January 19, 2007

BUSH to American Education & Innovation: You (should be) MAD Cuz I'm Stylin' On You


Pete Rock and CL Smooth -
Ghettos of the Mind
Jeru the Damaja -
Scientifical Madness
Sly & the Family Stone -
You Can Make It If You Try

After cutting their budget, G DUBBZ decided to pay the NIH a visit. You know, just to show 'em that he'll eff-em-in-the-a and expect them to SMILE and nod the next morning. This budget cut of nearly 100 million dollars comes after the Dept of Homeland Security and Military budgets have increased by record amounts. To give you perspective, we're gonna do some math. The NIH yearly budget is about $28 billion. The federal government throw's about $45 billion annually to education. The Iraq war MONTHLY budget is $8.4 billion dollars. Most high schools still organize car washes and bake sales to fundraise. Many high school grads have died in Iraq.

YOU do the math.

If I haven't lost you with all these numbers, brace yourself for some more sobering math: Americans account for 14% of the world's college graduates, a decline from 30 percent over the last thirty years. RIGHT NOW, for every 100 ninth graders, 18 of them will go on to receive an Associate's Degree or BA/BS. Outsourcing is what Bush wants you to call it. It's always easier when we blame THEM. Those people. Way over there. If they're way over there, what can WE do about it?

Don't get it twisted. Education and innovation are two-way streets. Our skewed federal budget is one piece of the puzzle. WE are the other piece of the puzzle. We stampede, kick, shove, and push our way to the front of the line. As long as we come home with our NEW PS3. Our fresh kicks. Our BAPE wear.

How many of us stampede, kick, push, and shove our way to parent-teacher conferences? How many of us TURN OFF the television when our kids gravitate towards its magnetic-glow? How many of us kick, push, and shove our way to our representative's door when our school district budgets are on the chopping block? How many of us remember every dead-rapper-lyric but forget to bring a pencil and notebook to class?

Knowledge of self: Priorities 101. Enroll NOW.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The NIH yearly budget is about $28 billion. The federal government throw's about $45 billion annually to education. The Iraq war MONTHLY budget is $8.4 billion dollars."

Damn. I've been wondering about how those numbers compare. Thanks for digging that up, I guess. Kill me now.

1:58 PM  
Blogger vik said...

yeah.

people TALK about priorities. how much you put on the table (ie: the cash) tells us your TRUE priorities.

btw: the road home to new orleans budget is 7.5 billion.

the truth is out there,
peace,
vik

6:04 PM  

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