George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SUNDAY and MONDAY, April 29 and 30, 2012
going on with
It recruits volunteers, trains them and then sends them to foreign
harm's way, often with vague and inconsistent rules of
reportedly encourages them to use whatever drugs will keep them awake
job (see "Why Are We Drugging Our Soldiers", by Richard
Friedman, NYTimes Sunday, April 22, Sunday Review). It extends their
duty multiple times in dangerous places and then sends them back for
tours. It seems to accept an increasing rate of suicides, both on the
lines and upon return home, often with terrible injuries...physical and
psychological. And then it illegally discharges hundreds of them
alleged "personality disorders", with the loss of veterans' benefits,
instead of treating their combat-related trauma. (see the article by
Chedekel, Conn. Health I-Team Writer, www.c-hit.org
Meanwhile, it continues to insist on more funding for expensive and
hardware, through its legislative shills.
Is there no area of our many Federal Service corps that operates
and ethically any more?
strong majority of the
elderly consider that having an "Advanced Directive" is a good
thing, while a small minority of them actually have one.
with this picture?
What's wrong is the media that will give credence to anything that
readership...like the stupid phrase "Death Panels". What's
wrong is the barnacled tripe that passes for the "word of God" out of
the mouths of the Fundamentalist Right. What's wrong is the
our political "leaders" who should be leading, but who are
See the article by Mary Tinetti, M.D. in the JAMA, March 7, 2012, p915
"The Retreat From Advanced Care Planning".
IS OBAMA’S DREAM
by Roger Hedgecock, former Mayor of San Diego
25 January 2012
live in California. If you were wondering what living in Obama's second
would be like, wonder no longer. We in California are living there now.
is a one-party state dominated by a virulent Democrat Left enabled
by a complicit media where every agency of local, county, and state
is run by and for the public employee unions. The unemployment rate is
has more folks on food stamps than any other state, has added so
many benefits and higher rates to Medicaid that we call it
"Medi-Cal." Our K-12 schools have more administrators than teachers,
smaller classes but lower test scores and higher dropout rates with
the per-student budget of 15 years ago. Good job, Brownie.
week, the once and current Gov. Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown had to
confess that the "balanced" state budget adopted five months ago was
billions in the red because actual tax revenues were billions lower
airy-fairy revenue estimates on which the balance was predicated.
trimming legislators' perks and reducing the number of cell phones
provided to state civil servants, the governor intoned that drastic
reductions had already hollowed out state programs for the needy, law
enforcement and our schoolchildren. California government needed more
the Occupy movement, the governor proclaimed the rich must pay their
fair share. Fair share? The top 1% of California income earners
pays 50% of the state's income tax.
has seven income tax brackets. The top income tax rate is 9.3%,
which is slapped on the greedy rich earning at least $47,056 a year.
more than $1 million pays the "millionaires' and
surcharge tax rate of 10.3%.
proposal would add 2% for income over $250,000. A million- dollar
income would then be taxed at 12.3%. And that's just for the state.
also proposed a one-half-cent sales tax increase, which would bring
taxes (which vary by county) up to 7.75% to as much as 10%. Both tax
would be on the ballot in 2012.
sales tax increase proposal immediately brought howls of protest from
Left (of Brown!). Charlie Eaton, a sociology grad student at UC
leader of the UC Student-Workers Union, said, "We've paid enough. It's
for millionaires to pay."
least five other ballot measures to raise taxes are circulating for
signatures to get on the 2012 ballot in California. The governor's
are the most conservative.
Obama way doesn't end with taxes.
governor and the state legislature continue to applaud the efforts of
California High Speed Rail Authority to build a train connecting Los
and San Francisco. Even though the budget is three times the
amount, and the first segment will only connect two small towns in the
agricultural Central Valley. But hey, if we build it, they will ride.
we don't want to turn down the Obama bullet-train bucks Florida and
states rejected because the operating costs would bankrupt them. Can't
here because we're already insolvent.
we get into real trouble with the train, we'll just bring in the
worked with the Bay Bridge reconstruction. After the 1989 earthquake,
bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco was
with steel made in China. Workers from China too. Paid for with money
borrowed from China. Makes perfect sense.
California, we hate the evil, greedy rich (except the rich in
sports, and in drug dealing). But we love people who have broken into
California to eat the bounty created by the productive rich.
get benefits from various generous welfare programs, free medical
care, free schools for their kids, including meals, and of course,
tuition rates and scholarships too. Nothing's too good
erase even a hint of criticism of illegal immigration, the California
Legislature is considering a unilateral state amnesty. Democrat State
Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes has proposed an initiative that would bar
deportation of illegals from California.
dilemma for Obama there. If immigration is exclusively a federal
matter, and Obama has sued four states for trying to enforce federal
immigration laws he won't enforce, what will the President do to a
law that exempts California from federal immigration law?
is also near fulfilling the environmentalist dream of
driving out the old industrial base (auto and airplane assembly, for
example), air and water regulators and tax policies are now driving out
high-tech, biotech and even Internet-based companies that were supposed
California cap-and-trade tax on business in the name of reducing CO2
our state the leader in wacky environmentalism and guarantees a further
exodus from the state.
green energy companies can't do business in California. Solyndra went
under, taking its taxpayer loan guarantee with it.
job is too small to escape the regulators. The state has even banned
amateur gold miners from the historic gold mining streams in the Sierra
fact, more and more of California's public land is off-limits to
by the people who paid for that land. Unless you're illegal.
you can clear the land, set up marijuana plantations at will, bring in
fertilizers that legal farmers can no longer use, exploit illegal farm
who live in hovels with no running water or sanitation, and protect
investment with armed illegals carrying guns no California citizen is
rest of us only found out about these plantations when the workers'
campfire started one of those devastating fires that have killed
people and burned out thousands of homes in California over the last
often said that whatever happens in California will soon happen in your
better hope that's wrong.
