Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Playing “Chicken” With Public Schools

January 16, 2011

This week, the National Education Association (NEA, i.e., Teacher’s Union) responded to the coming tide of the elimination of teacher tenure all across the United States. Did they ask for more continuing education for teachers? Did they request additional accountability from School Boards? Did they suggest that they be evaluated by parents every year? No to all of these suggestions. (more…)

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The Blame Game

January 10, 2011

Saturday morning, a 22 year old lunatic, Jared Loughner, opened fire in a crowded Safeway parking lot in Tucson, Arizona.  His spree resulted in the deaths of six people, including a nine-year old girl and a Federal Judge.  His apparent first target was the sitting Arizona 8th District Congressman, Gabreille Giffords.  Cable news has been 24/7 since the first reports came in reporting every wrinkle available from this story.  This man’s actions are horrific and the nation is equally appalled. (more…)

Getting Down to Business – Education Reform

January 6, 2011

Now that the 112th Congress has been sworn in, it is time to turn our attention to matters closer to home.  With barely a week before he takes office, Governor-elect Bill Haslam has a plate full of problems before him and a remade General Assembly at his disposal to solve them. (more…)

The Tax “Chicken Or The Egg” Conundrum

December 28, 2010

The 2010 election cycle brought many policy issues front and center for the American people.  Federal spending, federal debt, earmark spending, war, illegal immigration, and health care dominated the election landscape.  But a major policy issue that brought the Lame Duck congress into sharp contention was tax policy. (more…)

Adrift With A Compass. Will We Use It?

December 21, 2010

There has been a lot of conversation during the last election cycle about the Founders and their principles.  As I have observed the conversation, I have determined that there is only one political party that has an outspoken record in favor of the founding principles of the republic.  It is the Libertarian Party. (more…)

Crocodile Tears

December 20, 2010

This past week, I thought the entire Democrat Party House Leadership had changed parties and begun advocating for the future of America rather than their own individual “vote-securing” Progressive womb-to-tomb socialist agenda.  Alas, I was wrong. (more…)

Fiddling While The Nation Burns

December 15, 2010

In typical fashion for a person way over his head, President Obama has spent his weeks since the November “shellacking” (sp.?) doing everything but attending to the real problems of the country.  In the wake of the elections, Obama fled the people he had just pushed off the cliff and rode Air Force One off to Asia with a massive entourage to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars for his personal aggrandizement.  Now that’s a statement for the Middle Class he claims to champion. (more…)

Fundamental Disagreements – Part Two

December 7, 2010

Political discourse is in precipitous freefall as of late.  The “lame duck” 111th Congressional leadership has become a 24/7 cascade of sound bites, demagoguery, and posturing.  One would have thought that the historic November elections would have created some consensus among Democrat lawmakers that the people had wearied of their policy goals and emboldened those on the right to proceed with a “people-directed” agenda.  These people are not as smart as Bill Clinton. (more…)

Fundamental Disagreements

December 3, 2010

The din of debate in America is often the result of the clash of principles that lie below the surfaces of the actual discussions and positioning and political wranglings.  I have noticed few forums where actual debate is practiced anymore.  That is, the presentation of a single issue with a proposition attached where two individuals, within the context of an arbiter, stick to the topic.  (more…)

Get Your Hearing Checked, Quick!

December 1, 2010

As the Lame Duck 111th Congress comes back into Washington, the President has begun “spinning” the results of the November elections to make it appear that the voters have expressed their displeasure with the Republicans as having failed to work with the Democrats.  Now they (The American People) want the Congress to get down to the work of creating jobs.  In his statement after a meeting with leadership of both parties, the President explained to the media that the election results showed him that the American people wanted them to “work together”. (more…)