Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lies and Sighs: Unemployment is NOT down

Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims

Just a few weeks ago, I reported that unemployment has been the same since the beginning of the year.  SURPRISE:  it’s still the same, despite main-stream media reports that it has gone down.

How could I say such a thing?  How could I refute the media?  Why would they lie?

Actually, they aren’t really lying, just being deceitful.  Here is the graph from earlier this month.

You can clearly see that things have not changed, but that’s old news.  What if we add in last week’s and this weeks numbers?

Suprise!!  .. the same unemployment graph chart. Despite news outlets like Fox Business reporting that unemployment is down, it’s not.  If you look at the graph, the delta from Q1 to now is actually, GASP/SHOCK/STUNNED SUPRISE, up.  The government and media are selling a lie.  One the government needs to be true – the economy is improving.  They are hoping that by suckering you in to spending the money you have been using as a cushion against a secondary crash, things will improve.  They won’t.

Stifling new government regulations on healthcare, income, taxation .. business aren’t going to spend so the government is hoping your stupid enough to do it.  If they won’t take their hands out of your pockets, you’d better find ways to hide the money you normally keep there.

Barney Frank’s Campaign is in Trouble

Bringing back a line from Jack Nicholson in “As Good as it Gets”, is Sean Bielat making Barney Frank “want to be a better man”?  According to Margery Eagan of the Boston Herald – yup!

Margery wrote:

Yesterday I asked him some questions. I was bracing to get hammered by his reply.

This time, though, he didn’t tell me I was asking something dumb. He didn’t get mad. He didn’t lecture me on what I should be asking instead.

Huh, what could be going on?  Well DUH, it’s Sean.  In recent polling Frank holds now less than 50% of likely voters.  While this demostrates a 10 point lead for Frank (48% for Frank and 38% for Bielat), his command of Massachusett’s District 4 is slipping.

But a September 22nd release from the Bielat camp contained a poll of independents that showed a 51% to 34% lead for Bielat over Frank – the widest margin to-date.  Back in July, it was Frank that held a lead with the same group of likely voters.

What happened?  The people have figured out that Barney Frank is a centrally-responsible figure for the current economic collapse.

from boston.com

The pressure to make more loans to minorities (read: to borrowers with weak credit histories) became relentless. Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act, empowering regulators to punish banks that failed to “meet the credit needs” of “low-income, minority, and distressed neighborhoods.” Lenders responded by loosening their underwriting standards and making increasingly shoddy loans. The two government-chartered mortgage finance firms, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, encouraged this “subprime” lending by authorizing ever more “flexible” criteria by which high-risk borrowers could be qualified for home loans, and then buying up the questionable mortgages that ensued.

Barney Frank spent 2008 and 2009 making statements that it was our Free Market economy that caused the problem.  In fact, he alludes that perhaps Ronald Reagan is to blame.

If that wasn’t enough to turn Massachusetts voters off, this year Frank turned on Fannie and Freddie, the semi-government agencies that he had been protecting all this time.  In an August 2010 interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News, Frank told Neil that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, “..should be abolished”.

Maybe it’s not that hard to see why Sean Bielat is becoming so much more attractive to Massachusetts voters – Barney Frank is blowing it.

Then again, maybe he is just spending too much time discussing an exit strategy.

Burr Protects American Jobs, Businesses

ImageSept. 28, 2010

Today, Senator Richard Burr voted against a cloture motion for S. 3816, the Reid-Durbin legislation to implement a new international tax regime and punish American companies with tax increases.

“Once again, the Majority Leader denied Republicans the ability to offer any amendments and improve this bill,” Burr said. “I cannot support legislation that will place American jobs at risk. This bill would hurt the ability of American companies to compete in a global marketplace, costing us jobs right here at home.”

S. 3816 would have raised tax burdens on imports from U.S. owned corporations with no change in the treatment of imports from foreign-owned corporations. This would force consumers to pay more for American products, leading to potential job losses throughout North Carolina and the United States.

