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Smiley face fascism

Some call it "crony capitalism," some "public-private partnerships." How about we stop futzing around with the English language (something American collectivists have raised to the level of a fine art) and call it what it really is: fascism.

My, that sounds nasty, doesn't it?  That's because it is. It NEVER ends well.

The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) has a website with lots of pretty photos on it, and they define a PPP as

a contractual agreement between a public agency (federal, state or local) and a private sector entity. Through this agreement, the skills and assets of each sector (public and private) are shared in delivering a service or facility for the use of the general public. In addition to the sharing of resources, each party shares in the risks and rewards potential in the delivery of the service and/or facility.

Sounds peachy, until you realize that it's

...the government still maintaining the final say over the delivering of the service.  Taxpayers now have the noose of being forced to guarantee an “acceptable rate of return over the term of the partnership” to the contracted company around their neck.

In fact, PPPs are "a way to mask ever-intrusive government."

There are lots of examples of PPPs ranging from the Federal Reserve System to Solyndra to...Common Core, the Jeb Bush and Bill Gates-led race to the bottom destined to further enslave America's children:

Common Core is the conclusion of many years of the expansion of nationwide controls over educational issues...The current Common Core standards are limited to English and Math, but will expand to include all subjects in coming years.
The beginnings of Common Core can be traced to the 2009 Stimulus bill which gave $4.35 billion to the federal Department of Education which then created the “Race to the Top” competition between states. In order to qualify for funding, the states needed to adopt Common Core sight unseen...
Why would states do anything so stupid? Well, this followed on the heels of the 2008 stock market crash when many states found themselves in dire budgetary straits. And you know what they say—never let a crisis go to waste.  Anyway, check out the entire Stop Common Core NY website.
Who stands to gain from Common Core? Microsoft, Apple, News Corp (Rupert Murdoch), Pearson Publishing, ETS (you know, SAT and ACT), companies like Affectiva Inc. that produce biometric sensor wristbands to be used on students (but it's all very benign), data companies such as InBloom, where all NYS student data (including name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities, hobbies, attitudes about school) for all students (including homeschoolers) has already been uploaded—with an eye toward "steering" the students toward certain career paths...what could possibly go wrong?  See the the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) 2013 Legislative Conference Workbook for a list of "partners." 

But in a sense, I digress. While Common Core may seem so huge that it's dificult for us here at Redneck Mansion to wrap our minds around, there are other examples of proposals for PPPs that are smaller in scope, close to home—and being proposed by our own congressman:

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is looking to revitalize American manufacturing.
Reed, along with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-MA, recently introduced to Congress the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013. The legislation aims to create a network of regional institutes across the country, each focused on a unique technology, material or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. It would include local industry, academia and other stakeholders. The institutes would work to expand research and development, close the gap between R&D and commercialization of products, support small and mid-sized manufacturers and train a top-tier advanced manufacturing workforce...
The network would be funded by a one-time, $600 million investment in the National Institute of Standards and Technology...
"I care about building things here in America and selling it abroad," Reed said. "That will create long-term, good-quality, high-paying jobs. This act is right up the alley of accomplishing that goal. The purpose of the act is to create centers and institutes focused on bringing public-private partnership together...

What's wrong with this?  This:

...There is actually another, more accurate term for public-private partnerships.  It’s called fascism; plain and simple.  Private business may act as an administrator but the state still pulls the reins.  From a political perspective, public-private partnerships are quite ingenious.  Politicians remain in control while convincing voters they believe in the efficiency of a robust private sector.  And when issues arise over the performance of a service, whatever private firm was granted the monopolistic privilege of delivery can be treated like a scapegoat despite having to operate within government established guidelines.  The state escapes criticism as the public ignorantly clamors for more protection from those evil hearted businessmen.  To the ruling establishment, public-private partnerships are “heads I win, tails you lose.”
What the non-exploitive supporters of public-private partnerships tend to forget is that it isn’t just the administration of the service in supposedly private hands that adds to its betterment.  Why the market functions so well is that it is driven by competition from businesses that don’t rely on assistance from the band of thieves who occupy the offices of the state.  Government assistance gives some businesses an upper hand on competitors which can lead to diminishing innovation.  Why compete when Uncle Sam has your back to ensure a decent rate of profit?  Then there are government grants of monopoly which give the chosen company absolutely zero incentive to cut costs.  All of the advantages of private ownership become effectively nullified in public-private partnerships to the detriment of the taxpayer.
In our world of unceasing centralization of power, lawmakers are finding more deceptive ways to mask their lust for dominance.  Public-private partnerships are the embodiment of what Mussolini dubbed “corporatism;” that is the “merger of state and corporate power.”  Under corporatism, the ruling class is able to expand unbeknownst to the Boobus Americanus and its equivalent in other countries.  The Average Joe still has his wallet forcefully stripped of its contents but now the state’s cronies get to partake in the plunder.  Meanwhile the same big businessmen who benefit from government privilege still maintain their praise for free markets while working with politicians to forcefully subdue their competition...
Remember that, despite what lefty loons are always trying to tell us, PPPs fascism is not the product of some vast right-wing conspiracy of (supposedly) Republican congresscritters. Fascism is a collectivist economic theory. It believes that the state is the most important element of the economy, not the individual. That's why fascism is a leftist system—it elevates the good of the collective over the good of the individual.  If the individual, or individual private business, is not doing enough for the good of the collective, the state simply gives those individuals a little nudge.  It starts out with a smiley face, with "merely" public-private plunder of taxpayers. Then the nudge morphs into a shove, and then eventually, wah-lah, you've got full-blown statism.
It never ends well.
There are members of Congress who actually get this: Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp in the House and Mike Lee and Ted Cruz in the Senate come to mind. Those that don't get it need to be dispatched at the first available opportunity, which for all House members is 2014.
Our congressman doesn't get it. As far as we can tell, he's a tool of the unwitting tool, probably, but a tool nevertheless.
We in this district need a Republican primary in 2014.

