Elections took the headlines this week, of course, and many of the major stories are tied somewhat to them. But there are lives and problems and opportunities outside of politics, so here are a few stories and commentary for the end of the week.
Government-run, tax-funded schools
We Need a Brand New K-12 System
(Daily Policy Digest) The American education system is in a dire need to revamp. Digital learning can be an instrumental operation toward capturing this nation’s enormous intellectual potential. However, this will require reshaping the reform agenda, specifically school finance and governance. By extension, increasing student achievement — as well as individualizing instruction and creating quality options for children and families among, within and beyond schools — will depend to a considerable extent on how deftly our K-12 system can exploit this potential, says Chester E. Finn, Jr., president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
There are three potential barriers.
First are the self-centered interest groups.
Second is the question of organizational capacity.
Third are the fundamental structural flaws.
Source: Chester E. Finn, Jr., “First, We Need a Brand New K-12 System,” Education Next, Winter 2013.
The entire point is being overlooked. Yes, we DO need a brand new K-12 system: one that is based on the complete separation of school and state: one in which PARENTS have THE major role in educating and deciding how their children are educated, and one in which GOVERNMENT at ANY level (federal, tribal, state, local) have NO role – or as little as possible. One that is based on liberty and NOT on how docile a citizen or how malleable an employee is produced, and one where “permission to teach” is not based on how well a would-be teacher can regurgitate the inane liberal maunderings and pet theories of people who teach teachers because they can’t do anything else, or who want to control the minds of new generations.
Theft by government – Spending binge continues
CBO: Corporate Taxes Up 34% in FY12; Individual Taxes Up 4%;Deficit Still Tops $1T
(CNSnews.com) The Congressional Budget Office officially reported on Wednesday that the federal budget deficit in fiscal 2012 (which ended on Sept. 30) topped a trillion dollars for the fourth straight year even though federal taxes paid by individuals increased by 4 percent during the year and federal income taxes paid by corporation increased by about 34 percent.
Nathan: The devil is in the details, but despite the continuing depression, we are paying more and more and the government is spending it faster and faster. Defense spending was down, but never fear, there are a LOT more things that the Congress and the First Citizen can squander our future on, as Reid boasts in the next story.
Mama’s Note: The defense spending might be slightly less than before, but it continues to drive both the deficit and world wide disaster.
Congress in action – Spending binge continues
Harry Reid on Raising Debt Limit to $18.794T: ‘We’ll Raise It’
Nathan: Clearly, post-election, it is business as usual for the DC fat cats. He considers the election to be a “mandate” for more spending (waste), more borrowing (theft), more taxes (theft), and more government control (tyranny).
Russian Leaders Pleased Someone Who Views Russia as ‘Enemy’ Won’t Be President
Nathan: Well, who can blame them? Russia has gotten more than a decade of reprieves from its leading rival, and in essence is watching US do the same thing that they did to themselves in the 1980s: dragging ourselves down to doom. Truth is, the First Citizen is still their enemy, because his Tranzi controllers and followers see ANY independent nation-state as a threat and as something to be taken down completely, sooner or later.
World wars – Politics 2012
David Petraeus resigns as CIA director
(Washington Post) CIA Director David H. Petraeus resigned Friday and admitted to having an extramarital affair, bringing a shocking end to his brief tenure at the spy agency and highly decorated national security career.
This smells to high heaven. A man like Petraeus is VERY unlikely to have broken his vows like this, and so it makes me wonder if this is an excuse for getting rid of him, and some kind of “compromise” was reached to have a “valid” reason to booting him out. AND to essentially neuter him and anything he says about the inner workings of the regime.
Mama’s Note: The eternal question in situations like this: Did he fall or was he pushed?
Theft by government – Politics 2012
Obama calls for immediate freeze on middle-class tax rates
(Washington Post) President Obama called on lawmakers Friday to immediately freeze income tax rates for most Americans while allowing taxes on the wealthy to increase, in his opening bid in the high-stakes struggle with Republicans over the nation’s ballooning debt.
Nathan: Sure he does. He may talk about it, but it is clear that it is talk only: the administration will do everything it can to steal from the middle class because that is about all they can do. Note (as I discussed elsewhere) that tax revenues were UP significantly from both personal and business income in FY 2012 (which ended on September 30th), but this isn’t enough, because they “have” to spend more and more. The additional billions which will be stolen starting in January with the end of the temporary tax cuts are a very tiny fraction (2-4%) of what they “have” to spend. But this lets him again lay the blame on others: and as this election shows, blaming everyone else is a winning strategy for this regime.
War on some drugs – Politics 2012
Legalized marijuana initiatives leave federal government wrestling with policy
(Washington Post) Senior administration officials acknowledged Friday that they are wrestling with how to respond to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, which directly violates federal drug law and is sparking a broad debate about the direction of U.S. drug policy.
