My View: Why I will vote for President Obama
President Barack Obama talks with teachers during a education roundtable at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 22, 2012.
October 24th, 2012
04:10 AM ET

My View: Why I will vote for President Obama

Courtesy Jack MillerBy Diane Ravitch, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Diane Ravitch was assistant secretary of education in the administration of George H.W. Bush. She is a historian of education and is now a research professor at New York University.  She is the author of several books on education, including her latest “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education.”   She blogs daily at and can be followed on Twitter at @DianeRavitch.

Schools of Thought will be publishing other views on this topic in the days up to the election.

(CNN) - Over the past three years, I have been an outspoken critic of the education policies of the Obama administration. In my view, Race to the Top is a disastrous program that is almost indistinguishable from the Bush administration’s failed No Child Left Behind legislation. Both programs require teaching to the test, both encourage privatization of our public schools, and both have demoralized the nation’s educators while doing nothing to improve education.

But as bad as the Obama education policies are, they are tolerable in comparison to what Mitt Romney plans. Romney claims credit for the academic successes of Massachusetts, but he had nothing to do with the gains in that state, which were enacted 10 years before he became governor. The Massachusetts education reforms doubled the budget for public schools, increased spending on early childhood education, and raised standards for new teachers, but Romney intends to do none of that if elected President.

If elected president, Romney will curtail spending on everything except privatization of public education. He will lower standards for entering the teaching profession. His policies will devastate our public schools and dismantle the education profession. He supports charters and vouchers and welcomes the takeover of public schools by for-profit entrepreneurs. Unlike the Massachusetts reforms that he wrongly takes credit for, he offers not a single idea to improve public education. Romney nowhere acknowledges that free public education is a public responsibility and an essential institution in a democratic society.

Under a Romney administration, I fear not only for the future of public education but for the future of our society. Presently, nearly 25% of American children are growing up in poverty. We lead the advanced nations of the world in child poverty. Romney offers no proposals to reduce that scandalous number. Only government action can make a dent in a problem of that magnitude, but Romney believes in private charity, not government action.

What frightens me most about the Romney-Ryan ticket is the Republican Party’s rigid ideology. There have been times in recent history when moderate Republicans were in the ascendancy in the party. Today, the moderates are gone; the GOP is dominated by radical anti-government ideologues. The party seems determined to roll back the social policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and to bring our society back to the 1920s. We know what followed the free-market exhilaration of the 1920s.

If Romney has the chance to select one or two or three Supreme Court justices, then women’s rights, voting rights, and the rights of minorities will be imperiled. We can anticipate that a Romney Supreme Court would favor the rights of multinational corporations over consumers and individuals.

One shudders to imagine what will happen to our environment, to our water and air, if its protection is turned over to those who deny the reality of climate change and who despise regulation. We can expect that our precious resources of parks, beaches, and oceans will be handed over to private enterprise to mine for profit—theirs, not ours.

What of the millions of jobs that Romney promises to create? Romney’s private company was known for outsourcing well-paying middle-class jobs to low-wage nations. In the debates, he has expressed admiration for trickle-down economics, his belief that whatever helps the rich and powerful will eventually create jobs further down the food chain. We can expect that jobs of the future created by a Romney administration will be for retail clerks, fast food servers, operators in call centers, and home health aides, none paying the kinds of salaries that lift families into the middle class.

Romney has made clear that he will not pay for early childhood education, despite the fact that an independent survey by The Economist magazine ranked the U.S. 24th in the world in taking care of its youngest citizens.  His education platform says that he will not expand any federal aid to college students now drowning in debt. Nor will he increase support for prenatal care for indigent women, even though a survey by the March of Dimes reported last spring that the U.S. ranked 131st among 180 nations in protecting the health of pregnant women; in that respect, we rank shamefully alongside Somalia.

A Romney administration promises a society in which life is very sweet for those at the very top, but hard, mean, and brutish for the growing number of Americans falling out of the middle class and into poverty.

Every successful nation in the world has taken positive steps to reduce income inequality, to reduce poverty, and to protect the environment in which we all live.

I cannot support a candidate who promises to shred the safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. I cannot support a candidate who wants to reward those who are richest and to deny government support to those who need help to survive. I do not want to turn the clock back almost a century.

That is why I will vote to re-elect President Obama.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Diane Ravitch.

soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. gep1955

    The best education policy a current and future president can pursue is one that ensures the billions we spend goes towrd education and not teachers unions. They keep asking for more, we keep giving them more and everybody agrees the system stinks. When do we say "no more until we see results". Enough already. Close the Dept of Education, the states can do this, and privatise as many school districts as possible. Big results at less cost, works every time.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • Mendo84

      Sure, close the teachers union right after we eliminate the union for NFL refs. Let's go back to 1917 when there were no labor unions so we can have unsafe and unfair working conditions for all.

      October 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
      • Randall

        Yup, and don't forget the no Overtime, the more than 40 hour work week. Oh yeah, I really hope you no longer enjoy working only 5 days a week for 8 hours a day. You can kiss that goodbye. Vote in a republican and republican house and see what happens to you. The Union fought for the rights that I had just mentioned. Oh yeah, don't forget about national holidays.

        October 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  2. Mendo84

    I was an undecided voter until the final debate and that was when it dawned on me that the economy is not the most important thing in this election, it is about our cival rights and ability to work within a global marketplace. Mitt Romney not only wants to take the military back to 1917, he wants to take the woman's movement, education system and minorities back to that era as well. He can promise all he wants to get votes, but his actions and experience speak louder than words. I think the plan that he is not saying is "let America go bankrupt..." just like he felt about the auto industry. I think if President Obama is re-elected, he will no longer worry about being re-elected and will start to move with force to turn our economy around in a way that will protect our planet, our cival rights, our most vulnerable and our freedom. If Mitt Romney is elected he will have a huge learning curve and it will take him at least four years to even start to turn the economy around. In the meantime, he will apoint supreme court justices who will take us back to the dark ages, hurt our planet with drilling and lower regulations and mess up our progress with other nations. I have decided that President Obama may not have all the answers to fix our economy, but I trust him more to protect the things that we value in this country a lot more than Mitt Romney would.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • DeceivedNoMore

      Mendo84, if you study what Mitt Romney did with the Massachusetts economy and the legislature there, you will begin to understand that he is a decision maker bent on getting results. He turned a $1.5B deficit into a $1B surplus within the first three years of his tenure, and passed major civil rights (assuming you believe healthcare is a basic right) legislation with the support of an 87% Democrat legislature. The man will rally everyone on both sides of the aisle around the results, and he will do it in a bi-partisan way. That is how is has operated in every leadership position he has held, business, church, government, international. He may understand much more than you give him credit for, and he also isn't nearly as scary of a human being as President Obama would like you to think he is.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:12 am |
      • Randall

        Decieved, you do realize that the Healthcare reform in Massachusettes was the basic design followed by Obama in creating the ACA. Obama even used most of the same advisors that Romney Used. Romney was also going to use "Romneycare" as a stepping stone into the White House. It was to be a part of his legacy/record that he was going to use to be elected. Obama just beat him to it. If Romney were to have been elected president before the ACA was created, then we would have had it enacted any way. I learned that watching a special on PBS about the candidates and their wives. You know the channel that Romney wants to cut funding for.

        October 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Anah Maa

      You are exactly right. Romney's intentions are to do to the US what he has done with all his corporate take-overs. Bankrupt them. Buy them, rape them, dump them. This is exactly what he and his billionaire backers are planning here. The corporate take-over and bankruptcy of the USA.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • ~RAY~

      Well said, friend, thank you and for your decision to support our President.
      I support him as well.
      Ray, president and founder, The Hope for World Peace Foundation

      October 28, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  3. PoliSciMon


    October 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • gep1955

      At least you got the FIRED part right.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Hammer

      Mr. Obama is undoubtedly the worst President baby boomers have seen in their lifetimes.He does not have a clue on running this country.His pathetic handling of the crisis in Libya should have EVERY American outraged! He did not get forces ready to protect our Americans on the eve of 911 2012.He was too busy making sure that he was loved by his Hollywood cronies, instead of protecting the brave Americans that were murdered that dreadful day.Still, 45 days later, he has not had a press conference on this matter. Running HIS election is more important than running OUR country. He has ruining this country and making a mockery of his elected position. He has repeatedly lied to Americans. It has been proven that he knew about the attack on our Consulate, as it was happening and did nothing to protect our Americans. His campaign, is a joke. All he talks about is how bad the other candidate is, and nothing about what he has in store for the next 4 years. Why ? Because he has nothing to offer. His behavior is, and remains, cowardly and childish.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Mendo84

        And how is Mitt Romney any better? When asked during the third debate how he would address the issue of gun violence in America, his solution was to have more two parent households. Not funding for mental health, domestic violence or stricter gun control laws... less divorce. Right, that really gives me confidence he knows how to deal with the middle east. Libya was a horrible tragity, so was the shooting in Aurora, CO which killed American's. So are the drive by shootings killing American's every day. Why are the republican's not mentioning these deaths?

        October 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
      • Aadrianov

        Clearly Mr. Hammer suffers a clear case of ‘romnesia’. He seems to have forgotten the last Bush administration. Mr. Obama has not been perfect, but I have no doubt he is better than Mr. Romney for CEO of America Inc.

        October 29, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  4. RandyKC

    I'm voting for the adult. We don't need another 8 years with a cowboy in office,

    October 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  5. Aadrianov

    Ryan himself received government “assistance” through college. I believe in personal responsibility and hard work. I dislike government paternalism. But I’m afraid that without a strong, active government our Democracy risks becoming a society of indebted servants. Nowhere is that more evident than in education.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  6. Freedom

    Listen, Swing State voters don't look into President Obama's handling of Benghazi attack where 4 Americans were killed. Ignore how Obama would not give any support to the embassy even though they requested assistance three times. Forget about how Obama blamed this attack on a You tube video for 14 days. Just go get your welfare check and food stamps and be happy. You can trust Obama. He's got your back!

    October 27, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  7. Alan Sanger

    Diane Ravitch's comments are a succinct, clear distillation of the differences between the goals of the Democrat and Republican parties. I am amazed at how far apart the two major parties have verged over the course of my adult life. The schism between the two parties almost makes me applaud the paralysis in Congress. I wonder if the policy drivers of the Republican party truly believe that disaffected Americans are less prone to violence than counterparts elsewhere in the world – or are they really that ignorant of social-economic-political dynamics? I fear for our country.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:55 am |
  8. T.P.Chia

    A typing error in my previous comment: The last sentence should read "and that many Americans are fair-minded,
    rational and people-oriented, and they will vote to creaed a great American society."

    October 27, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  9. T.P.Chia

    The 2012 presidential election is a contest between people-oriented social values and conservative
    individualism. How you cast your vote is dependent upon your values regardiing social security, medical care,
    tax and other public policies. You will not vote for Obama if you believe that the federal goverment should protect and
    favor those who economically contribute more to the society and the nation, and that those who are unable to
    provide themselves a decent life, or live in poverty, do not deserve more government assistance. You will not
    vote for Romney if you do not think that the rich or high-income people should be given special treatment in any form,
    and that you have compasision and sympathy for the poor or lower-come people and are willing to help them.

    The voting results of the presidential election will reflect the inner quality of the American people. I believe that
    not many Americans are fair-minded, rational and people-oriented, and they will vote to create a great American

    October 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  10. RandyKC

    I'm voting for Obama because I want an adult in the White House.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • DeceivedNoMore

      Your adult isn't acting much like one. And his answers to today's problems aren't real-life solutions, they are more like a classroom story-telling session. It all sounds really good, but how many years of good stories can we hear until that little twinge of pain hits us, there is a chance we are deceived by a good story. No real details, no specifics, but more promises of a better future.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:16 am |
  11. Tina

    Vote For President To Win A Rifle and Handgun In Georgia Raffle

    October 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  12. are122

    Wow, this woman knows exactly what Romney is going to do, eh. Unfortunately it isn't until you get to the bottom it says, "The opinions expressed." Under Obama education has gone down hill. I'd rather see something new tried.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  13. lsn2me

    what frightens me most about romney is his lack of interest in preserving the very environment that sustains not only the lives of our children, but the biodiversity of the wildlife upon which the survival of human life depends. people just are not paying attention to the havoc that more deregulation of major industrial giants, such as the hydrofracking (FRACKING) gas extraction giants, will impose upon all of our lives. with limited future fresh water resources dwindling, hydralic fracturing uses millions upon million of gallons of fresh water for shattering the shale underground, then transports the poisoned waste water to distant locations to dispose of these millions of gallons of poisoned water deep underground. this process has been shown to create earthquakes. fracking fluids contaminate fresh water resources. unleased liberated gases can burp to the surface and can sicken and destroy lives. romney's promise to create jobs, jobs, jobs is based on his intent to drill, drill, drill. we americans can come up with safer alternatives to job creation and energy sources.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:31 am |
  14. KBR

    I will not be voting for either of the two major candidates. Neither one is the best person for the job.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  15. LeeAnn Gilman

    Thank you for a well written article. In my family are many educators who wake up every morning excited about their day, and truly love what they do. In their classrooms everyday values are being taught along with the curriculum they are supposed to teach; respect others, work hard, set goals, be kind, encourage one another, share successes, and add a big dose of having fun! These are hard working men and women who strive to help their students excel scholastically beyond their wildest dreams, as they help to guide them into the future. This is America's future. They need all of our support to succeed.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  16. Steve S

    She is what the GOP fear educated voter.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • necronn99

      No but you can vote for someone who failed for 4 years. yeah this one really educated. I really want my kids in thsi kind of stupid school that is broad is from. Go back to you roots country we do not need fool like you.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
      • TT

        Yea vote for romney because we can see you have already missed the education bus with that spelling.

