Turn of the Century and a New Gilded Age
Last year, the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE) announced the release of a new report: ‘Tough Choices or Tough Times’. The report was a plan to privatize the public schools and to transform them into vocational schools governed by Regional Economic Authorities (REA). The purpose of the REA’s would be to develop the economy in their region and to coordinate the K-12 curriculum to meet the needs of the businesses within the region. The following is an excerpt from the report:
... It is now clear that the most effective strategies for economic development are technology based and regionally focused. It is also clear that the most effective way to provide a real future for people who need jobs is to provide training that is related to the economic future of the region those people live in, for jobs in growth industries.
…These authorities would not only be responsible for coming up with development goals and strategies for their regions, but also for coordinating the work of the region's education and training institutions to make sure that each region's workers develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in that labor market.
settled on the word “authorities” to describe these new
bodies because we wanted to convey the idea that they need
to be more than debating societies. They need to be able to
raise and spend the money needed to develop their regions
over time. If these new bodies are as successful as we
think they will be, the federal government should consider
lifting many of the restrictions on the separate programs
they will administer and permitting them to combine the
funds from these programs in ways that are more likely to
lead to both strong economic growth and strong job growth,
especially for the most vulnerable people in the country.
Yesterday, it was discovered that the authorizing legislation for the NCEE plan was in the House of Representatives: H.R. 3246 Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development. It defines regions and regional economic authorities (commissions).
These commissions will no doubt be the governing bodies that orchestrate the sell-off of the public schools to private concerns. Once implemented, this will be the end of education (replaced by job training) and the end of the freedom to choose one’s own path.
This systemic change has been in progress for the last 37 years. It is the result of the "Reagan Revolution" and 'supply-side economics' which as we've come to realize is laissez faire capitalism. Laissez faire capitalism leads to collectivism as a means for the wealthy and powerful to solidify their control.
Laissez Faire capitalism is a killer of the psychopathic variety. It must destroy all existing institutions and rebuild them in a totalitarian model thus ensuring perpetual control. It uses the collective for control of the individual. The few at the top control the many by restricting the essential elements needed for freedom. Education, property ownership, food and economic opportunity. People living under this system are like dogs on a chain. Their lives are dependent on how well their masters treat them.
This isn't the first time that America has faced this beast. At the turn of the last century, we went through the same thing - "The Gilded Age" which is defined in Cambridge Dictionary as:
"characterized by a greatly expanding economy and the emergence of plutocratic influences in government and society."
Our ancestors had the courage and the moral fiber to stand against feudal control of the masses. The question is... Do we?
Excerpts from H.R. 3246
To amend title 40, United States Code, to provide a comprehensive regional approach to economic and infrastructure development in the most severely economically distressed regions in the Nation.
Establishment- There are established the following regional Commissions:
(1) The Delta Regional Commission.
Powers- In carrying out its duties under this subtitle, a Commission may
(1) hold such
hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such
testimony, receive such evidence, and print or otherwise
reproduce and distribute a description of the proceedings
and reports on actions by the Commission as the Commission
Sec. 15501. Economic and infrastructure development grants
(a) In General- A Commission may make grants to States and local governments, Indian tribes, and public and nonprofit organizations for projects, approved in accordance with section 15503--
develop the transportation infrastructure of its region;