For those too young to remember the cartoon character “Pogo,” he was famous for the oft quoted, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
The Payson Roundup, following Tuesday’s election, led off with two big stories: “Schools fear cuts; Superintendent: ‘Everybody is going to have to cowboy up.’ Below that, “Voters veer hard right.”
Arizona is number 49, just ahead of Mississippi, in spending on education. The party just returned to power by a two to one margin in Gila County, is the party that is, and has been, responsible for placing Arizona in this dubious position. The only money they spend on education is what is required by law!
Even Elaine Bohlmeyer, whose platform was “Better education for our children,” was turned away in favor of a candidate who “doesn’t want higher taxes.” How do you think you are going to educate your children now? Watch for another request from Payson School District for a tax increase ... real soon.
Pogo was right.
Maybe there will be a recurrence in comic strips, because the way our education system is headed, comic strips will be the only thing your kids will be able to understand.