        October 26, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Jjb-54

      Seriously?? –

      U will vote for him, after he failed the schools, the economy and such.

      How on earth does that “math” add up?? 1-1=0 or we can do the Grade System: Schools – F(ailed) Economy – F(Failed) That is two F's. :O

      Then you believe 1/2 lies about Romney – w/out actually doing some actual HOMEWORK to see that some of the stuff you said about the man was just that – 1/2 lies.

      Sorry but I don't buy 1/2 lies, mean there are 1/2 truths. No, if a story is based on 1/2 lies, then the whole story is WRONG, period.

      Just try winning a case in court based on 1/2 truths, or go into a Jr High (Middle School) debate class with 1/2 truths/lies. It will LOOSE and LOOSE BIG TIME and for good reasons. The 1/2 lies rip the whole thing apart.

      This gal is a UNION MEMBER and thus an Obama Kool-Aid drinker, sorry, but the math/logic doesn't add up, no matter how you spin it. Two F's or 1-1=0. The only spin is Obama FAILED or his plan adds up to a big ZERO.

      She is so "educated" and sees that he has failed the schools and the economy, the two more important foundations of any country and still votes for him. Well that says it all ...

      We do need the Voucher System and we DO need MERIT PAY for teachers and staff, especially when I read "logic" like this. Wow, just amazing, simply amazing.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:36 am |
      • TT

        How did obama singlen handley destroy the economy? That's a bad man!!!!

        October 26, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  17. gethimout

    Vote for Romney to get Obama out of there.

    In 2016, vote for Hillary to get Romney out of there.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Rhonda

      you could have saved your post

      October 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  18. nojobs

    Job market still stinks.

    And he will pull a Gregoire on his second term. A Gregoire is approving a law where you no longer care about the consequences because you are about to leave anyway. Just like Gregoire he will try to legalize gay marriage on his second term.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  19. eddantes

    If you want George W Bush back in the white house vote for Mittens. I'll be voting for president Obama, thank you.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Oakspar

      Bush II and Obama are almost the same person:

      NCLB = RTTT
      Bush Stimulus = Obama Stimulus
      Bush's unpaid wars = Obama's unpaid wars
      Bush's deficeit spending = Obama's deficeit spending

      The only real difference is Obamacare, and that hasn't been a golden ticket to prosperity for the country.

      The federal government cannot fix education without first taking over education (as it is currently still a state program – though decreasingly so each year). That, by the way, is a federal power grab that will only increase costs, not performance – since the federal government will deficeit spend themselves into oblivion giving in to union demands.

      Education can and must be returned to the states, since the states have the greatest incentive to educate students for success (being on the recieveing end of the taxable income and rise in property values). NCLB, RTTT, and other attempts at the federal government to direct, control, or influence education should be immediately repealed (for the good of the taxpayer and the national deficit).

      The federal government pays for results, meaning they must test, test, test to measure them. The state governments are paid by the real life results in the lives of children (less cost in prison and welfare, more income and property tax). Which one is better for the children: a generation of test takers or a generation of successful people?

      October 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • DeceivedNoMore

      Take a look at Mitt's record and you'll know he isn't just telling stories like Obama. If you study what Mitt Romney did with the Massachusetts economy and the legislature there, you will begin to understand that he is a decision maker bent on getting results. He turned a $1.5B deficit into a $1B surplus within the first three years of his tenure, and passed major civil rights (assuming you believe healthcare is a basic right) legislation with the support of an 87% Democrat legislature. The man will rally everyone on both sides of the aisle around the results, and he will do it in a bi-partisan way. That is how he has operated in every leadership position he has held, business, church, government, international. He may understand much more than you give him credit for, and he also isn't nearly as scary of a human being as President Obama would like you to think he is.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:20 am |
  20. laststonecarver

    Ms. Ravitch,
    I bought the Death and Life book for my wife. She appreciated the book.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  21. cony007

    Powell, Romney, Bush, Obama, puppets that is what they are. But we are worst then them. Because we are cowards. Afro-American, Irish-American, Mexican-American. Words used to keep us divided. So the blue bloods can keep their royalty. My mother once said to me. In this world there are only kings and slaves. Which do one do you want to be? I told her neither. I will be no slave to no one. I will be king to no one. I believe only in freedom and the GOD of love. The rest of it is BS.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  22. Oakspar

    Mrs. Ravtich – as an educator, your article has shamed my profession. As a former education secretary and a current educator, you are qualified to take to the national stage on issues of education.

    That you do so to evicerate the big government education policies of the Bush/Obama presidencies and the federal power grab in public education is admirable. I, and most of my collegues in public education, will haply agree that NCLB was a collossial waste and that RTTT is doubling down on that failure. Federal money is always grabbed by the states who reduce education budgets in tandem with Federal handouts.

    There, however, your expertice and experience end, and your long diatribe against the positions of Mr. Romney begin as your parrot liberal talking points without grounds. Are you a climatologist, economist, or other expert that we should listen to your claims about outsourcing, global warming, or voting rights? Using your position to push agendas on a national stage that are not qualified by the podium you have earned cheapens your entire message and makes most of this article of identical worth to those "celebrity endorsements" which you likely disdain as much as I do.

    Did Romney ruin the "10 years of work" in Mass? Has it fallen apart since that time due to his legeslation? (The answer to both of those is a solid, "No.")

    Did he take away the rights of voters, dismantle public education, pollute the air and sky, or commit any of the attrocities you prophecy about what Mr. Romney's presidency would be like? (Still, "No.")

    Public educatators do not fear privitization. Private schools will need teachers as much as public schools do, and my teaching skills are solid. Public schools will also have to provide competative pay or better working conditions to recruit and maintain great educators. The only people who fear privitization are those tens of thousands in the education system who are not classroom worthy whose bloated positions are actually at risk.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • LadyFville

      Your teaching skills are solid? Evidently, your spell check and grammar are more than a little weak though....

      October 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Jjb-54

      Oakspar –

      Very well stated. I am amazed at the depth some people have to go to commit Common Sense Suicide to find "rational" to vote for Obama.

      That is the sad thing about HISTORY. You can try to re-write it, but the truth and facts will always be there to expose the feeble attempt to re-write it. The evidence is simply not that hard to find.

      Just like Iran wants to deny the German Holocost and such. Sure you can 're-write' and say it never existed/happened. But there are just way too many history books that would have to be burned and distroyed, not to mention the monuments and such.

      Romney was good for MASS and his record is very clear and no matter how one wishes to try and 'spin' it – the evidence is clearly on Romney side.

      Again well posted, very well posted!

      October 26, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • mass grl transplanted to maine

      It might do you some good, sir or madame, to look at the whole picture of Mitt's term as Gov. of Mass. The legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (the group Mitt loves to claim he "worked across the aisle with" to build such a vibrant state during his administration) set a record in the history of the state for overriding gubernatiorial vetos! Mitt himself set the record for using his veto power more than any other Gov. in the history of the state!! Those are actual statistics you can easily access. So, before you give him credit for his bang-up job at the State House in Boston, check your facts. Mass. was 48th in job creation under him and the state legislature was actually setting policy to keep the state going--NOT Mitt.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • Oakspar

        48th in job creation – but jobs were created. Also, jobs were created in moribound Mass, where the was not a building boom, like the SE or West, where there is little agriculture and failing industrial sections (true of much of the old North).

        Also, you want to both blame his failures in job creation (which were supior to his predecessor) on him, while giving the blame to an overriding state legeslature. Either the blame and the credit are his, the blame and the credit are the state legislature, or they share equally in the blame and credit. You cannot put the credit on one and the blame on the other.

        As to the other poster straw-manning my spelling and grammer, please allow me to be the first person to welcome you to the internet.

        October 29, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  23. S. Browne

    Hear me loud and clear O B A M A all the way!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  24. TWM

    Mz Ravitch respectfully you need a clue: you have no idea what Romneys education plans are. You are reading/spouting the liberal talking points(lies). Be honest you are supporting Obama because he is supposedly Pro-Union. Unions are the bane of the US taxpayer, we can no longer afford them. Time for them to die off.
    You point out how bad Obama has been for education, yet will still vote for him? Time for some real hope (for our future) and some Change (left in our pockets)

    October 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • DemFromSC

      TWM, respectfully, you have no clue what Romeny's policy is on education, or anything else for that matter. He has changed his position on so many issues, so many times, that NO ONE (and I mean no one) has ANY idea what he would do if he were elected President. You would truly be voting for an empty suit, and an empty head. I fail to see how anyone can respect a person who seems to have no firm opinion on anything and does nothing but pander to whatever audience he is addressing.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • DeceivedNoMore

        Do you think you know what Obama's plan is? He has brutalized Romney for details to his plan, and then provided none himself. Obama is a storyteller. He doesn't have a plan, and it has been obvious throughout this election. He promises that it will get better if you give him more time, but there aren't any plans under way or in action. He has focused on attacking Romney because he doesn't have any solutions, only stories. In studying Romney's record, I can see he is 100% focused on results and he gets bi-lateral support to improve those results. Obama's great villain, as his depicts Romney, is a deflection of the lack of plans he has. Please, tell us all what Obama's plans are?

        October 28, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • mass grl transplanted to maine

      The anti union speech was interesting. Unless you are a BIG business owner in this country, we CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE WITHOUT UNIONS! Read your history and see how well the working class did without the right to unionize, to bargain collectively, to work in safe and clean workplaces, etc., etc. The era of the Robber Barons is coming back if we let unions fall!

      October 26, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  25. alyspops

    Have you considered how the gov't is going assist with education in 2016, with the debt now $21T, no balanced budget, 8% unemployment overall and 14% unemployment for the poor. that is what lies ahead for us with your type of thinking.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  26. Rose

    This lady is showing the typical blindness of the Far Left. She can't do the math either, which is typical of Far Left Liberals.

    Obama – fiscally irresponsible – spending us into poverty versus Romney who is fiscally responsible and who would steer this country back to fiscal responsibility and less deficits.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • scmaize

      Rose, you're not even doing your stereotyping in an intelligent way, so that people might assume you know what you're talking about. "Typical of far left liberals"; brilliant. Try talking about facts, instead of reciting stereotypes. She is very specific in her reasoning. And there's nothing "far left" about her. She served in the Bush administration. Nowadays, when people are moderate and use facts, they are called "far left". Far left is fast becoming a synonym for reasonable, because people who imagine themselves to be conservatives are the enemies of facts.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  27. RainyAlaska

    So Education is the only topic of concern for you? It doesn't matter that Obama himself said he was a failure as President? It doesn't matter that he lied to the entire country about Libya? Education is important but so is the future of this country. Obama said he can't changed America from inside the White House. So why re-elect him? I have a child in public school and I'm extremely happy with her education but that is a local issue. Local teachers, local school board and local/state government. This country has MASSIVE debt. If that problem is not solved, it won't really matter where or how American kids are educated. They won't have a future anyway. My mother and grandmother were teaches for years. I have respect for all educators but I love my country and its future more. Obama is NOT the answer.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Bob

      Bishop Rmoney doesn't care about your kids, education, or anything besides giving MORE tax cuts to his wealthy pals.

      His $5 TRILLION dollar unpaid for deficit exploding tax cut ain't gonna help YOU one bit.

      October 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  28. eddantes

    Mitt Romney=George W bush...enough said.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • DeceivedNoMore

      Four more years of Obama = insanity. Looking for a change in the result by continuing to do the same things. Obama doesn't have a plan, he's out of his league against problems he doesn't understand. Romney isn't GW, just study his record and you will see it plainly, he isn't just telling stories like Obama. Study what Mitt Romney did with the Massachusetts economy and the legislature there, he is a decision maker bent on getting results. He turned a $1.5B deficit into a $1B surplus within the first three years of his tenure, and passed major civil rights (assuming you believe healthcare is a basic right) legislation with the support of an 87% Democrat legislature. The man will rally everyone on both sides of the aisle around the results, and he will do it in a bi-partisan way. That is how he has operated in every leadership position he has held, business, church, government, international. He may understand much more than you give him credit for, and he also isn't nearly as scary of a human being as President Obama would like you to think he is.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:28 am |
  29. EH

    The problem with this narrow-minded thinking is that it's narrow minded. The focus is entirely on public education. What about the national debt, which, long term, is significantly more important than education, social security, even the economy ?

    Obama touted that he would cut the deficit in half in 4 years. Instead it's sitting at a whopping $1 trillion (that's $1,000,000,000,000) which gets added every year to the [now $16 trillion] national debt.

