Superintendent Benny Gooden’s words, numbers & Johnny Reb August 22, 2015
NUMBERS…The last Ft. Smith school budget amounted to $150 Million, Gooden described the budget as “ORDINARY” & “ROUTINE”…what is ordinary or routine about $150 million? In typical Gooden doublespeak he did not articulate if there was any money left over from the $150 million last budget.
He now describes the 2015-2016 school budget as “REMARKABLE”, and then the “budget as
“UNREMARKABILITY”. These descriptions are as vague as are his word PERCEPTION in addressing he and his School Board’s recent arcane overthrow of all things Southern at Southside High School.
Gooden states that the 2015-16 budget is $153.4 million, an increase of $3.4 million over this year’s budget, with no explanations why the increase in the budget of that amount. Apparently there was one hold out by the sycophant School Board in Gooden’s railroading of the budget.
With reference to the transition to the new school icons Gooden estimated the mascot conversion would cost $200,000 or so…OR SO (meaning no cost limitations) IS THE ESCAPE CLAUSE. He continues to use nebulous words & phrases, e.g. for the “public good”, “move on”, etc.
Then there is the matter of the $500,000 “slush fund”, no specifics pertaining to its origin or what this huge amount of money is lying around for Gooden’s economic playpen. Gooden & the F.S. School Board are government marauders.
A breakdown of where the proposed funding of the Fort Smith school system comes from is as follows: 49% from state; 35% locally, & 16% from federal government.
Question: why would any honorable, legitimate Educator, in this case Superintendent Gooden, allow the federal government, contributing only 16% of total funding to dictate the tenor of business for the whole of the Fort Smith school district? The state’s governors from the inception of Federal Funding up to the present, same for the current & past legislators, continue the sellout of local control of the public school system to the corrupt Feds for a measly 16%, which was and is traitorous. All the above are willing participates that have allowed the corrupt federal government to destroy public education while at the same time allowing our nation to become a 3rd-4th world dumping ground.
In this same context, Board President Deanie Mehl, the new-age carpetbagger, in a show of bravado, political correctness, and vote buying, exclaimed pertaining to local teachers, “So we don’t have to go 2 years in a row without an increase”. Where is it written that school teachers need or deserve a raise in any time frame when their salaries & perks already exceed the private sector by 22%? At no time should a government employee earn more than a private sector employee with the same job skills, and after all who pays their salaries.
In view of all this, Gooden wants a 3 mill tax increase that would generate $87 million more. With this in mind, we will see how many citizen palookas will vote for that old education canard…”IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN”. Gooden and his ilk are wards of Big Government and are enemies of FREE ENTERPRISE!
P.S. In an attempt to unmask the 154 year old Lincoln cover-up this one snippet will serve as an introduction to some factual American history that was spoken in March, 1861, well before the War for Southern Independence began…the following were Lincoln’s words before the Virginia Compromise Delegation.
When asked, “Why not let the South go in peace?”
Lincoln’s response: “I CAN’T LET THEM GO. WHO WOULD PAY FOR GOVERNMENT? AND WHAT THEN WOULD BECOME OF MY TARIFF?”
Isn’t it obvious that the war was over money, not slavery? The above is just one example of the Real Lincoln’s brutal history, impregnated with atrocities. It is way past time for the truth to be set free regarding Lincoln and his war.