Heeeee's baaaaaack sticking his nose into Washington County again.
Not content to let the good people of Washington County make up their own minds, Mark "Bellowing" Belling went on a little rant recently about the dangers of spending our money on educating our kids.
It is, of course, his job to improve his ratings by whatever means necessary. It's his living after all. Bruce Murphy's had to watch him for years, and this little explanation makes a lot of sense.
Mark Belling’s Folly
Mark Belling is very smart and can be a savvy media analyst. That confuses people who think he must always have some basis for his opinions. Not really. Mark’s business is show biz. He’s an entertainer, as he freely concedes. He rarely does any reporting, rarely provides any balance on his radio shows and often doesn’t bother to correct his inaccuracies.
So, back to us, Belling bellows about our business in order to pump his ratings and he does it at our expense. Normally, that'd be okay -- but this is important.
The future of the kids who live here is important.
Belling's ratings aren't.
He doesn't live here, work here, or pay taxes here. He doesn't shop here, buy groceries, gas, or beer here -- unless he has a secret mansion on Big Cedar Lake somewhere. He doesn't have kids in school here, doesn't care about our interests or our future, or about what we think is best for our kids.
Still, he does have one thing most of us don't: a TV show.
For some reason, those Sunday morning TV guys always think they know what other people should think and do.
Having a TV show doesn't make him smarter than us, doesn't make him an expert on our kids, schools, education, or on the new global economy we have to get our kids ready for (even if he doesn't -- although I'd love to see his job outsourced to India... we could call it "Sunday Morning with Bangalore and Company") .
It doesn't mean he understands the relation between investing in education and its (huge!) economic payoffs. It doesn't make him an expert on local control of local issues. It doesn't even make him a decent example of common sense.
It makes him a big mouth on TV.
He stomped around Washington County using his TV show years ago when Glenn Grothman ran against Mary Panzer. Now he's acting as if that gives him the right to have his say in our neighborhood schools... and he's actually criticizing Glenn for going soft on... wait, on what again?
On a business savvy and tax-wise study that took some of our smartest and most fiscally conservative neighbors two years to finish??
Let's not confuse a common sense approach to spending our money on our kids with Mr. Belling's bellowing for ratings.
I'm just thinking out loud, of course.