George Washington at 279 (Born Feb 22, 1732) Part 8

 

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No. 3: Texas Western beats Rupp’s runts

NCAA Championship game, March 19, 1966 — This moment’s stature has only grown with time. Texas Western (now UTEP) started five black players against Kentucky, which started five white players. Texas Western’s 72-65 victory was a win for the school and the Civil Rights Movement. Years later, Texas Western point guard Bobby Joe Hill said the win “was the thing that opened doors in the ACC, the SEC. … Everybody started recruiting blacks after that.”

Dr. Pat Robertson reads George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation… The Christian Broadcasting Network CBN

In the next few days I will post portions of the speech (which really was just a newspaper article) and today’s section deals with Washington’s philosophy concerning federal debt. This is  provided by David Barton of Wallbuilders.

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As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in times of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear. The execution of these maxims belongs to your representatives; but it is necessary that public opinion should cooperate. To facilitate to them the performance of their duty it is essential that you should practically bear in mind that towards the payment of debts there must be revenue; that to have revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant; that the intrinsic embarrassment inseparable from the selection of the proper objects (which is always a choice of difficulties), ought to be a decisive motive for a candid construction of the conduct of the Government in making it, and for a spirit of acquiescence in the measures for obtaining revenue which the public exigencies may at any time dictate.

Rand Paul is the senator from Kentucky and I like him a lot. I think his philosophy is much more like our founding fathers on debt. He has proposed eliminated 1/3 of the federal deficit in one year. Below is a story on him and you can see either people love him or hate him.

Paul is also advocating the total elimination of:

Department of Energy

Department of Housing and Urban Development

 Affordable Housing Program

Commission on Fine Arts

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Corporationfor Public Broadcasting 

National Endowment of Arts 

National Endowment for Humanities

Privative the Smithsonian Institution

State Justice Institute

One day after President Obama called for a rewrite of U-S Education policy, Secretary Duncan defended the Department of Education’s role in making American schools globally competitive.

“We all have to work together to give them a better education,” Duncan said, “and if you are decimating that, you’re going the wrong direction.  That does grave harm not just to children but to families, to communities and ultimately to our country.”

Paul argues – however – that educational performance has decreased as U-S education funding has increased.

“When the federal government spends money,” Paul’s overview of the plan explains, “those are resources that are drained from the state, diluted by way of large Washington bureaucracy, and sent back to the school districts with red tape and strings attached.”

“Washington provides at best, eight, nine, ten percent of money,” Duncan countered, “The vast majority of funding comes at the state and the local level, about 90 percent, and that is as it should be.  What we all need to do is not invest in the status quo, but invest in this very different vision.”

Meanwhile – WHAS11 viewers are sounding off about Paul’s spending cuts plan. 

“I want you to know that I think Rand Paul is a nut,” said one caller to a comment line.

“Apparently, he sends his kids to private schools and so forth, and that’s why he wants a tax cut in education,” another caller said.

“I’m strongly in favor of Rand Paul’s decision,” countered one caller, “I think he’s going to get us going in the right direction.”

“I think Rand Paul is spot on,” said another, “We need to cut the waste and eliminate the bull crap in the government and get things back on track.”

Trivia about George Washington:

When Washington inherited Mount Vernon from his brother, the plantation was 2,000 acres. By the time of George’s death in 1799, it was 8,000 acres.

— Charles Willson Peale painted the earliest known portrait of Washington in 1772.

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