Think tank’s 32-year 'right-to-work' campaign succeeds in union stronghold
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
"Since 1973, ALEC has hosted corporate-sponsored meetings where state legislators and lobbyists meet behind closed doors to write and vote on model legislation. In a 1992 annual report, the free-market think tank boasted that it “provides the private sector an unparalleled opportunity” to influence state legislation." (Quote from article)
Walker outlines education priorities for next yearMilwaukee Journal SentinelWisconsin's education landscape shifted dramatically about two years ago, after a biennial state budget cut millions in school spending and limited collective bargaining, ...
I try to be hopeful about things. I long for a time when people on the left and the right might exchange opinions without assuming the very worst of each other. I don't view conservatism as a form of psychosis, and would like conservatives to harbor the same attitude toward progressivism. Happy warriors are better than grim antagonists.
In the weeks since the election, my hopes have been buttressed by conservatives willing to say that since Republican candidates have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, new thinking might be in order. Democrats went through the same dismal cycle between 1968 and 1988, producing a reformation on the center-left. Conservatives are surely capable of the same.
For three decades, liberals were continually reacting to conservative criticisms. They regularly proclaim their love for markets, and Bill Clinton went so far as to declare that "the era of big government is over." Now, finally, conservatives are responding to liberal insights -- about rising inequality, about government's proper role in the economy, about the utility of public action to promote social mobility. This is a promising sign. ...
Via Michael Charney
There many policy failures during the Bush administration, but one policy success bears the signature of Karl Rove: the ruthless, cynical, and expert exploitation of the Sept. 11th attacks for political gain.
For decades, every trend in manufacturing favored the developing world and worked against the United States. But new tools that greatly speed up development from idea to finished product encourage start-up companies to locate here, not in Asia.
Jon Chait edges toward agreeing with me that the political impact of a deficit reducing deal is to empower Republicans to enact tax cuts without an equivalent impact on the ability of Democrats to enact useful spending programs.
IANSUS House denounces anti-Sikh attacksIANSDenouncing hate-fuelled violence and encouraging civic engagement and participation among the immigrant and minority communities of Illinois, the resolution seeks to create greater awareness among the general...
Our advice for Florida's new education commissioner - South Florida Sun ...Sun-SentinelTony Bennett, Florida's new commissioner of education, is getting a second chance to show he's a leader who can bring people together to improve our public...
STARKVILLE -- Addressing nearly 1,400 Mississippi State University graduates at fall commencement ceremonies Saturday, Gov. Phil Bryant conveyed the state's pride in its graduates.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
This article is about GOV. Bryant using the graduation ceremony to make political push for his education plan. Proof needs to be provided that threatening teachers and students with branding for failures actually causes success in learning. He was addressing a group that obviously used their education to the best of their ability and at the same time backhandedly telling them it doesn't work. Most of them experienced most of the same teachers and books as those who never graduate and that number is high in Mississippi. Assuming that a plumber doesn't need the same broad education and thinking skills as a citizen as Gov. Bryant and lawyers do might not be in that plumber's or anyone's best interest. The thing about competive learning people need to think about is that in a competion most people are losers. That is a fact!
Daily BeastEgypt's Schools Deteriorate and Many Seek Education AbroadDaily BeastAs Egypt's tumultuous transition period approaches a new crossroad, the country's deepening education crisis threatens to set hundreds of thousands of pupils behind...
A full account of the impact of raising Medicare's eligibility age to 67 must also include the added costs to other expensive programs, as some seniors switch to Medicaid or seek government subsidies for private insurance.
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