As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.
A recentÂ reportÂ inÂ Education NewsÂ states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.
As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked.
Any concerns about the quality of education children receive by their parents can be put to rest by the consistently high placement of homeschooled students on standardized assessment exams. Â […]
Similarly, the common myth that homeschoolers â€œmiss outâ€ on so-called â€œsocialization opportunities,â€ often thought to be a vital aspect of traditional academic settings, has proven to be without merit. According to the National Home Education Research Institute survey, homeschoolers tend to be more socially engaged than their peers and demonstrate â€œhealthy social, psychological, and emotional development, and success into adulthood.â€
I’ve heard some liberals excuse Obama’s frequent vacations by saying “Reagan and Bush used to go back to their ranches all the time.” Â Exactly. Â Those ranches were their own private property, and the only expense was security. Â No hotel bills, no lavish parties, no celebrity entertainment, no room service.
The Obamas, on the other hand, choose to vacation in the most expensive accommodations at the most exotic destinations that have NOTHING to do with building foreign relations.
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
The Obamas began the new year in Hawaii. “President Obama departed Hawaii this morning for Washington, after spending NINE days vacationing with family and friends in his native state. Hereâ€™s a quick look at how he spent his vacation,”Â ABC reported on January 6, 2013.
[…] Â Then the first lady and their daughters vacationed in Aspen over President’s Day weekend. “First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Aspen on Friday afternoon and is here with her daughters for a ski vacation,” Aspendailynews.com reported in February. “Few details about her trip were available. Sources said she is staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. She is reportedly skiing at Buttermilk today, where the Crowns, of Chicago, own a home on the Tiehack side.”
While the rest of the family was in Colorado, Obama went to Florida for a golf weekend. Â […]
Even First DaughtersÂ SashaÂ andÂ MaliaÂ need a break — a spring break, to be exact — from the White House every once in a while. The sisters and momÂ MichelleÂ escaped the cold wintry weather of Washington, D.C. in favor of sun and surf in the Bahamas on a recent trip, a source tellsÂ Us WeeklyÂ exclusively.
The siblings made the most of their vacation at the Reef Atlantis, the source says. In addition to soaking up the sun at the family-friendly cabanas and swimming with dolphins, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, also got the chance to dance the night away at CRUSH, Atlantis’ teen club, on Sunday, March 24.
Once, only nobles were granted an audience with the King.
In America, we’ve prided ourselves on abandoning those privileges of class some 237 years ago, following that little uprising in the 13 colonies.
And we again congratulated ourselves at 12:01 pm Eastern Time on January 20, 2009, just moments after Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and as he committed to making his administration the most transparent and open in history.
But more than four years later it is time to ask questions. The most transparent administration ever? The most transparently political, yes. The most open government? If you have the money to buy access, yes.
Since last weekend, Mr and Mrs Regular Citizen have been denied the access people used to be granted to tour the White House, purportedly because of the clampdown on federal spending since the “sequester” that imposed cuts across the board.
These tours, most recently guided by volunteers though monitored by paid Secret Service staff, have been an American tradition since John and Abigail Adams, the first White House residents, personally hosted receptions for the public.
And their cancellation is an austerity measure that saves a pittance, while more frivolous taxpayer funding for items like the White House dog walker continues.
Meanwhile, noble Americans can buy time with the president for a suggested donation of $500,000 to his new campaign group, Organising for Action.
Yes, the announcement offering access to the president for cold, hard cash was made openly and with total transparency. But it was also made without shame.
It’s the third version of Obama’s original monster campaign machine, Obama for America, which then morphed into a re-election campaign machine, Organising for America, on the third day of his first term.
It has now re-launched again as Organising for Action (OFA) – a non-profit, tax-exempt group headed by his former campaign advisers. Apparently no longer “for America”, the group might just as well be called Organising for Obama’s Agenda.
Its mission: to support the president in his attempt to achieve enactment of gun control, environmental policies and immigration reform.
The president told Americans to gird for a disaster. Sequestration would result in unspeakable suffering. The elderly would starve; kids would miss vaccinations; teachers would be laid off; airplanes would crash mid-air due to a dearth of air traffic controllers. And donâ€™t bother calling for helpâ€”no oneâ€™s coming thanks to massive layoffs of police and firefighters.