Hedgecock is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. RADIO
600 AM, SAN DIEGO
FRIDAY, April 27, 2012
THURSDAY, April 26, 2012
Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here
faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be
an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to
against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But
predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and
but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who
is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We
for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one
and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole
and that is a loyalty to the American people.'
character does matter. We all know that each political party will
to paint a less than attractive picture of the opposing
in a presidential campaign. It's important that we carefully
all this rhetoric to determine the truth. I thought you might
to read a true story regarding one of the candidates. It
is more to the Bain Capital story than is being told by the mass
I think you will find the following story interesting.
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July 1996, the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner at Bain
had disappeared. She had attended a rave party in New York
and gotten high on ecstasy. Three days later, her distraught
had no idea where she was.
took immediate action. He closed down the entire firm and asked
30 partners and employees to fly to New York to help find Gay's
Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott and
a private detective firm to assist with the search. He
a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with
NYPD, and went through his Rolodex and called everyone Bain did
with in New York, and asked them to help find his friend's
accountants at Price Waterhouse Cooper put up posters on
poles, while cashiers at a pharmacy owned by Bain put fliers in
bag of every shopper. Romney and the other Bain employees scoured
part of New York and talked with everyone they could -
drug addicts - anyone.
day, their hunt made the evening news, which featured photos of
girl and the Bain employees searching for her. As a result, a
boy phoned in, asked if there was a reward, and then hung up
The NYPD traced the call to a house in New Jersey, where
found the girl in the basement, shivering and experiencing
symptoms from a massive ecstasy dose. Doctors later said
girl might not have survived another day.
former partner credits Mitt Romney with saving his daughter's
saying, "It was the most amazing thing, and I'll never forget
to the day I die."
here's my epiphany: Mitt Romney simply can't help himself. He
problem, and his mind immediately sets to work solving it, sometimes
and sometimes not-so-consciously. He doesn't do it for
or for personal gain. He does it because that's
how he's wired.
people are unaware of the fact that when Romney was asked by his
employer, Bill Bain, to come back to Bain & Company as CEO to
the firm from bankruptcy, Romney left Bain Capital to work at
& Company for an annual salary of one dollar.
Romney went to the rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, he
no salary for three years, and would not use an expense
He also accepted no salary as Governor of Massachusetts.
- Character does count.
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, April 24 and 25, 2012
American Medical Association has weighed in on Obama's new health care
The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists
not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut
about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of
Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a
misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea
Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians
said, "Oh, grow up!"
Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness,
while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to
their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would
indeed be a
bitter pill to swallow. The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal
"put a whole new face on the matter". The Podiatrists thought it was
a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty
Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no. In the end, the
won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.
MONDAY, April 23, 2012
have been speaking
about this for a while...and I believe that I wrote on it also:
THE DEVELOPING PATHOLOGY OF EPIDEMIC CONNECTEDNESS.
My prediction: that the gimmick craze out there will be socially and
individually destabilizing...perhaps leading in the fourth and fifth
the lives of many around us to an epidemic of depression and even
Now comes research and an article on that precise subject, entitled: "The
Flight From Conversation", by Dr. Sherry Turkle (NYTimes Sunday,
22, 2012, pSR1. It is entirely supportive of my prediction. And
be read widely, especially by the parents of children and teenagers,
prevention would be better and easier than cure.
WEDNESDAY through SUNDAY, April 18
through 22, 2012
FOR ONE OF MY
OCCASIONAL MOVIE REVIEWS:
"THINK LIKE A MAN"
If you're into social commentary, and even some social pathology,
your item. But if what you want is a very funny, touching and
acted group of inter-related stories...THIS IS DEFINITELY FOR
MONDAY and TUESDAY, April 16 and 17, 2012
An Obama classmate speaks out
Yes, Wayne Allyn Root’s statement
below has been “Correctly Attributed.”
link to Snopes.com
is at the end of his statement.
Obama is re-elected in 2012, the US is finished.
following is in simple language that everyone can understand.
gibberish that our government keeps telling people.
read this carefully and make sure you keep this message going.
needs to be emailed to everyone in the USA ...
COLLEGE CLASSMATE SPEAKS OUT
Hussein Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent.
the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he’s doing.
is purposely overwhelming the U.S. Economy to create
failure, economic crisis and social chaos –
capitalism and our country from within.
Hussein Obama was my college classmate.
He is a devout
Muslim; do not be fooled. Look at
his Czars.... Anti-business…anti-American.
Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Barack Hussien Obama is following
the plan of Cloward & Piven, two
professors at Columbia University ... They outlined a plan to socialize
by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement
up the clues below. Taken individually they're alarming. Taken as
a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game
plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a
majority that desperately needs government for survival... And can be
on to always vote for
not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.
health care bill had very little to do with health care.
had everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health
care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who
join government employee unions).
doesn’t care that giving free health care to 30 million Americans will
trillions to the national debt.
he does care about is that it cements the dependence of those 30
to Democrats and big government.
but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in
middle of a depression?
health care legislation having nothing to do with health care, cap and
trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to
redistribution of income, government control of the economy and a
payoff to Obama’s biggest contributors.
powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC,
and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of
millions of dollars in
contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power.
bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger
businesses helps Obama “spread the wealth around.”
