This blog welcomes readers who believe that No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top, and Every Student Succeeds Act are misguided educational reform policies that rely too heavily on standardized test scores that are too focused on punitive measures against local schools. This is also the diary of Jesse Turner's 2010/15 walks to Washington DC from Connecticut, and his occupation of the DOE in DC with United Opt Out, and his opposition to public school choice policies without equity.
Dear Mr. President Trickle Down Economics does not make America Great!
Dear Mr. President, it appears you and I have a disagreement on what would make America great. Your economic plans appear to be deeply rooted in those failed trickle-down economics. Once again the poor shall be forgotten, refugees shall be persecuted, the sick, windows and orphans shall be told fend for yourselves. While the wealthy, the powerful, and connected shall be put first.
Ha-Joon Chang, the author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism said: “Once you realize that trickle-down economics does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rich as what they are -- a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer, as we were told.”
For nearly 40 years now the needy have waited on trickle-down economics to lift working people. Once again Washington plans to go back to that tickle-down well of despair and immorality. Wall Street is jumping for joy, reaching new heights daily, and laughing all the way to the banks.
A warning Mr. President, if the poor do not get justice in this world, they will get justice in the next. Scripture states: Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10-11 “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs…You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. For the poor, will never cease from the land; therefore, I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.”
A warning America, trust me on this one thing God sees all, knows all, and will never view the richest nation in the world that favors it's wealthy, it's powerful, and the connected at every turn, while ignoring the poor as great. Every day we mistreat the poor, refugees, widows, orphans, and our sick is another day America is not great. Mr. President, I plea with you make "America Great," lift our poor, embrace refugees, help our widows, our orphans, and our sick. It is simple, we will never be one nation under God until we honor God’s call to lift our brethren, and our poor with open hearts.
Until then may God forgive us, Jesse The Walking Man Turner
PS A word to all you Legislators, Education Reformers, CEOs, Billionaires, and Policy Makers. You can't improve our public schools in poor urban and rural communities, without improving those communities and the lives of the people who live there. If you like to listen to the song that inspired my morning walk over the mountain today? Its Up To The Mountain by Patty Griffin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA6Q5-Ap3o8