Fast forward to today. America is still standing. The public is still waiting for the wave to hit. Now President Obama has launched a charm offensive toward the Republicans who called his alarmist bluff.
Sadly, such alarmism isnâ€™t limited to budget debates and sequestration cuts. Today, alarmism permeates nearly every nook and cranny of our culture. Americans are told to be on high alert about everything from their common household cleaners, toys, plastic bottles and canned food, to their childâ€™s favorite pair of sandals, garden hoses, school supplies and playground equipment.
Womenâ€”particularly mothersâ€”are the prime target for such messaging. For mothers, thereâ€™s nothing more distressing than the idea that something might harm her child. In todayâ€™s information age, mothers face a daily avalanche of informationâ€”much of it meant to terrify.
[…] Â Â Alarmism also presents vast opportunities for politicians. If you tell a mother that a product might harm her child, sheâ€™s far more likely to utter those magic words â€” the words every alarmist yearns to hear â€” â€œsomething must be done!â€ Enter the helpful, eager and desperately concerned politician who will suggest regulations, bans and taxes to address the so-called problem.
In this case, the alarmist is meant to convince Americans that any kind of spending cut will create so much pain and danger that they must no longer demand cuts – and allow our spendaholic politicians to continue digging us into deeper debt to the tune of over $48,000 PER SECOND.
People with bank accounts in Cyprus were shocked Saturday to learn that as part of an agreement reached with international creditors, the government has imposed a tax on all deposits to help bail out the nation and its banks.
While the island nation may be small, itâ€™s an international favorite for offshore bankingâ€“ particularly for wealthy Russians.Â The tax will range from 6.75% to 9.9%, depending on how much is in the account.
â€œThis is a clear-cut robbery,â€ Andreas Moyseos, a former electrician who is now a pensioner in Nicosia,Â told the New York Times. Iliana Andreadakis, a book critic, further added: â€œThis issue doesnâ€™t only affect the peopleâ€™s deposits, but also the prospect of the Cyprus economy. The E.U. has diminished its credibility.â€
And indeed, following the massive run on banks in Cyprus,Â many are concernedÂ that a minor panic could spread to the rest of the Eurozone.Â After all, it has just set a precedent for taxing private bank accounts atÂ exorbitant rates without warning.
The banks are closed until Tuesday, to prevent depositors from accessing their money. Â ATM’s have quickly run out of cash as desperate citizens line up to withdraw their money before it is confiscated:
In a move that could set off new fears of contagion across the eurozone, anxious depositors drained cash from ATMs in Cyprus on Saturday, hours after European officials in Brussels required that part of a new â‚¬10 billion ($12.6 billion) bailout must be paid for directly from the bank accounts of savers.
The move – a first in the three-year-old European financial crisis – raised questions over whether bank runs could be set off elsewhere.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the group of euro-area ministers, on Saturday declined to rule out taxes on depositors in countries beyond Cyprus, although he said such a measure was not currently being considered. Although banks placed withdrawal limits of â‚¬400 on ATMs, most of them had run out of cash by early evening. People around the country reacted with disbelief and anger.
Someone with â‚¬8,000 of life savings in the bank can ill afford to lose an arbitrary â‚¬540, but thatâ€™s exactly what is going to happen. The Cypriot parliament is probably not going to revolt this weekend, but any politician who votes for this bill is going to have a very, very hard time getting re-elected. This decision is important not only because of the precedent it sets with regard to bank depositors, but also because of the way in which it points up just how powerless all the Mediterranean countries (plus Ireland) have become. More than ever before, itâ€™s Germanyâ€™s Europe. Thatâ€™s bad for Cyprus â€” and itâ€™s not even particularly good for Germany.
It is difficult to describe the weekend bailout package to Cyprus in any other way. The confiscation of 6.75 percent of small depositors’ money and 9.9 percent of big depositors’ funds is without precedence that I can think of in a supposedly civilised and democratic society.Â But maybe the European Union (EU) is no longer a civilised democracy?
IÂ heard rumoursÂ about this when I visited Limassol last week, butÂ dismissed them as completely outlandish. And yet, here we are. The consequences are unpredictable, but we are clearly looking at a significant paradigm shift.