From http://burrforsenate.com

Bachmann Campaign Asserts Opponent is Lying on Entitlement Issues

From: http://MicheleBachmann.com

Once again the Clark campaign has come out with a blatant lie, accusing Congresswoman Bachmann of wanting to eliminate Social Security and Medicare.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been clear she does not support ending Social Security.  Michele has stated both Medicare and Social Security need to be fixed.  Under their current conditions these programs can’t be maintained for our future generations because of liberal spending by politicians like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Tarryl Clark. Michele remains committed to maintaining benefits for those who are receiving benefits as well as protecting the money future recipients have paid into the system.

Our retirement systems must be prepared to meet the needs of our growing population. Tarryl Clark, who supported and continues to support Obamacare, needs to explain to voters why Medicare was cut by $500 billion to pay for this monstrosity.

We found this transcript and analysis of the Tarryl Clark ad at 1500 ESPN.com

SCRIPT: Female narrator: “Addict. Addict. Addict. Addict.” Male voice: “Wait, what?” Narrator: “Well, Michele Bachmann says we need to `wean everybody off’ of Social Security. Like Social Security isn’t your money. Like it’s an addiction you need to break. If Michele Bachmann wants to wean you off Social Security, she sure can’t be trusted to protect it. Michele Bachmann: Keeping her pay raises, but not our promises to seniors.” Clark: “I’m Tarryl Clark and I approve this message.”

Carly Fiorina Unveils Plan To Rein In Out-Of-Control Government Spending

September 27, 2010

Highlights Boxer’s Decades of Support for Irresponsible Government Expansion

SAN DIEGO, CA - During a town hall with students at the University of San Diego, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today discussed the importance of creating jobs and ensuring a stronger economy for future generations. She also unveiled her plan to rein in out-of-control government spending by implementing common-sense budget solutions that control spending, cut waste and restore accountability, strengthen transparency and reduce the debt.

“During her 28 years in Washington, Barbara Boxer has been a consistent vote for bigger government and more government spending of money taxpayers don’t have. This has resulted in trillion-dollar annual deficits and fiscally irresponsible borrowing that amounts to generational theft,” said Fiorina. “Our nation’s rising national debt and unsustainable federal deficit threaten long-term economic growth and job creation, and it jeopardizes the future of our students who will soon be entering the workforce and will have to pay the price of Washington’s fiscal irresponsibility.”

Fiorina’s plan is based on the principle that, in order to put Americans back to work, get small enterprises back in business and boost economic growth beyond just 2 or 3 percent, we must reduce the stress that record-high federal spending places on our economy. To do that, Fiorina proposes that Congress implement the following steps:

Control Spending

  • Pass the Sessions/McCaskill spending cap bill, a modest but important step toward a spending freeze.
  • Cap annual spending to the historical average of 20 percent of the economy.
  • Freeze federal civilian workforce pay and hire just one civilian employee for every two who leave government service until the federal workforce returns to 2008 levels.

Cut Waste And Restore Accountability

  • Review every government program as their authorizations expire to ensure only effective programs receive additional funding.
  • Terminate ineffective programs that are unable to be reformed such that they have a positive impact.
  • End earmarks and sweetheart deals and give the president the authority to line item veto any spending not in the national interest

Strengthen Transparency

  • Put agency budgets and quarterly spending reports online, audit unspent funds annually and place an expiration date on all unobligated funds.
  • Put bills online at least two weeks before they’re voted on and provide Americans access to all information about committee hearings, amendments and other official acts of Congress that members have.
  • Evaluate the short- and long-term costs of every bill – including the impact on businesses – at least one week in advance of voting

Reduce the Debt

  • Give taxpayers the opportunity to designate 0 to 10 percent of their federal tax liability towards debt reduction.
  • Put unused stimulus money toward debt reduction, since the economic stimulus plan has failed to create the jobs Barbara Boxer promised.
  • End taxpayers’ ownership stakes in Detroit, Wall Street, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the end of 2011.

