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  • Senators vow to reassert America's rocket power

    07/16/2014 2:12:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | July 16, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    Lawmakers and top military officials on Wednesday expressed fears that friction with Russia could someday leave the United States without the power to launch rockets into space. Reliance on a single Russian engine to launch many critical military satellites could come back to haunt the U.S., officials said, if tensions between the two nations continue to rise. “If you consider space a national security priority, then you absolutely have to consider assured access to space a national security priority,” Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force’s space command, testified in a joint Senate committee hearing on Wednesday. “Given that...
  • RAHN: Privatize almost everything: With money running low, government functions become inviable

    05/01/2013 5:35:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/01/2013 | By Richard Rahn
    As a mental challenge, try to think of all of the governmental activities — federal, state and local — that could be privatized. Now, go a step further. Suppose you were required to develop a plan to privatize, or make self-supporting through user fees, nearly every activity of government. Could you or a group of your friends do it? Try it. I expect your success will surprise you. The reason this is relevant is because most governments will reach their borrowing limits in the not-too-distant future, which means they will have to operate on current revenue from taxes and fees....
  • As flight delays increase, so does the finger-pointing in Washington

    04/24/2013 5:00:36 AM PDT · by Tugo · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 23, 2013 | John Whitesides
    Federal officials reported flight delays at U.S. airports for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, fueling a political blame game as Republicans and Democrats accused each other of causing the furloughs of thousands of air-traffic controllers. On Capitol Hill and at the White House, the rhetoric over across-the-board federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" became increasingly biting. Both sides tried to take political advantage - and avoid responsibility - for cuts by the Federal Aviation Administration that officials say could plague the country's aviation system during the summer travel season.
  • Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools

    06/01/2012 4:17:37 PM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | By Stephanie Simon June 1 | Fri Jun 1, 2012 6:04pm EDT | By Stephanie Simon June 1 | Fri Jun 1, 2012 6:04pm EDT
    Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools. The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others. Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding.
  • NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARDS: An Exit Strategy for States

    01/03/2012 4:15:43 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Dec. 20, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A GREAT QUICK SUMMARY OF HOW TO PULL BACK FROM OBAMA ED. THE TWIN SISTER OF OBAMACARE. A lot of deals were made quickly. Arne Duncan showed up with suitcases of money. Race to the Top? Common Core Curriculum? Excuse me, I've become such a cynic. I don't believe any of this stuff will result in better schools.
  • Physics vs. Phys Ed: Regardless of Need, Schools Pay the Same

    11/01/2011 10:03:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/1/2011 | Tom Gantert
    There are 19 gym teachers in the Farmington School District who make more than $85,000 a year each. The average gym teacher's salary in Farmington is $75,035. By comparison, the science teachers in that district make $68,483 per year on average. That’s not unusual in Michigan schools, according to Freedom of Information Act requests received from around the state. In the Woodhaven-Brownstown district, 18.5 (FTE) science teachers average some $58,400 per year in salary, while 12 gym teachers averaged nearly $76,700. In Harrison, science teachers earned $49,000 on average while gym teachers averaged $62,000. This is not unusual, because school...
  • Are Public-School Teachers Underpaid?

    11/01/2011 9:11:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/01/2011 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan thinks public-school teachers are “desperately underpaid” and has called for doubling teacher salaries. In a new paper co-authored with Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation, I look into whether teachers really are desperately underpaid, or underpaid at all. Jason and I find that the conventional wisdom is far off the truth. At first glance, public-school teachers definitely look underpaid. According to Census data, teachers receive salaries around 20 percent lower than similarly educated private-sector workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says teachers’ benefits are about the same as benefits in the private sector. But both the...
  • Should College Loans Be Forgiven? This Dinosaur Says No!

    10/28/2011 9:41:28 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 25 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Oct. 28th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Maybe the problem is that kids are not taught personal pride and responsibility. Nowhere does the constitution say that your college loan must be paid for by the government. The pursuit of happiness means that you have the opportunity to succeed, not a guarantee that you will. The country and the world are in upheaval. You think if you make noise and cause havoc you can get your way. Good luck with that, you are adults now, take a shot at being one.
  • Department of Education (Let's Get Rid Of It)

    10/25/2011 3:49:58 PM PDT · by bthockey · 19 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 10/24/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Of all the departments of our federal government, the most pointless and unconstitutional is the Department of Education. Since it was created back in 1976, test scores have shown no substantial improvements compared to all the money we are spending. If we are looking for ways to cut back our budget and the debt itself, one of the first places we should look is the Department of Education. The Department of Education's budget has increased over 300% from when it was first established. With this significant increase, one would logically think that test scores of American students would be increasing...
  • The Republicans Who Blocked Charter School Choice

    09/23/2011 12:13:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/23/2011 | Ken Braun
    Before the creation of charter public schools in 1994, mere geography determined the education of Michigan’s public school pupils. Much like buying boots in the old Soviet Empire, parental choice was limited to accepting what the bureaucrats in the local education monopoly offered, or fleeing with the family across the border to another district (if you could afford it). Even today, a majority of charters have a wait list, and some must conduct lotteries to determine which parents get a choice over who teaches their kids. For last school year, one such lottery was used because a district had just...
  • President Obama Offers the Military a 'Risky Scheme'

    09/10/2011 9:19:05 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 10, 2011 | Elizabeth Herring
    When President Obama provides his roadmap for saving the economy, he needs to explain why it is bad to privatize Social Security but good to privatize military retirement, changing it from a government pension plan to a 401(k) investment program. And if this really is the key to economic solvency in the retirement system, then why not privatize Social Security as well? When things aren't broken, don't fix them. The all-volunteer military system still attracts some of our finest young people even though we have been at war for ten years. If a change to 401(k)s is a good idea,...
  • Major Media Tricked By Education Spoof [satire]

