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Cleveland Plain Dealer… Kasich's school funding proposal puts Ohio on the right path, By Thomas W. Johnson
February 24, 2013 - Ohio has once again started the journey to develop a new way of funding our local school districts -- a journey our state has started several times but never quite finished. This time, I believe Gov. John Kasich is bringing this journey toward the end and that his new school funding and reform plan holds great promise for providing every student's school with the resources they need to succeed. As a former state budget director for seven years and state representative from... read more
The You Know What Rolls Down the Hill, By Mona Lease
From Washington, DC - 2/26/2012 - U.S. Representative John Boehner says  - "Over the past 10 years, more than $100 million in EPA grants went to foreign countries. Our IRS spends 4 million dollars a years to operate it's own full service television studio." Our President Obama, now wants an additional $400 million in tax hikes. The national debt is said to be $52,000 per person.  Obama is, at this time, traveling through the USA, trying to get the populace to... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Integrity Matters In Democracy, by Allen B. West
The topic for this week’s installment of the Next Generation weekly update is a simple word – integritas. Yes, that Latin word means exactly what you think it means – integrity – and I pulled down this explanation of integrity from Wikipedia: Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that... read more
Federal News Radio… Mike Causey's Federal Report, By Mike Causey
Tuesday - 2/26/2013 - Here's an e-mail I got last Thursday from a friend. She's from the metro Washington area but currently is working on a humanitarian project in one of the poorest spots on the planet. She asked: "So, how is the sequester going? Guess D.C. is in turmoil. For me, no problem. All I am doing is working for kids who don't have shoes. Or food!" Gulp! Meantime, back in the US of A we still have (at least) the rest of the week to... read more
Townhall… The Big Con, by Bill O'Reilly
Feb 23, 2013 - Please listen up. We are all being conned by the Obama administration. This year, the American taxpayer will fork over about $571 billion to pay for educating children in the nation's public schools. All told, the country spends close to $16,000 per student every year on primary through college education. That's the highest per-student spending rate in the world. However, according to President Obama, it's not enough. He wants more tax dollars, especially for "early education." He said so... read more
Townhall… Higher Education, R.I.P., by Paul Greenberg
Feb 23, 2013 - What ever happened to the medium once known as Little Magazines? This country once had a select group of literary and political journals that represented the vanguard of American thought and art. Some were both literary and political. High Culture, it was called when there was still such a thing. For example, the old and much-missed Partisan Review. Its first issue as an independent journal in 1937 included Delmore Schwartz's short story, "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities," a... read more
Heritage Foundation… Why a Car Commercial Can Make You Cry, By Amy Payne
February 21, 2013 - Is there a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces in your life? If so, tears likely came to your eyes when you saw Jeep’s Super Bowl commercial. Oprah Winfrey’s voice-over was a moving tribute to those who fight for us: “In your home, in our hearts—you’ve been missed. You’ve been needed. You’ve been cried for, prayed for.” For those of us who have had loved ones in harm’s way in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other overseas bases in the past few years, the ad acknowledged that desire... read more
Verities & Balderdash… Your House, From a CNO Reader
I couldn’t resist. Not too often do I get a big grin after a long day that started at 3:30 or 4 a.m., but this one managed it. If you’ve ever owned a house, wanted to buy one or sell one, or just went window shopping, it might be advisable to note the different perspectives of the Traditional American Dream. According to the reader who sent it, there is more truth here than fiction. Ideal for a Verities & Balderdash... read more
Politico… Obama, the puppet master, By Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen
2/18/13 - President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House. Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated. Instead, the mastery mostly flows from a White House that has taken old tricks for shaping coverage (staged leaks, friendly interviews) and put them on steroids using new ones (social media, content creation, precision targeting). And it’s... read more
Townhall… GOP Has Trouble Settling on Candidates Who Can Win, by Michael Barone
Feb 21, 2013 - One of the interesting things about recent elections is that Republicans have tended to do better the farther you go down the ballot. They've lost the presidency twice in a row, and in four of the last six contests. They've failed to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, something they accomplished in five election cycles between 1994 and 2006. But they have won control of the House of Representatives in the last two elections, and in eight... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Hopeless: Job Corps Slams Door on 30,000 Young Adults, by Tony Lee
President Barack Obama campaigned last week to promote his plans for job training and job creation that he claimed would expand the country's middle class, fully aware that the Job Corps program had suspended enrollment in January due to gross bureaucratic mismanagement of the country's largest job-training program for low-income youths, particularly African Americans. The freeze started in January and is expected to last until June 30. That did not stop Obama from making lofty promises in his ... read more
Mail Magazine 24… The Problem With Liberalism Is That Eventually You Run Out Of Other People's Money!, by Frank Hill
People under the age of 40 in America probably know very little about Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of England. You should. She said a lot of things like the title of this posting that made sense, especially when it came to government debt, over-spending and high taxes. All of which those of you under the age of 40 are ... read more
WND Exclusive… Texas Preps for Going it Alone, by Bob Unruh