“In order to get our economy moving again, Congress must make the tough decisions necessary to control spending, cut waste and restore accountability, strengthen transparency and reduce the debt,” Fiorina continued. “Barbara Boxer has shown time and time again that she is either unwilling or unable to make these tough choices and help get our economy back on track. Changing our government starts with changing the people we send to Washington, and that is why today I am asking for your support on November 2.”

To read Fiorina’s plan to reduce the federal deficit and lower federal debt, please click here.

News Round-Up 9-29-10

‘Credible But Not Specific’ Threat of New Terrorist Attack

US and European officials said Tuesday they have detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States.

Counter-Terror Operation Stops Trucks On I-20

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — A team of federal agents stopped tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 just west of Atlanta, inspecting each truck as it passed through a weigh station, and Channel 2 has learned its part of a counter-terrorism operation.

Obama: ‘We Need To Make Clear To People That The Cancer Is In Pakistan’

President Obama dispatched his national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Pakistan for a series of urgent, secret meetings on May 19, 2010.

University Of Texas Shooting Suspect Identified

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the suspected gunman in today’s shooting at the University of Texas was mathematics sophomore Colton Tooley. Police say Tooley, 19, acted alone.


Spain Strikes Over Austerity Measures

MADRID — Airlines canceled flights and picketers hurled eggs at buses and blocked trucks from delivering produce to wholesale markets as Spanish workers staged a general strike Wednesday to protest austerity measures imposed by a government struggling to slash its budget deficit and overcome recession.

Hoyer: Tax vote still possible

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) indicated Tuesday that Democrats are still considering a limited vote on a tax cut package before the House adjourns.

Senate moves ahead on spending bill

Eager to send Congress home, Democrats cleared the first Senate hurdles Tuesday toward enacting a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government operating through Dec. 3 with only modest adjustments for foreign policy appropriations

Deficit-Cut Panel Set to Meet

With just two months left before it has to issue a final report, a U.S. commission looking at ways to cut the federal deficit was to meet again on Wednesday amid questions about its hard-headedness.

FBI Questioning Ex-SEIU President [and deficit-cut panel member] Andy Stern

The FBI and U.S. Labor Department are looking into two deals involving Andy Stern — over a six-figure book contract given to the former head of the Service Employees International Union and payments to a labor leader convicted on separate fraud charges, a source familiar with the case told Fox News on Tuesday.

Election Panel Dismisses Complaint Against SEIU, Clears Way for Union to Amass War Chest

Despite a finding by the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel that the Service Employees International Union violated election law when it required local affiliates to contribute to its political action fund, the FEC’s full board nonetheless quietly voted to overrule its staff attorney and dismissed the original complaint — clearing the way for the union to squeeze its locals to amass a $9 million war chest for the next election.


Home Loan Demand Down

U.S. mortgage applications fell for a fourth straight week, reflecting the inability of many homeowners to take advantage of record low interest rates, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

Gulf leaders push to revive economy

Now that the oil has stopped flowing in the Gulf of Mexico, renewed economic development efforts have begun along the Gulf Coast.


Fierce fire fight with Taliban caught on camera

The moment United States marines were ambushed by Taliban insurgents in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, has been captured by an embedded cameraman.

Progressive Economics – An Oxymoron

The wealthy should pay a much larger share of taxes than the poor – the election year mantra for the extreme left.  Unfortunately for them .. it’s all they have.

Turning the most-successful members of our society into voodoo dolls is silly, but effective.  Certainly those that make more should pay more, but it should not be so ridiculously over-weighted against the top workers in our economy.

I’m not running for office, so I can say it straight – quit turning successful Americans into monsters – EVERYONE should pay their fair share.  That’s just common sense, but is it the right fight?

What really gets my goat (no I don’t actually have a goat) is that the right isn’t fighting the good fight.  Yes, fight the tax increases the left is proposing, but make a much stronger and publicly-visible statement on spending.  I don’t want to see another balanced-budget amendment – it’s far too late for that.  Now we need a positive cash-flow amendment.  Why aren’t the Republicans proposing that every budget approved by Congress MUST be 10%+ under projected revenues.  That forces the government to have a 10% savings rate.  That’s 10% that will go to pay back the debt or pay back Social Security (because these morons have already stolen every dollar that it managed to save up).

