Tag Archives: Arne Duncan

Welcome to the Liar’s Club

liars clubWhat is it with this administration? Have they become so used to media not questioning them that facts are no longer relevant? Do they believe there are so many ‘low information voters’ that whatever they say will be believed without question?

Consider just this week. As you recall, the Obama administration was for the sequestration before they were against it. But, as Jay Carney says, “It’s irrelevant.”

Still…hail, fire and brimstone. All hell would break loose if the sequestration was allowed to happen.

Or so they said…

Obama on March first said, “Starting tomorrow everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol. Now that Congress has left, somebody’s going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage. They’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”

But that statement was worthy of a Four Pinocchio fact check by the left leaning Washington Post. The head of Capitol employees had to rush out a memo stating, “We do not anticipate furloughs for AOC employees as a result of Sequestration.” (You can see the memo at the above link…)

Not to be outdone, Education Secretary Arne Duncan had to backtrack when he recently claimed schools were already firing teachers in anticipation of sequester cuts taking effect.

Caught in his exaggeration, Duncan admits he misspoke, saying, “When I said ‘pink slips’ that was probably the wrong word,” he said to reporters, according to multiple reports. “Language matters, and I need to be very, very clear.”

On Monday, even after signs that the sequestration might have less impact than previously stated by the administration, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano cited Chicago, LA, and Atlanta’s airports as suffering from security checkpoint lines that were “150 to 200 percent as long as we would normally expect”. Specifically, she said: “We’re already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry, the big airports, for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend.”

Au contraire Ms. Napolitano.

Officials with airports cited by Napolitano as examples of how the sequester would delay airline travelers say she’s wrong — they’re not delaying flights one bit. “We haven’t had any slowdowns at all,” said Marshall Lowe, a spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport who was on duty all weekend.  Hartfield and O’Hare airport spokemen also denied delays.

Four Pinocchio’s to all. Welcome to the Liar’s Club.

Look at Who is in Charge of the Chicago Teachers Union (In her own words)

Meet Karen Lewis, the President of Barack Obama’s friends at the Chicago Teachers Union. (CTU) Watch as she makes fun of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s lisp, among other revealing things about this woman’s character. She is quite proud of her stated “self-medicating with pot smoking.” This is the person who is in charge with supplying the Chicago area with the teachers responsible for our children’s education. Would you allow this person near your children, let alone in charge of their education?

Notice this woman’s refusal to accept responsibility for her nasty, caught-on-tape rhetoric? Instead of taking responsibility for her remarks she blames everyone from Andrew Brietbart to the conservative reporters that have exposed her for the incompetent, pot-smoking neanderthal she truly is by simply putting this video out in public, so people can hear her own words and make their own judgement. Liberals constantly denounce the responsible people working to protect our children from self-serving, big tax-dollar-sucking Union operatives such as Karen Lewis, as being non-credible, even though her ludicrous statements are right here for all to see. Does anyone still think Karen Lewis and the CTU has their children’s best interests at heart today? If so take a look at this. What do the concerned parents of Chicago’s children have to say about this? How about the elected officials of Chicago, that have pledged to improve Chicago’s failing educational system? This woman needs to be terminated immediately.

2012 just can’t get here fast enough!

Obama Administration Turns to Pitch Forks and Torches

They are “out of bullets” when it comes to fixing the economy reads the headline. That’s Ok, if your a member of the Obama administration – you just pull out a pitch fork.

When asked about Obama’s plan on the economy, David Axelrod made excuses on ABC News This Week, that their economic policies have struggled “because of the Arab spring, because of the Japanese earthquake, and because of Europe.”

Education Secretary Arne Duncan went after GOP candidate Rick Perry’s record on education in an interview earlier this week. Although Duncan’s slew of facts have been proven lies, it’s more important to understand why they have to attack a Candidate. Perry is showing strongly in the polls and his record on jobs would be impossible for the Obama administration to compare against.

Karl Rove was attacked in another “blame Bush” moment after he had called out Obama’s failed economic policies. A scare tactic to get voters to vote against Republicans in some misplaced fear of another four years of George W. Bush.

Most of the leading questions were about what the Obama administration is going to do to make things better. There weren’t any answers coming from any of them, only attack, attack, attack. Why?

