Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Signs of End Times -OR- Libraries? What a Waste?

As the Opposite World turns:

Fox Chicago reports... You decide.

"Are Libraries Necessary, or a Waste of Tax Money?"

Chicago - They eat up millions of your hard earned tax dollars. It's money that could be used to keep your child's school running. So with the internet and e-books, do we really need millions for libraries?

Libraries are quiet havens for the community. They take us to other worlds. They even make us laugh. But should these institutions -- that date back to 1900 B.C. -- be on the way out?

There are 799 public libraries in Illinois. And they’re busy. People borrow more than 88 million times a year.

But keeping libraries running costs big money. In Chicago, the city pumps $120 million a year into them. In fact, a full 2.5 percent of our yearly property taxes go to fund them.

That's money that could go elsewhere – like for schools, the CTA, police or pensions."

The hits just keep on coming folks. Full of false choices, faulty logic and declarative delusional thinking. From the offered list, schools have been getting shafted for decades, the CTA goes begging every budget, so it's cops and the pensions who would most likely gobble up any funds from closing libraries.

(If I was ambitious, this is where the embedded clip of Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting would be)
Libraries? Who needs `em? We have the internet now. Right?

And if Traitor Joe gets his way, there will be an
off switch on that too.

I'm telling ya folks, the stupid never stops.

For shits and grins I've been revisiting the 1983 classic "A Nation At Risk" that ushered in the war on public education. I still marvel at the success that liars have had in demonizing most of what made America great while elevating to holy status, the short-sighted, mean-spirited, greedy and outright criminal attributes of the few.

Now they're coming for the libraries.
Buckle up. Wear a helmet.

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