    Everyone "wants what they want" but dare someone try to tackle the biggest problem of all, and they are put down by the "gimee gimees" of the world.

    Wake up people, or in 10 years we won't have a public education system, social security, or any of the niceties that so many people have come to expect from the government.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Bob

      My View: Why I will vote for President Obama

      By Diane Ravitch, Special to CNN
      It is interesting that not once in the article did she list a singe reason to vote FOR President Obama. Could she not find even one? Very telling.

      October 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • scmaize

      Guess what? It's her opinion, and presented as opinion. It's not opinion presented as news, like Fox or many other sites. If you have a different opinion, present it in an intelligent, thoughtful way, just as she did. At least, she's not just voting for Romney, because he's on the Republican ticket, or because he's white, like a lot of people who post on these blogs. You seem more reasonable than most of them, but I don't see why you don't realize she can vote based on any issues that matter to her.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  30. Pamela

    She is right on point!!! She hit the nail on the head. That is why I voted for President Obama...

    October 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  31. Laura Chapman

    I have concluded the Republican Party cannot be entrusted with the fate of the nation on any issue, least of all tour national security, economy, education, and regard for women as intelligent beings. I am not a fan Obama's educational policies, but there can be no doubt that the Romney and his supporters wish to close public schools, redirect taxes to pay for religious indoctrination and to subsidize for-profit schools This agenda also seeks and gets support from a bunch of people who just want to re-segregate schools under the banner of parental choice.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • DeceivedNoMore

      What in the world are you talking about? All you have to do is look at Romney's record, especially while Governor of Massachusetts, to see how he will govern, he isn't just telling stories like Obama. Study what Mitt Romney did with the Massachusetts economy and the legislature there, he is a decision maker bent on getting results. He turned a $1.5B deficit into a $1B surplus within the first three years of his tenure, and passed major civil rights (assuming you believe healthcare is a basic right) legislation with the support of an 87% Democrat legislature. The man will rally everyone on both sides of the aisle around the results, and he will do it in a bi-partisan way. That is how he has operated in every leadership position he has held, business, church, government, international. He may understand much more than you give him credit for, and he also isn't nearly as scary of a human being as President Obama would like you to think he is.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  32. ray

    Robmey needs to be defeated.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  33. eddantes

    Mitt Romney wants to create jobs.....IN CHINA not America.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • DeceivedNoMore

      Guess which candidate sold the Chinese several TRILLION dollars in US Treasury Bills? Romney's business dealings with the Chinese are millions of dollars. Obama has made the Chinese major stockholders in the US of A. Worse, they are debtors, which means they can call our debt due, bankrupt us, at the highest level. Get it? Obama is definitely the worst economic mind we've had in a president in a really long time. Romney will clean it up.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  34. Judith

    The GOP pretty much wants to dismantle and destroy every program that has ever benefited the American public. This has been their game plan ever since Reagan and it has reached its Zenith with Mittens and the current radical Congress. They'd love to destroy public education, Medicare and Social Security. Educating our kids should be the top priority and Mitt showed his utter cluelessness when he actually said to a group of teachers that he didn't think class size matters. This private educated, son of privilege doesn't give a damn about public education or the poor. You can just hear the contempt in his voice when he enunciates the word "poor". It sounds like he's talking about a separate species.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  35. The_Mick

    Romney favors the amplification of "No Child Gets Behind" which 99% of teachers would tell you means "No Child Gets Ahead" if they didn't have to worry about being assigned the lower level classes, etc. if they did so. I'm retired and can tell the truth. It's not only watering down the standards of academic classes so "everyone" can pass, it's eliminating vo-tech training for good-paying jobs out of high school like certificated auto mechanic, carpenter, mason, etc.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • wwrrd

      I agree, but Obama favors the same policy.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • DeceivedNoMore

      People, what has Obama done for education in the last four years? Have our children taken one step forward under his watch. Focus on the results, what are the results? It isn't pretty. Obama tells a good story, but he doesn't have solutions and he is not getting results, certainly not in the economy and not in education. Sorry, we're in a tough spot.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  36. wwrrd

    Our schools are not performing badly because of lack of funding. I will admit however, that funding is still to unequal between states and in some cases districts within states. This should be a continued area for improvement. Kid's future should not be dependent on where they were born.

    The problem is our collective value of education. We don't value academic success. We value, pop music, and sports. We call successful students uncool, geeks, and nerds.

    Parents have abdicated responsibility to teachers that are only with the children maybe 6 hours per day. Discipline is atrocious. Teachers and Administrators are not given authority to enforce civil behavior in the classroom. Liberals insist that every kid has a "right" to a free public education. That has grown to be an unconditional "right" . Kids can perform badly in school and act up so badly they prevent others from learning, and they don't get kicked out of school.

    Liberals have watered down curriculum so the lowest performers can do the material. My district eliminated the valedictorian, and is considering getting rid of honor roll so lower performers don't have "damaged self esteem". They insist that "honors" and "AP" admit low performing students saying that minorities aren't represented in these classes.

    Our country is taking the easy way out of just about everything. We demonize success. We do it in our schools, and we do it to people. Our kid's heroes aren't engineers, astronauts, doctor's, business people. They are people like the Kardashians, Flava Flave, Michael Vick, and Snookie.

    If we continue to accept poor behavior and mediocrity, that is what we will get. We need leaders that will inspire us to do better, not give us assistance as we do poorly. We need policy that makes people perform in school and parents too!

    October 25, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • excuse_me?

      Parents have abdicated responsibility to teachers that are only with the children maybe 6 hours per day. Discipline is atrocious. Teachers and Administrators are not given authority to enforce civil behavior in the classroom. Liberals insist that every kid has a "right" to a free public education. That has grown to be an unconditional "right" . Kids can perform badly in school and act up so badly they prevent others from learning, and they don't get kicked out of school.

      *Are you saying that no child has the right to a free education? That would put us even farther behind the rest of the Western world. So glad you're for a nation of uneducated children. By the way-what does bad behavior have to do with the right of an education? Should you only have a free education if you behave well?

      Liberals have watered down curriculum so the lowest performers can do the material. My district eliminated the valedictorian, and is considering getting rid of honor roll so lower performers don't have "damaged self esteem". They insist that "honors" and "AP" admit low performing students saying that minorities aren't represented in these classes.

      *You're joking right? Do you not remember that No Child Left Behind was the work of Dubya? He's the one who watered down school curriculum.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • wwrrd

        I'm saying No Child has an unconditional right to a free public education. Those that consistently act up and interfere with the learning or others, start fights, or bully should be tossed.

        October 26, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  37. J.SMITH


    October 25, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • mcp123

      "THIS ELECTION HAS TURNED INTO A RACE WAR" alarmism so typical of republicans are other clueless individuals...

      October 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  38. Nancy

    I have student loans. When I was in graduate school for my masters, I took out a lot of loans to pay for school. At the start of my 2008 school year(pre-Obama), the loans I had taken from a lender (NOT Sallie Mae) were not approved. For a couple of months, I didn't have money to pay for tuition. As a recent college grad, there was no other way I could have paid for school. The Department of Education finally bailed out the lender and provided loans so I could go to school. The other alternative was to go to a private lender who advertised higher interest rates. The Federal government definitely "bailed me out" in a sense. Governor Romney proposes the privatization of higher-education loans. I don't think I could have completed graduate school at the cost that I did if it was an entirely private sector-led industry. And honestly, to me and to the other students dependent on loans for school, these things matter because we will be paying these loans off for the next few years.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • wwrrd


      I would counter that the existence of loan programs allowed the colleges to charge increasingly high tuitions whose increases have outstrppied inflation just about every year since "ever". As long as students and parents are willing to accept these large tuition increases, and the government is willing to back student debt, schools will continue to give professors raises, build lavish facilities, pay public union employees more money, allow professors paid sabbaticals, and have large pensions in excess of what most private sector workers get.

      You got to attend school, but you are saddled with debt. I hope you have a major that has bright job prospects. Many humanities major graduates have lots of debt and not much means to earn a salary sufficient to pay it back.

      If colleges had to work within people's ability to pay, this would not have happened. They would have been forced to control costs like every other person, and business in the country.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:15 am |
      • dpmd

        Public higher education funding has been decreased at historical levels over the past decade; it's not people "accepting" higher tuition, it's having no choice for many but to look to loans to be able to afford to give many young adults the opportunity to get a higher education.

        Medical school tuition, for example, has skyrocketed in past years and the average student now graduates with upwards of $200k debt. What is the choice here for all but those born to wealthy families except to look to student loans, which, under the Obama administration, at least is no longer under the control of private corporations.

        October 25, 2012 at 10:46 am |
      • Edward P. Allen

        Daughter graduated with her Masters in Education last spring. I took her 6 years to get Bachelors while working part-time. Taught one year then took 2 years to get Masters. Total debt upon graduation? $10K. She took some loans, found grants, etc and worked to pay rest. Many of her classes were online, which helped a lot. The only thing that we, her parents did was to let her live with us for two years while she finished her Bachelors. We could not afford to pay any of here schooling, as we are the real middle class, getting by paycheck to paycheck. It can be done people! And by the way, after the first year of school, she was divorced and raising 2 of our grandaughters. We did what we could to help, but it wasn't much. She did it herself.

        October 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Ed

      Sounds like champagne taste on a beer budget. If you can't afford the student loans you took out to go for a degree you couldn't afford, how exactly is that my problem? Why shouldn't you be held accountable? And how exactly does Romney become the bad guy here on this subject. I have a really simple rule you can follow for the rest of your life that may make things better. "If you can't afford it – Don't do it"

      October 25, 2012 at 10:18 am |
      • DougW

        Ed, you have to have at least some ability to look forward. If you don't educate people, they can not get higher paying jobs, they can not afford to buy products, the economy suffers. Studies have shown that every dollar spent on education comes back into the economy several times over. States with lower spending on education have the worst economies, slowest growth during economic booms, highest rates of poverty and use of government aid programs. It's exactly like the dumb argument over paying for contraception. Paying for contraception SAVES MONEY to the system. Your rates will go down if we allow better access to free contraception. Your rates will go up if we discourage contraception use. The math is really, really clear. For both education and contraception, small investments now save much more later.

        October 25, 2012 at 10:33 am |
      • dante

        Ed – Thank you – very well said and if all would follow that guidline then we as a country would not be in the position we are in. I paid my way through collage by working a full time job – I had 1 loan and then went into the Military! I paid for college myself, I did not rely on someone elses hard work to make my goals come true and now I own a business and have done so for the last 10 years – we need to teach our children how to cope with failure so they can learn how to deal with life! – I know many teachers and I do not know what is right or wrong on the methods of how we teach – I thought that is why we have a department of education!

        October 25, 2012 at 11:37 am |
      • Nancy


        I am sorry if you mistook my comment as having "champagne taste on a beer budget". Before you read further into my comment, I will state that I was actually able to find a job after graduation using the degree that I earned and am slowly paying off my loans. I don't expect anyone to pay back my loans other than myself, given that it was my decision to get the extra degree. Regardless, the point of my comment was to bring light to an issue Governor Romney had discussed while campaigning and highlighting some real-life implications for young people, such as myself.

        October 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  39. RinosRwinos

    I could not have said it better myself. Numerous reasons why a Romney administration would be disasterous for our country.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  40. Linden

    Just Like Obama Lady you Lie!!!!

    October 25, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Joe

      Oh, I suppose you have some facts to back up your assessment. Oh? You don't? Go play with your toys, dear. The adults are talking right now. I'll come read you a story shortly.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  41. Meso239

    This article could have been very short – I am voting for Obama because I am an ignorant moron.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Joe

      You're voting for Romney because you don't understand math or personal ethics, then. Right?

      October 25, 2012 at 9:59 am |
      • Alex

        Personal eithics?? Obama covering up Benghazi....lying about Mitt Romney's op-ed piece about GM even after fact checkers debunked his lie? Obama continues to bold face lie and doesn't even flinch. Talk about ethics!!

        October 25, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • Indy63

        I'm voting for Romney because of the economy and the debt. Obama said he would cut the debt in half by the end of his first term. He said that if the stimulus was passed, unemployment would be under 6%. Epic fail on both counts. And I don't want to hear that it was worse than he expected, or it was someone else's fault. IT WAS YOUR JOB TO GET IT DONE, AND YOU DIDN'T! The reason you didn't get it done is irrelevant to me. If I tell my boss I'm going to do something and don't, I'm fired. The scariest part is that if re-elected the deficit will increase by $4 trillion over the next four years. Romney and Ryan say they have a plan to reverse that trend. So I will vote for their "plan" instead of the known deficit with Obama. And if they don't deliver, then in 4 years I'll vote them out too.

        October 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Scott Cisney

      I thought she gave a thoughtful list of good reasons why she was voting the way she intends to. I am a former republicorp, and now that I've seen the light, I can't figure out the hate towards the President. I lived a very long time and I have never seen approximately one-half of our country become so un-hinged. I have an idea where it is coming from, and it is a very dark place. I hope we will become better.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:07 am |
      • steve


        You are right about that dark place. Would a white president be treated like this? Humans cannot become better....this is it....humanity. Thanks for your post.

