Portland Public Schools – spending your money just as fast as they can

by Robert Hatfield

I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Pay Rag*

*With apologies to Country Joe and the Fish


Well, come on Portland pick up a pen,

PPS needs your help again.

They’ve got themselves in a terrible jam

Spending your money just as fast as they can

So sell off your stock and write out a check

We’re gonna hear a whole lot a dreck!

And it’s one, two, three,

What are we paying for?

Don’t ask them, they don’t give a damn,

And neither does Mayor Sam!

And it’s five, six, seven,

Give up on your saving plans!

Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,

Whoopee! We’re all buying a lie!

 

Come on Portland, don’t be slow,

Why man, this is cash au-go-go!

There’s plenty good money we can waste

By supplying the District with money in haste,

But just hope and pray that if they run outta dough

The feds will give them more they can blow!

And it’s one, two, three,

What are we voting for?

Don’t ask me, I don’t have a clue,

I’m a renter but it sucks to be you!

And it’s five, six, seven,

Where is the limit here?

Well there ain’t no chance to have a say,

Whoopee! you’re all going to pay!

 

Well, come on teachers, let’s move fast;

Your big chance has come at last.

Go out and put “it’s for the kids” in a phrase

‘Cause the only good paycheck is one with a raise

And you know that a raise can only be won

When we’ve taxed ’em all to kingdom come!

 

And it’s one, two, three,

What are we paying for?

Don’t ask them, they don’t give a damn,

And neither does Mayor Sam!

And it’s five, six, seven,

Give up on your saving plans!

Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,

Whoopee! We’re all buying a lie!

 

Come on mother’s throughout Portland,

Throw gobs of my money at your children!

Come on fathers don’t hesitate

Vote YES! right now, before it’s too late;

And you can be the first one on your block

To have to move out, and in to a box!

 

And it’s one, two, three,

What are we voting for?

Don’t ask me, I don’t have a clue,

I’m a renter but it sucks to be you!

And it’s five, six, seven,

Where is the limit here?

Well there ain’t no chance to have a say,

Whoopee! you’re all going to pay!

 

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  • Bob Clark

    Reads well, Hatfield! And so, so true. I attended the League of Women’s voter forum on both PPS school measures this past Friday night. The Yes Side had a few of their groupies there, but I counted comments against PPS and its measures at about 66% and Yes side supporters at only 33% or so. People against the measures don’t seem to trust PPS much as they have a long history of PPS disappointing them. Think about this: We the taxpayers are suppose to hand over more than a half billion dollars to a school system graduating on time barely half its students. Only chumps and the inexperience would trust PPS to not be hosing them.

    Well at least the Oregonian came out against measure 26-121 (the PPS construction bond) today. A few NO side signs strategically planted would sure be nice to break up the monotony of the Yes side signs.

    • just doing the math

      Are you speaking about the SWNI forum? I went to that forum. I also watched
      the Rose City Park forum on tape. This is what I noticed from both forums.
      A lot of whining on the pro side and no specifics. And if you watch the Rose City
      Park forum on video, (yes it is an investment of time) and listen to the two
      speakers, the pro bond speaker did a lot of whining, and really could not answer
      several questions.
      As far as the signs, I have seen maybe six pro in my neighborhood, one was
      knocked down.

  • Sickofit

    Well done!!
    Those public teacher union thugs have never done one single thing to ever help the students.
    Not one – EVER!

  • Rupert in Springfield

    As some may know there is a local income tax measure in Eugene to spend even more money on schools. Ive been informally polling the most far left of my generally left leaning friends and I am really surprised at the lack of support for this. I mean when Eugene voters hate kids and hate teachers that says a lot.

    I honestly think that we may be starting to see a fracture in the usual carte blanche attitude towards the teachers unions. Oregon will probably be the last in line to reform, but I do think the days of teachers unions being sympathetic figures are on the wane.

    I would imagine most of the public is unaware that the state generally collects union dues for public employee unions. More and more though, this little fact will come out if distaste with public employee unions grows. This could have grave repercussions for the Democratic party as a whole. They should be worried, no doubt they are.

    • valley person

      “I mean when Eugene voters hate kids and hate teachers that says a lot. ”

      How did you draw that conclusion exactly? Did you ask if your friends hated kids and teachers?

      • Teacherspet

        I only know one thing. Schools need money and more of it. That way our kids will finally graduate and get a real education. It is hard to do if you only pay the teachers 60 grand for 172 days of actual work.
        They need more and we must give it to them.
        Now.

  • Libs Stuck on Stupid Again!

    Glad to see the Oregon and Portland public finally waking up to the huge ripoff of taxpayer funds for bloated salaries, benefits and building Taj Mahal level public buildings .

    • Sickofit

      They are not waking up. They are slowly but surely going out of business.

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