America is equal opportunity not equal outcomes…
“The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both.” The desire to have more, to have what those who are better off have, is a powerful emotion. Friedman points out that the most governments can do is provide all citizens with equal opportunity to use their time and abilities as they best see fit, in pursuit of a better life. Introduced by Steve Allen. Discussion with Thomas Sowell, Hoover Institution and Michael Kinsley, New Republic.”
I ran across a wonderful daycare service recently that many my age would have appreciated when our children were in need of day care. Aunt Sammie’s Day Care provides care, food, and education services to your child and best of all it is FREE. I was interested to find out that Aunt Sammie offers care to children from “prenatal to aged three” in one of their programs. Child care before they are born! You’ll be pleased to know that Aunt Sammie’s is in fact a non-profit corporation with nearly 2,900 locations with over 56,000 classrooms and served over one million in 2009-2010. Did I mention that it is FREE?
Most of this book review will consist of excerpts from this inspirational and thought-provoking book by Eric Johnston. My hope is that many of you will pick up and read this timely book as we wade through our current problems. I wish that I could reasonable reprint all of the passages that I have highlighted as I read America Unlimited.
As you read the passages think about succinct Mr. Johnston’s comments are. I should mention that he was a businessman and the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce. He also had the opportunity to travel at the behest of the President of the United States. At the risk of sounding like an chain e-mail, please read to the end (or skip ahead if you are that impatient) for a rather surprising fact.
The beginning of the newspaper story seemed fairly innocuous in that the Commonwealth Education Organization (“CEO”) contacted eighth-grade teachers to encourage their students to participate in an essay writing contest. This was to be the fourth such contest in as many years and the topic was for students to “Explain the difference between a representative republic and a democracy, comparing and contrasting both forms of government.” That seems like a good subject to challenge students to learn about our system of government. I wondered how many adults have basic knowledge about our government in an earlier posting that included a question about our democracy.