Conceptually this is a good idea. But I don't like the example. I would not
have voted for any of the specific initiatives you proposed because they are
"motherhood" objectives that sound good but lack any any verifiable
direct correlation to student performance. For example, I am unaware of any
scientific analysis or study that says that 20 is the magic number of students
in a class to optimize student performance. And when you are dealing with an
gullible voter base, it all comes down to marketing. We become vulnerable to
motherhood (what sounds good) instead of what really will do some good. The
gullible public will fall for just about anything and before you know it, we
will have a hefty tax burden and nobody knowing why. After all, each item
sounded good.My wife manages a grocery budget but she doesn't
allocate a certain amount for milk and a certain amount for vegetables. She
adjusts each time she shops based on the needs for that week and to maintain a
good balance of staples so we have flexibility and variety in our menus. Each
item she purchases sounds good by itself but she can only manage the budget
with the big picture in mind.
I agree that specificity in expenditure of public funds is an excellent idea.
It would drive the debate to specific goals and, brace yourself, accountability
of those who are charged with carrying out the mandate that goes with the
funding.Too often a "committee", the people seeking to
organize a horse from raw material and produce a camel, gets the money and no
strings so they may or may not fulfill the intent, vague though it may be, of
the legislation that produced the funds.A set time frame for
accomplishing that specific goal should also be included.This would
require the legislature to write more specific laws and leave less to
"staff", require names on legislation, debate in open committee and
clearer legislation and thereby less legislation over all to be bantered about
to die in committee, wasting paper, time and emotional energy.Good
idea, probably won't happen. Sad.
Excellent opinion. I agree 100%!
Yeah, but that makes too much sense. Plus, it doesn't allow for our
legislators to steer money to their pet projects, usually run by legislators and