This is a breach of fundamental property rights, dictated to a small country by foreign powers and it must make every bank depositor in Europe shiver.Â Although the representatives at the bailout press conference tried to present this as a one-off, they were not willing to rule out similar measures elsewhere – not that it would have mattered much as the trust is gone anyway. It is now difficult to expect any kind of limitation to what measures the Troika and EU might take when the crisis really starts to bite.
If you can do this once, you can do it again.Â if you can confiscate 10 percent of a bank customer’s money, you can confiscate 25, 50 or even 100 percent. I now believe we will see worse as the panic increases, with politicians desperately trying to keep the EUR alive.
Depositors in other prospective bailout countries must be running scared – is it safe to keep money in an Italian, Spanish or Greek bank any more?Â I dont know, must be the answer. Is it prudent to take the risk? You decide. I fear this will lead to massive capital outflows from weak Eurozone countries, just about the last thing they need right now. Even from the EU as a whole, I suspect, as the banking union is in place in most countries already.
If initially Europe came out as utterly deranged in its Cyprus deposit-confiscation scheme, at least it was consistent. Now, it appears that Europe is desperate to appear not onlyÂ completely incompetentÂ but alsoÂ unable to even make a simple decision and stick with it,Â following news from both the WSJ and the FT that the original confiscation thresholds of 6.75% and 9.9% for deposits below and over â‚¬100,000 is about to be revised.
From the FT: “a revised deal being discussed in Nicosia,Â with the blessing of the European Commission,Â would shift more of the burden on to deposits larger than â‚¬100,000, according to officials involved in the talks. Under a controversial deal struck with international bailout lenders in the early hours on Saturday, a 6.75 per cent levy would be imposed on all deposits under â‚¬100,000 while accounts over that threshold would be hit with a 9.9 per cent levy. The depositor levy was demanded by a German-led group of creditor countries to bring down the bailoutâ€™s price tag from â‚¬17bn…. Officials involved in last nightâ€™s talks said the changes in the levyâ€™s rates were in flux, but they could see the higher rate increase to as much as 12.5 per cent while the smaller deposits could be about 3.5 per cent.”
Elsewhere, according to the WSJ, the deposit “tax” would be under 5% for deposits under â‚¬100K, under 10% for deposits between â‚¬100 and â‚¬500K, and over 13% for deposits greater than half a million.
While this idiotic last minute revision will only infuriate Russian oligarchs even more, it will achieveÂ absolutely nothingÂ to streamline the passage of the bill through Cyprus parliament where it appears to have hung without enough support: the damage has already been done, and it is a virtual guarantee that Cyprus banks will suffer a full blown bank run the second banks reopen, which may be Tuesday, Wednesday, or never, at the current pace.Â That line around the block at your local neighborhood Nicosia ATM: that is not, and will not, be for people seeking to make aÂ deposit, that much we can guarantee, no matter what the final confiscation percentage is.
What is worse, however, is the painful demonstration of the absolutely and completely arbitrary decision-making process out of Europe. Sure: the ECB and the European Commission may decide to fully unwind the deposit confiscation scheme before all is said and done, but the genie is now out of the bottle, and it is very clear that in the European Disunion, a few unelected oligarchs will now determine until such time as the Eurozone finally implodes, just whose wealth and deposits are ripe for the taking. That not even Germany can make a decision and stick with it is just icing on the cake of the European Titanic.
This is the end result of the “Utopia” known as Democratic Socialism: large, powerful bureaucracies, out-of-control spending, runaway debt, forced redistribution, no respect for private property, and eventual collapse.
Europeans thought they could enjoy the unsustainable promises of Marxism without going full-blown communist. Â They chose a deceptive “third way” alternative, but it turns out the new boss is equally as destructive as the old one.
This is the path that Obama insists we follow, even as Europe’s warning signs glaringly flash “turn back now!”
Visitors to the nation’s capital looking for a White House public tour are out of luck starting this weekend, courtesy of what the Secret Service says is its own decision to deal with the sequester cuts.
But while the agency said it needed to pull officers off the tours for more pressing assignments, the budget ax didn’t swing early or deep enough to curtail a host of recent Secret Service-chaperoned trips like President Obama’s much-discussed Florida golf outing with Tiger Woods and first lady Michelle Obama’s high-profile multi-city media appearances.
