are adequately paid who share an empathy for our youth and who concerned for their future.

Public education...

Publicly funded.

Publicly administered.

Publicly delivered.

We need to build a National Public Health Care System created around the model of public education.

Defend public education...

Advocate for a National Public Health Care System.

Advocate for a National Public Child Care System.

Pay for it all with a Peace Dividend and get the greedy fingers of big business, real estate developers, construction firms, book publishers and the banks out of the public till.

Profiteers feeding at the public trough, who also think they have the right to dictate what is taught, are undermining public education.

Public education did not exist in this country until workers demanded it; workers must defend public education.

Alan Maki
Contact: 512-517-2708
e-mail: red_finn@live.com