Deer -- I thought about how I posted it before I put it up and attempted to word it in a very objective fashion.
Actually, I do believe any person has the right to do whatever they want with their money, believe it or not...lol. It's just that this DID make the papers here in Houston (which I might add are VERY Republican) and was noteworthy enough to catch eyes here. The article speaks for itself and it is not done with bias...it is done as FACT. I have a serious interest in knowing what this software is that our children are going to be exposed to at school.
It is like people get the facts put right in front of them and cannot put two and two together....
I happen to work in the field of journalism; a private trade/legal publication. News is news. But, there are some who really will not read the truth when it is put in front of them because of their own biases.
Do you personally think that this was a kind, charitable gesture? The fact that this was a former first lady and the mother of our current commander-in-chief....it is noteworthy. The fact that the money was earmarked for her son's company -- is that really a donation or a tax-deductible gift to her son to further the Ignite software?
There is a story here. It is worth researching and I have done my research except for not having viewed the software itself.
If you think I am wrong about my fears about plans for privatized education and a corner on the educational market, then please convince me otherwise. I do not wish to believe the things that cross my mind, really. However, I cannot close my eyes to information, factually backed information, that comes in front of them. I happen to care about public education...this nation was the one nation in the world that USED TO offer a good free public education. That public education does not hold up in the real world now. This is a serious concern....very serious.
I reiterate that I posted this thread for the rest of you who may not get the Houston Chronicle. Some news is very carefully filtered from mainstream media -- that is a fact and not paranoia.
How do you feel about that kind of charitable contribution, Deer, really...even if it wasn't Mrs. Bush? Would you think that it should remain tax exempt....what do you think, really? Quit attacking my motives, and please just take a moment to tell me what you think about it?
I put how I think about it....she has the right and it makes very good BUSINESS SENSE -- it circumvents inheritance tax, and if a mother wants to give a son a gift, well, then this seems like a very inventive way to do it -- plus it appears she is helping the poor and misplaced. But I also agree with what Kacy wrote. I mean, gosh....Deer, there are people who are struggling after the hurricanes in ways you and I cannot even imagine, some more than others. Personally, if I had that kind of money, I think I would want to give those kids psychological counseling for PTSD. Or...I'd want to give it to disaster relief funds that know where the money is needed. But, that's just me.
My point in posting the article was strictly to see what people thought about this.
[This message has been edited by iliana (03-27-2006 04:43 AM).]