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.

Dansette