Proposal considers collapse of U.S. and how Lone Star state would survive - Texas was its own nation before joining the United States, and many jokes have been made about some Texans still not recognizing that “other government” with which it now is affiliated. But lawmakers there are drawing attention by considering a law that would have Texas review how it would respond should the U.S. government no longer be there to send federal tax revenue back to the state... read more
Townhall… Excuse Me, Your Illogic Is Showing: Orwell’s Vision Emerges In California, by Austin Hill
Feb 17, 2013 - In the 1940’s and 50’s, famed Author George Orwell surmised that both the English language and civilized society were in decline. After a press conference held last week by Emeryville, California Police Chief Ken James, it’s easy to see a decline in both language and critical thinking skills in our country. And as Orwell thought, indeed civilized society may very well be in jeopardy. It happened on February 14th. Taking to the microphones and cameras in his suburban San Francisco... read more
Townhall… God Bless You, Sen. Feinstein, by Debra J. Saunders
Feb 17, 2013 - Sen. Dianne Feinstein began her war on allergy and cold sufferers in 2005. In an effort to prevent small-time dealers from buying allergy and cold drugs and cooking them into methamphetamine, she pushed through legislation requiring consumers to show identification before purchasing products with pseudoephedrine -- otherwise known as the good allergy drugs, known only to those who know enough to ask for them... read more
Akron Beacon Journal… Question of adequacy
February 14, 2013 - For more than 20 years two concepts have dominated the school-funding debate in Ohio: adequacy and equity. Equity points to a distribution issue, the task of evening wide disparities among districts in the money directed to education. Adequacy concerns whether the funding is sufficient to ensure any student, anywhere in Ohio, has access to a competitive standard of education. Perhaps the ultimate test for policymakers is to achieve a balance of equity and adequacy that meets... read more
Townhall… Why Do Societies Give Up? by Victor Davis Hanson
Feb 14, 2013 - Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline? Hundreds of reasons have been adduced for the fall of Rome and the end of the Old Regime in 18th-century France. Reasons run from inflation and excessive spending to resource depletion and enemy invasion, as historians attempt to understand the sudden collapse of the Mycenaeans, the Aztecs and, apparently, the modern Greeks. In literature from Catullus to Edward Gibbon, wealth and... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Does the Republican Party have a future? by Star Parker
The United States, from Day One, was a project about principles and ideals. The superpower that emerged and grew from the handful of colonists that began settling here was not the product of where those colonists happened to land, but of the ideals and principles in their heads and hearts, applied in how they lived their lives. The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to address one great blot on the nation's founding legacy: the existence of slavery in a nation founded under the ideal of... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Obama's Favorite Things! by Ben Shapiro
On Tuesday night, President Obama gave what will go down as one of the most partisan State of the Union Addresses in American history. In consonance with his favorite tactic – citing widespread but nonexistent consensus in order to press for his radical left agenda – Obama led off by linking himself to John F. Kennedy: Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Top Ten Things Republicans Have Failed to Learn from Democrats
by Joel B. Pollak  - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor presented a new vision for Republican strategy in the second Obama term today. The Virginia Republican, speaking to the American Enterprise Institute, emphasized that Republicans needed to learn to work with President Barack Obama, and should emphasize policies that improve Americans' lives, while compromising on contentious issues such as citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants. Yet before conveying an eagerness to work with... read more
Townhall… Recycling Old and Failed Ideas, by Cal Thomas
Feb 14, 2013 - President Obama's approach to so-called "climate change" appears to include recycling old ideas. In his State of the Union address, the president recycled the idea of spending more on education, though we are still getting unsatisfactory results. A fact he inadvertently acknowledged by saying we're not keeping up with other countries in science and math. He maintained there are tens of thousands of jobs available but companies can't fill... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: Get the Federal Government Out of the Natural Gas Business
By Amy Payne - February 11, 2013 - In North Dakota, people have jobs. That state led the nation in job creation last year, and its unemployment rate is only 3.2 percent (compared to the national rate of 7.9 percent). Why? One word: energy. As Nicolas Loris, Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, writes in a forthcoming paper: Technological advancements in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing have led to an abundance of natural gas production in the United States that is fundamentally... read more… The Jihad On Free Speech
Islamofascism: Islamists have launched a hostile takeover of American language through an increasingly aggressive and organized censorship campaign that threatens free speech. Over the past few weeks, there have been an alarming number of cases of Muslim pressure groups trying to force Americans to conform to a pro-Islamic speech code. They've insisted on censoring any speech or expression that offends them, including TV ads, Christian symbols, speeches and even parts of speech. In some... read more
Heritage Foundation… Court Strikes Down EPA Biofuel Mandate
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot impose a mandate for a non-existent product and then punish companies for failing to use said non-existent product, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled. That non-existent product? Cellulosic biofuels, a type of ethanol made from non-food sources such as wood chips, switchgrass, and non-edible feedstock. The court ruled that the EPA can set renewable fuel production standards as a means to stimulate economic... read more
Our Political Class… Airline Reservations ~ How Dumb Can They Get?????