        October 25, 2012 at 10:17 am |
      • Michael

        Remind me again how GWBush was treated? Our President had a shoe thrown at him and half our country cheered. The country is divided as a whole, and it is truly sad. I am not so naive as to think that race has nothing to do with it, but I hardly think that it is the largest factor.

        October 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • DougW

      ROFL! I'm just guessing here, but I bet that ms. Ravitch has a higher IQ than you do Meso, has more education than you have, reads more than your do, can pass any current events test with a higher grade than you can, and has more respect in the intellectual community than you have. But hey, I could be wrong, you could just be cleverly hiding your intelligence...... nah!

      October 25, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • robert

      Joe please be so kind as to trell all of us morons how much is Obummer paying you to act like he has a real plan or any morals. Romney can and will reverse the destruction your master has placed on us.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  42. Stick to issues

    To quote Obama "if I can't cut the deficit in Half my first term in office I do not deserve a second term. Mr president, I could not agree with you more if I said it myself.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • Annoyed Airman

      I'm sick and tired of this bi-partisan crap. If we stopped voting for people based on party affiliation and started paying attention to the facts, there would be no need for ridiculous debates on biased news network websites. The real change that America needs is a change in our states of mind. Broaden your horizons. Try to stay away from MSNBC and Fox News. Start thinking for yourselves instead of being told what to think.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:14 am |
      • Edward P. Allen

        Don't forget CNN!

        October 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • cg

      It's because of people like you is why nothing gets done in the lam country. What have you done for this country,other allow s--–t to run down your lips

      October 25, 2012 at 9:20 am |
      • Annoyed Airman

        cg, what are you talking about? Your comment makes absolutely no sense.

        October 25, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Patsylou

      And you think Romney can perform miracles?

      October 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  43. Stick to issues

    Stop making this a racial issue when it is not. If it were a racial issue Obama would not have been president in the first place. I am not voting for Obama because he has done nothing to help the black community, he has taken their vote for granted and at the ninth hour has focused all his attention on Latinos for votes because he feels he already has the black vote locked in. I refuse to vote for Obama just because he is black as many African American voters are (not all, but many and they have said as much). To vote for a president based on color, I think could be labeled as racism. I instead look at a presidential candidate on merit, qualifications, bipartisanship, leadership, etc. and this president has failed miserably which is the reason he is not getting my vote.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  44. Stick to issues

    The person who does not stand for the middle class is Obama. Salaries of the average worker have gone down $4,000 a year under this president and what does he do he raises taxes on them with obamacare. Gas prices are skyrocketing for the middle class and he spends money on solyndra and a123 which went bankrupt. Stimulus money went to rewarding his supporters and unions NOT to create jobs. More people are on food stamps than ever before. He has wasted our taxpayer dollars and state money filing frivolous laws suits. He has further burdened the middle class by allowing a flood of illegal immigrants who are below poverty level further burdening states who have to pay for their food stamps, subsidize their housing, pay for school lunches and free school supplies, pay for their healthcare all so he can garner more votes. Heck he even sent instructions to Mexico encouraging them to sign up for food stamps. Not to mention that they are claiming children and relatives in Mexico who never set foot in the United States as exemptions on their tax returns and as a result are receiving huge refunds. This is by no means helping the middle class.
    Also note that most states run by democrats are the ones in financial trouble I.e. California and Illinois to name a few. States with republican governors are doing better in spite of this president and his policies.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • Stick to Facts

      1) The President cannot control gas prices. That is caused by commodity speculation.

      2) Stimulus money went to major banks and corporations that were "too big to fail"

      Wait...ya know what? This is pointless. I could point out all the facts, but you just ignore it and fly the banner of ignorance proudly. Vote for who you're going to vote for. Fortunately, your man Romney can't get an independant or a moderate, for that matter, to vote for him. He's gonna get the Tea Party vote and the people who always vote R.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Stick to Facts

      Thats right, because Arnold was a Democrat. Are you high?

      October 25, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • OMG

      Huge tax refunds as an does that work with no social security number...inquiring minds want to know

      October 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  45. Dott

    I am voting for Obama Man because Romney scares the do do out of me. He obviously does not love America as he stashed his money in other countries instead of supporting the USA. He wants women barefoot and pregnant and in the kitchen. He wants unwanted babies to be born but would stop the food stamps. My God people think about it – is it that bad to have a black man in the Whitehouse that you would stoop to this level.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:47 am |
    • Stick to issues

      Where are the facts to back up these ridiculous statements? Mitt Romney does not hate America. He has given more to charity than Obama and Biden combined. Based on what you are saying you also believe a woman who has a baby needs to be on food stamps...really? Mitt Romney has never once said he would get rid of your food stamps...he said he wanted to create jobs so you can get out of poverty and not need food stamps. If it weren't for successful people like mitt Romney there would be no food stamp program. One more you pay taxes you don't have to because I am pretty sure if mitt Romney evaded taxes the IRS would have been all over him by now. I can't blame him for using the tax code as every American does to their advantage.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:53 am |
      • cg

        Do you have a job?

        October 25, 2012 at 9:23 am |
      • Stick to Facts

        Three words. "IRS Amnesty Program". Mitt loves that program.

        October 25, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • notahistorianbut

        Based on the information provided when Romney released his tax return for last year, he did give more $$ than the President – but as a percentage the President gave approximately 22% to Romney's 16%. See link for graphic:

        October 25, 2012 at 11:18 am |
      • quanah

        To Stick To Issues: Romney has not said specifically that he will cut food stamps BUT he agrees with the Ryan budget plan that he did say "was a marvelous plan", and that plan slashes the food stamp program. In fact, it slashes all the programs that help the needy. Now Romney is for charter schools for profit because his son has investments in charter schools. Take a look at Sensata in Freeport, Illinois, it made a record profit of $474 million dollars in the 3rd quarter and yet they are closing that plant & shipping it to China so they can make even more. Romney has $8 million of stocks in that company, Bain Capital, that owns it now. Is that how you think Romney is helping you, the middle class person, and not Obama, who is fighting for us, the middle class with jobs bills stalled in the House of Rep. because of Republicans hoping to crash this economy to make people like you think it is Obama doing bad? The house of Rep. has had 55 bills that are anti-women, most did not make it into law because of the Democrat senate, but who is fighting for women these days? It certainly is not Romney. Open your eyes, get informed on issues, read Romney's record and do not believe his "all of a sudden turnaround" from being a radical right to a middle of the road candidate.

        October 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • DeceivedNoMore

      Just for the record, Romney didn't take a salary while Governor of Massachusetts. I'm not saying Obama took the job for the pay, but I am saying Mitt loves service to country more than you give him credit.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:50 am |
  46. Stick to issues

    Obama needs to be a one-term president. He hand picks which laws to implement and which ones not to. He has sued more states than any other president. He does not implement the law unless It benefits him I.e voter suppression by the black panthers (yet he sues the states and is uncooperative when they are trying to ensure only citizens vote), enforcing our immigration laws etc. he talks tough on Wall Street, but dropped the lawsuit against them because he was losing donations. Notice no one was held accountable. It was Fannie and Freddie that were big contributing factors that got us into this economic mess pushed through by barnie frank, but you don't see them holding his feet to the fire. Worst president in U.S. history. Not to mention him touting transparency......what a joke.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:31 am |
    • Dott

      You are the joke. Anyone who could blank out the 8 horrible year of Bush and Cheney and claim that Obama is the worst president has amnesia by choice. Bush about destroyed the USA with his senseless wars and bankrupted this nation. Then someone tries to fix it and you think, that is think, that he is the worst president in history. The reason McCain was not elected is because the GOP did not want to clean up the Bush mess instead placed the worst possible VP on his ticket knowing that they would not be elected. So Obama tries to fix America and the GOP refuses to co-operate. I can only hope that thinking people see through your post.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:51 am |
      • Stick to issues

        Don't worry dott, mitt Romney is ready to clean up Obama's mess. Obama has inherited a mess but made it ten times worse than it had to be and he had cleaned up nothing in the four years he has had as president. I stand by my comment. Obama is the worst president in history...jimmy carter a close second.

        October 25, 2012 at 7:16 am |
      • Stick to issues

        Who has amnesia now, what you are leaving out is for the first two years of his administration, Obama had a democratic majority in both the house and senate and fixed nothing. Only spent more of our money to pay off his union buddies and supporters and created nothing....oh he did create something a jobless country. Furthermore the house had passed many bills but the democratic majority leader Harry Reid refuses to put them up for a vote so the Oblamer and chief can blame the house for his failures. Also, the democratic led senate has not put through a budget in years. This is what you tout as leadership? Reagan inherited a worse economy than Obama and turned it around in two years, but not this president, he made it worse with his policies.
        He rather divide the country than unite it as evidenced in every speech he has given since his campaign began four years ago.
        Obama will not even listen to the economic advisors he hired and even the democrats in the senate voted no to Obamas proposal. Look at the facts and stop parroting the Obama talking points.

        October 25, 2012 at 7:29 am |
      • Stick to issues

        Tries is the key word......but failed is the reason he is not getting my vote.

        October 25, 2012 at 7:32 am |
      • John

        You mean the war that everyone supported the very moment we were attacked by terrorist you hypocritical moron?

        October 25, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  47. Stick to issues

    You Obama supporters are like deer in headlights. You can't look past the hope and change and see how he is ruining this country. If his policies are so great why is he intentionally holding off implementing them. The EPA has several more regulations waiting to be rammed through, but of course were asked to wait until after the election. why do you think that is? Obamacare implemented mostly favorable parts before the election and all the unfavorable items are not set to kick in until 2014 well after the election. Quality of my healthcare has already gone down. People i know have been sent letters from their doctors asking for a two thousand dollar payment just to be able to remain as a patient of theirs. Of course they cannot afford this so are required to seek out new doctors. This administration is currently spending 8 billion of our hard earned tax money to TEMPORARILY subsidize Medicare before the election and after the election seniors will see their Medicare drop. He does not follow the law. He has instructed employers NOT to send out the 60-day advance notice to workers letting them know of job cuts I.e. the WARN act which is law so he can try and prevent a loss of votes, and took it a step further and committed the government to use our taxpayer dollars to pay for any lawsuits resulting from breaking the law. He has told Russia to wait until after the election then he will have more flexibility. He has flubbed Middle East policy and 4 Americans were killed as a result and then lied about it and once again blamed something else I.e. the video. Those are just a few examples why he needs to be a one-term president. It is time for Oblamer and Chief to go. He will be more reckless in a second term with no election to worry about.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • Donna Tabor

      Those letters from doctors, asking for $2,000? That began during the BUSH administration, which you can hardly blame Obama for.

      Your ranting posts border on spam. Are you getting paid per post?

      October 25, 2012 at 7:55 am |
      • Stick to issues

        No just tired of the media not doing their jobs. Sorry if you thought spam, not my intent.

        October 25, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  48. Stick to issues

    This article is a bunch of malarkey.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:51 am |
    • cg

      Which means I would like to smack that stupidy out of your head.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Melody

      Stick, someone has already told you you're on the verge of spamming and you've apologized. If you were sincere, don't you think it's time for you to stop? Maybe move on to another article? You say stick to issues yet you seem to be replying to every little comment here. Do you do this on every pro-Dem article on the web? This article is hardly pro-Dem to begin with, I wonder what you say on articles that are truly, passionately for candidates other than yours. You have wasted so much time, I don't see you convincing anyone here. I feel your frustration and I'm sorry for you. Wish I could help you but I cannot be swayed simply by a few comments here and there. I understand that if you feel so strongly about someone, it's so easy to demonize the "enemy." But I believe that this country would not be the great country that it is if it was controlled totally by one political party the entire time. The 2 balance each other. It's good to be passionate about a cause, but I hope we keep it civil.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  49. Mike

    Obama is a great president. He has done everything he can to bring this country strong and number 1. Mitt Romney gives speeches how he can change the economy 1-2-3, but it doesn't work like that. These are things that people fall into and don't realize that the president has not only achieved what he had said back in 2008 but has created jobs and holds this economy steady. Europe has been doing worse then the United States... Therefore we have to keep going forward. We need to stop the talking and take some action and the right person to do that is Mr.president Obama.. He will stand beside you and fight till the end.. Mitt will not. He's for the rich. He's the one that will raise taxes on the middle class. So don't make the wrong choice. Vote for your president that will keep this economy going with strong successes.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • James Hawk III

      Not only is that not compelling, I'm unconvinced it's literate.

      I appreciate you have strong feelings about this, but comparing the United States to Europe is pointless. The only meaningful comparison is against what we could have had if only we'd stayed away from Obama. Thanks to Mr. Obama, and Mr. Reid, and Ms. Pelosi, we'll now have plenty of married gay couples with health coverage–and no jobs. (In fact, a big piece of Obamacare involves having employers pay for insurance–which won't happen if you're not employed.)