    07/27/2011 5:16:03 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    EducationImproved, ^ | July 23, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    President Obama met with executives from the nation’s largest corporations and demanded large cash payments for education. Corporate bosses eagerly agreed to fork over what amounts to additional taxes for a schools system that does little to educate future employees. President Obama agreed to do nothing in return to improve the state of the public schools. He orated: “We’ll tell you what you need. Your job is to feel guilty and sign checks.” Corporate executives and government officials held hands and sang verses from Gilbert and Sullivan, with an especially rousing rendition of “We are the very model of a...
  • House GOP Considers Privatizing Medicare

    01/27/2011 3:34:33 PM PST · by Walts Ice Pick · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 27, 2011 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after they hammered Democrats for cutting Medicare, House Republicans are debating whether to relaunch their quest to privatize the health program for seniors. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is testing support for his idea to replace Medicare with a fixed payment to buy a private medical plan from a menu of coverage options.
  • Freep a Poll! (privatizing liquor licences in Virginia. 4 choices)

    07/21/2010 8:48:21 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7-21-10 | Hampton Roads
    Which, if any, of the four options being looked at for privatizing the state liquor store system do you prefer? Privatize retail and wholesale operations and auction licenses to distributors and sellers of spirits. Retain control of retail and wholesale operations and use private retailers to sell spirits for the state Sell wholesale and retail rights to a corporate partner. Allow the more than 3,000 Virginia stores already licensed to sell wine and beer to also market liquor Make no changes.
  • City Moves to Privatize All Services

    06/29/2010 8:22:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2010 | Tom Gantert
    When City Manager John Szerlag said he would consider privatizing all of Troy's city services, he said if the municipal departments could match the private company bids, he'd keep them. The city's building department, however, never bothered to even put in an official bid, Szerlag said. That's because a quick review found that every one of the 22 employees in the building department would have to take a 35 percent cut in pay, an option deemed unacceptable to the city employees, Szerlag said. From 2001 to 2009, the city's general fund had subsidized the building department to the tune of...
  • Obama Names Bolden for NASA

    05/28/2009 4:59:36 PM PDT · by Coleus · 39 replies · 1,694+ views
    tna ^ | 05.27.09 | Steve DuBord
    “Obama's NASA selection is a boost for manned spaceflight” proclaimed the headline to the May 24 Los Angeles Times story. Apparently, “the choice of astronaut Charles Bolden as NASA administrator reassures many who feared that Obama was lukewarm on future manned missions,” and is being interpreted as supporting NASA’s goal of humans once again going to the moon by 2020.“Clearly Charlie Bolden would not have taken the job if he were being asked to shut down human spaceflight," said John Logsdon, a space policy expert in Washington, according to the Times. If approved by the Senate to take the captain’s...
  • Blue Dogs look beyond '08 election (privatize Social Security?)

    06/13/2008 3:27:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 243+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/11/08 | PATRICK O'CONNOR
    Blue Dogs look beyond '08 electionBy PATRICK O'CONNOR | 6/11/08 4:50 AM EST Democrat Jim Cooper is focused on the federal government’s swelling financial obligations. Photo: John Shinkle Rep. Jim Cooper never misses a chance to talk about the federal government’s swelling financial obligations. But the Tennessee Democrat clams up when asked about a conversation he had on the topic with his party’s likely presidential nominee, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. “I’ll let his campaign speak to his position on this issue,” Cooper says. Cooper’s silence is understandable: Although the party that takes power next year will have to address deficit...
  • Canadians more open to private health

    11/22/2005 2:19:02 PM PST · by proud_yank · 9 replies · 451+ views
    National Post ^ | November 22, 2005 | Siri Agrell
    Canadians are losing faith in the health care system and are open to the possibility of private initiatives if their access to quick and effective treatment does not improve, according to a new survey. "If Canadians are not reassured that timely access is eventually going to happen, their support for this private option is likely to increase," said Marie Larose, vice-president of POLLARA Research, which conducted the 2005 Health Care in Canada Survey. "If politicians are not able to demonstrate that there are solutions, people are more and more going to turn to other answers." Fifty per cent of respondents...
  • After 111 Years, Postage Stamps Go Private Bureau of Engraving Prints Its Last Rolls

    06/13/2005 1:13:31 PM PDT · by Ladysmith · 26 replies · 1,361+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 13, 2005 | By Bill McAllister
    The end to 111 years of stamp production by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) came without any public ceremony in the same 14th Street building where many of the nation's most famous stamps have been printed. Workers pulled a final roll of 37-cent flag stamps from an aging, four-color Andreotti press on the fourth floor. That simple act terminated a once-thriving business that the Treasury Department agency had monopolized for decades.
  • Codey Wants to Privatize Toll Road

    06/09/2005 5:48:31 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 26 replies · 611+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Jun 9, 2005 7:23 am US/Eastern
    Gov. Richard J. Codey is working on a plan to bolster the state's Transportation Trust Fund with a temporary increase in the gasoline tax and additional money generated by privatizing the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway, according to a published report. The Record of Bergen County, citing an unnamed administration source, reported in Thursday's editions that the plan calls for a small gas tax increase to be pushed through shortly after the Nov. 8 election. The increase would be rescinded or phased out after the lease deal is signed and begins to generate cash. The Transportation Trust Fund...