Knowing sequestration was looming, there was still enough money for an extraÂ $15 millionÂ in Pakistan aid, $50 million forÂ TSA uniformsÂ and even hundreds of thousands forÂ portraits. Even post sequestration they were somehow still able to scrape $250 million from under the countryâ€™s couch cushions toÂ give to Egypt.
TheÂ White HouseÂ announced Tuesday that it is canceling tours of the presidentâ€™s home for the foreseeable future as the sequester spending cuts begin to bite and the administration makes good on its warnings of painful decisions.
Announcement of the decision â€” made in an email from theÂ White House Visitors OfficeÂ â€” came hours after The Washington Times reported on another administration email that seemed to show at least one agency has been instructed to make sure the cuts are as painful as President Obama promised they would be.
In the internal email, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown said he asked if he could try to spread out the sequester cuts in his region to minimize the impact, and he said he was told not to do anything that would lessen the dire impacts Congress had been warned of.
â€œWe have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that â€˜APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.â€™ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be,â€ Mr. Brown, in the internal email, said his superiors told him.
[…] Â Rep. Bill Johnson,Â OhioÂ Republican, said President Lincoln managed to keep theÂ White HouseÂ open during the darkest days of the Civil War, and wondered why Mr. Obama couldnâ€™t do the same.
â€œIf the president is unable to figure out how to keep theÂ White HouseÂ open to the American people after an 8.2 percent budget cut, then the American people are entitled to some answers from their chief executive as to why.â€
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.
The example was deliberately extreme as an illustration. But, in the real world, the same general pattern can be seen in local, state and national government responses to budget cuts.
At the local level, the first response to budget cuts is often to cut the police department and the fire department. There may be all sorts of wasteful boondoggles that could have been cut instead, but that would not produce the public alarm that reducing police protection and fire protection can produce. And public alarm is what can get budget cuts restored.
The Obama administration is following the same pattern. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, released thousands of illegal aliens from prisons to save money â€” and create alarm.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it is planning to cut back on the number of air traffic controllers, which would, at a minimum, create delays for airline passengers, in addition to fears for safety that can create more public alarm.
[…] Â Â When Obama was offered the authority to make the spending cuts wherever he chooses, anywhere in the government’s multitrillion dollar budget, it was the only power that this power-grabbing president has rejected.
Why? Because with this new power would go responsibility for the consequences of his choices. And responsibility for consequences is precisely what both the Obama administration and the Senate Democrats have been avoiding for years, by refusing to pass a federal budget, as required by the Constitution of the United States.
Democrats prefer to get the political benefits from handing out goodies, while Republicans can be blamed for not subsequently raising enough taxes to pay for the Democrats’ spending spree.
If Obama succeeds in maneuvering the Republicans into positions that cause them to lose control of the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections, then as a president who never has to face the voters again, he would be in an ideal position to create a big spending liberals’ heaven.
Poor Obama. Â If only he were emperor, he could get so much done. Â Now he’s blaming his failures once again on the fact that we have this pesky constitutionalÂ republic that won’t allow him to act as a dictator:
“I am not a dictator,” President Obama said Friday while defending his efforts to stop the sequester. “I’m the president.”
Obama said there are limits to what he can do to get a deal on the sequester during a press conference in which he blamed Republicans for standing in the way of a deal.
President Obama yesterday outraged nerds everywhere when he committed sci-fi heresy by mixing up â€œStar Warsâ€ and â€œStar Trekâ€ in remarks about budget cuts.
Speaking at a White House press conference, Obama joked that he couldnâ€™t use a â€œJedi mind meldâ€ to get Republicans to agree to his budget plan.
â€œI know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom thatâ€™s been floating around Washington, that somehow, even though most people agree that Iâ€™m being reasonable . . . the fact that [Republicans] donâ€™t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do whatâ€™s right,â€ the president said.
Obama â€” a professed Trekkie â€” was conflating the â€œJedi mind tricksâ€ of â€œStar Warsâ€ with the â€œVulcan mind meldâ€ of â€œStar Trekâ€ lore.
The blunder set off a frenzy of ridicule across the Twitterverse.