      It's a perfect examples of politicians satisfying themselves and their pet urges before doing what needed to be done, to wit: getting Americans back to work. Nay to Obama, I say.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:13 am |
  50. Dave

    We Nationalized our Education in the 70's when we created the Department of Education under the Carter administration. At that time the U.S. ranked 2nd in education among the industrialized nations and our spending of capita per student was ranked 24th. In the last 40 years since we turned our public schools over to the Feds our ranking has dropped to 24th to 26th among the industrialized nations and our spending per capita per student has jumped to #2. Our problem is not money our problem is the Federal Government. We need to return the schools back to the states and local communities.

    October 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Jay

      ...But most states/ localities have no money; they can't even pay for their public worker's pensions. Something's got to give, and under a republican administration the DOE is at the top of the list for major cuts.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
      • Txpharm

        You're correct about states having budget problems. Obamacare will add huge Medicaid mandates which will hit Southern states especially hard. These states have a much larger segment of illegals and people engaging in lifestyle choices that will bankrupt any state who tries to insure them. As one would predict, these same states' school systems are already at the bottom of national rankings. As more tax dollars are allocated to health care, less will be available for education.

        October 25, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • wwrrd

      I totally agree that spending more money doesn't equate to better education. This is a phony ideal teacher's unions push.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:19 am |
      • Rachel

        LOL that's funny because the school I taught at in Brownsville, Brooklyn didn't have textbooks, computers, or air conditioning OR a principal with PRIOR EXPERIENCE OR a teaching staff where the majority had more than 2 years of teaching experience (myself included!). If we had "more funding" or "enough funding"...tell me, what was it spent on?? #followthemoney

        October 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  51. jim fratto

    What obama should be doing is to stress that it's not big government vs. private enterprise, but the american success story is about the PARTNERSHIP between government and the private sector. There are too many examples of this to elaborate on here, but they're out there.e.g. prior to social security workers could no afford to but private retirement insurance but SS lessened the gap between post employment income and what a private policy might provide, rendering the latter more affordable. Other examples are easy: the benefits of the extensive highway program (initiated in theEisenhower years – It benefited suburban development (i.e. homebuilding) and fostered transport of goods. And so it goes; the added safety that coast guards provide to boaters, that auto inspections provide Govt. requires/private garages apply it) He should destroy the myth that one segment is better than the other – that's Mitt's claim and he's wrong. It's all about working together with full transparency!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  52. Matt

    She's a gay school teacher. Why is this a story?

    October 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Stick to issues

      Because the left wing media refuses to talk about Obamas failures. So they fill the news with these bogus stories.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • wwrrd

      Her being Gay has nothing to do with the substance or lack thereof her article.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  53. USMCJock

    I'm with you Ms. Ravitch. So are 30% of the entire republican party who plan to vote for Obama. Romney is wrong for this country. He doesn't stand for the middle class. A lot of people don't know that the real name of the Great Depression was the Republican Depression. Google "Republican Depression". Republicans worked hard to change the name so that future generations wouldn't know that their policies didn't work. Well, we found out. The republican party has turned into something so awful, a lot of republicans can't stand them. As a lifetong republican, I'm voting for Obama.

    Semper Fi.

    October 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • rc

      usmcjim, you are a liar, but I know at least 30%of demos are voting for ROMNEY!!!!!!!!!!

      October 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
      • Stick to issues

        Right on!

        October 25, 2012 at 7:56 am |
      • Stick to Facts

        So he's a liar but you aren't after making the same statement, but changing one word? I swear...You shouldn't be online talking politics. You should be in the living room coloring. Hoping with all your heart that the picture will make it onto the refrigerator. It won't though, because elephants aren't orange you idiot.

        October 25, 2012 at 10:14 am |
      • doughnuts

        No, you don't. You know very few Democrats. You associate almost exclusively with people of your same ideological and educational background because to do otherwise intimidates and angers you.

        October 25, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Bobbi

        rc I think you are the liar, I am repub
        lican voting for Obama.

        October 26, 2012 at 3:33 am |
    • JPowers

      In your dreams, Gomer.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • shaysite

      I hope you military people are paying attention. The GOP-many of whose leaders, such as Mitt Romney-never served-says that they honor you but only so long as you agree with them. As soon as any veteran or active military says they support the Democrats, they become persona non grata, unworthy of the honor they've earned fighting for our freedom.

      But who's REALLY unworthy of that honor?! It must be the Karl Rove's, Rush Limbaugh's, Paul Ryan's, Mitt Romney's...

      October 25, 2012 at 12:03 am |
      • Stick to issues

        Did I miss something....when did you say Obama served in the military...oh that's right he didn't....moot point you are making.
        But my question is when did Obama work in the private sector.....oh that's right he didn't do that either. Explains why he is clueless.

        October 25, 2012 at 8:00 am |
      • doughnuts

        Hey, Sticky, when did Romney serve in the military? Oh, that's right, after protesting in favor of the Vietnam War, he went to France to be a "missionary."

        October 25, 2012 at 10:52 am |
      • Facts Matter

        In regards to military service (myself being a Navy Veteran) when comparing Romney and Obama. Remember the Draft was underway, then Romney got a deferment and traveled to France. While it's true Obama didn't serve in the armed forces, at least he didn't skip over to the south of France in lieu of helping the nation he so frequently says he "loves" On another note Republicans are all about loving the Military (while their in and fighting) but, once your out? We get the big ole F U from the GOP. Just look at this last veterans jobs bill in the house? Did they pass it?'s like spitting in the face of the people who put thier lives on the line so you could sit up there in DC and pontificate.

        October 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Melody

      It is so refreshing to hear of a military man and a Republican voting for a Democrat. That is so rare in my world. I live in a Republican state in an even more Republican county and not a single person I know here would ever think to vote other than Republican, regardless of what the candidates stand for. It is so good to see that there are others like you who do consider the issues and will vote across party lines. You give me hope and you brought cheer to my day. Thank you for that, and a big THANK YOU for your service to our country! In addition to the education issue mentioned here, I think Obama cares enough to fund the medical and psychological care of our troops and help them find jobs when they return home, and that is something I care about.

      October 25, 2012 at 12:57 am |
      • Stick to issues

        I think you need to sit down with your republican friends so they could help you with the facts. I wonder if you were a relative of one of the four Americans who were killed, sorry murdered would be a better choice of words, in Libya when it could have been prevented based on the facts the administration had and they were also watching it happen in real time and did nothing. Further adding insult to injury flying to Vegas right after for a fundraiser and lying about a video. Ask yourself Is this caring for your military. Is this someone who has your back in combat....I think not. His main job is to keep Americans safe...another failure. What does it take for you to realize what is happening...a nuclear Iran?

        October 25, 2012 at 8:09 am |
      • OMG

        While its true our cost for health insurance went up every year for the last 3, Its also true that my bud next year retired 22 years army actually pays more in health care then I do. Where is his free for life care? baffles the mind. tri-care vs our federal blue cross

        October 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
      • Melody

        I am not a relative of those who were killed but even I am disgusted with you for using them to make a political point. Have a heart, Stick! These were honorable men who are now dead – with families left behind. Please give them some respect. Please leave them alone to grieve for their loss and quit using them to score points. Surely you can make your political point without disrespecting the dead and their families? You leave such an insensitive message under a Marine's comment. It appears that you're one of those who want a big military but they don't care about the individuals, the men and women who serve and die in service of our country. Can you imagine how their families feel when people like you keep mentioning their dead son/husband/father to score a political point? You have lost your credibility from my POV. If you would please give the dead and their families some respect, find some other way to make your point, it would be appreciated. As you said, they're already murdered. Let's please leave them in peace now. Justice will prevail.

        It's so easy for you or anyone to say – after the fact – my man would have prevented this attack. Sure. Your man would have gotten bin Laden. Sure, your man would have prevented the attacks on 9/11. Sure, your man alone can prevent a nuclear Iran. Oh, what a peaceful world it would be, if only my man was in control. It's that simple, eh? But if all else fails to convince voters, you resort to scary tactics. If my man loses, we'll absolutely have a nuclear Iran! No other human being can prevent that but my man....

        There is no need to sit down with my Republican neighbors because they will express their political opinions even when not asked for. And it's not worth sitting down for, because the only thing they can say is something like, Our church says Obama is pro-abortion. Or, we have a bad economy. Or, he's a liar. When I ask them for details, or when I ask them if those are the things they care about, they say no, it's just what they heard. If I bring up some things, they cut me off with, "I don't know and I don't care about politics or the issues. I'll just vote for the lesser evil." No room for discussion. No learning on either side. So everyone stays uninformed, which can lead to bias.

        Unfortunately, you've lost your credibility so I'll now bypass any more comments you make and move on to respectful and less biased articles and comments so that I can learn more facts/ideas. I've spent too much of my time as it is. God bless America. May God bless and watch over our troops.

        October 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Melody

        OMG, are you saying that the gov't under Obama has taken away free for life care for our vets? I have not heard that from the vets I know. I think it does matter if you live where there's a VA hospital. If a vet lives where there is no VA hospital, it might be harder to avail of the free health care for vets. Although, come to think of it, I drive seniors to their doctors and some of them are vets and I keep hearing the medical care is all paid for. But I have also heard that not all vets get the same benefits, but this was something legislated many, many years ago, not something we can blame on the current administration. I'm not saying it doesn't matter because we should take care of all our vets. I'm just saying it's not a Romney vs Obama issue.

        As for you paying less insurance, isn't that dependent on the insurance industry's standards? They charge higher premiums for those with chronic health issues, charge less for the younger (healthier) population, charge less if you have a higher deductible, etc? Or are you one of the lucky few whose employer still shoulders a big chunk of your insurance premiums? I'm just wondering if you compared apples to apples? I'm not being political here. I really would like to know because if it's true nationwide that vets are now paying more than the rest of us, I should tell the vets I know to just get "civilian" insurance. Thanks.

        October 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Kelli

      I wish you and your blind sycophant Obama supporters would get your facts and sensibilities straight. This article is definitely an eye opener as to how the uninformed waste their vote. Why don't you check out obama's record yourself, at Don't forget, his first two years in office the democrats controlled the presidency, house, & senate. Where did that take us? Record unemployment, higher taxes, a trillion dollar deficit, more spending, religious freedoms being imposed upon, our military budget cut, and a US Ambassador & his aides murdered on 9/11 and our so called leader doing nothing better secure our interest. He did take the time to blatantly lie and blame it all on a utube video....then, a few weeks later, saying he did not have accurate information. Oh, then just recently his administration let it slip that there was a drone in the area during the attack. And your going to vote for the guy???Really???? If he were your employee or co-worker I'm sure, by now, he'd have an accrual of written warnings to at least maintain an avg. job performance, which, having not been met, would have lead to his firing by now. How many fires do you need to put out before you finally get choked by the inferno??? Get informed!

      October 25, 2012 at 1:47 am |
      • Tony

        Kelli, let's then get informed. Most of what you note as wrong with Obama simply did not happen. Taxes went down as part of the stimulus package. The deficient, a trillion before Obama, stayed a trillion with Obama, due to no new spending. Please name some new spending other than foodstamps/welfare which went up due to unemployment, not Obama policies. Finally, the invented outrage over religious freedom is beneath us all. Candidly, I'm happy to have those organizations have sub-standard benefits. Good employees will leave and those organizations will fail. As for Libya, again, a purely invented set of outrage, based on what? The fact that as an investigation takes place we learn new things? Nothing has been added to the national conversation we so desperately need to have by either your post or my post. Let's pour a cup of coffee and talk like grownups.

        October 25, 2012 at 8:02 am |
      • Stick to issues

        Really tony,
        Regarding Libya:
        Fact: they were watching it happen in real time and could clearly see it wasn't a demonstration, it was an attack.
        You say they needed the facts. Lets say for arguments sake you are correct, it didn't stop them from running around the country saying it was a video, didn't stop Obama on letterman a few days later and at the U.N. saying it was a video.
        Fact: the ambassador expressed his concerns and asked for security several times only to be denied
        Fact: there were several attacks days before
        Fact: Britain pulled out their people to secure them...we did not
        And the most damaging fact: Obama flies to Vegas the next day for a fundraiser
        Also, what president has the U.N. monitoring our election process. that in itself should make him a one-term president. I guarantee you no other country would agree to this. This is unbelievable. He makes us look. Weak.

        October 25, 2012 at 8:21 am |
      • Tony

        Stick, really? They were watching it in real time? Says who? Proof? None offered. That is too close to "they are always watching me" kind of argument. Your points about the British are fair, but since when have we ever "followed" the Europeans on security? Think of the firestorm of protest from the Right if he had. Other attacks earlier is also not true, there were other riots earlier. Like most investigations, the pattern of activity at the time of the event is looked at as the primary suspect. Your arguments oddly support the President, since the story from the Right has changed in the last few weeks based on evidence. First, Obama was attacked for not defending the 1st Amendment against attackers of the film. Then it was he didn't provide enough security, now it's he's covering up. Why is it that he must be covering something up when the data doesn't match the conclusions of the Right? Any why no mention of the $500 million dollar cut to embassy security passed by the House Republican's prior to this attack? Please work on a reasonable conversation and add value to the dialogue. A contributing conservative viewpoint adds to the conversation, a combatative viewpoint does not.