Pay attention, class...Common Core is here

Are these things related or mere coinkydinkies?


The Obama Administration wants to establish a continuum of preschool services for children from birth through age five. As part of President Barack Obama’s drive for a “cradle-to-career” government-controlled education system, in February the Administration proposed significantly increasing government spending on early childhood education and care. The President’s proposal includes (1) new federal spending to establish a “cost-sharing” model with states to expand public preschool programs; (2) significant new spending on Early Head Start to serve infants, toddlers, and three-year-old children; (3) an effort to “grow” the federal Head Start program; and (4) an expansion of home-visitation programs. The White House deems this its Preschool for All initiative[1]

Read the whole thing.

 2) Common Core has been adopted by the vast majority of states. It's due to be fully implemented in NYS by 2014-2015 — see the list of readings for grades 9-12's instructive.  But don't worry: "As always, curriculum decisions are made at the local level."  Here's a sample:

Grade 9

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Mitchell, Black Swan Green

Russell, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”

McCarthy, Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood

Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, Letters 1, 4, 7-8

Li Po, “A Poem of Changgan”

Pound, “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”

Alexie, “Every Little Hurricane”

McCollough, Mornings on Horseback

Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


Poe, “Tell-Tale Heart”

Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress

Doyle, “A Scandal in Bohemia”

King, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Sacks, “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”

Levitt, “What Do Sumo Wrestlers and Schoolteachers Have In Common?”

Harr, The Lost Painting

Auden, "Musee des Beaux Arts"

Bishop, "One Art," " In the Waiting Room

Matthews, “A Poetry Reading At West Point”

Wayman, “Did I Miss Anything”

Chopin, The Awakening

Camus, The Stranger

Isben, A Doll’s House

Lessing, “To Room 19”

Cullen, “The Depressive and the Psychopath”

Kincaid, “Girl”

Grandin, Animals in Translation

White, “Death of a Pig”

Lawrence, “Snake” 

Bishop, “The Fish”

OrwelI, 1984

Frost, "The Wood Pile"


Sophocles, Oedipus the King

Plutarch, “Consolation to his Wife”

Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Kafka, Metamorphosis

Hemingway, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”

1 Samuel 17

Emerson, “Self Reliance”

Great Conversation Documents: FDR

Neruda, “You’re the Result of Yourself”

Johnson, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God                                                                                                                                    

Are many of the selections unfamiliar to you?  No worries—pick a few and try Googling them. You'll understand why this caveat appears before these reading lists:

These modules include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.


Have we piqued your interest about the nationalized content and standards "initiative" known as Common Core that your tax dollars are paying for and that your school-age children are being subjected to?  You can continue your education here.  If you want to see what NYS has up its sleeve in the various subject areas and at various grade levels, see the E ngage NY website and start clicking.

3) If you looked at which states have not accepted the bribe and adopted Common Core, you'll see that Texas is one of them.  No surprise there, says you—but you're wrong. Texas has its own version. Here's a quiz following a video about 9-11...see # 3.  A mom, Kara Sands, was outraged:

...Unsurprisingly, the stunningly controversial lesson plan is part of the CSCOPE curriculum system that has come under fire recently. The same system includes lessons asking students to design a flag for a “new socialist nation” and dubs the Boston Tea Party as an “act of terrorism”...


...Another worksheet on the Bill of Rights apparently names food and medicine as “rights,” not a personal responsibility, according to Sands. She said her son’s answer was falsely marked wrong because he labeled food and medicine as the latter...

Read the whole thing. The Texas State Education Department says this has nothing to do with CSCOPE, so this story is still developing.

4) Teachers are on board with all this, right?  Well...

The most disturbing thing is how few parents have any idea that this is going on.

5) The parent of an Ithaca High School ninth grader was shocked to see this social studies handout which his student recently brought home for him to look at (click on the image to read the whole doc):

The parent wrote: "I can't help but believe that this text presents Communism as the cure to the Capitalist "disease", especially to young impressionable minds with little to no experience of Communist oppressions. On Page 4: "Communism...appeals to the more saintly side of man...", whereas Capitalism "...promotes class distinction where the gap between the rich and poor is highly emphasized", and "Capitalism appeals to the more selfish side of man".  So to sum it up, Communism is saintly and Capitalism is selfish!  What happened to an impartial presentation of ALL aspects?  There is no discussion of the benefits of Capitalism, like how it empowers the individual and preserves individual liberties; nor is there any discussion of how Communist regimes need to strip individual rights and liberties (protected by our Constitution) to preserve the system, or build walls to keep citizens from escaping!"

So are all these things connected or are we just letting our vivid imagination run away with us?

Common Core is Marxism for children.

Michelle Malkin, who doesn't generally strike us as prone to hysteria, has authored a series of must-read columns about Common Core which every parent and every taxpayer should familiarize themselves with:

"Creepy" doesn't begin to describe it. 

During 1950s and 60s Cold War days, it was not unusal for American parents to fear that Soviets would take their children away, to be raised in government institutions away from any possibility of influence from their parents and families.  

Wish I could be a fly on the wall to see the spin put on 1984 for the benefit of NYS ninth-graders.

Don't fear the Soviets. Orwell was only about thirty years off. 


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