Puerto Rico a state. Why?
asking for a 51st state? Who’s asking for millions of new welfare
recipients and government entitlement addicts in the middle of a
not American taxpayers! But this has been Barack Hussien Obama’s
along. His goal is to add two new
senators, five Democrat congressmen and a million loyal Democratic
are dependent on big government.
will tip the balance of those living off the government to
than those who
must pay for it; and we’re done for)
12 million illegal Mexican immigrants.
giving these 12 million potential new citizens free health care
alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt America .
it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can
be counted on to support big government.
another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children,
free medical, education, tax credits for the poor, and eventually
note above re: Puerto Rico)
and bailouts. Where did all that money go?
went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and
unions -- including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of
employees across the country.
went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying
went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving
almost $1 million in contributions)..
staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their
those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their
salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America ...
country goes broke, future generations face a bleak
future, but Obama,
the Democrat Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful.
ends justify the means.
taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job
the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute
punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except
wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve
Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his
the acts outlined above, Barack Hussein Obama and his
regime have created a vast and
rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a
of public employees who work for big government; and a government
destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by
overwhelming the system.
it up and you’ve got the perfect Marxist scheme – all devised by my Columbia
University college classmate Barack Hussein Obama using the Cloward and
point: think about what this designed “rule of the rabble” will
successful…and everyone receiving this is. What will your lives
under communism? The time to fight this abomination is now…
MONDAY through SUNDAY, April 9 through 15, 2012
above all, shouldn't cast lot with left
04/15/2012 12:00 AM
04/15/2012 12:27 AM
the "lost generation" of the First World War has the errors and
miscalculations of their elders so disastrously affected the younger
generation. Yet, today's youth seem curiously unaware of the bad hand
the aimlessness of the Occupy Wall Street protest, whose cause and goal
should have been clear. What enabled the young OWS protesters to camp
out for months was their unemployed status. Indeed, the unemployment
rate for all 16- to 24-year-olds is a stratospheric 17 percent. So jobs
should have been their unambiguous and elemental cause. Instead, OWS
squandered its energy on class warfare, the 1 percent versus the 99.
on to the entitlement crisis, the generational standoff becomes much
clearer, except, apparently, to younger Americans.
there is bipartisan agreement that the retirement benefits of the baby
boomer generation will cause the sure collapse of the generation
working over the next half century, young people are lining up on the
wrong side of this issue in the few places where it has been joined,
e.g. Wisconsin and Ohio. The young have joined the cause of public
sector unions, which are zealously guarding retirement benefits for
older workers that are far more generous than those of younger public
sector workers. Those public worker benefits are certainly far better
than those of practically all workers in the private sector, whose
taxes fund the public sector benefits. It is a private sector where
most young people will still have to find jobs, few of which offer any
retirement benefits anymore. So this issue is one of both
inter-generational fairness and public sector-private sector equity.
contrast, Social Security is a universal program largely benefitting
all workers equally, nationwide, public and private, young and old.
And, while it may have imbalances, they are of dramatically lesser
scale and are easily manageable.
now, consider health care, where young people can be forgiven for not
recognizing their self-interest, because the new national health care
law is so incredibly and unnecessarily complex. The president himself
causes much confusion, referring to the uninsured, many of whom are
young, alternately in sympathetic and, then, in disparaging terms.
First, they are victims being denied coverage; then, they are "free
riders," namely healthy people who are refusing to buy coverage and
"pay their fair share" to finance our health care system.
make no mistake; financing of the health care plan is what the
president wants of young people. The health care law states very
clearly that no one's health insurance premium can be less than
one-third of anyone else's. Well, the health risks of a 20-year-old are
certainly less than 33 percent of the health risks of a 60-year-old.
Today's young people are slated to pay far, far more than their "fair
share" at a time when they are struggling to find jobs or beginning
work at low entry-level wages.
the president's health care plan enjoys its strongest support amongst
course, the most momentous, most obvious and most discussed issue of
inter-generational concern is that of debt and deficits. On this issue,
the differential generational impact couldn't be greater: the yawning
deficits and the resultant burgeoning debt of today constitute an
enormous transfer of wealth from the future of our younger generation
to the present enjoyment of the older generation. The younger
generation will have to pay the lion's share of the taxes to service
our $10.9 trillion of publicly-held Treasury debt (note, some other
Treasury debt is held by the federal government itself).
of rallying to the side of overcompensated public sector workers and to
the cause of the president's health care plan, the younger generation
should be advocating for a smaller government, one of sustainable size.
Churchill observed "If you are not a liberal when you are young, you
have no heart; if you are not a conservative when you are old, you have
people today cannot afford to think like normal young people -
literally, they cannot afford to.
is clear pick in GOP primary
Published 04/15/2012 12:00 AM
Updated 04/13/2012 04:07 PM
Even before former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum
announced he was ending his campaign, Mitt Romney was clearly the best
choice for Republican voters in Connecticut's April 24 presidential
primary contest. With Mr. Santorum's withdrawal, Mr. Romney becomes
arguably the only rational option.
While Mr. Santorum's name remains on the ballot, the only
two men who ostensibly still challenge Mr. Romney for the nomination
are former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Unless intent
on casting a protest vote, we can't imagine any lucid Connecticut
Republican choosing anyone but Mr. Romney.
Speaker Gingrich left Washington in disgrace and
scandal. He rails against Washington while enriching himself as a
lobbyist and has run a convoluted campaign for president. Rep. Paul,
meanwhile, is on the fringe of American politics, calling for
dissolution of the Federal Reserve, an isolationist foreign policy and
a libertarian form of domestic non-governance that would destroy most
regulatory controls, environmental protections and leave needy
Americans fending for themselves.
In contrast, Mr. Romney appears to be the ultimate
pragmatist, sometimes to a troubling extent. His ideology has shifted
based on the occasion. In winning an election as governor of
liberal-leaning Massachusetts, Mr. Romney sold himself as a moderate.
He was a supporter of environmental protections, urged conservation in
the face of rising energy prices, pledged to defend the reproductive
choices of women and most remarkably played a lead role in the creation
of that state's near-universal health insurance coverage program. It
became the model for the federal Affordable Care Act.
In seeking the Republican nomination, Mr. Romney has
shifted hard right. He belittles the administration's attempts to
promote energy conservation. He pledges to repeal the health care law.
He now staunchly opposes abortion rights. He proposes further tax cuts
in the face of runaway deficit spending.
These vacillations make it difficult to know what a Romney
administration would look like. But we suspect at Mr. Romney's core, if
one can find it, is a fiscal conservative who believes government is
too big and over regulates. Yet, based on his record in Massachusetts,
we suspect a president Romney would also be politically expedient,
willing to make deals that address real problems, rather than stick to
an ideological agenda that aggravates them.
