Lately I’ve noticed a food cart stationed near the firm, at the corner of Gay and Third, around the lunch hour. Called the “Foodie Cart,” it looks like it offers a great selection of interesting food — but so far I haven’t been able to sample any because it always seem to have a long line of customers. Obviously, the Foodie Cart has fans, so their food must be good! It turns out that there is an interesting story behind the food cart, too.
It is great to see a food cart doing so well in downtown Columbus. If you are in most big cities, food carts are a fundamental part of the scene and help to create that big city feel. They have been conspicuously absent in Columbus, so seeing a street cart is very welcome. The fact that this particular cart can be found on our street, which has now become something of a downtown food corridor, is just an added bonus.
On Friday the Washington Post carried a good editorial about the latest “stimulus” bill to wend its way through Congress. This one allocates $10 billion to avoid teacher layoffs. The “stimulus” argument, of course, is that the teachers who would otherwise be laid off will now have money to spend, and their spending will stimulate the economy. That bogus argument has already been disproved by the utter failure of the earlier, larger stimulus to deliver the job creation that was promised. What’s more, that argument could be used to justify subsidizing every industry facing layoffs and using federal dollars to prop up every job. Has our country’s economic policy really reached that point?
The Post clearly is correct in characterizing this latest stimulus bill as a sop to teachers unions. The President and congressional Democrats want to leave a big polished apple on the teacher’s desk — and they hope to get campaign cash and votes in return.
The eye-popping statistic in the editorial is that, in the last school year, more than five percent of the funding for primary and secondary education jobs came from the federal government. The threshold question that people should be asking is: why is the federal government involved in funding local education in the first place? Education historically has been, and should remain, a local issue decided by the voters in municipalities and states. We should not be using federal dollars to prop up school districts that are overstaffed or underfunded due to the choices of the local voters in those districts.
No one wants to see anyone laid off, but it happens in every industry. Education should not be immune. Indeed, given the stories about teachers twiddling their thumbs in “rubber rooms” while drawing full paychecks, it seems likely that school districts have room to make cuts. If school administrators have to make tough choices because that is what local voters have decided, then they should make those tough decisions — without a toadying Congress throwing money their way.
I’ve posted before about the Browns Backers — the fanatical network of diehard fans of the Cleveland Browns with outposts found coast to coast. Last year, Russell, UJ, and I watched a game with the Westerville Browns Backers, and we had a wonderful time.
The Huron Browns Backers bus
When we were up north recently I happened to pass the Huron Browns Backer bus, which was parked in a lot adjacent to the Knucklehead saloon near the intersection of Route 2 and Rye Beach Road. It is a most impressive piece of work. Resplendent in the familiar team colors of orange and brown, the bus has been tricked out to look like a bloodthirsty dog from the front and is inscribed with the names of the Browns’ head coaches, favorite players, and the years when the Browns won the All-American Football Conference and the NFL championship.
The classic reflection of the world view of beaten down Browns fans, however, is found in the sign at the right rear of the bus. It says the Browns will be Super Bowl champions “2 – – – ?” In other words, the Huron Browns Backers are confidently predicting that the Browns will win the Super Bowl — not in the next year, the next decade, or even the next century, but sometime during the next millennium. In view of Red Right 88, The Drive, and The Fumble, who can blame them for hedging their bets?