If the GOP can’t absolutely commit to ZERO earmarks and a positively-funded budget amendment, talking about tax cuts is of limited value.  If they can change the conversation to spending, it’s the spendocrats that will be on their heels – even more so than now.  Take the fight to them!

The reasons the extremist left focuses on tax cuts for the rich is to make it palatable to raise taxes on the smallest group of tax payers – the wealthy.  Once they’ve raised their taxes, the next wealthiest will find themselves in the cross-hairs of government revenue – then the next lowest group, and the next, and the next – until no one is left.  Each progressive tax hike takes one more group out of the fight.  “Don’t tax me and don’t tax thee, tax the man behind the tree” – Senator Russel Long had it right all along.

This is the progressive economic strategy – tax and spend.  It’s Keynesian, authoritarian and proving to fail at every turn.  Proggies know they can’t just raise taxes on everyone at once, so they do it one little bunch at a time.  If any one group in America tolerates a tax increase on any other .. they will soon find themselves having a tax levied upon them that everyone else tolerates.

The liberals idea is that somehow stealing from the top earners to have the government pay to clean some silly statue or pay for a cow fart study does more to help our economy  than just letting that earner hire people to do more work – or even the same work – yup, silly.

If Americans want to get mad, how about the nearly half of all citizens that pay NOTHING?  According to an AP article published on Yahoo! Finance

About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009. Either their incomes were too low, or they qualified for enough credits, deductions and exemptions to eliminate their liability. That’s according to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research organization.

Why isn’t anyone mad at them?  A family that makes as much as $50,000/year paid ZERO income tax in 2009.  Why?  Progressive economics.

While I totally agree that someone making $50,000 (not chump change) should pay less than someone that makes $150,000, I think they should absolutely pay something.  There is a major issue with someone voting for representatives when they have no skin in the game.

Sure, our founding fathers had an issue with taxation without representation, but shouldn’t we have an equal issue of representation of the untaxed?  Having a voting population that may elect an official that pours on the spending and votes to tax groups that are not in his/her district is unconscionable .. and it’s being done today.

Low income districts tend to vote in anyone that promises them more government programs and federal assistance.  Those same candidates would never consider taxing anyone making under $50,000 – something for nothing, and your votes for free.

Everyone must pay something if we ever want our government to return to responsibility.  Which means they would have to pull back spending on ridiculous programs, like a 2 year long unemployment benefit. Joblessness will then drop.  If joblessness drops, tax revenue will increase.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz- Fundamentally Dishonest About Her Reckless Agenda That Holds Our Economy Hostage

Pembroke Pines, FL, September 28, 2010 – It is no secret that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is one of the most brazen partisan politicians in the country today. In every media appearance, Debbie never deviates from her talking points and her political spin- but the truth is that her misinformation and outright falsehoods cannot withstand scrutiny. Time and again, Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz is routinely tasked with the role of caricaturing and vilifying her political opposition while she fundamentally deceives the American people about the true nature of her Party’s radical agenda that continues to divide the American people.

The hard truth about Debbie’s agenda that she cannot avoid is that it really is more of the same- unsustainable fiscal spending that comes at taxpayer expense, a hostile government takeover of the health care system that threatens the quality of our health care, the creation of massive new bureaucracies and expansion of government power- there is nothing “new” here; Debbie’s agenda is a tried and failed plan of action.

As Debbie has busied herself supporting policies that are sure to fail the American people, her and her Democratic Party have now become derelict in their responsibilities, as they have announced that they will not schedule a vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for every American before adjourning Congress at the end of this week.