        October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am |
      • OMG

        Maybe just me, But im pretty sure that video they are watching and reviewing was shot in real time, you know because time travel isnt really here yet

        October 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • mcp123

        "Where did that take us? Record unemployment, higher taxes, a trillion dollar deficit, more spending, religious freedoms being imposed upon, our military budget cut"

        Excuse me...but at the end of the Bush administration we were losing jobs at over 430k a month...the stock market was nearly cut in half. Now its back... and companies are sitting on $ 2 trillion in cash. Detroit is back and selling cars... Osama is dead. Despite republicans best attempts to destroy America with obstructionism...things are moving forward again.

        October 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • wwrrd

      Thanks for you service. I understand your discomfort with the Republican party. The Bush years were bad. The House Republicans have acted horribly.

      I do have a problem with the Dems though. They are just as bad but from the left side. The Dems see every successfull person as either a cheat , criminal, or a money bag to fund government programs. He believes in income redistribution, and believes in ever increasing size of government. Government is now up to 24% of GDP and Moody's will downgrade US credit again if we don't get our fiscal house in order.

      The problems we face will require growth in the economy and hard work from individuals. They are difficult to solve. Obama simply sees the government as a quick fix. If someone has a problem, give them money from the government. That doesn't make the country strong.

      I don;t see Romney as being in the same tent as the House Republicans. He is far too smart and successful. I think he understands the economy. He knows how to create jobs, efficiency, and wealth. Obama just knows how to spend money.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  54. Julie Hill

    Diane Ravitch in all likelihood has not had to cash in her retirement to make her house payment and support her family. It appears that Ms. Ravitch has previously worked for the federal government and now is employed by the state of New York, and in doing so, she may be fortunate to have government insurance, retirement, vacation time, and all the benefits that small business owners do without., and maybe she even gets paid for the time she wrote the article.My fourth child will be graduating in June as a Computer Science major-at the top of his class. His only job prospects are with the government. .
    Small business is on the way to extinction. I know that first hand ,as my husband is a small business owner, and we have exhausted our retirement to survive the last four years. I believe that Ms. Ravitch supports the idea that education comes first, and jobs and a growth in the economy will follow. Tell that to me 4.0 son.

    October 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Barbra & Jack Donachy

      Julie, sorry to hear about the struggles of your husband's business. But... surely you are not suggesting that the remedy is cutting education. That's a sure path to third-world status. Over the long haul, history has shown the education is among the very best investments this country can make in our shared future.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
      • JPowers

        Not cutting education, Just cutting the extremely wasteful feds out.

        October 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • KC

      Julie, you are a fool to blame Obama for the struggles of your family. He has done more in 4 years for your family than GW did in 8. In fact, I don't believe you are a real person, you are a talking-head for the GOP. Otherwise you would already know the facts like most American's do. Get real.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Reality sets in

      So sorry to hear about your son, but my son will graduate with a computer science degree next spring and has already secured a job with private employer. Oh, by the way I couldn't believe the salary. I have another son who just graduated with an engineering degree who had no problem getting a job as well. There are employers waiting in line to hire young students who have obtained degrees which they demand.

      October 25, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  55. Lauren

    FINALLY! Someone who is smart enough to tell that President Obama knows what is right for America and that Governor Romney doesn't.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Cliffintex

      The only thing Obama has done is drive college tuition costs up by increasing taxpayer funds for college loans. Certainly, the author reaps the benefits in terms of her compensation. We now graduate tons of students with meaningless degrees that can't get employment. Of course she would vote for Obama.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
      • Barbra & Jack Donachy

        Cliffintex, it's unfortunate that you don't have a broader view of this issue. After WWII up through the 1960's, America invested (which means taxpayers invested) in a very generous G.I. bill that covered education costs for veterans. The result was more college graduates, who in turn earned more money, and in turn payed higher taxes during their working lives – thus repaying the taxes that had supported them. Now, leap to the present. Do some research – an easy matter with Google. College grads still, on the whole, earn more (a lot more) than their peers who do not graduate from college – and thus pay more taxes over the course of their working lives. Broadly speaking, education has always been a sound investment for America and our citizens. Rather than come back with an anecdote about yourself, or an individual person your might happen to know who is an exception, we urge you to do some Reading about this subject and then come to an (informed) thought. As for tuition rates themselves, again, do some reading and look at long-term trends over the past five decades. You'll discover this is not an issue caused by any one president.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • George


      "What of the millions of jobs that Romney promises to create? Romney’s private company was known for outsourcing well-paying middle-class jobs to low-wage nations."

      I suggest that any detriment to domestic employment opportunities created by "Romney's private company" pales in comparison to the impact of Obamacare and the 2.3% tax on sales of medical devices that ALREADY cost thousands of U.S. citizens their jobs, many due to manufacturers opting for cheaper alternatives in "low wage nations."


      October 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • Matt

      Ravitch is an ex Clinton staffer that divorced her husband and now has a life partner. Why would her voting for Obama be a story?

      October 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
      • Sally

        Bitter, much? Are you her ex?

        October 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Stick to issues

      If by right you mean Obamas spread the wealth philosophy from people who work ten hour days to people that don't even try to help themselves.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  56. Andy

    It sounds to me like the author should vote for Jill Stein the Green Party candidate. She's the one that is pushing education as the #1 priority. It doesn't sound like the author really even likes Obama she just hates Romney more.
    "But as bad as the Obama education policies are, they are tolerable in comparison to what Mitt Romney plans"
    I mean why do we always choose between the less of two poor candidates? There are 6, yes, 6 presidential candidates on the ballot that are capable of taking office without a write in. Don't waste your vote on the ruling parties. Pick a third party you can agree with and vote for them.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • bruce

      Great Stuff!

      October 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • mego98125

      Maybe because she wants to vote for a candidate that will actually WIN and then work from the inside to affect change.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • FG54

        I'm afraid she will have to wait until another 'change' (remember the one promised in 2008?) will free up the place in the queue.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • ortidefan

      I think the vote is "not Mitt Romney" and the only viable candidate that makes that happen is Obama.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  57. mattski

    I think everyone should spend some time living overseas. Then you will see governments who f_ck things up. You have no clue how good you have it, thanks in part to our government, until you get some perspective. Selfish employees slam their employers without a thought to who gave them a job. Kids who have no clue what it means to devote your life to something, slam their parents after their years of sacrifice. Grow up everyone. Do it now.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Sally

      I am working on a project overseas, in Europe. I am amazed how much better the quality of life is here, how mech less stressed people are, how easy it is for them to get good healthcare... If more Americans traveled overseas they would be asking why we can't have the same quality of life back home!

      October 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • tyler reynolds

      Then I guess you think we should bomb iran

      October 25, 2012 at 2:16 am |
  58. 30 yrs in ed/retired

    On every point you are correct, Diane. I vote for Obama again for my grandchildren, especially my granddaughters. I vote for Obama and against everything the Republicans have allowed the party stand for now. Arlen Specter had it right and left the Republican party because of their narrow positions, the party of "No". I am proud that America elected Obama and pray we can do it twice.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  59. james pfeiffer

    It doesn't matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, only an idiot would find something negative to say about Ravitch's statement. But alas, idiots abound!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • J-Man

      Well it all sounds good and well coming from a long time teacher. However teachers as a group are some of the most liberal, God-less people out there. Keeping in mind that I am only talking about a huge percentage, not all of them. While more than 70% of Americans believe in Creation they want evolution taught as fact in schools and don't want creationism even discussed. This woman's opinion is tainted by her liberal leanings. What she really wants is a bunch of liberal robots who think exactly like her.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • Eric

        Wow, angry much? Separation of Church and state mean anything to you? If you want to teach your children Creationism, home-school them or send them to a religious school.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
      • USMCJock

        I have lived overseas...fought overseas too. You should try it sometime.

        This republican Marine is voting for Obama.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  60. MA Resident

    As someone who has lived in Massachusetts for over 20 years and have seen the education system firsthand, I feel I have the background to comment.

    Massachusetts education has been improving and continues to improve. However it was in 2005, during the middle of Romney's term, that it became first in Math and English.

    Does Romney get some of the credit for this even though other people started the process? Does Obama get credit for Osama Bin Laden even though others started the process? Yes and yes.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • J-Man

      Honestly, I think Obama deserves little credit for Bin Laden. It was the intelligence community that deserves the credit for finding him and the Seals for taking him out. Sure Obama gave the order and watched from a chair in the WH Situation Room. Can you imagine if it had gotten out that we knew where he was and he didn't give the order? Talk about impeachment.....

      October 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
      • USMCJock

        I find it so fascinating that you THINK you know so much about the military, but you aren't military. If you did, you'd know that no missions – especially those of "high profile status" can be conducted without the full authorization to kill by the POTUS. Therefore, the CIC gets full credit for he carrying out the mission. He is in charge of foreign policy; not Congress and not the Navy SEALS., whom take orders from the CIC. The can't go rogues like some think. Get off your high horse. If this were Bush, then you'd be first in line to congratulate him in the face of liberal attacks.

        Semper Fi

        October 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
      • 'ned

        The guns and the bullets killed Osama not the seals. If the seals were not told whee he was by CIA, would they have been there? I guess the seals took themselves there and back. George Bush is not responsible for the war in Iraq, the army is.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
      • Stick to issues

        Lets get one thing straight we would not have gotten bin laden if it weren't for bush's intelligence gathering. Obama wants to blame bush for everything yet he steals the credit for the intelligence used in order to pull off the operation. If he were president at the time we would have no intelligence. Then he hangs the Pakistani doctor out to dry after he got what he needed out of him...seems to be a pattern here.

        October 25, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • JediAcctnt

      Actually Obama should get all the credit for Osama. W had shut down the CIA unit responsible for trying to locate Osama. Obama reactivated it as soon as he was in office.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
      • BackHand

        You're only THINK you know. You actually know very little.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
      • Cliffintex

        You do not know what you are talking about. Bush did most certainly not close the units searching for Bib Laden. He was the one who started the hunt. It may have escaped you, but the hunt for Bib Laden started on Bush's watch.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
      • MD

        Then he IS responsible for the 4 lives in Libya and lies galore after Mr. close my eyes to the facts

        October 25, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  61. McBob79

    With the Repugs holding the House and gaining in the Senate will Obama be able to work with congress? He hasn't so far and that will make him even more ineffective than he is now.... scary prospect.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • Glenn Leahey

      While the Obama admin. has NOT come to agree with Boehner and the House Republicans on anything other than BASIC legislation/budgets, AT A MINIMUM, the "stalemate" in Washington has NOT (so far) allowed for extreme legislation from either political party to go through to law. Many parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act, including the much derided "mandatory purchase" were originally introduced by moderate/conservative Republicans in the 80's/90s. Better NO legislation than crazy/wing nut legislation! Check form some of the bills that have passed the Boehner House. Friggin' scary!

      October 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • USMCJock

      McBob, let me turn that around on you. It is also the responsibility for republicans to work with the POTUS. What makes you think it's a one way street...that the POTUS is forced to work with the Congress, and not the other way around also?
      One of the reasons I , as a republican (along with 30% of other republicans) are voting for Obama is that the GOP has done absolutely nothing. NOTHING. There are republicans out here who believe Mitch McConnell was wrong to say that the GOPs main task is to make Obama a one term president. No Mr. McConnell. Your job is tor represent the people who sent you to Washington, DC; not thwart the efforts of the POTUS. to get the country running again. They are two very different things.

      Semper Fi

      October 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  62. LL

    My only disagreement: "He [Romney] will lower standards for entering the teaching profession." Thank GOD for this. I have long thought teaching a noble profession that I would be well-suited for. However, the red tape and hoops and pathetic programs you have to shell out for just to get a "teaching certificate" has turned me away. Many private schools don't require a certificate, of course, thus they are a magnet for professionals with a lot of experience. (Ok, better pay helps too.) Being well-meaning and dedicated only takes you so far: we need to embrace, a la Orwell, "the power of facing unpleasant facts" and realize that character, intellect, and a broad base of education and experience should dictate who teaches kids. So, yeah, "teaching to the test" is crap, but we need to be harsher critics of the people teaching our students. (So I actually agree with Race to the Top, and think we should be even finickier about who is in front of the classroom.)

