On Facebook, New Jersey, and Education Reform

Generally speaking, living in New York, when I get into a political discussion with someone that makes me want to bang my head against the bar, it’s usually from someone on the left. Conservatives up in these here parts are viewed by liberals with a morbid curiosity, and if they know you disagree with them will come armed with talking points for whatever the issue du joir is, while you’re just looking to drink a beer.

In this particular case however, it was one of my own. We were talking about the $500 million that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated to the Newark school system. This happened late last year, when he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

This person I was talking to had a problem with this, for two inexplicable reasons:

1. Chris Christie sold out by going on that liberal Obama supporters show.

2. It’s just another case of throwing money at the problem.

The first one is just too stupid for words. The second is an example of how people sometimes need to turn off talk radio and think outside of catch phrases for a minute. “Throwing money at the problem” would be raising property taxes without doing a proper audit as to why the money we’re spending now isn’t enough, and is it being spent the best way it could be. That’s throwing money at the problem.

This is an ENTRPANEUR who made a ton of MONEY in the PRIVATE SECTOR taking some of that money and making a CHARITIBLE CONTRIBUTION with it to help REFORM SCHOOLS. At its most intellectually honest, how is that not conservatism?

This is how it’s supposed to work. The government stays out of your way and let’s you make as much money as you can, employ as many people as possible, and take some of your “obscene” profits to donated to charity (kinda like the $100 mil the Koch Brothers donated to cancer research).

On top of which, he’s making the donation to a conservative leaning (albeit Democrat) Mayor, and a Republican rock star of a Governor.

And this is a bad thing how?


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