President Obama wished he could alternatively do a Jedi Death Grip on Conservatives, but that power was also not his to use. He concluded the press conference saying, “May the force be with you so you can live long and prosper.”
In one of the most politically despicable moves ever perpetrated by a sitting administration, federal immigration officials haveÂ releasedÂ hundreds of illegal aliens from prison inÂ anticipationÂ of budget cuts produced by the sequester.Â â€œAs fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICEâ€™s current budget,â€ said agency spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen in a statement. Immigration officials further warned that even more releases are possible, if the anticipated cuts are realized.
In Arizona, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whoÂ revealedÂ that more than 500 inmates were released in his county alone, put this ploy in the proper perspective. â€œPresident Obama would never release 500 criminal illegals to the streets of his hometown, yet he has no problem with releasing them in Arizona. The safety of the public is threatened and the rule of law discarded as a political tactic in this sequester battle,â€ he said.
[…] Â In a coordinated scare tactic,Â DHS Secretary Janet A. Napolitano on MondayÂ warnedÂ that, if the sequester occurs, as many as 5000 border agents will also be furloughed, increasing the chances that even more, and possibly more dangerous, illegal aliens will be roaming the countryside.Â â€œI donâ€™t think we can maintain the same level of security,â€ Ms. Napolitano contended.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) cut right through the manufactured hysteria. In aÂ letterÂ sent to Ms. Napolitano, he outlined a host of alternative cuts Ms. Napolitano could make. Yet the most telling part of that letter was the revelation that DHS will have approximately $9 billion inÂ unspentÂ funds by the end of FY2013, â€œraising the question of whyÂ we would not start reclaiming these funds,â€ Coburn wrote.
[…] Â OnceÂ again,Â the President of the United States has made it clear that he and his administration are prepared to implement their agenda by any means necessary. In this case,Â Obama, along with DHS and ICE officials, have now demonstrated that they are more than willing to potentially endanger American lives, rather than accept a â€œcutâ€ that merely reduces the overall increase in government spending. The president undoubtedly sees such tactics as â€œnegotiation.â€ Extortion is more like it.
The president is also threatening to drop our border guard.Â In a rational age, these acts would be impeachable. Not too many years ago Californians recalled a governor for offering drivers licences to illegal aliens, and here we have a president flagrantly violating his oath to defend the nation.
Obama’s intent is to crush his opponents, even if it means causing American citizens unnecessary pain to do it. Â Obama wants to rule, not govern, and the suffering peasants caught in between are mere collateral damage. Â Their individual rights and needs don’t matter – only the “good” of the collective. Â Are you paying attention yet, America??
President Barack Obama broke Republicans once on taxes â€” and his risky strategy for winning the sequester fight assumes heâ€™ll do it again.
He will divide, isolate and defeat Republicans using all the powers of his office and all his skills as a political campaigner. As Americans grow frustrated with the cuts, Republicans will reject their partyâ€™s no-tax mantra and demand that Congress end the standoff, even if it means raising some new revenue â€“ just the way Obama is demanding.
Obamaâ€™s trying to speed this result, by releasing state by state details of the pain and suffering the sequester will cause, all meant to get Republicans to cave. And heâ€™s got the biggest megaphone, hammering this message over and over in a way the divided Republican party cannot.
Except that message could cut both ways.
What if the public agrees that yes, there is a lot of pain and suffering â€“ and turns to Obama wondering, why didnâ€™t you do more to prevent it? Thatâ€™s what makes some Democrats nervous about the White Houseâ€™s supreme level of confidence.
Obama is not a team builder, a manager or a leader. Â He’s a bully. Â The only way he knows to get what he wants is to attack, smear, intimidate, and bold-faced lie. Â In his mind, the ends justify the means. Â And what is the ultimate end result he’s seeking?
Obama’s strategic objective is the evisceration of what’s left of the Republican Party in order that hisÂ Socialist Democratic PartyÂ can control the Executive and Legislative branches, and most of the Judicial branch, effectively rendering the constitutional pretense of checks and balances null and void.
[…] Â Obama’s economic model is based on the Cloward-Piven strategy, a socialist scheme to overload the government welfare system to the point of crisis, requiring replacement of that system with a national system of “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” This collapse is written into the genes of the debt load Obama has created, a burden that he anticipates will overwhelm free enterprise within the coming decade.
