- Lets see now..... We the tax payers are paying over 100
Billion dollars a year on
- "A War and a Make-Over" that we didn't want
and didn't need and we weren't prepared for.
- Not to mention all the young men and women who are dying
over there for Halliburton and Bush CO.
- But Bush and Company can't seem to come up with the money
for student grants here in the US. I will become one of those poor students
- So, we build new schools over there, but here we tear
them down. We overpay the bean counters and underpay the teachers.
- As I recall the Founding Fathers had a Revolution over
a tax on their favorite breakfast beverage.
- This goes way beyond that. Where is my quill pen?
- My situation is this, I am 54 years old and I am a character
animator for video games and movies like "Polar Express".
- But I can't find a full time job because of all the young
Canadians who have flooded into California and other states taking our
high-paying jobs. So, I have decided to go back to college to get 'retrained.'
But now I am learning that Bush is cutting back on loans and grants.
- More than that, I have been preparing to get into a teaching
credential program at CSUN so I can teach computer animation in high schools.
I have 15 years experience in this business and I have been a trainer,
so I know I can teach.
- Well, I've just this year run into another new wall because
of Bush's "No child left behind" deal.
- I now have to take a new test called the CSET TEST for
- 'They' just created it this year and I must pass this
test before I can even apply to the California State University at Northridge
program. This test costs $150 each time I take it and I know professional
teachers who have taken it 3 times and failed to pass it. They were high
school Art teachers going for a higher pay scale by passing the test.
- The CSET TEST is an Art History Test, starting from before
the birth of Adam and Eve, to today's Modern Art. I DON'T WANT TO TEACH
ART HISTORY - I WANT TO TEACH COMPUTER ANIMATION AND MOTION CAPTURE ANIMATION.
- My alternative to this new roadblock was to get my Masters
degree and then get the teaching credentials. But now with all the new
cuts, I don't know how I'm going to do it.
- So, Mr. Bush's "Leave no child behind" has
become "leave the unemployed and educated displaced workers behind."
- Please read the following from a news letter from Congressman
- December 29, 2004
- Welcome to my Washington Update, an e-mail newsletter
for the constituents of California's 29th Congressional District. Through
these quick-read updates, I hope to keep you informed of progress being
made in Washington, D.C. and at home on public policy issues of interest
to our communities.
- SCHIFF OPPOSES ADMINISTRATION'S ACTION TO CUT PELL GRANTS
- Last week, the Bush Administration established new guidelines
that will restrict access to Pell Grants for nearly 1.4 million students,
with some students losing this vital financial aid entirely. "These
new rules - which will go into effect in the fall of 2005 - will hurt students
who are already struggling to pay for college, and it was a terrible way
for the Administration to treat students at this holiday season,"
said Congressman Schiff. Over the last three years, tuitions have risen
by 35 percent making a college education out of reach for at least 220,000
students. The University of California is expecting at least half of its
46,000 Pell Grant recipients to be negatively affected by these rules.
- 109TH CONGRESS BEGINS NEXT WEEK
- With many issues to debate and resolve, the 109th Congress
begins its work on Tuesday, January 4. All 435 Representatives and five
Delegates to the House of Representatives will be sworn into office for
two-year terms, and 34 of 100 Senators will take the oath of office for
new six-year terms. Congressman Schiff begins his third term in the House
where he expects to continue serving on the House International Relations
& Judiciary committees.
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