But who can know for sure?
Unquestionably, Mr. Romney will be the intellectual equal
to President Obama in the debates to come.
Born into wealth and politics - his father George W. Romney
was governor of Michigan - Romney has multiplied his riches many times
over, most notably as a venture capitalist leading Bain Capital through
numerous company purchases and re-sales.
In 2002 he took on the job of leading the Salt Lake City
Olympic Games Organizing Committee, where he was credited with reducing
its bloated budget and boosting its fundraising. He parlayed that
success into his winning run for governor of Massachusetts, the state
where he had lost a Senate race to Ted Kennedy in 1994. Mr. Romney
served one term as governor.
Mr. Romney keeps repeating that his experience as a
businessman and Olympic organizer have prepared him to be the fix-it
man for America's economic problems and its soaring spending. Beyond
that he has been thin on the specifics, his campaign based largely on
superficial, over-produced stagecraft and conservative-pleasing talking
Right now his solution to the fact 35 million Americans
have no access to health insurance coverage is to repeal the Affordable
Care Act and let the states deal with the matter. His vision for
reducing the deficit and reinvigorating the economy is repackaged
trickle down theory. We'd like to think the coming general election
will force Mr. Romney to sharpen his policy perspective.
Unfortunately, given the vast unregulated cash that will
flow into the election thanks to the terrible Citizens United decision,
the country may be about to witness the world's first
billion-dollar-plus mud fight, rather than a substantive debate about
the country's future.
But among those Republicans left standing, Mr. Romney
offers the best chance to surprise. Having, as a top aide said, the
chance to shake up the Etch-a-Sketch after the primary race, perhaps
Mr. Romney will present a more practical, moderate vision that will
appeal to the great political middle.
To find out, The Day endorses Mitt Romney in the
Connecticut Republican presidential primary.
conference. There is a great deal more to report...and I am
it, both on TV and in print.
NOW HEAR THIS: This is my next years-long personal project: our next
cooperation is topic in New London
04/15/2012 12:00 AM
04/15/2012 12:29 AM
at academy stresses U.S.-Canada ties
London - The United States and Canada should work together to have
increased influence on how the melting Arctic region is developed,
participants at a conference Friday on leadership for the Arctic said
the two countries should capitalize on the fact that Canada is next in
line to lead the Arctic Council, followed by the United States.
Balton, deputy assistant secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, and Lloyd
Axworthy, who helped create the Arctic Council in 1996 as Canada's
minister of foreign affairs, said the two North American members of the
group should develop a four-year strategic agenda. The chairmanship of
the high-level intergovernmental forum rotates every two years. The
other members of the council are: Denmark, Russia, Norway, Iceland,
Sweden and Finland.
council's purpose is to promote cooperation among the Arctic nations on
issues that transcend their borders, such as sustainable development
and environmental protection. In recent years, the council has focused
on assessing the effects of Arctic climate change, marine shipping and
the options for sustainable development.
think we could … spend four years building the council into an
effective forum for the decision-making that is going to be needed,"
Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. sees the partnership going
budget constraints and the need for ships that can operate in the
Arctic, Papp said, the United States and Canada could perhaps share a
design for icebreakers or even pool resources to build them. Their
cutters already work together in the Arctic.
willing to explore that," Papp said.
needs to be a "stronger, more comprehensive national focus on the
efforts in the Arctic," Papp said.
Coast Guard Academy and the Law of the Sea Institute at the University
of California's Berkeley School of Law partnered to sponsor the two-day
conference that brought more than 160 academics, professionals and law
specialists together at the academy to share ideas with the
policymakers making decisions about the Arctic.
Guard Capt. Glenn Sulmasy, chairman of the academy's Humanities
Department, said it was the right time to figure out "how best to lead
in the Arctic." Many in attendance stated their support for
ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
United States is the only Arctic nation not to ratify the treaty, which
deals with jurisdiction in the Arctic. Balton said there's a chance the
Senate soon will conduct hearings on the treaty, which enjoys broad
support in government, industry and environmental organizations.
a rational world, there would be the ability to get it approved," he
said. "I'm a rational person and I believe it will happen."
Law Professor David Caron, an expert in international law, said the
fact that it's an election year is a "tremendous obstacle" since
senators who privately support it may not want to do so publicly.
concluded the conference by telling the attendees that when it comes to
tackling the challenges posed by the changes in the Arctic, "there's
not a moment to lose."
need to start moving forward," he said.
SUNDAY, April 8, 2012
May Trayvon Martin Rest in Peace.
Meanwhile, I was hoping that we would get some peace long before
passage of the last month.
But, just as I was being provoked into expressing my opinion on
tragedy, here comes the excellent commentary by Shelby Steele,
published in the
WSJ Thursday, April 5, 2012, pA15, entitled: "The
of Trayvon Martin".
And for those who may vehemently disagree with Mr. Steele, I am
the exclamation by Jack Nicholson's movie character:
the truth? You can't take the truth!"
SATURDAY, April 7, 2012
ANOTHER EDITION OF "AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY
there you have
it, folks...at least for today. Stay tuned.
- AFGHANISTAN AND THE OTHER
"-STANS". Yes, America does need a continuing presence in that
region, based upon the established principle of "pre-emptive
self-defense". Anyone who questions that should re-visit the
World Trade Center site...which can happen again. But we
don't need our regular forces to stand around there with targets on
their backs. We lost the opportunity to really make an
impression there when we declined to destroy the entire opium crop and
replace it with an actual cash crop for the peasants - and not for the
arms dealers. Just use Special Forces and drones as needed - and
To Hell with the objections from both "allies" and enemies.
- RUSSIA. A lost cause for ever
being an ally - for a generation at least. Treat it that way.
- CHINA. More pragmatic.
Treat it that way: never accept a "quid" without a "quo".
- INDIA.and most of the other nations
of the Far East, despite their Muslim leanings...are actual or
potential allies in stabilizing that region, a prime goal of those
- JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA.