If Obama wins a socialist majority in the House in 2014, that model is all but guaranteed.
Obama and his media based this Narrative on liesâ€¦ The lie that sequester wasn’t his idea; the lie that tax increases were part of the sequester deal; the lie that government agencies had no control over where the cuts hit; the lie that a meager $85 billion cut in a trillion-dollar budget would mean the end of the world.
Obama has spent the last weeks gambling Republicans would cave and that his media would never dare challenge his fear-mongering with ridiculous nightmare scenarios. ButÂ dripÂ byÂ dripÂ byÂ drip, the mask was ripped off by a few honest reporters exposing lies that not even the ObamaMedia could spin away.
The President’s justified confidence in a media that long ago sold its soul on his behalf put himÂ wayÂ out over his skis, and now, thanks to a few honest reporters, it’s all tumbling down around him.
With five days left before $85 billion is slashed from U.S. government budgets, the White House issued more dire warnings about the harm the cuts will do to Americans, breaking down the loss of jobs and services to each of the states.
The estimates show how many teachers could lose their jobs in each state, how many toddlers could be kicked out of subsidized preschool programs, and how many children could lose funding for vaccines for measles and mumps.
But Republicans, who advocate budget cuts, said the warning was overplayed, and called on President Barack Obama to apply what is known as the â€œsequesterâ€ in a more careful way, rather than slashing budgets across the board.
â€œThey’ve rolled out this great political theater about how cutting less than 3 percent of the federal budget is going to cause all these awful consequences,â€ Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, said on NBC’s â€œMeet the Press.â€
â€œHere’s his chance to say, ‘Here’s how we can do it better,â€™â€ Jindal said, suggesting Congress and the White House give departments the ability to cut spending on less essential services.
If national security is threatened, it’s because irresponsible politicians in Washington have decided to blow trillions on everything BUT the 17 legitimate, constitutional responsibilities of the federal government, of which national defense is supposed to be top priority.
Here’s what these supposedly “disastrous” cuts look like:
As the graph clearly shows, nothing is really being CUT. Â The sequestration simply decreases the size of the INCREASE that all these government departments were expecting to be able to spend. Â A “cut” would be if that slope was facing downward from what we’re currently spending. Â This doesn’t even scratch the surface of what is needed to make our nation financially viable.
He’d rather try and blame the Tea Party, which RINO’s in the House are more than happy to help him do:
The White House is trying to assign blame to Republicans in Congress for the impending “draconian cuts” to the federal budget known as the “Sequester.” Speaker of the House John Boehner, who never seems to miss the opportunity to screw up a message, took to standing in front of a “doomsday” style clock in an effort to “blame” the White House for the cuts.
The problem with the Boehner optics: Â It buys into the Obama narrative that the sequester isÂ Armageddon.
Meanwhile, theÂ Washington PostÂ today lets Boehner off the hook by throwing the blame over to the Beltway’s favorite scape goat, the Tea Party. Â But, the twist in this story is conservatives who were swept into Congress in 2010 during the grassroots Tea Party election seem just fine with this narrative… in fact, they wantÂ credit, not blame for the cuts.
â€œThis will be the first significant Tea Party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington,â€ said Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas. Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner is still standing in front of the doomsday clock and giving President Obama the photo-op of a lifetime.
On Feb 8th, Obama issued yet another waiver for Palestinian Authority aid, claiming that sending money to the corrupt undemocratic terrorist kleptocracy that refuses to negotiate a peaceful solution was â€œimportant to the national security interests of the United States.â€
Unlike those 20,000 Marines who arenâ€™t important to the national security of the United States.
I’ve often said that it’s an incredibly dangerous conflict of interest for any government to be involved in shaping the hearts and minds of future voters and citizens.
Government-run schools have a built-in incentive for teaching the next generation to think the way the ruling class wants them to, to vote for bigger government intrusion into their lives, and to be unquestioningly loyal to the Nanny State, which they areÂ indoctrinatedÂ to view as their benefactor.
This is one of MANY reasons why I – a public school graduate myself – choose to homeschool.
