Category: Tupelo Schools

The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind: ‘All of a Sudden the Money Stops Flowing’

Policies that once drove the region’s growth—relatively low taxes and low wages that attracted factories and blue-collar jobs—have proven inadequate in an economy where the forces of globalization favor cities with concentrations of capital and educated workers.NATCHEZ, Miss.—The American South spent much of the past century trying to overcome its position as the country’s poorest and least-developed region, with considerable success: By the 2009 recession it had nearly caught up economically with its northern and western neighbors.

That trend has now reversed. Since 2009, the South’s convergence has turned to divergence, as the region recorded the country’s slowest growth in output and wages, the lowest labor-force participation rate and the highest unemployment rate.

The plan to use the education system to make workers has failed to produce creative individuals that work with their minds rather than their bodies. Automation has replaced the low I.Q. worker. Lack of freedoms and liberty has driven the intelligent youth away. All that is left are the serfs.

Good Old Boy Corruption

“Logan still driving, despite DUI-refusal charge ” The public is not that stupid just living in fear of the so called local leaders that have their own club that discriminates to the advantage of those leaders and organizations. You can not get a job or carry on any business in Tupelo without the approval of those in power. If you point out the corruption you lose the rights and privileges giving by the Constitution. You have free speech until you knock one of the leaders. Then you are banished to be turned down for jobs and most any normal living conditions by the under ground leader Mafia. People are afraid to talk about the poor conduct of those in power. If the word gets out you begin to experience hard times. No evidence or direct cause just a quiet experience of rejection.

Five Decades Ago

What happened 50 years ago at the start of school shootings? Could it be forced busing to mix cultures? What about the use of computers and multiple choice tests? Maybe equally mixed gender culture requirements?

Machines Controlling Human Morals and Ethics

It is relatively easy to promote good and to fight evil and good and evil are arranged against each other in two clear lines, and when those on the other side are our unquestioned enemies and those on our side our trusted allies. What, however, if we must ask, each time and in every situation, where is the friend and where is the enemy? What, moreover, when we have to put the decision in the hands of an inexorable magic or an inexorable machine of which we must ask the right questions in advance, without fully understanding the operations of the process by which they will be answered?
The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence. The world of the future will be an ever more demanding struggle against the limitations of our intelligence, not a comfortable hammock in which we can lie down to be waited upon by our robot slaves.

Machines will be deciding life and death maneuvers in self driving vehicles. The decisions may not be what your future expects.

Two Changes

Our laws need two changes to make America great again. First change corporate laws to make the board members and the top officers personally responsible for corporate wrong doing. Second eliminate lobbyists from contributing to lawmakers campaigns or any affiliation that benefits the law maker.

Myth of Unlimited Resources

It has come to my attention that many political figures believe they can produce unlimited resources and want to save the world from poverty. There is a great difference between having unlimited money and unlimited resources. Money is just a promise by humans to deliver products and services at some time in the future. No one really nows what the future will bring so a promise is not 100% probability. Nations go bankrupt, people die, droughts, wars, mistakes, and just plain greed wipe out resources which money is based on.

The U.S. through the Federal Reserve creates the money supply and they have very few resources to back those promises up with. It is only the belief that the system will keep going that motivates people to work for money. In the big picture resources are limited such as air, energy, land, and clean water. It takes energy to make water clean. It takes clear land to grow food. The land needs a good climate and water to grow crops. If we clear a forrest to make way for a farm we change the environment which provides the right climate. If we produce energy we change the climate, If we dirty the water we change the climate. Changes in the climate changes living things some for the better and others it destroys.

The next time government approves a project that increases population of humans at the expense of the climate research all the problems it creates.

What is Good Government?

“Money Doesn’t Solve Problems. People Solve Problems.”

When we watch the media report on the problems government faces they add an emotional bias. Quotes and selective cuts mold a catastrophic entertainment to the mix. Everything seems to focus on the importance of the value of money which is noting more than a promise to do a favor. Many can not deliver on promises because the request is outside of their abilities. Throwing money at the problem does not fix the problem of what people do.

An example on the news is the new republican candidate for Governor wants to add another year of schooling to Mississippi public schools. This is not solving the problem of the educational system in Mississippi. First we need to define what education is and what it is not. Education is teaching wisdom, sharping abilities and intellectual thinking and introducing new experiences and skills to be the foundation for life long learning. Education is not job training which employers should do and fund, not the taxpayer.

Mississippi is at the bottom of the lists on both economic and educational scales because the politicians do not understand the problems of how children become adults. First there is parenting skills which are severely lacking especially when people in poverty have children they can not afford or have the time to spend with their children. Next there is the upper class helicopter parents that control every aspect of the child’s life preventing personal growth through random experiences and problem solving.

These problems are not solved by money but rather by people.

Right Tools

If a workman only has a hammer everything looks like a nail. It has come to my attention the poor quality of work done in MS Repairs and new construction are not the high quality you would expect paying the high prices they demand plus tax. Many businesses lack the proper tools equipment skills and materials to do a job the way the engineers designed it to be done. This lack of concern and motivation extends to what is exported from MS giving it a poor reputation to the outside world. This reputation extends to being last place on many measures and keeps the state in poverty. The politicians are no exception.

What MS is Missing

Scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a way to use spinach to grow human heart tissue. Why has MS banned cloning? They have cut off their noise to follow the past to no progress. All tools can be used for good and bad so why focus on banning tools that have the keys to the future? Religion has good and bad results so why is it not banned also? Teaching morals, ethics, responsibility and manners does not have to be tied to faith in something that has no, evidence or high probability for a better future.

Freedom to Use Your Abilities

From the news: “DNC chairman Tom Perez said in the statement, “we recognize that America’s founding promise remains out of reach for too many families.”

Adding that “everywhere we look, our most fundamental values are under attack,” Perez referred to problems surrounding low-paying jobs, health care, immigration, injustice to people of color and members or the LGBTQ community, a recent Supreme Court decision on public unions, and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.”

Nature never made everyone equal as each has unique DNA and human body. Each has strengths and weaknesses. Some are enhanced with modern ingenuity, hard work, knowledge, abilities, environment and some luck. The government can not give you the life you dreamed of but it can treat you equal when applying the laws. Has this happened in reality, not exactly. Bias, selective enforcement, personality, connections, values, contributions, etc. make each life different and are treated differently. Government can not, and will not fix these differences. The more people expect government to make up for each person’s deficiency, the more corruption we will experience. The democratic republic will fall apart.

The best first step is expect nothing, everything you do to make things happen depends on yourself. Next be responsible for your own actions which lead to your experience in life. No one has control of luck.

Dansette