Invaluable, present and future. Let's deal with them in that
- IRAN. Should we risk another
World War over their ability to "build the Bomb"...rather than
their clear ability simply to buy one from the likes of
Professor Khan? I think not.
- THE OTHER NATIONS OF THE MID-EAST:
a boiling cauldron of centuries-long religious and ethnic rivalries
that can be addressed only by themselves. Only Moderate Muslims
can bring the fundamentalist Muslim crazies to heel...for their own
- ISRAEL. I have said this many
times before: "He who seeks equity must do equity", And they have
not done "equity" for decades. We in America should stop
signing blank checks payable to whatever increasingly theocratic
government is in power.
- EUROPE. Now "therein hangs a
tale"...that can wag our dog. The Western "Powers" there
are rapidly getting to the point of need another "Marshall Plan"...but
this time one of tough love. We cannot afford to continue to be
enablers for their broken experiments with Socialism, with Islam and
with the denigration of Christianity.
- THE U.N. "Expletive Deleted".
- GREAT BRITAIN AND THE COMMONWEALTH
NATIONS. Common interests...and in this case good friends
- POLITICS IN AMERICA NOW. Seriously
and dangerously divided. The vast majority of moderate
Americans are being drawn and quartered by the extremes on the Left and
on the Right. The only non-negotiable on the Right must be
regarding the abomination of Abortion. The only non-negotiable on
the Left must be a fair and manageable "safety-net" for the truly and deserving
under-served - and only for as long as they need it despite their best
efforts. For all the rest of the "leaders" and demagogic
wannabees who espouse impossible and stupid positions...throw the
- THE "CULTURE WARS".
Unfortunately not a figment of fevered imaginations. Natural
Law vs. Positivist - Secularism...which has become a religion in
itself for its practitioners. It need not be this way. This
is a land of Freedom. We can all "live and let live", even
zapping by all the crap on TV and in the other media, so long as one
side does not try to impose its will on the other. And here we
must understand one thing: this country has never been in danger of a
totalitarianism from the Right. That real danger comes from the
Meanwhile, after the above venting I don't have to take my blood
medicine for today.
Finizio's "Message" on Monday was an "OUT OF MIND"
New London's budget is destined
to go to voters
By David Collins
Publication: The Day
04/06/2012 12:00 AM
FRIDAY, April 6, 2012
Updated 04/06/2012 12:26 AM
If Mayor Finizio had stepped out of City
Hall Monday and set himself on fire he might have attracted only a
little less attention than he did by presenting to the City Council a
budget with a 20 percent tax increase.
I haven't run into a single person since
Monday who doesn't agree that the mayor's budget plan seems like the
act of city official gone mad.
This is 2012, and we are hardly past the
Great Recession. The unemployment rate has been soaring for three years
and foreclosures are still rising. Big employers around here have been
crushed by the weight of this bad economy.
All around the country, many
municipalities have been cutting spending and trimming budgets as best
they can, trying to get by, trying to make sure that rising property
taxes are not what push households and small businesses or the elderly
over the edge.
New London already has about the worst
tax burden in the region.
City officials in recent years have been
keeping the budget together with rubber bands and paper clips and spit,
trying to avoid a tax increase.
Maybe, as the new mayor suggests, some of
that is coming home to roost this year. So he has a hard job to fix it,
to plug the holes and cut spending to meet revenues. It's a job he
Certainly, no one elected him to drive
the old city budget jalopy down to the dealership and sign up for a
shiny new model and big new payments.
With a 20 percent tax increase, New
London might just as well post a big sign at its borders warning
property buyers to stay out: Rising Tax Rates Ahead.
The city also may have to send out
letters to homeowners, apologizing not just for the massive tax
increase but for depleting what was left of their home values. I am
guessing not a single contract to buy a property in the city has been
signed since Monday.
I don't have a lot of confidence, from
what I've seen so far, that this City Council will be able to bring
this spending-drunk mayor to heel. I predict this budget almost
certainly will be challenged by petition and go to voters at referendum.
Something has to bring some sanity to the
Mayor Finizio chose to deliver his budget
bomb with a strange ceremony he called the State of the City Address.
Department managers were assembled, with the public, and applauded
before and after the speech.
And why shouldn't they applaud? They got
to add to their budgets, instead of cutting.
The Finizio budget drew out one old
rival, former City Council Rob Pero, who ran against Finizio for mayor.
Pero posted on Facebook that the mayor's big spending budget is the
opening of a war on taxpayers.
"I for one am ready to fight," Pero
wrote. "If the council is unwilling to reduce this spending then let us
do it through referendum."
Pero went on to mention some of the
mayor's excessive spending to date, citing hundreds of thousands of
dollars in new expenditures.
When I caught up with Pero Wednesday, he
said he honestly has wished Finizio well, and I believe him.
Pero said he thinks many of the mayor's
poor policies have made headlines and embarrassed the city. But it was
the new budget that made him speak up.
"Now what he is doing is going affect
people in a new and powerful way," said the longtime city councilor. "I
think people's anger is pretty high right now."
Pero also said he has been surprised by
the mayor's spending on his office and staff. Usually, he said, a new
mayor in a small town or city just grabs a phone and computer and gets
In some of his reasonable and
conciliatory remarks toward the mayor, Pero said he thinks Finizio
needs to widen his circle of advisers. I would tend to agree.
The mayor might say he hardly needs
advice from someone he beat handily in November. That may be true. But
I doubt Finizio could be elected supervisor of the Parade skating rink
One gets the sense that he needs to hear
from others besides the applauding employees assembled at City Hall to
hear him speak.
REGARDING "SAME-SEX MARRIAGE"
The following is the most clear and concise statement against
"same-sex marriage" that I have seen to date.
In fact, although the practice of Marriage Annulment in the Catholic
received a deserved poor reputation as the result of
modifications to relevant
criteria in recent decades, one point is crystal - clear and represents
"failure of Consideration" in the formation of the Marriage Contract:
if either or both of the parties to the Contract have no intention to
raise a child or children, the Contract fails for lack of Consideration
thus never existed in the first place.
