Detroit News calls plan for iPod for every school child in Michigan ‘hare-brained’

Apple Store“We have come to the conclusion that the crisis Michigan faces is not a shortage of revenue, but an excess of idiocy. Facing a budget deficit that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy a MP3 player or iPod for every school child in Michigan,” The Detroit News editorializes. “No cost estimate was attached to their hare-brained idea to ‘invest’ in education. Details, we are promised, will follow.”

The Detroit News writes, “We wonder how financially strained Michigan residents will feel about paying higher taxes to buy someone else’s kid an iPod. That they would include such frivolity in a crisis budget plan indicates how tough it will be to bring real spending reform to Michigan.”

“The only responsible option is to bring spending in line with current revenues. The mission must be to expand the tax base, rather than to expand taxes, by crafting a budget that encourages growth,” The Detroit News writes. “We won’t get there by wasting money on early Christmas presents for Michigan kids.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPods and iTunes can be used effectively for education.

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  1. Michigan schools have substantial problems. We need to feed our kids breakfast and get them in the classroom before giving them iPods. I agree that iPods could be used in education, but there are too many Michigan students who would ignore or misuse this resource.

    Michigan politicians need to get their priorities straight.

  2. Being from Michigan I agree with the Detroit News. The state budget can not cover this expense. They are already cutting local spending and per pupil expenditures so this new expense does not make sense.

  3. What do you expect from TAX and SPEND Liberal Demoncrats?

    The automakers are hurting and something like this only encourages them to consider shifting operations to a more tax friendly state or country. Everyone looses.

    Kids drop things, the gangs will steal them for sale on eBay.

    Stupid demoncrats, get a brain.

  4. What? How?
    I can not imagine how an ipod would help k-12 students in any way that could not be done with a nice folder and some paper and pencils.
    Please elaborate MDN.
    I’m all earbuds…

  5. maybe they should just hire qualified teachers.. I know that sounds crazy.. but as much as I love apple.. iPods are good for teaching only in the correct environment/context.

  6. To be perfectly honest, buying iPods for all those kids would be stupid.

    Why are they planning to “improve” the education of their children with iPods, when the actual problem sounds to me like a case of budget problems on the administrative end? Giving the kids a “better” education is a different issue. The kids aren’t the ones spending State money.

  7. I can not imagine how an ipod would help k-12 students in any way that could not be done with a nice folder and some paper and pencils.

    Because it’s an Apple and Steve say it’s wonderful!!! Woooo Hooooo

    Anybody that disagrees with Fanboys are “Windows Trolls” Same Apple Fanboy nonsense everyday….

    Makes ya wonder what the average age is here at MDN…. I’m guessing 13.

  8. Shut yer pie hole WiseGuy.

    Right, it would be much better to borrow and spend like the current administration, and just run up a deficit.

    And let’s not forget who gave tax incentives for said industries to relocate in the first place. What a tool you are.

  9. “What do you expect from TAX and SPEND Liberal Demoncrats?”

    yeah because the republicans certainly have NEVER wasted any taxpayer money…

    All good fortune for AAPL aside, i do think this is a dumb idea. Kids arent’ going to use these for education.

  10. “Right, it would be much better to borrow and spend like the current administration, and just run up a deficit.

    Yes, we need liberals in Power!!!! Let’s TAX working people so unemployed crack dealers can have FREE Health Care and Low Cost Housing…..


  11. Right, it would be much better to borrow and spend like the current administration, and just run up a deficit.

    If you know anything about macro-economics, you would soon see the follacy of that statement.

    But in short, it’s smarter to capitalize on the available funds from all over the world, which you can pay back later in cheaper dollars because you control the currency. Than it is to rob the very people you support in order to advance your ideals of socialism.

    Remember New Zealand which tried socialism? Yea, a short time later they realized their mistake and begged the world for capital to revitalize their economy because nobody worked.

    Stupid demoncrats. Feed the kids and pay the bills before entertaining luxury items like iPods.

    Stupid demoncrats/religious fanatics = lack of proper well rounded college education

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