“All Americans are going to suffer the biggest tax increase in history if Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Democratic-controlled Congress do not vote to renew tax-rate cuts,” said Karen Harrington, the candidate challenging Wasserman-Schultz in Florida’s 20th Congressional District.  “There is not one small business owner operating in the United States who knows what their tax rate will be as of January 1st.  Small businesses will not be able to make hiring decisions or determine capital spending in this kind of economic uncertainty.  The hard economic reality is that my restaurant business, just like most other small businesses here in South Florida, will unfortunately postpone hiring and expansion decisions until after the beginning of next year.

“If taxes are increased come January 1st, the current poor economic climate will become even worse, and the chance that new hiring will take place or that businesses will expand their operations will become far less likely. Unfortunately, it is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s ignorance about the way business works that is causing needless uncertainty amongst small businesses and doing great damage to South Florida’s economy.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s awards and photo-ops do not help small businesses, and her present inaction on taxes is only doing further damage to the same small businesses that she claims to support.  As more people come to understand that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has nothing to offer other than platitudes and policies that are hijacking our economy, the more people will abandon her and her agenda,” said Harrington.

Angle Campaign Releases Statement On ObamaCare

Sharron Angle for Senate Spokesman Jerry Stacy released the following statement today in reference to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s visit to Las Vegas to promote ObamaCare on behalf of Harry Reid.

“First Harry Reid rammed through ObamaCare against the wishes of the people and now he’s actually campaigning on this monstrosity,” said Jerry Stacy. “Sharron Angle sides with the citizens of Nevada and strongly supports repealing and replacing ObamaCare while Harry Reid has totally ignored Nevadans in order to please President Obama. It’s clear that at this point Harry Reid doesn’t believe he works for the people of Nevada, he works for President Obama. We need a Senator who works for us. That’s Sharron Angle.”

A Majority Of Nevadans Oppose Senator Reid’s Health Care Bill:

“An Identical 62% Of Nevadans Also Think It Would Be A Good Thing If President Obama’s Recently Signed Healthcare Legislation Was Repealed.” (“Poll News For Nevada’s Democrat Harry Reid: 62% There Don’t Like Incumbents Or The Healthcare Bill,” LA Times, Top Of The Ticket Blog, 4/5/10)

“Forty-Three Percent (43%) Of Voters In The State Favor The Requirement In The New National Health Care Bill That Every American Must Buy Or Obtain Health Insurance. Fifty-Five Percent (55%) Oppose That Requirement. This Includes 25% Who Strongly Favor It And 44% Who Are Strongly Opposed.” (Rasmussen Reports, 8/18/10)

“53 Percent, Who Oppose The Law While Only 39 Percent Support It, According To The Poll.” “Angle also has vowed to join GOP efforts to repeal the health care law that was Reid’s centerpiece achievement for President Barack Obama last year. Here she’s with a majority of Nevada voters, or 53 percent, who oppose the law while only 39 percent support it, according to the poll. That compares to 52-38 percent two weeks ago, suggesting Reid’s efforts to sell the reform hasn’t worked.” (“Angle, Reid race still tight,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/13/10)

“Fifty-Four Percent (54%) Of Nevada Voters Favor Repeal Of The Health Care Plan, comparable to findings nationally. Forty-three percent (43%) oppose repeal. This includes 46% who Strongly Favor repeal and 33% who are Strongly Opposed.” (Rasmussen Reports, 7/13/10)

“Fifty-Three Percent (53%) Of Nevada Voters Favor Repeal Of That Bill, while 42% oppose repeal. This includes 45% who Strongly Favor repeal and 33% who are Strongly Opposed.” (Rasmussen Reports, 6/24/10)

Senator Reid Said Those Who Dislike The Health Care Bill Must Not Understand It:

Reid Recently Said That Those Who Dislike The Health Care Bill Must “Have A Lack Of Understanding.” “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) responded today to a Missouri vote that Republicans call a rebuke to the sweeping new health law by saying voters like the legislation better the more they know more about it. . . . ‘It’s very obvious that people have a lack of understanding of our health care reform bill,’ Reid said. ‘The more people learn about this bill, the more they like it.’ He noted that the health insurance ‘exchanges,’ or marketplaces, will take three years to kick in. Reid cited recent polls suggesting that the health law is becoming more popular, though a significant number of Americans still oppose it. ‘The trend is turning all over America today,’ Reid said. ‘Once you explain what’s in the bill, the American people of course like it.'” (Naftali Bendavid, “Reid: Voters Like Health Law If They Understand It,” Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire Blog, 8/4/10)