So, where do I stand on this subject?
- "Same-Sex Marriage"........NO.
- "CIVIL UNION"...................
- HOMOSEXUALITY.............. A
BIOLOGIC VARIANT AND NOT A LIFE-STYLE CHOICE.
- CHILD ADOPTION BY A LOVING,
COMMITTED, MONOGAMOUS, STABLE SAME-SEX COUPLE............YES.
The world seen from Rome
of Washington State Speak in Defense of Marriage
Washington, FEB. 20, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Bishops of Washington
are speaking out against a new bill which, barring the success of a
would legalize same-sex marriage in that state this coming June.
SB 6239 bill, which was signed into law last week by Washington
Christine Gregoire, changed the definition of marriage from a civil
between a male and a female to a civil contract between two persons.
objective of the bill is to end discrimination in marriage based on
sexual orientation in Washington, to ensure that all persons in this
enjoy the freedom to marry on equal terms.
after the bill was introduced in January, Archbishop J. Peter
of Seattle, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, Bishop Plase Cupich of
and Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima published an official statement
bill's attempt to redefine marriage, stating that such an attempt is
not in the
they stated, is certainly about the public recognition of a
relationship between a man and a woman which carries certain rights and
responsibilities for the two adults. But, it is much more. Marriage in
and societal traditions is acknowledged as the foundation of
has long been recognized that the stability of society depends on the
of family life in which a man and a woman conceive and nurture new
this way, civil recognition of marriage has sought to bestow on
generations of children the incomparable benefit of a loving mother and
committed to one another in a lifelong union.
the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman
one founded solely in religion. Upholding the present definition of
does not depend on anyone's religious beliefs, said the bishops, but
defining marriage as 'a civil contract between a male and a female' is
not in faith, but in reason and the experience of society. It
value of marriage as a bond of personal relationships, but also in
terms of the
unique and irreplaceable potential of a man and woman to conceive and
new life, thus contributing to the continuation of the human race. A
legislation would mean that the state would no longer recognize the
sacrifices and contributions made by these couples, thereby adding to
forces already undermining family life today.
new law which redefines marriage to include same-sex partnerships
into effect next June, unless enough signatures from supporters of
gathered for a referendum for November's ballot.
THURSDAY, April 5, 2012
Add this to the list of other questions properly challenging our
"un-enhanced brains" in the article posted below.
And these issues are not theoretical. Should scientific
have limits? The current debate regarding the development
transmissible H1N1 virus is a case in point.
Then there is the prospect of Dr. Kurzweil's "Singularity",
wherein he predicts that by the year 2040 computers will have developed
the abilities of Man...and then will immediately proceed beyond those
capabilities, quite possibly enslaving Man. Regarding this development,
I know the result. God, having created Man with Free Will and in
"His own image and likeness", will save us, will terminate this
creation called "Humanity", and will bring us all Home. So: 2040 -
The End of the World. And you heard it here first.
The world seen from Rome
and the Perfection Imperative (Part 3)
We Use Science to Make Ourselves More-Than-Human?
D.C., April 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is the third and final part
of a response to a question on bioethics answered by the fellows of
the Culture of Life Foundation.
1 of this response was published March 7; Part 2 was published March
recently read something about a current philosophy called
Transhumanism. Are you familiar with it and can you shed some light on
problematic about it from the perspective of a Catholic worldview?
Christian Brugger replies:
final reason to wake up to the problems posed by Transhumanism is that
in the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin -- an ounce of prevention is
pound of cure. If we don't draw good lines in the ethical sand now, we
we will -- find ourselves later picking up the pieces of our ruined
To rephrase Jesus' words in the Gospels: if the householder had known
thief was coming, he would have stayed awake. Be ye ready, for the
come when you least expect it (cf. Lk. 12:39-40). Well, the thief is
may already be in our homes.
of us is immune from the devil's temptation to raise himself to the
of God. Indeed, we might even say that as created in God's image and
and destined for a life of happiness beyond all imagining, we're made
immortality and perfection. Our desire for these things is, in a sense,
as I said in my first installment, few of us are as pure in intention
the young Steve Rogers (Captain America). What will we do when the
temptation comes to grasp at solutions to our human limitations that
require us to compromise our humanity? For example, to screen out
children in order to prevent the transmission of debilitating
diseases? Or to generate new children to be used as medical treatments
others whom we love? Will misguided parental pride tempt us to use
biotechnology to produce better children? Will musical parents be
select for the gene for perfect pitch in their offspring? Will loving
concede to their children's request for cognitive stimulants when
doing it and when doing it would only level the playing field? Will
defined images of beauty tempt us to use Botox or cosmetic surgery, not
therapeutic purposes, but merely to meet current notions of fashion?
what if the irascible amongst us could receive a brain implant to make
more affable? Should he do it? If some medication would help us forget
memories, should we take it? Should men be allowed to receive implants
enable them to gestate or nurse babies? Should persons suffering from
Identity Integrity Disorder -- in which the sufferer feels he'd be
an amputated limb -- be allowed to amputate, say, a healthy arm and
with ‘bionics'? Should the 76 million middle-aged adults in the U.S.
no brain disease be given a way to reverse the frustrating
comes with age, Viagra for the Brain, as an article in Forbes Magazine
it? Do you really think that pharmaceutical executives, facing profits
market that large, will put the breaks on such research because it
might not be
morally healthy for society? Should brain implants be given to people
yet, but might later suffer from Alzheimer
or Parkinson's disease? Not easy questions, but important ones.