The Obama Presidency is in trouble from two perspectives – externally and even worse, from within.

Outside-looking-in, the president’s approval ratings are at all-time lows. On the economy, the numbers are atrocious – only 26% of registered voters have a positive opinion of Obama’s handling of the economy. A generic republican is ahead of Obama in the polls and as we see the GOP field narrow, whoever is at the top will likely have a large lead over the President.

The Congressional Black Caucus is losing patience with the President as he fails to make any improvements in a catastrophic black unemployment situation.

Inside the White House, its leader may be losing his confidence. None of his policies are working. Health care costs are still going up, Medicare premiums are still rising, the stimulus failed to keep unemployment under 8% – and also to return it to 6% by this time as the President promised. He could not close GitMo, ordered the resurgence into Afghanistan and started a war with Libya.

Peggy Noonan pointed out that the president may have some job satisfaction issues, “Under these circumstances he could not possibly be enjoying his job. On the stump this week in the Midwest, he should have been on fire with the joy of combat, he should have had them whooping and hollering with fresh material and funny lines. But even at his feistiest, he was wilted.”

He has tried governing using the tactics of Saul Alinskey and the talking points of the emotionally-driven left. He cannot for the life of him understand what’s going wrong. Now his administration has kicked off their new plan – use more talking points and political attacks. More of the same. On Sunday talk shows this morning, the old line “The Stimulus didn’t work because it wasn’t big enough” even resurfaced.

President Obama had a large majority in both houses of Congress in his first two years of Congress and got everything he wanted. None of it is actually working. Now that Republicans control just one house, he’s using them as an excuse.

Leaders work to unite those with differing views to accomplish a common goal. This president hasn’t been leading. He’s been attacking Conservatives and praising liberals. Admonishing the T.E.A. Parties while pandering to left-wing groups.

Being the president sometimes means saying to opponents “I hear you and I’m going to work to address your concerns” and to your allies “we have to be reasonable”. Instead, he is asking his opponents to give in while asking nothing of liberal extremists.

If he could be more .. presidential .. he could possibly rescue his presidency, but I don’t see that happening – and neither, it appears, does his administration.

While asking for toned-down rhetoric, the President’s administration is coming to the discussion with pitch forks raised and torches lit.

 

Having Kids Learn Math and Reading in School “Wildly Unrealistic”

School SignThe Associated Press released an alarming statistic today.

The number of schools labeled as “failing” under the  No Child Left Behind Act could skyrocket dramatically this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

The Department of Education estimates the percentage of schools not meeting yearly targets for their students’ proficiency in in math and reading could jump from 37 to 82 percent as states raise standards in attempts to satisfy the law’s mandates.

The public education establishment has failed to teach kids to read and do math – the only mandates in the Bush era law. The law states that educators should have all students proficient in reading and math by 2014. The associated press then adds, “..a standard now viewed as wildly unrealistic.“[1]

So it’s not challenging, hard, difficult or near impossible – its wildly unrealistic to expect our kids to come out of the federally-regulated public schools and actually .. read.

In a confusing swirl of trying to fix what they broke, Obama’s Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle first admitted that the law was broken, then fought over how they could really fix it this time. Of course, the Obama administration couldn’t possibly resist one more chance to blame Bush for another failure

“No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now,” Duncan said in a statement. “This law has created a thousand ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed.”[1]

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Both Republicans and Democrats agree the law needs to be reformed, though they disagree on issues revolving around the federal role of education and how to turn around failing schools.

The truth is .. the federal government can’t and should not be doing this. Regulation after regulation, standardized test after standardized test and the kids aren’t doing better. We bus them around to try and make it look like the worst schools are getting better while brining the top performers down to the lowest common denominator.

It’s time to let charter schools show the big government failures how to teach kids the basics of reading and math- they just might also be taught real history and critical thinking. Than again, perhaps if our educators weren’t spending all their time protesting for the far left-wing extremist agenda, more than 18% of schools wouldn’t fail.


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[1] http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gPmjfDMN5nHOpeSIZYLwkVfKAHGQ?docId=c7dc0757afd54b5ca2836c00de44535f

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.