Sangaree I love the assumption I am looking over someone's shoulder. I do, however, know individuals in the grocery business and have that pipeline as information. As for cutting the programs completely, I did not say that. There are many that need this program. As for my comment about many abuses, I stand by that. Having been and teacher and coach for 25 years, I have witnessed many instances where people know nothing more than wanting a handout. They have grown up with their hand extended and feel it is their right to do so. It has even gone to the point where students refuse to bring pencils and paper to class and provide the comment, "I'm free and reduced" (this means the student is on free and reduced lunch). When a student is f/r, the school is not allowed to charge the for field trips, school activities, etc... These students grow up hearing this and know nothing more. I realize there are people not working the system but there many who are! If those are purged, major monies will be saved!
Since I live in one of those counties in Dr. DesJarlais' district, I have a first hand view of this topic. There are numerous individuals living here just waiting for another handout. They live off of a "crazy check" and food stamps. Many are in much better health than I and will not get a job (even when they are plentiful). I don't believe cutting is the answer but purging and reviewing those getting the handouts should occur. Watch the next time you go to the grocery in one of these areas. Observe the items in the cart of persons using foodstamps. Many, not all, will have all name brand items, junk food, cokes galore, and the best cuts of meats.
Not all abuse the system and their needs should be met, but there are many taking a free handout, draining our tax dollors, and teaching their children to do the same, thus creating an never ending cycle.
-How does collective bargining restrict, burden, and place a barrier for a well educated student.
-When talking about the length of our school year, in Tennessee the year begins in August and is completed in late May in many systems. Unless my math wrong, this comes to ten months.
-As for comparing our education system to Japan and China they do not educate the masses as we do here in the United States. They educate only the top students. Those not capable of college type curriculum are trained in other areas. Here, we are required to educate the masses. When our test scores are compared to other nations around the world, ours include all. Internationally, most only test the top students because they are the only ones in the university track (apples to oranges).