    October 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Glenn Leahey

      Hmmm....New York State only requires 19-34 education credits to get PERMANENT certification for either K-6 or 7-12 teaching. You can also start teaching with a bachelor's degrees and as few as 6 education credits. Many licensed teachers start as either teaching para-professionals or as assistant teachers as they pursue their degrees. Para- and assistants have a much HIGHER rate of remaining in the education field compared to either teachers who start post-college or professionals from other fields. You may want to consider the assistant/para route... Best wishes! I can only hope that if (god forbid) he gets elected, that Romney doesn't simply DUMB DOWN teaching credentials.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  63. barry obama the cynical divider

    what a flame-throwing, ivory-tower academic.

    it never ceases to amaze me the hypocrisy of liberals. soooo open-minded – except to views that challenge their own.

    because they see rules and norms as threatening to their free-spriited, anything-goes, government-as-caretaker mentality.

    why does Clinton News Network consistently air views from only one side of the spectrum?! coincidence? yeah, right.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  64. Michael

    Interesting to see the rabid bias of many of the posters on here. I'm a liberal so I react much less strongly to liberal bias when I see it but I still see it. I was reading FoxNews recently though and was appalled about how unapologetically biased it is, particularly given how it spends most of its time talking about the liberal bias of the mainstream media. There were 6 or 8 headlines and every one of them read like an editorial against Obama rather than an actual story. It seems like even the most left-leaning news organizations at least try not so sound biased but Fox is unbelievable. All I can say is the Chinese have nothing to worry about. This country is tearing itself apart and the ascension of China is a done-deal as far as I can see.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Cliffintex

      Sooo...let me undertand your point...CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC are liberal biased, and you have a problem with Fox being conservative? Hmmm...

      October 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  65. rbwinger

    Are there no prisons? Are there no poor houses?

    October 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  66. rbwinger

    "Are there no prisons? Are there no poorhouses?"

    October 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  67. JJ Ostinato

    So much ignorance, so little money. We pour so much money (most of it borrowed or printed funny money) into the overhead of the education system and the results decline steadily. Time to get rid of the overhead and the psuedo intellectuals and reform this broken system. Go Tea Party!

    October 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Cliffintex

      You go J J!

      October 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  68. pjusa

    Live by the government, Die by the governement.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  69. Kite005

    Obama is more sincere about his stated convictions and his focus on what he would like to get accomplished is where I think it needs to be. If the Republicans would have worked with the administration where possible much more would have been accomplished these last four years. But when people like Mitch McConnel say that the goal is to not let anything get done with the ultimate goal to make Obama a one term president we get something like that last four years.Minimal progress.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  70. AVG123

    Spoken like a true academic with her head up her a**.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  71. Kelsey

    I Believe in GOD!! and i believe all politicians are liars and thier is only so much one can do. We have had four years with a president who will not let kids pray in school, who doesnt put his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegance, and who is never pictured with a flag in the background. until the last debate i have never seen him weariing an american flag pin. Obama is a socialist and it will be very scary if he gets reelected. Watch Obama 2016 it will change your mind. as far as Michelle our kids are starving in school because she thinks they get too much food. maybe get them out of in front the tv and show them how to play outside.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Doug

      Kelsey, The shortest answer is not everyone believes in your (or any) God. So why should they be subjected to your rituals? No one has a problem with YOU doing your rituals, but I don't want to be forced into them. Live and let live.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • FG54

        Doug, I believe we should talk about something more than a religious ritual, something in a broader context. We need to preserve traditions, that has served as a bind, shared believes, shared common goals and way of life that has worked well for American people for many years. What we see now is an attempt to destroy that commonality and traditions, to divide people by further Balkanization, promoting ideas of 'multiculturalism', political correctness which effectively prohibits free speach in too many instances etc etc.
        Due to uncontrolled, both legal and illegal immigration during the last fifty years, America has been turning into a collection of multiple groups of people, having NOTHING in common whatsoever, not just religiously, but culturally and mentally. It has become a patchwork of often ethnically isolated areas that no longer look like traditional America. You might call it 'multiculturalism', sort of modern version of a 'melting pot', but that pot doesn't work anymore. The forces that successfully worked for hundreds of years on assimilating and uniting different people 'under God' are no longer working. To clarify here, I see 'God' as a symbol, less than in a religious sense. We have destroyed our symbols and traditions which served well for many years since this nation was established, but created nothing worthy instead. As a result what we see now are deteriorating morals, constatnt bickering between multiple 'cultures', creation of various ethnocentric organizations pushing their specific agendas and overall deterioration of society fabric. Unfortunately, I think this is just a beginning of the downward spiral. 'Divide and conquer' principle has effectively worked in the past and it is working now as well for whomever is interested in destroying this nation..

        October 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Todd

      Schools are so far behind what we need to be teaching our kids. Why waste 12 years of learning on kids and hope that they go to college and hope that they find work. We should be teaching skills for jobs in High School. A High School graduate has no immediate job skills for todays work force. We need to give them skills they need to get jobs, I really think that 12 years is enough training for most people to get a good job. Reserve 4 and 6 years for Doctors and Lawyers. We need Tech people now, we need IT people now, we need engineers now, can't we get that done in 12 years. How many, math, english, classes do we need to become an IT person, how many art and drama classes do we need to have job skills at 18 years old. Cut out the crap and get to the heart of the matter, KIDS need skills and training.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Which "GOD" did you have in mind? There have been so many it's difficult to tell...

      October 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Laura Mahoney

      Kelsey, its obvious you're out of touch, just remember ignorance is a curse...

      October 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Kite005

      So Kelsey believes all those emails that can be fact checked and proven untrue. I don't know how many of those I get every week and after checking most are untrue and the remainder just misleading.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Robin Robinson

      Kelsey, you say you believe in God. Then why have you just told a bunch of lies in one post? You're either quite the liar or you've been listening to Rush Llimbaugh, Sean Hannity and not using your own eyes and ears. OUR President puts his hand over his heart whenever the National Anthem is played and Pledge of Allegiance said, had NOTHING to do with taking prayer out of schools, that was on President Bush's watch and there are hundreds of images of OUR President when OUR Flag. Did you know that lying is a sin? Did you know that bigotry is a sin? I'll light a candle for you and pray for God's forgiveness for you.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • VEW2012

      Well Kelsey if you type "President Obama with his hand over his heart" in your Google search engine and do an image search of pictures of (President Obama with his hand over his heart) you will find 107,000,000 pictures of the President at many functions with his hand over his heart to give the pledge and so far I have not found one of those pictures where his label was missing its customary flag pin....Obviously you are either not very observant, or you lie much.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • ortidefan

      Is the Lord your Shepard? then you are sheep! Dumb! mindless! Drone! You shouldn't be allowed to vote because you have no Brain!

      October 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • Randall

      I would actuall like to know what would actually be wrong with a democratic/ socialist society. In most of the happiest countries in the world they have a socialist medical system (which is not Obamacare. Obamacare is reall more capitalist if you consider it is giving the insurance companies more customers) and a Socialist education system. I would be willing to pay more in taxes to ensure that my son was going to be able to go to a higher form of schooling for free and to never have to worry about my son's healthcare. That would be good for me. By the way, that is the basic belief in almost all of the major countries in the world that are happier and healthier than we are.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  72. golfballtx

    RL, corporations got to the education pie a little late. It's already been divided up between unions AFT and the NEA. Public education is the responisibility and purvue of local governments. That's why you elect school boards in your community. I have never seen a ballot for US School Board, have you?
    Federal govt is supposed to have a VERY limited space in k-12 education but it takes every opportunity to expand that niche. They pass mandates and fund them, then hold the sword of these funds over the head of the school to do their bidding..often in areas completely unrelated.
    K-12 education has been hit hard due to the money that comes from federal sources and then, in way too many cases, flows out to NEA and AFT. The education void in our country is not at the primary or secondary level. When allowed to do their jobs, dedicated teachers attend to their calling with zeal. Where we are in trouble is post secondary. Why does every 4 year college have to have an Art History or Physical Education degree program? BS in Liberal Arts? Your adult career has little to do with whether or not your 4th grade adhered to DoE guidelines about GLBT. It has EVERYTHING to do with how you prepare yourself after grade 12! If you want a 6 figure paycheck, learn to do a 6 figure job! Don't expect that, because you borrowed $80k to get that Sports Science degree that you should start with a salary to match.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  73. Different Approach to Education

    I will vote for Obama for all the reasons she stated and so many more but we do have other choices on education. I live in Texas and home schooling is VERY popular there. The NEW trend is to get together with multiple parents and do group home schooling. It takes some of the stress off of you bacause the responsibilities are shared. Also in Texas a lot of groups have set up online resources for people who to home school. If you questions or need assistance there is always someone to ask.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  74. MoreMoneyIsAJoke

    Diane, see if this brings back good memories for you, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help". ROFL. Yeah, let's get the federal government to solve our problems, it usually works, doesn't it? NO. Local solutions are the answer. Instead of proposing something that works, you suggest yet MORE GOVERNMENT. How many years of teaching do you have compared to years in administration?

    October 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  75. schoolgal

    I am truly surprised by this since you previously stated in your blog you would vote Green since you (as I) do not live in an undecided state where the election may turn towards Romney.

    Of course you have the right to change your mind no matter what your reasons. However, you have to know that in the end Duncan will make changes to RTTT that will public education.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  76. MassMom

    As a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, when Romney was governor of our state we ranked 48 then 47 in education which tells you how he sees it as a priority. look at his whole term as governor. He left mass. in debt after his term, raised fees and certainly not kind to the small businesses. He misrepresents himself in so many areas and certainly did not get along with the legislative branch as he says he did and he certainly made unilateral decisions. I cringe at the thought of romney becoming president he will make more of a mess than Bush did.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • MA Resident

      As a long term Massachusetts resident as well, I doubt that you even live in Massachusetts.

      First of all, Massachusetts is first in education, not 48th. Second, the left the state a surplus, not a deficit.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
      • MassMom

        Google Romney and click on the subcategory Education. That is exactly what I said. Read other subcategories so that you can be an informed voter. Don't listen to what he says in bits & peices. It has been proven from (look into claims there as well) that he misrepresents his facts.

        October 25, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  77. Drc

    Sorry, but throwing MORE money at education will fix nothing. MANY, not all, but many students have zero desire to learn which comes from their parents who have instilled that the world owes them everythign and why bother working hard for anything.

    Until you change the parents, you could spend a million per child and have the same dismal results.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • ortidefan

      Why would you want a $100K education to wait tables? Education doesn't help because this country is dominated by MNC.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  78. mirab

    Diane, thank you for an intelligent, unbiased analysis of the situation faced today and the choices we will be making. The pundits who answer angrily refuse to see things in a broader perspective and are just determined to spew their hatred and vitriol, neglecting the fact that the ideologues have been blocking everything Obama has tried to do for the greater good of the people.

    We need more advocates of public education like you. Otherwise, the only high quality option will eventually be private education and living in NY, sorry, but I don't have $40K a year for that.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  79. Richard

    Teachers can't teach the ways they want to in order to inspire and invoke knowledge AND creativity. They have to teach to the test. Go back before No Child Left Behind and Obama's where teachers could actually use their God-given talent!

    I don't fear the environmental factor. We need oil independence, and with current regulations the environment will be impacted, but not as awfully as in the past. It will be for OUR profit, because we are the end users, and the price of gas will come down to pre-Obama levels. We will be the share-holders. We won't be paying excise taxes and import costs from countries who openly hate and try to destroy us.

    There is no evidence that Romney will negatively affect women's rights, voting rights etc. Remember all the scandals of 2008 with dead people and dogs voting?

    No it's time for a change, I'm voting for Romney.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • fireside reader

      One of the stories I read today indicated that we are set to soon become the world's leading producer of oil...and this under President Obama. And if you think Romney will not negatively impact women's rights, the environment, have not been paying attention. Oh, and his latest debate performance touting moderation aside, his previous staunchly held remarks (as well as Ryan's in the VP debate) should make us all fear another war soon; there is both right-wing bluster and, I fear, a strong temptation to use that huge military (which has a navy larger than the next 13 largest countries' navies combined).

      October 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • Motoxer450

        Fireside..... the oil being produced.... it's on private land. without the involvement of the Federal Government. Government is the problem... not the solution.

        October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  80. max128

    That has always been the irony about Republican pro-choice zealots: they really couldn't care less about the mother before or after the pregnancy, and then they stop caring about the child the minute its born. Prenatal care, early childhood education, women's rights, equality in pay, will all suffer greatly under Romney.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  81. bpower

    A Democrat who turned Independent VOTING FOR ROMNEY.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Russ

      A democrat that will always be a democrat. Even if we can say Romney is moderate enough, he is 68. If something happens to him, we could have a Tea Partier in the driver's seat!

      October 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  82. Karmel

    Thank you Diane for a wonderfully written piece illustrating all of the issues with a Romney presidency. I absolutely do not understand what a poor or middle class person thinks Romney is going to do for them. Put them to work possibly, but their quality of life is not going to improve.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  83. drdtking

    One tiny, but huge correction, Diane:

    Obama's education policies have not been and still are not "tolerable." Nowhere near it.

    Disappointing to see this equivocation in your otherwise fine piece.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Retired Superintendent of Education

      She states they are tolerable relative to what Romney proposes. In that sense, I believe she makes an excellent point.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  84. FG54

    So, you will vote for a known failure, 'cool' guy with no record (good intentions a.k.a. 'hope and change' are still that – only intentions). Before being elected Obama had had no real experience in anything, except for being a 'community organizer', and then a senator who voted 'present' on most issues, and only if and when he actually was present.
    In any organization an employee with such a 'record' would have been long fired. I admit, that everything you mentioned regarding education needs etc would've been very nice and dandy provided we are in a normal fiscal situation. But we are broke!!! We need emergency measures in an emergency situation. Romney is not a perfect candidate (who is?), but I would give him a chance just because we don't have a luxury of another four years of empty promises and good intentions. Obama has not earned the right to 'lead' America for another term, America is too big of a 'community' for him to organize. He had first two years with absolute majority, but his planning was poor and his priorities were wrong. No more training on the job, this is the job for those with a solid real world experience. Therefore I will vote for 'imperfect' and 'uncool', but experienced candidate – Mitt Romney.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • max128

      You really think Romney will be better for you if you're not already rich? He primary job will be to look out for the rich and corporations' interests first. Yours and ours will come 2nd. You really think Obama is the only one offering "empty promises and good intentions"?