And we wonder why nothing gets done in DC - From a CNO Reader - This is priceless funny stuff; but alas, is only a small indication of how much trouble our country is in. God Bless America! A DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of 'why' our country is in trouble: 1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!) 2. I got a call from a... read more… Krugman: Death Panels and Middle-Class Tax Hikes Ahead
Big Government: We almost never agree with President Obama's favorite economist Paul Krugman, but he recently spoke the truth about where Obama's policies are taking the country. It should scare anyone with a pulse. Krugman, after speaking at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., was asked about the debt crisis. After arguing it's no big deal in the near term, Krugman admitted that "Eventually we do have a problem. The population is getting older, health care costs are rising... read more
Wall Street Journal… Obama's Thunderdome Strategy, By Daniel Henninger
The president's goal is to make Republican ideas intolerable. Few are the men and women in American public life who haven't heard Mr. Dooley's famous aphorism: "Politics ain't beanbag." John Boehner, currently serving out his community service as speaker of the House, appears to have been meditating on Mr. Dooley's cautionary wisdom. At the Ripon Society last week he said the Obama administration was trying "to annihilate the Republican... read more
Redstate… A Sign Of The Things To Come? Hospital Chain Gives Obama’s NLRB & SEIU The Finger
By LaborUnionReport - February 4th, 2013 - In a move that may become more prevalent among employers–as in epidemic–a California hospital chain is refusing to comply with rulings issued by Barack Obama’s constitutionally-questionable National Labor Relations Board. Since early 2010, Prime Healthcare Services has been the target of a vicious SEIU ‘extortion campaign.’ The SEIU, according to a 2011 press release, began its campaign against Prime Healthcare Services in order to... read more
Heritage Foundation… Taking America from Welfare State to Opportunity Society, By Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.
February 6, 2013 - “I must go to college!” insists eight-year-old Pierre William. Such planning may seem unusual in a second grader. But Pierre is lucky. He’s attending a private school in the District of Columbia using funds from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. That’s opened his eyes to the possibilities that only a college education can provide. His mother Patricia William says the program has taught her how to be a better parent and to be involved in her children’s education. She insists she’ll... read more… Dear Congress, Please Privatize The Post Office
02/06/2013 - Gov't Monopoly: So the Postal Service's genius plan for saving itself in the face of massive consumer flight is to raise prices and provide worse service. Unfortunately, Congress has left it with no other choice. At the start of the year, the USPS hiked postal rates across the board, and this week it followed up by announcing plans to stop Saturday home delivery. Obviously, something has to be done. Last year, the USPS posted a record $15.9 billion loss, and Postmaster General Patrick... read more… Newtown Shows America The Way To Fight Gun Violence
02/04/2013 - Crime: Education officials in Newtown, Conn., site of the December school massacre that stunned the nation, have requested more armed police officers in schools — exactly the common-sense remedy IBD called for. Last month, in an editorial warning that the Obama administration's gun-control measures won't reduce gun violence, we noted that "sensible proposals for armed security and increased police presence at our schools are off President Obama's agenda." The policymakers ... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Obama Doctrine Leading America Toward Another 9/11, by Ernest Istook
According to national security expert Dr. James Carafano, the terrorist attack in Algeria shows that America is on the path to another 9/11, thanks to the Obama Administration's foreign and military policy. Carafano is Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He told me, “The warning lights are blinking red,” even while President Barack Obama pretends that things are under control. The terrorists, Carafano claims, showed in Algeria... read more
Heritage Foundation Video… Couple Faces Jail Time for Saving Baby Deer’s Life, By Daniel Dew
January 30, 2013 - An Indiana couple is facing up to 60 days in jail and $2,000 in fines for saving a deer from death. Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife Jennifer spotted an injured baby deer on their neighbor’s porch. Instead of turning a blind eye to the dying fawn, the Councellers took the deer in and nursed it back to health. They kept the deer, Little Orphan Dani, in their backyard as it recovered. Everything was fine until an Indiana Conservation... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Stall: Unemployment Ticks Up to 7.9% by Mike Flynn