President's Council on Bioethics raises some more philosophical
to which neither they nor I offer any simple answers: Does multiplying
alternatives for choice necessarily equate with a growth in human
more perfect bodies, powerful minds, brighter moods and longer lives
into happier souls? Will widespread pursuit of non-therapeutic ends
biotechnical means cause us to grow in disdain for the givenness of
nature? Is nature a gift to be nurtured or an obstacle to be overcome?
moral character be helped or harmed if we medicate our weaknesses
strive against them through painful struggle? Will feats of human
made possible through biotechnology (e.g., breaking a homerun record,
spelling bee, defeating a sophisticated opponent at chess, jumping
running faster) -- will they really be our accomplishments? Would they
the same kind of praise as lesser accomplishments achieved without t
assistance of biotech? Are personal achievements impersonally achieved
the achievements of persons? Will the limited distribution of
techniques -- since all costly medical techniques are limited --
social tranquility or foment envy?
don't mean to set up easy answers to these. Even defining where the
exists between therapy and enhancement can be vexing. Would neural
cards allowing users to access the internet via thought alone be
different from utilizing Bluetooth technology? Should neural chip
modestly expand short-term memory be considered assisting an ordinary
or creating a supercapacity? And so on.
we land on these questions, underlying them is the greater theological
question of whether the enhancement imperative (since we canmake
better, stronger, smarter, therefore we should) is in some fundamental
human attempt to play God? It might be considered the realm of the
No, not a chap with 666 on his head, and certainly not science per se.
rather the temptations that science may put to us to make ourselves
something that God never wills us to be.
WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2012
Whatever President Obama's heritage is, I never thought that is
remarks, addressed to the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, qualify
When I read that he had declared that the overturning of ObamaCare
would be an "unprecedented,
extraordinary step" after the law had been passed by Congress, I
immediately wondered whether this Law Professor had ever read Marbury
Madison. After all, I too have been a Law Professor (Adjunct,
teaching Health Law and Medical Malpractice)...and I know about that
Then today I got around to reading the WSJ Tuesday, April 2,
there it is: an Editorial entitled "Obama vs. Marbury v. Madison."
TUESDAY, April 3, 2012
MONDAY, April 2, 2012
also the WSJ Editorial, Tuesday, March 20,
2012 entitled: "School Reform's Establishment Turn",
pA14. And, if you're wondering what happens to these students
limp out of high school, check out the lead article in the Spring 2012
of The American Scholar, entitled "The Truth About Campus
Cheating", by William M. Chace. In addition to that, we read
that "American higher education is characterized by limited or no
learning by a large proportion of students".
YOU'RE DOIN' A GREAT JOB, BROWNIE".
State Sen. Stillman defends
revisions in education reform package
By JC Reindl
Publication: The Day
04/01/2012 12:00 AM
04/01/2012 06:05 PM
Hartford - Democratic
Sen. Andrea Stillman of Waterford spent her Sunday evening last week on
the top floor of the Capitol office building, crafting what arguably
has become the biggest setback to date for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's
Joining her at the conference table were
bill-writing lawyers and Stillman's fellow Education Committee
co-chairman, Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, D-West Hartford.
If they cared to sleep that night before
their morning committee meeting and vote, the veteran lawmakers had
only a few hours to decide what to do about the controversial parts of
Senate Bill 24 - the governor's 163-page education reform package.
Negotiations earlier that weekend between
the Malloy administration and the two state teachers' unions failed to
produce any grand compromise. That left the hard decisions to them.
By night's end, the pair had finished a
dramatic rewrite to Malloy's bill that has since drawn praise from the
teachers' unions for fairness and criticism from reform activists and
school administrators' groups, who dismiss the revised bill as "watered
down" legislation that better serves union members than schoolchildren.
Governor: 'A work in progress'
The Education Committee passed the new
Senate Bill 24 on a 28-5 vote Monday. But as Malloy soon emphasized,
the language in the bill isn't final and likely will change again in
the legislative process.
The bill has until 12:01 a.m. on May 10
to be voted on by the full House and Senate. And Malloy indicated
Friday that he won't sign the bill if it lacks what he considers to be
real reforms to the teacher tenure system in public schools.
"This is a work in progress," the
governor said last week. "I never served in the legislature, but I did
make sausage for a summer job, and it's a bit like that."
Yet for the moment, the most anticipated
state education bill in decades stands as what emerged from Stillman's
A coalition of five education groups and
the Connecticut Business and Industry Association issued a joint
statement last week criticizing the revised bill. The coalition
includes principals, superintendents and charter school activists who
say they wrongly were left out of the process.
"The new version of S.B. 24 fails to move
forward with several of the bold proposals Governor Malloy put forth,
and it signals a lack of urgency to fix the fundamental issues that
plague Connecticut's public school system," their statement read. "The
result is a bill that reflects compromises that appear to be brought on
by pressure from the teacher unions."
In an interview, Stillman denied the
coalition's claim - echoed by Republican leaders and numerous editorial
and blog writers - that she and Fleischmann "capitulated" to the
powerful teachers' unions in the final hours.
"I don't think that was it at all," said
the state senator, whose district includes New London, East Lyme,
Montville, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem and Waterford. "I'd like to
set the record straight."
A 'facilitating' role
For Stillman, the decision to scale back
the governor's most ambitious proposals was born from numerous
conversations with teachers and from reading their emails and
"Who better to give you advice on how to
run a classroom than those people who are in it?" she said.
She heard from teachers at group meetings
about the bill, during and after public hearings, and some teachers
even approached her in the aisles of Stop & Shop and the Waterford
CVS to share their thoughts. Stillman said these teachers care deeply
about quality schools and closing the achievement gap, but many felt
parts of the original bill were misguided and might not work.
"I was hearing from people who are in the
classroom doing the work, who are trying to handle children who come
from dysfunctional homes, and disruptive children, and children who are
mainstreamed into schools, and children who want to learn but can't
because the teacher can't attend to everybody's need at once," Stillman
Some of these teachers feared losing
their jobs or income if they scored a low mark one year on the new
evaluations. There were other concerns as well. "I couldn't believe how
many teachers spoke about the fact that principals are not always being
honest in their evaluations," Stillman said.