From: http://sharronangle.com

Progressive Insurance is .. Progressive

Progressive insurance supports left-wing causes

Snopes.com published an article demonstrating that Peter Lewis, the CEO of Progressive Insurance, is using his company to further the far-left agenda.
This is a heads up regarding Progressive Auto Insurance. You know who they are. They’re the ones with the clever television ads featuring the perky brunette actress all dressed in white. What you might not know is that the chairman of Progressive is Peter Lewis, one of the largest funders of the left in America . He’s your typical rich spoiled kid who took over the company from his father and apparently feels “guilty” for his success and now dedicates himself to making it impossible for anyone else to become wealthy.

Between 2001 and 2003, Lewis funneled $15 million to the ACLU, the group most responsible for destroying what’s left of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Indeed, Lewis is himself an ACLU member. One of the ACLU projects he earmarked his funds for was an effort to sue school districts who have drug testing policies. In other words, this idiot wants teachers to be able to use drugs without fear of exposure. I wonder what he would think if all his own employees came to work drugged out every day.

Certainly, Mr. Lewis has every right to use the proceeds of his company any way he wishes.  Just as his customers should realize what political agenda their premium payments are supporting.  The article ends with a note to “boycott Progressive”.  If you are a Conservative and value the individual freedoms that the ACLU has worked so hard to squash, perhaps letting Mr. Lewis know how you feel by moving your money to a different insurance company is the way to go.

BJ Lawson Receives Endorsements from Leading Conservative Legislators

CARY, N.C., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today the Lawson for Congress campaign received strong endorsements from the leading doctors in Congress, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).  Lawson, a physician challenging Rep. David Price in North Carolina’s 4th district, has made pro-market health care reform a cornerstone of his campaign.  He strongly opposes the mandates, rationing and increased bureaucratic intervention in the health care delivery process.

Dr. Tom Coburn stated, “Our health care system is broken, and has only been made worse by this administration’s actions. Americans face skyrocketing medical costs with declining quality and availability due to oppressive big government policies. Reversing these trends demands leadership that will return health care to patients and physicians, and get government and insurance bureaucracies out of our exam rooms. I’m proud to endorse Dr. William (B.J.) Lawson in his campaign for Congress in North Carolina’s 4th District. As physicians, we have sworn to uphold the Hippocratic Oath — putting patients first, and above all else, doing no harm. As public servants, we swear to uphold the United States Constitution and protect the freedoms of the American people. Dr. Lawson will stand with me in the United States Congress in support of these sacred principles.”

Dr. Ron Paul added, “B.J. will be a stalwart defender of the constitution and individual liberties. In 2008 I supported his campaign because he was talking about the Constitution, limited government and reducing our global police force, I encourage everyone to stand with me in supporting him again in 2010. We need more people of Dr. Lawson’s caliber in Washington D.C. ”

“I am humbled to have the support of such principled statesmen as Drs. Coburn and Paul.  If elected, I will join their fight to return to Constitutional principles, limit the size and scope of government, remove government bureaucrats from the health care delivery system and restore fiscal sanity to Congress,” said Lawson.

B.J. Lawson is a Constitutional conservative, medical doctor and small businessman running against 22-year incumbentDavid Price, who votes with Nancy Pelosi more than any other congressman. For more information regarding B.J. Lawson’s bid for North Carolina’s 4th Congressional seat please visit his website at www.LawsonforCongress.com.

SOURCE: Lawson for Congress

Arne Duncan and the Dept. of Education are Failing Our Kids

FoxNews.com published an article titled “America is Losing Science Brainpower Advantage”.  Where the author, Devin Powell, discussed a report that outlined the condition of our children’s ability to compete in the global markerplace.