The Labor Department reported this morning that the economy added 157,000 jobs in January, down sharply from November and December. Revised hiring figures show the economy added 247k and 196k jobs, respectively in the final two months of 2012. The apparent slowdown in hiring is consistent with this week's report that GDP contracted in the 4th Quarter. January's jobs number is about break-even with population. The economy generally needs to add 150-200k jobs a month to keep pace with... read more
Washington Examiner… Study: New E15 gas can ruin auto engines
Paul Bedard, Washington Secrets - January 30, 2013 - This week's warm Washington temperatures had some thinking about rolling the Lawn-Boy out of the garage for the first cut of the year. And we all know what that means: Difficult starts due to E10 gas that gels when it sits. Now, according to a new study, cars and truck may face the same fate thanks to President Obama's demand for a higher ethanol in the new E15 gas... read more
E-Mail Tracker Programs and More, From a CNO Reader
By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with snopes.comand/or for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. Advice from  1) Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to '10' (or however many) of your friends", "sign this petition", or "you'll get bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it" or whatever --- it almost always has an email... read more
Pew Center on the States… Fracking for State Dollars, By Pamela M. Prah, Staff Writer
Natural gas being drilled by hydraulic fracturing on a farm near Wyalusing, Pennsylvania (Corbis) - Could Ohio, New York or Pennsylvania be the next North Dakota and “frack” its way to budget surpluses? The United States is on track by 2020 to become the world’s largest oil producer and a net exporter of natural gas, a reversal of fortunes with huge consequences for many state budgets. But it depends on what kinds of taxes the states want to impose.  States as varied as Pennsylvania... read more… Rahm Emanuel Goes After 1st And 2nd Amendments
01/30/2013 - Sturm Ruger's and Smith & Wesson's profits don't come from gun violence or selling to gangs, but rather from the millions of law-abiding American citizens legally buying their completely legal products, including military and law enforcement. How many lives their weapons have saved in thwarting home invasions or other instances of self-defense against criminals and predators is not known. Chicago does a lot of business with these banks and does... read more
Purdue University… Letter from University president Mitch Daniels
“There’s a tsunami coming” This quote from Stanford President John Hennessy was one of many comments presented to the students and faculty in an Open Letter from Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. Daniels was referring to college education as we know it today. In his letter he noted that student debt has soared past the $1 trillion mark, more than the total credit card debt. He said that some “insiders” have noted... read more
Artur Davis: School Choice Is About “Basic Principles” T. Elliot Gaiser
Heritage Foundation - National School Choice Week - January 30, 2013 - The 7th grade class in Highland Park, Michigan’s school district was given an assignment: Write a one-paragraph essay on “what could make the school better.” Former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, who celebrated National School Choice Week at The Heritage Foundation’s event “Choosing to Succeed,” presented a particularly alarming response: [Y]ou can make the school gooder by getting people that will do... read more
Townhall Finance… Who says Obama Doesn’t Like to Prey? by John Ransom
President Obama- and yes I only capitalized the “p” in president because it was at the beginning of the sentence…. Anyway, as I was saying, president Obama can be best described as the anti-president. He apparently doesn’t care much for getting things done as long as not doing something doesn’t interfere with neglecting keys areas. Got it? Because, there are some areas in which action is absolutely... read more Obamacare's Insurance Exchanges Are Already Turning Into A Disaster
by By Sally C. Pipes - 01/29/2013 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaking on June 28, 2012, said at a Madison news conference that Wisconsin will not move ahead with... View Enlarged Image Devoted users of Internet radio apps like Pandora may soon hear unexpected sound bites on their favorite music channels — ads touting ObamaCare. That's right. In an attempt to drum up support for the law's health insurance exchanges, some states are planning advertising campaigns that could include everything from... read more
Forbes… How President Obama Lost His Shirt to John Boehner
The House, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, has precipitated a postponement in the debt ceiling fight until May. This represents a strategic choice by Boehner to make the Sequester fight, not the debt ceiling fight, the next major engagement. Much of the mainstream media now is accusing Congress of “kicking the can down the road.” They are missing the strategic implications. In retrospect, at the Battle at Fiscal Cliff, Boehner took President... read more

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