      If you truly believe (1) that women are not equal, (2) that the gov't should roll back all social policies and education programs, (3) that the gov't should concentrate on taking care of the rich and privatize everything so that the rich can then take care of us, and (4) that America is better off with only have two classes of citizens (the rich and the poor), then you should vote for Romney.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • FG54

        Max, when you are talking about Romney, you use future term i.e. he 'will' do this, he 'will' do that, based on YOUR personal perceptions of his character, partially influenced by (often biased) mainstreem media, and your assumptions only. It is all built on what you THINK is going to happen in the FUTURE, but you just cannot know that, unless you are a psychic or have a chrystal ball. But what if you are mistaken in the same way, as were others, who voted for Obama in 2008. They also wanted to believe in their assumptions as to what Obama 'will' do in the next four years back then. These four years by now have already become the 'reality' we all have lived thru. So, what do you think about that reality? Do you still think it was successful in any way? I can only remember constatnt excuses and blaming previous administration for all current failures. Almost everyting is worse now than it was in 2008. Yes, Bush was not among the best presidents, but he had a democratic majority during his last 2 years, the same majority Obama had in his first two years and he did nothing for economy. He was being completely consumed with his only agenda – Obamacare (I just wonder if Nancy Pelosi has finished reading it thru, like she planned AFTER it was passed).
        So, I will vote for Romney, as my decision is based NOT on my assumptions for what will happen in the future, but on what has or has not happened in the past four years. And those years didn't give me any hope and change to justify giving Obama another, undeserved term in the office.

        October 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • VEW2012

        FG54 The last I check Fox myth factory is the top dog of the lame-stream media.

        October 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
      • VEW2012

        FG54 Bush had a majority both houses for 6 years of his presidency...and it take 3-5 years for any legislation passed during a president's term to become legislation passed during 2001-2005 would have started being noticeable around 2007-2008...things like 2 unfunded wars, deregulation of banking, cutting of tax revenue to cover expenses (such as 2 unfunded wars) and an unfunded drug benefit. Please note* the affordable health care law was signed by the president on March 23, 2010 and won't be fully implemented until January, 2014. So the meltdown of the economy happened during 2007-2009 and 2009 up until September 30, 2009 was still under the last Bush budget which ran from 10/1/2008 to 9/30/2009.

        October 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • PA

      Romny's "experience" is gutting companies and sending jobs oversees all the while collecting dividends from his many off-shore accounts. Yeah, he's just what America needs. Wake up already.

      Bush's (as well as some of Clinton's) policies primarily led to the NEAR COMPLETE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE OF OUR COUNTRY. Recovery from this kind of disaster doesn't happen quickly and there's nothing John McCain or anyone else could have done to speed up the recovery. And now, 3 1/2 years later, you want to put the same party that's only become even more extreme back in power? You deserve every bit of misfortune you'll receive from the man who stands for absolutely nothing but making money .

      October 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • JohnW

      Only a community organizer? Guess you forgot about the whole 12 years of teaching law, huh? Or did they just neglect to mention that on the right-wing media outlet you got it from? I'm betting the latter.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • VEW2012

      Why do you think someone who can't show his 2009 tax returns because he more than likely took tax-evasion amnesty like 5000 other off shore bank account holders...What would have been the advantage of off shore Swiss accounts if it wasn't to evade taxes? What is the reason for banking money in the Cayman's it can't be for the sun?

      October 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  85. For Obama or Against Romey

    Is this article pro-Obama or anti-Romney. There is a difference and there are other choices that can be made...

    October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  86. Howard

    Go ahead, Diane. Tell us how you REALLY feel.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  87. Leftcoastrocky

    Deep government budget cuts at a time of economic weakness actually are counterproductive, destroying the chances for economic growth.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  88. Scotchguard

    The author has articulated the situation we face precisely. Thank you.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  89. clubschadenfreude

    I will vote for Obama because the GOP have become theocrats. They do not only want to take us back to some delusional version of the 1950s; they want to take us back a 1000 years.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  90. 25 years in Ed.

    Well said. Has anyone looked at who the rest of the world would like to see in the oval office and asked why they have no trouble making a decision?

    October 24, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  91. fiftyfive55

    I am having a hard time with who to vote for.On one hand is Obama who wants to redistribute money that people have earned to people of color just because they are of color,while Romney will aid offshoring of jobs,and help to destroy pensions and other things in the name of corporate profits.
    Which is the lesser of two evils and how to choose ???

    October 24, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • woodyplace

      Please remember that there are more poor white people than blacks, hispanics and asians put together. There are more white people on welfare than blacks, hispanics and asians put together. More whites who lost their homes, jobs and private retirement funds than blacks, hispanics and asians put together. The former middle class is the new poor. If you and your husband lose your jobs, your children will be feed by food stamps. The money will be redistributed to more white people than blacks, hispanics and asians put together. Think about what I've just said and vote for Obama.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • fiftyfive55

        of course more whites collect more,we are about 80% of America,in case you didnt know that.

        October 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Sawtooth

        "There are more white people on welfare than blacks, hispanics and asians put together."

        Not just false, but completely opposite to the truth.

        As of 2006, 38% of welfare recipients were black, 33% were white, and 28% were Hispanic.

        It would take a monumental change in the dynamics of dependency for what you said (or pulled out of your rear end) to be true.

        October 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • Yup

        It amazes me how little most people really do any educating of themselves on a topic. The question is not one of color or riches, the question is not do we want to help people – yes of course. The questions is not even what religion you are or where you went to school. The questions facing our nation are all much deeper than a simple article written or a yes or no. Fundamentally you have to ask yourself what is it to be FREE, what is the governments job? What are the overall principles you believe in? If you like one person's answer because it sounds so good, but there isn't a way to really make it happen you are not doing yourself or your country any favors. Yes if I have no money I want free healthcare, I want free food, I want you to give me a job and pay for my education, I want I want I want, but guess what, this country wasn't founded or been one of the most powerful and innovative countries in the world because everything is free and easy. Globalization is behind many of the changes we see in the USA. But I have yet to hear from anyone who has written about working in the white house with the current President about him bringing people together in any way shape or form. Right now if the USA was a person it would be a person with all their credit cards maxed out, not able to buy anything, hardly surviving having to take from one credit card to put on another, and have no budget at all because there is not one extra penny after paying for all the debts we have already incurred. People wake up! We can't spend money like we have the last few years. We can't bail out some companies and not others. We can't ask people to vote for us because we are a certain color, and most of all we have to run the government the way every single person and family has to also run their lives and businesses, that is under a plan and a budget. The deficet is the number one problem period. So stop talking about little issues because all the little issues are just a symptom of the big problem, we have no money to back all the free things people want period. And if you think everything is free and everything should be yours and everything someone says is the truth you had better go back to neverneverland.

        October 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Scotchguard

      "Redistribution" is elderly people receiving Social Security and Medicare. It is access to a public school education and unemployment benefits for those whose jobs have been sent overseas. It is educational programs for pre-school children and legislation that guarantees employees minimum wage. Nearly ALL Americans benefit from some form of "redistribution." If Romney wins the election, the money is simply "redistributed" in ways that benefit the wealthiest Americans while the programs that benefit the rest of us cease to exist.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:54 am |
      • fiftyfive55

        social security and medicare IS NOT redistibution,we paid for that and expect it,whether you would deny paying people what they've earned is now the question ?

        October 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Someone

      See, this is the problem with so many - they pick one issue that really doesn't affect them and they vote in a candidate that never even addresses the issue he was voted in for! Even if Romney is voted in, he can't do half of what he claims he can, including "getting rid of welfare." But look, what is wrong with a president who wants to help our citizens? People like you, 55, forget that many of the new poor are the former upper class. After the Bush policies that encouraged employers to dump off thousands of high-paying positions, many families with $250,000+ yearly incomes were reduced to food stamps and welfare, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and the bus. People with two and three degrees are sweeping floors at Starbucks. But there aren't enough floor-sweeping jobs to go around. Why is it so hard for you people to help your fellow man in his time of need? You would rather take your hard-earned money and donate it to billionaires who already have plenty, who could give a rat's patootie about the have nots, and who line their pockets with the extra millions they make by using overseas labor instead of paying their neighbors a decent living wage in the US so people can get off food stamps and welfare? Doesn't seem like much of a choice at all to me. I choose to help those who have less than I do. And I want someone in the Oval Office who cares more about the unfortunates and the fortunates (middle-class people like myself) than the extremely well off. But I digress. This is only ONE ISSUE. Please reread the article so you can learn about the OTHER ISSUES that will be affected by who is voted in.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • fiftyfive55

        Anybody who made 250,00 dollars a year and is now poor is somebody who didnt save and did live beyond their means.They didnt feel bad for us when they were on top why should we care now that they are down here with us ?

        October 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Hemp should be legal

      It is not "evil" for a powerful country to lend support to its most unfortunate citizens. No child should go to school hungry, especially when corporate farms are subsidized by tax dollars. Yet Romney would greedily slash school lunch programs and funding to schools.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • fiftyfive55

        The saying is "no child should go to bed hungry", being fed before school is a parent's responsibility.My grandparents,my folks,and myself all worked multiple jobs to put food on the table for each generation in my family,it's what we call pride.I should not also have to pay for someone who is too lazy to take care of their own family.

        October 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • JE

      This whole "Obama is redsitributing money from those who earned it to those who didn't" is so stupid and absurd. It is such a pointless critiicism. The function of governement is to take in money (taxes) and to provide certain services (redistribute) such as the military, roads, public health services (CDC, NIH, etc), our various safety net services (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc), etc. We can all argue about whether these are good services or whether they should be expanded or cut, but it is foolish to argue that the amassing of the tax payers' funds and sending those funds to provide, for example, a military is anything other than the fundemental function of a democratic government which is to redistribute funds to services that the elected representatives deem are needed services.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
      • fiftyfive55

        that's not what I meant by redistribution and you know it.

        October 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • tevyn

      Read the article in this month's Vanity Fair about Obama. (I think it is online) The journalist tagged along with him for six months. It will tell you more about the President than any of the debates and stump speeches. The article reveals him as President. After you read it, you'll know what kind of Presdient we have and I think the decision will be clear.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • fiftyfive55

        Let's see how you feel when Obama taxes your healthcare as income !
        Lets see how successful we all are when every state becomes right to work !
        Again I ask,which is the lesser of two evils ?

        October 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

      FIFTYFIVE55, REALLY I think you have some major issues about everything you have just said, redistribution to people of color!!!!!!! Its quite obvious who you are going to vote for EVERY PERSON THAT IS NOT COLORED, does not want Obama in office anyway, never did, KARMA! you get what you ask for, you see what BUSH did

      October 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • fiftyfive55

        I'll vote for color when they stop blaming white folks for all the problems in Anerica today,not what happened a hundred years ago,isnt that why the mideast never stops fighting-because of what happened a hundred or two hundred years ago. When people of color take responsibility for their individual situations,I'll think about how I vote but for right now , I think correctly,not politically correctly(which is usually a lie)

        October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  92. max3333444555

    The reality is that the author is comparing two very different things. one is state spending with state control and the other is federal spending attached to mandates.

    having been in a role where he certainly should understand the difference i simply will consider this another political spin applied to a complex topic.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • max3333444555

      i meant to type she. apologies to the author

      October 24, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  93. jmm

    Very sad day when rational thought and reason do not trump failure domestically and internationally.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Howard

      What rationale thought? What domestic and international failure? Your problem is you examine issues through a soda straw instead of opening your eyes and your mind to all the facts.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  94. RL

    Diane, you are one of the few voices of reason in a vast field of corporate takeover. It's devastating for many of us to see how big money is taking over our country; and now they have their sights on one of the biggest pies – public education. Romney and his ilk scream about lowering taxes, but they have no qualms about handing over public money to private enterprises as long as those enterprises throw plenty of money their way. Thank you. I only wish the press would say more about this; but then they would be biting the hand that feeds them – wouldn't they?

    October 24, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Sawtooth

      Government pretty much f-cks up everything, no exaggeration intended.

      And yeah, it's "public money," but government bureaucracies act like it's theirs.

      It's time we started talking about "government greed." A good place to start would be the half million fed employees that make a hundred grand or more each year.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
      • ortidefan

        Sure Government screws it up. Because it it run by special interest. Get special interest out of government and things would run better.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  95. Art Maloney

    I am afraid the logic here is inescapable for discouraged public school educators and their supporters.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:01 am |
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