Nathan: Again, don’t hold your breath. Sure they are going to do something about it: crack down even harder on marijuana, just as they have been doing already to MMJ providers and users in Colorado, California, and elsewhere. They won’t attack directly, but you can be assured that the pressure is already on the governors, bureaucrats, and legislators of both Olympia and Denver to do everything they can to thwart the voters wishes.
Border Jumpers – Politics 2012
New momentum for path to citizenship, but it won’t be easy
(Washington Post) A growing number of conservatives are softening their views on immigration in the wake of President Obama’s dominating performance among Hispanic voters, giving new momentum to a years-long push by advocates to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.
Nathan: Are they? I haven’t heard any of the real conservatives do that, just those in power in the GOP who pretend to be conservative. The GOP defeated itself before the election, and now is defeating itself AFTER the election as well. For the Dems, this is a big advantage: this election again showed that if they can reinforce this immigrant/Hispanic leg, they can dominate politics nationally and in many states for decades, and have a good chance of turning states like Texas, Florida, Arizona and Louisiana permanently blue.
Theft by government
‘Survivor’ Contestant Complains Prize Money Only ‘600 Grand by the Time Obama Takes It’
Nathan: Maybe more and more people will think it through and place the blame on the First Citizen and Congress where it belongs. Of course, that 600 Grand is only worth about 60 Grand if measured in 1972 dollars: the government steals in many ways.
Mama’s Note: First question is why someone with a mental capacity of a 10 year old was alone on a bus at all, much less in that area. Then there’s the question of why this could happen in public, with none actually SEEING it except too late. The reliance on cameras is sinister, to say the least.
Nathan: I suspect that many people (including the driver) didn’t see it because they didn’t want to: they were fearful of the man doing the rape. Conveniently, the assistance came AFTER the man left the bus. People just do not think about ALL the consequences of letting something like this happen. Of course, if the driver had been armed, or the other passenger had been armed, perhaps the opportunist would have decided it was not a good time.
Welfare state – Theft by government
Record 70.4 Million Enrolled in Medicaid in 2011: 1 Out of Every 5 Americans
Nathan: A record soon to be broken, I’m sure. As more get laid off (many a direct result of the election on Tuesday), and as new taxes (old taxes in new skins?) pop up the first of the year, and the economy grinds ever more slowly, and as the government steps up the advertising enticing new clients, new millions will join the Medicaid ranks. And remember, all of us NOT on Medicare/Medicaid must support those who ARE, so we lose twice.
6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days–Average 68 per Day
Nathan: Ah, that is WAY too slow. I’ll bet this picks up to more than 100 a day, now that they don’t have to worry about opinion polls and electoral polls. ALL of us are criminals, if you check through enough regulations to see what we’ve done that is now “illegal.”
Home front – Stupid government
DOJ: ‘School Bullies Become Tomorrow’s Hate Crime Defendants’
Nathan: Yes, but also tomorrow’s DOJ bosses too: look at all those portraits on the walls of DOJ offices around the world. People like Reno, Ashcroft, Gonzales and Holder are just the top of the pyramid: those under them are as much corrupt bullies as the ones that make all the headlines. Expect yet another Ruby Ridge and Waco and such in the very near future. Even if Holder does leave, as the next story relates.
First Citizen’s minions
Holder Not Sure He Will Stay on as Attorney General
Nathan: If I were him, I’d be worried about losing my immunity. Of course, he might already have a presidential pardon tucked away in a back pocket for when… Of course, with Clinton leaving, Holder maybe going, Petraus departing, perhaps even Panetta, it gives a chance to ram through the Senate a bunch of newer and nastier types. Aren’t we lucky?
Mama’s Note: Recent buzz has “big sis” Janet Napolitano tagged to take Holder’s seat if he leaves. Out of the frying pan, and into the fire.
Culture wars – Congress in action
Harry Reid: Americans Aren’t Interested in Issues of Same-Sex Marriage and Abortion
(CNSNews.com) Nathan: Frankly, I would just as soon never hear another thing about them, but that is not the same. Reid, the court jester (second to Biden), is one of those people who is sure that if he says it loudly and often enough, it will come true. If the GOP had offered a less mixed message (starting with the person they nominated), this would have meant more.
Culture wars – First Citizen’s chief minion
Biden’s Bishop Silent on Pro-Abortion Biden Receiving Holy Communion
(CNSNews.com)Nathan: All I can conclude is that the RC hierarchy is all talk and no action: not true to God or their faith or even common decency.
War on some drugs
Marijuana Law Changes Won’t Put NFL Drug Policies Up in Smoke
Nathan: That is fine – they are (theoretically) private companies and can set their employment requirements as they see fit. But what, pray tell, about having their players do OTHER healthy things, like not DRINKING alcohol?