(Centennial Fellow) While some people consider the controversy in Jeffco schools over AP history standards to be a distraction from the debate over performance pay for teachers, the former issue will have a greater impact on students and the future of the nation in the long run. Continue reading
The most important Latin phrase you’ll ever learn isn’t semper fidelis, persona non grata, or status quo; it is cui bono translated who benefits? Cui bono isn’t just for impressing lawyers at cocktail parties; it’s the most important question you can ask about any piece of legislation considered by city hall, the statehouse or Congress. Cui bono? Who benefits if this becomes law? Continue reading
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School children in Douglas County won Thursday when the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the district’s innovative Choice Scholarship Program is constitutional. Overturning an August 2011 decision by Denver District Judge Michael Martinez against the program, the majority on the Appeals Court ruled the plaintiffs “failed to carry their burden of proving the unconstitutionality of the CSP beyond a reasonable doubt.” The court also ruled that the school choice opponents lacked standing to make their case against the program. The plaintiffs Continue reading
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama chided Congress, “Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep,” but then he did what politicians regularly do and raised false expectations. He claimed that “[e]very dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.” This is wishful thinking. The vast majority of research shows that preschool has no long term benefits. Some studies even show adverse behavioral impacts for children who participate. Continue reading
At the recent National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Ben Carson, the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital gave his solution to our nation’s health care crisis. He said, “ When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die…And also, for the people who were indigent who don’t have any money we can make contributions to their HSA each month…Now they have some control over their own health care.” Continue reading
In his inaugural address, the President said, “For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.” He didn’t trot out his usual “women earn 77 cents on a man’s dollar” line from his campaign days or specify what he had in mind for the journey’s end but clearly he’s leaning toward the “collective” action of a government mandate. Continue reading
When I met her, she was high and barely conscious of the screaming two year old beside her. The dirty apartment, spare of furniture and barely lit, housed eight children and one adult. Two of the children, eight and ten year old girls, wanted me to meet their mother. They lived around the corner from my inner-city Washington, DC apartment and after helping me with my groceries one night, the girls became my constant companions. Continue reading
Among the most popular New Year’s Day resolutions for the average American is to better manage personal finances. We determine to pay down debts, cut back on expenses, and even save a little for a rainy day. Not so with Congress which resolved in the wee hours of the morning on January 2nd to add to the national debt, increase spending, and raise taxes.
With the biggest tax hike in two decades, Coloradans earning more than $250,000 will pay higher taxes. Continue reading
This week Congress passed a bill that raised taxes, increased spending, gave tax breaks to big business, and added to the deficit. Congress conveniently forgot to address out-of-control spending, the $16 trillion debt, and entitlement reform. Oops, so much for campaign promises.
Last year, Congress spent $3.6 trillion of our money. Having borrowed 40 cents of every dollar it spent, Continue reading
The soundtrack of cheery holiday tunes reels on uninterrupted. Hired santas with polyester beards and padded bellies laugh on cue. Shoppers check off their lists and dart off to one of many holiday parties. Timers set lights twinkling as the cold winter sun sets. Hosts add a bit more rum to the eggnog and guests arrive with packages wrapped in green and red.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Connecticut, parents are burying their children. The season’s festivity rings hollow, a tin charade, against the grim reality of evil in our midst. Continue reading