Found—Some Money for Books, Supplies, Teachers

Feb 23, 2012 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

Well, there was a famous saying a while back “All I know is what I read in the papers”. I guess now it should be “All I know is what I read on the Internet”. I think it was Will Rogers. I am not sure how to spell his name- but I have heard about a party to which I was not invited.

Apparently, (and I read this in the newspapers) there was a party at the White House to which I was not invited. I honestly did not expect to get invited, although I have invited both Arne Duncan and the President to play noon time basketball with me and Wendel Sloan and a bunch of other fine individuals.

In any case, I degress. Apparently Tuesday at the White House, Mick Jagger was there, and B.B. King was there, and I simply surmise that there was some sort of party. And apparently the President got a hold of the microphone again, and a splendid time was had by all. I do not begrudge the President trying to sing “Sweet Home Chicago” while gas prices are skyrocketing.

But I wonder how many of my tax dollars were used to pay for this party or event or his preliminary audition to be on The Voice with Blake Shelton and company (only kidding here)

But I wonder exactly who paid for this party at the White House, and what was served and who paid for whatever was served. This is an alert to our dear President- there are school systems in California that are in some financial trouble. And there are school systems in Texas that need Dry Erase Markers ( I very frequently visit schools to do in-services and read poetry, and out of interest, I ask what kinds of things they need- apparently Dry Erase Markers are at a premium in some places).

Perhaps the President paid for B.B. King and perhaps Mick Jagger performed for free. I don’t know. I am not sure who to ask. Maybe that Press Secretary- Mr. Carney. I will try e-mailing him. Or I can try my Senator or Congressperson. Perhaps the President is not aware of the budget deficit. I do know there are a few schools, and a few teachers and a few districts that could use some additional supplies, books, lap tops, and other ancillaries.

There was another old saying about “Nero fiddled while Rome burned “ and although it was attributed to Marie Antoinnete, it may have been someone else who said “Let them eat cake”.

The current gas prices are nothing to sing about. I have to tell you that. But the guy at the local gas station said it best to me about the rising prices. But no profanity is allowed in my column.

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