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Comment: Re: DOE is there for teachers, not students (Score 1) 304

by ChrisMaple (#46331917) Attached to: Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

From your criticism of local standards I can't tell if you're supporting national/international standards or individual standards, so I'll point out the flaws in both. In the sense of a standard meaning a criterion the same for everyone, "individual standard" is an oxymoron. National education standards ends up with the censorship of history so common in totalitarian governments.

The standards of education need to be appropriate for the community. It's pointless to teach Eskimos to surf or Hawaiians to build igloos. At the other extreme, not every parent is capable of defining educational goals for their children; illiterates can't be allowed to prevent their children from reading.

Comment: Re:Watch some corporate retard (Score 1) 304

by ChrisMaple (#46331837) Attached to: Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance
There's hardly a single item of truth in your post, but I'll expose just one flaw. Political and philosophic movements seldom have names that agree with their policies. There's nothing progressive about progressivism. Originally liberalism referred to a freedom-based ideology somewhat like today's libertarianism, but modern American liberalism is an alternate name for progressivism. American conservatism doesn't mean maintenance of the status quo, it means conserving the principles of the government established 1776-1787.

Comment: Re:govt enforces the monopoly. Want govt monopoly? (Score 1) 513

by ChrisMaple (#46321105) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?
Private highways were being built and used when Eisenhower pushed through the Interstate system. Part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was originally private. Government has the advantage of stealing land through eminent domain; private companies could easily be stymied if they had an enemy in government, or just a bureaucrat soliciting bribes. Buying land from tens of thousands of landowners to make way for a big road is no easy undertaking.

Comment: Re:How can the situation be improved? (Score 2, Interesting) 513

by ChrisMaple (#46321053) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

Do you pay to drive from one end of a WalMart parking lot to the other? It's private. Why aren't there any tolls?

Neighborhoods sometimes have private roads, and don't charge tolls. The residents pay for road upkeep through a property owner's association. Private roads through a business district could be maintained the same way, either through contracting work on their road or paying a road company in possession of the road a fee for its use. The net effect would be the same as paying for road maintenance through taxes, with the additional advantage that road owners don't have to go begging to the government to fix that pothole that's been growing for five months.

All this wheeling and dealing around, why, it isn't for money, it's for fun. Money's just the way we keep score. -- Henry Tyroon

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