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The pay scales for the schools in my county are available online. Between the principal and the two assistant principals, I'm out more than $300,000.00. Now add in a staff social worker and a few guidance counselors, and we're at $500,000.00. Front office staff (admin etc) is another $100K. We haven't hired any teachers yet in this example.|
Karl, I've duplicated much of your thought process. A lot of us have. Your rants about reality are correct: it's gonna be a bitch when it hits, and hit it must. Many of the libertarians have concluded that the mess cannot be fixed without a shock to the system of sufficient magnitude to absolutely convince everyone that the system is unsustainable. I am one of those.
Yet, my study of history has convinced me that the collapse will provide a massive final opportunity for the insiders to consolidate power in a very final and very "firm" manner. Boogeymen in every shadow, and to deal with it a surveillance and police state that is a whole lot less user-friendly than what we have now. Maybe a new global war or two.
The path I have chosen, and recommend, is to engage in the political resistance. Make contacts, learn the process of supporting candidates, and actually support candidates if you can find one that suits you. Make political connections. The Dems are completely blind to the fiscal realities on the ground and resist any meaningful reductions in government spending (Keynesians provide them cover), and the 2010 election convinced the Repubs that the voters won't vote dem so they are back to their old shenanigans. Here in VA the presidential-aspiration R governor wants to put the voters deep in debt and build roads. Here in VA the R-majority House of Delegates bankster lobby prevented meaningful foreclosure reform, and by reform I mean simply making lawyers bring genuine documents to court. (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504..... this is a watered-down version of a state senate bill that also tried to clamp down on foreclosure fraud, this one http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.....
Do we need a third party? Of course we do. But in the meantime, we need to train a contingent of people who know how to do politics. For too long we have left politics to the politicians, and THAT is the reason we are in the mess we're in.