"I think it's the most difficult job to
be a teacher and manage all those young minds - especially in the
public schools," the senator said. "And it's very different in charter
schools - many of them - because many of them cherry-pick the kids they
But the Stillman-Fleischmann capitulation
theory gathered force amid reports that the co-chairmen participated in
lengthy closed-door meetings last weekend with the state teachers'
unions - the Connecticut Education Association and AFT Connecticut.
Stillman confirmed that those meetings
with union leaders occurred March 24 at an office building near the
Capitol. But she maintains that she and Fleischmann generally had a
"facilitating" role in eleventh-hour negotiations between Malloy
administration officials and the unions regarding the two most
controversial parts of the proposal: a teacher tenure overhaul and a
new turnaround program for low-performing schools.
"We were just sitting there, taking
notes, sharing copies of things and listening in," Stillman said.
The negotiations between the two parties
ended at 1:30 a.m. without a deal, leaving Stillman and Fleischmann to
reconvene that Sunday night to rewrite the bill.
"We sat down and filled in the blanks,"
Stillman recalled. There was no one present at that point from
administration or union ranks, she said.
Up in their conference room, the
committee leaders discarded Malloy's proposal for an immediate overhaul
to the teacher tenure system that would have linked certification and
salary guidelines to a new evaluation system.
The full details of the evaluation system
are still being finished by a council of teachers, principals and
school board members. But the council agreed this winter to a framework
that's 45 percent tied to student "learning indicators," with one-half
of that based on standardized tests.
Another 40 percent is based on
observations of teacher performance; 10 percent comes from peer or
parent surveys, and 5 percent on student feedback or "whole-school"
Teachers currently gain tenure after
working four years in the same district. Once tenured, they only can be
dismissed for one of six reasons, including "inefficiency or
Malloy's proposal called for a new,
four-level performance scale that would make it easier to fire dismal
teachers who are just coasting above incompetency. It required teachers
to achieve two top ratings in three years, or a combination of three
top or third-level ratings in five years.
Tenured teachers would then receive
regular evaluations and could be dismissed for just one low rating or
two second-level ratings in two consecutive years.
Stillman recalled her reluctance to
proceed with Malloy's plan to link teacher tenure and certification to
the new evaluations because the evaluation system has not yet been
tried, and isn't even scheduled to be finished until late June.
"Just because a teacher might have a bad
evaluation in one school, doesn't mean they should lose their license
to teach," Stillman said, adding that she heard many stories of
teachers who went on to great success after switching districts.
Calls were made that Sunday night, March
25, to Democratic leaders in the legislature, and Stillman and
Fleischmann ultimately opted to "decouple" tenure from performance
evaluations and instead have Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor head
up a study about linking the new evaluations to teachers' employment
status. The study must be completed by January.
"Our respective leadership in the House
and the Senate suggested we just put in that we're going to study it,"
Stillman said. "So we thought, right now, that is the best way to write
the bill." If the commissioner's study comes back positive, the
legislature would have the option to act on it next year, she said.
They also significantly scaled back the
proposed "Commissioner's Network" turnaround program that would have
given Commissioner Pryor broad authority to reorganize 25
low-performing schools in the state.
Teachers unions feared that the program,
as first proposed, would allow Pryor to break collective-bargaining
contracts and could clear the way for management companies to swoop in
and force teachers at those schools to reapply for their jobs.
The Stillman-Fleischmann rewrite delayed
implementation of the Commissioner's Network by ordering another study.
But the version of the bill that passed their committee included a
last-minute amendment that allows Pryor to proceed this fall with 10
network schools, although without the authority to act unilaterally and
compromise union contracts.
"That was perhaps the most interesting
thing," Malloy said the day after the vote. "They apparently bought
into the idea that there should be no Commissioner's Network. And then
they understood that you can't go back to the people of Connecticut and
say that we're going to tolerate the lowest performing schools years
after year after year, so then they said 'do something about 10 of
them,' but then they didn't give the tools that we need to do something
about the 10 of them."
The Commissioner's Network suffered
another blow Thursday when the Appropriations Committee revised
Malloy's budget proposal by cutting the program's funding to $10.8
million from $22.9 million.
"That is a problem," Mark Ojakian, the
governor's chief of staff, said Friday. "They clearly have made a
statement as to where their funding priorities are."
Stillman said she believes her committee
passed a good bill, yet she agrees with the governor that it likely
will change between now and May. She noted how her committee doubled to
1,000 the new number of early childhood education slots in needy
districts, and sped up the termination process for bad teachers from a
maximum 155 days down to 115 days.
She acknowledged the bill contains less
funding for alternative schools than first proposed, but still
increases the state per-student funding levels. Some of that charter
schools money was redirected to early education, she said.
Despite her role in diluting the
governor's reform plan, Stillman said she and Malloy remain on good
terms. They recently saw one another in the Capitol complex cafeteria.
"We were very cordial with each other. He didn't show any animosity or
anything, but he said 'we'll get it done.'"
Malloy was asked at a news conference
Friday whether he would sign the education bill if it doesn't contain
tenure reform. He replied that he wouldn't. "Evaluations have to mean
something," the governor explained later. "And any package of reform
that doesn't reference that is unacceptable."
SUNDAY, April 1, 2012
TOPIC IS ALWAYS
RIPE (OR RATHER "ROTTEN") FOR DISCUSSION.
The other day I found myself wondering why I have had recently fewer
which to write than in past months and years. Then it occurred to
Republican Primary season, with its many debates and with some
exchanges of ideas, has been doing the work for me.
But one topic survives: THE ABJECT FAILURE OF OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION
THIS COUNTRY DURING THE LAST 40 YEARS, THANKS TO THE TEACHERS' UNIONS
THEIR WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY - THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
For more evidence of this, please see the article in the WSJ Wednesday,
21, 2012, pA3, entitled:
"Weak Schools Said To Imperil Security", by Jason Dean
Then read the Editorial in The Day (www.theday.com)
posted on April 1, 2012 and listed below. Disappointing...but not
IS ANYBODY THERE? DOES ANYBODY CARE?
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