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Harry Reid Owns Mitch McConnell On DHS Funding

By on Mar 3, 2015 | 1 comment

Hell hath no fury like Harry Reid as the minority leader? Seems that way. Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed a “clean” DHS funding bill, stripping any language related to the executive amnesty immigration plans President Obama cannot even carry out, thanks to the ruling of a federal judge. Passage was greeted with anger from conservatives across social media and within the GOP caucus within the House because it was viewed as another case of the GOP capitulating to the Democrats and Obama without even bothering to put up a fight. Mighty different tone from the one Republicans took last winter after they had secure complete control of Congress. Funding for DHS was only approved through February specifically because the GOP wanted to use it as leverage against Obama to move him on executive amnesty. Before anything had even been done, Mitch McConnell was...

There Are No Perfect Formulas for the Classroom

By on Mar 3, 2015 | 1 comment

The true believers on the left—and they populate academia in droves, especially as the higher education system churns out more and more through ideological echo chambers—are primarily concerned with manufacturing politically correct attitudes and beliefs. They are looking for the formula for social correctness. This formula can take many shapes and sizes; it can pose in flowery language (though its preferred camouflage is jargon); it can be scaled up or down as magnitude demands. The point is that it is applied through institutions, that academics influence without political accountability, to real human beings who experience real consequences as a result. No where is this more harmful than in how it can limit or damn the educational prospects, and thereby life prospects, of children. Leftists tend to think reductively about people, who are more dynamic and dimensional than operational...

If President Obama Had His Way, The DC Opportunity Scholarship Fund Would Not Exist

By on Mar 1, 2015 | 0 comments

When Barack Obama became President, one of the first things he did before even doing anything in his official capacity was to get the ball rolling in sending his two girls, Sasha and Malia to Sidwell Friends, an exclusive private school in Bethesda, Maryland. The annual tuition for the school is about $34,000 per year. As such, the President pays nearly $70,000 per year for his daughters to attend what he and First Lady Michelle Obama thought was the best school for them. They decided what was best and made the best choice available to them. I can only wonder why the President continues, year after year to try and take that choice away from parents in Washington DC. The Washington DC Opportunity Scholarship Program was started in in 2004 when President Bush signed the legislation targeting 2000 Washington DC students to give them funding to offset the cost of private schools. In March...

School Choice And The Sense Of Community

By on Feb 28, 2015 | 0 comments

In all the debates, discussions, talks etc. about school choice it almost always comes down to issues about test scores, class size and of course freedom to choose. All of those factors are important as they are the benchmark for what forces those opposed to school choice to swallow their pride and admit it works. The public policy battle has to be fought with the facts and also by the parents who want to make those choices for their kids. I recently had a chance to visit Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington DC and had some time to spend with some of the students. Several of them took us on a tour of the school so we could see other students in their classes, interacting with other teachers and fellow students. I also had a chance to listen to the stories of give students who attended. Several were able to be there,  thanks to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program providing...

4 Things Conservatives Should Stop Saying about ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Birdman’ and the Oscars

By on Feb 27, 2015 | 2 comments

Conservatives are upset about a movie. No, I’m not talking about Fifty Shades of Grey. The outrage is over the fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave their Best Picture Oscar to Birdman over the Chris Kyle biopic American Sniper. As well-made film by conservative darling Clint Eastwood that features a great performance from Bradley Cooper and which supports the troops and their families who sacrifice so much for our security and freedom, it seemed to many to be the obvious choice – indeed the only choice – for the year’s best film. That the Academy saw it otherwise appears to American Sniper’s loyalists to be evidence of a conspiracy among Hollywood’s elitist liberals against conservative values, as though no other production could be deserving of the honor. This is unfair to the Academy and the winning movie Birdman, as well as anything else nominated and...

Opposition to School Choice is Driven by Dedication to Schools, Not Children

By on Feb 23, 2015 | 1 comment

My oldest daughter is in 1st grade. That means just a few years ago, my wife and I had to decide where to send her to school. Initially, it was a foregone conclusion. There was the local public elementary school or the private offerings. Being unable to afford the latter meant public school it was. Or should I say traditional public school. A charter school that reminded me of my classically focused elementary school opened its doors just in time for the oldest. She initially didn’t make it through the lottery system, but the waiting list was favorable. First, though, I had to convince my wife. My wife grew up in traditional public schools. I spent my first 8 years in private school. These varying experiences influenced our opinions. Whereas I have nothing but fond memories of my elementary school, she also has nothing but fond memories of hers. Moreover, she’s a smart...

‘District of Corruption’ Doesn’t Let Administrations Off the Hook

By on Feb 23, 2015 | 0 comments

Almost every politically engaged person to the right of center recognizes the unprecedented level of corruption in the Obama administration. Honest leftists must also admit to it. Sometimes it seems that one scandal emerges only to distract us from the previous one. It is almost impossible to remember all of them. Fortunately, Judicial Watch has put together a documentary entitled District of Corruption, which compiles many of the major scandals to aid in our recollection. Those at Judicial Watch, though, do not confine themselves to criticizing only the Obama administration’s corruption, nor even do they focus solely on Democrats. Following a title sequence that is clearly a homage to House of Cards, they dive right into the scandals of the Clinton administration and pull no punches in their evaluation of the Bush administration, before moving on to the current administration....