The swelling legions of homeschoolers poke a subtle rebuke at Americaâ€™s ever expanding nanny state. Under both parties,WashingtonÂ has systematically invaded private spheres and co-opted public services historically performed by local bodies. But a spontaneous groundswell of freedom minded folks has continued Americaâ€™s rich inheritance of rugged individualism.
The God-fearing, flag-waiving, gun-toting homeschool crowd embodies the American spirit of mutual self-reliance. You wonâ€™t encounter a more neighborly bunch. Their children thrive without government â€œhelp.â€ Their support networks blossom sans the stateâ€™s sanction. Meanwhile, taxpayers waste a fortune securing abysmal academic results. In 2012, SAT scores fell to their lowest level since tracking began. As spending soars, assessment scores plummet.
The modern homeschool movement comes largely by Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives. Schools long ago became laboratories for instilling statism and distilling politically correct groupthink. Values clarification anyone? With public education increasingly geared toward multicultural agitation against Americaâ€™s godly heritage, many parents resolved to safeguard the hearts, souls and minds of their young.
[…] Â J. Gresham Machen, the foremost defender of fundamentalism in the modernist controversy of the past century, also led the battle against compulsory public education.Â A fierce libertarian, Machen cautioned, â€œIf you give the bureaucrats the children, you might as well give them everything else as well.â€
We have. See election 2012.
Barack ObamaÂ â€“ who spent his past assailing the American system â€“ would not be president without overwhelming support from twenty-somethings imbued with a reverence for the state. No longer the family tree, â€œgovernment is the only thing we all belong toâ€ claims the ruling party.
Ron Paul senses the urgency, â€œExpect the rapidly expanding homeschool movement to play a significant role in the revolutionary reforms needed to rebuild a free society with constitutional protections.â€ Dr. Paul warns, â€œWe cannot expect a federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties.â€ Proving his point,Â homeschool parents were instrumental behind several UN treaties stalling in the Senate.
Like the local self-government formed indigenously by settler communities on Americaâ€™s frontier, homeschoolers spontaneously built a support apparatus from the ground up. The free market at work, parents can readily access almost any curricula, subject matter or activity.
The Department of Educationâ€™sÂ Dr. Patricia Lines counteredÂ the notion of homeschoolers withdrawing from Americaâ€™s social fabric, â€œLike the Antifederalists these homeschoolers are asserting their historic individual rights so that they may form more meaningful bonds with family and community. In doing so, they are not abdicating from the American agreement. To the contrary, they are affirming it.â€
They have it exactly right. Â If anyone is going to save our nation, it will be the few who have been taught to think for themselves, to buck the system, to question the status quo, and to beÂ reliantÂ on themselves instead of the government.
Obama’s true agenda once again shows itself. Â Obama wants America to become less powerful and more “equal” with other rogue nations militarily, because he honestly believes that American power and arrogance is the primary cause of war and unrest across the world. Â He thinks that weakening us will make other nations likes us more. Â How much blood will be shed before he finally recognizes his mistake?
450 Mil for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, 45 Mil for the Syrian MuslimBrotherhood and 300 Mil for Palestinian Terrorists. Those are Obamaâ€™s budget priorities.
Obama is trying to â€œsaveâ€ 10 billion dollars by firing 20,000 US Marines. Meanwhile heâ€™s got almost half a billion for the Egyptian and Syrian Muslim Brotherhoods and another 300 million for the Fatah and Hamas terrorist groups in the West Bank and Gaza.
Hereâ€™s a notion of an idea, that 1 billion or so being dumped on Muslim terrorists who are at war with us and whom the US Marines are protecting us from, could retain 2,000 US Marines.
I donâ€™t know about you, but I would rather have 2,000 Marines than hundreds of millions in the pockets of Muslim terrorists. Maybe we could make that a one-question poll test.
But right now we have an administration that purges US Marines and panders to the Muslim Brotherhood. Letâ€™s hope the next four years donâ€™t belong to the prophet of Islam.
Labor leaders said they plan to mobilize their members in the coming weeks to press Republicans to support the extension of tax cuts for middle income families. Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, said labor needs to remain â€œas engaged as we were in the election throughout the rest of this year to make sure we get the Republican House to say yes to tax cuts for the middle class.â€