The United States’ ability to compete globally in science and technology is on a “perilous path,” said a new report delivered Sept. 23 on Capitol Hill to a bipartisan group of policymakers, industry leaders, and academics.

American students continue to perform poorly in math and science compared to their counterparts abroad, the report claims. Though the United States is still a leader in innovation and produces a disproportionate share of the world’s wealth, other countries such as China are investing heavily in research and education and, according to the new report, threatening America’s competitiveness.

While many say that more government spending is needed to help our students become competitive, nothing could be further from the truth.  Government spending on education has outpaced the growth of the country, but the quality of education that the government is providing is slipping.

  • In 1980, federal, state and local government spent $152 Billion dollars on education which was about 5.5% of GDP
  • In 2010 usgovernmentspending.com is estimating that the government will spend $1.03 Trillion federal dollars on education or about 7.2% of GDP
  • Current projections have 2015 spending at $1.4 Trillion
*Source: http://usgovernmentspending.com

Spending has been rising since there has been spending on education.  Has education improved?  No.  Why would we continue to spend more?  Because we have been given no choice.

In a striking example of why government-paid employees should not be allowed to collectively bargain, teacher’s unions are bilking tax payers for money that should be going to actual education.  Most union labor agreements require that teachers get annual raises regardless of their performance – so-called “step raises”.  Did you get a raise this year simply because no one fired you?  Where is the incentive for teachers to become better teachers?  Other than the ludicrous step raises, a teacher’s best way to improve their salary is to become an administrator.  Wonderful, our kids will certainly become much better scientists and engineers as the education bureaucracy gets more top-heavy.

Teacher’s unions are negotiating with elected officials who will need the teacher’s unions to support them in the next election.  The elected officials will either give the unions what they want or face losing their positions to a new candidate that the union now sees as friendly.  It’s a scam and it’s your money.  Unionization of public employees is a conflict-of-interest.  Union support of elected officials is a conflict-of-interest.  Both practices must be abolished immediately.

Enter the “Disclose Act”, because it makes clear who is supporting whom, correct?  Not if the gigantic, tyrannical collection of supporters are .. you guessed it – Unions.  Unions are specifically given a pass in the disclose act.  They can continue strong-arming our elected officials into gifting them ridiculous salaries and benefits at our cost and a cost to our children’s education without any disclosure.

Homeschooling has grown 36% between 2003 and 2007, according to this article on Right Truth.  Parents have figured out the sham.   Americans are increasingly finding public education an oxymoron and are taking the matter into their own hands.   Private or Independent schools are certainly an attractive option, but considering the recession and Obama’s failure to support a voucher program, they can be a very expensive one.  Instead, parents are forced to pay the school taxes AND pay tuition at an independent institution – as if that weren’t the Department of Education’s plan all along.

So public education costs too much, the teacher’s unions have too much power, and our kids are now getting the worst education ever.  What is the department of education focused on?  Private education.  Arne Duncan’s troop of misfits is trying to shut down private education while the public sector is failing to perform its task.  Of course, we have to “follow the money”.  Private teachers are typically .. non-union.  Private education is not regulated in the same manner as public.  How long until they make private education unaffordable through over-regulation or make homeschooling illegal?

Even Obama admits that public schools are failing to properly educate our children.

In an appearance Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, Obama was asked by a woman in a television audience whether a public school in his home city could measure up to the standards of his children’s private school.

“I’ll be blunt with you: The answer is no right now,” the president replied. The D.C. public schools, he said “are struggling.”

Arne Duncan pushing the Stimulus Act in NY

Arne Duncan pushing the Stimulus Act in NY

At some point, someone has to be willing to re-do the public education system from the ground-up.  Unions need to be taken out of our kids’ classrooms.  Just like the economy, things in education are not getting better.  Obama has been summarily dismissing his economic and political staff.  Now, since Arne Duncan is pushing the status quo, President Obama, it’s time for him to go too.