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Friday, October 17, 2003
 
Re: If you hate the excessive salaries of CEOs...

Well the readers are teeing off on Mack over his apparent disapproval of Dwayne Crompton’s salary. John B.’s response was posted yesterday, and MilitaryMark had this to say:

”I think that Crompton from the head start program is being well compensated for the work he has done. The program is still in an infant stage, but the progress to date seems to be kicking the buttocks of traditional public schools. They are filling schools with children who want to learn, and they are demanding parental involvement. Those of you who have children take these situations for granted, as it a part of our culture. We pick the kids up at school, take them to soccer, out for a snack, and then home to a well balanced meal, homework, maybe a little television, and then off to bed and bath. We are the elite. The others, the students that these head start programs are attending to, do not have the amenities that we take for granted. They live in dangerous neighborhoods, have one or two working class or welfare parents, they eat their meals out of no name cans, live with roaches as a part of life, and sleep with a brother or sister on a used mattress on the floor. So does this mean they are not entitled to a first class education, and for free? I say no.

To make programs like this work you need a boss, and as in any company should the boss not be well compensated. He needs the money and the glamour to be able to mingle with the lawmakers and the local political powers to keep his program a success, and even expand it. I don't want to witch-hunt over paid social servants with positive motives, if we need to pick on the rich, which I don't care to do, how about we start with Vice President Cheney. It seems only fair, as his back room lots of cash are for nothing but greed.”



Now I tend to agree that the compensation of any private entity should be based on performance and what the market will bear, and as such, have little problem with Mr. Crompton’s salary. To that end, I agree with John B. I an very skeptical, however, of MilitaryMark’s assertions:

”The program is still in an infant stage, but the progress to date seems to be kicking the buttocks of traditional public schools. They are filling schools with children who want to learn, and they are demanding parental involvement.”

Isn’t this program nearly 30 years old now? I’d also like to see the studies, the objective evidence, that head start is “kicking the buttocks” of traditional schooling, and “filling the schools with children who want to learn.” Most of what I have read recently would argue to the contrary.

I have no problem with what this basically private sector employee is earning, but I do have a problem the program and itself and my tax dollars that funding it.



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