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Great article as usual. Number 4 reminded me of one of CT's current senators, Blumenthal, who lied about his Vietnam experience which was nonexistent. CT elected him anyway because he "misspoke." How can one misspeak about something like that? I have many friends who served in Vietnam, and believe me, they've forgotten nothing even though they wish they could. Veterans remember their service. Most politicians basically say whatever they think will get them elected, and many voters pay no attention to what's being said because they vote uninformed. This country is rapidly going down hill, and I see little hope for recovery. CT's constant election of dems is proof of that.
Scott Walker is my favorite for 2016. And this brouhaha (love that word!) from the FFRF is just further proof to me that there are a bunch of people in this country with too much time on their hands and few brain cells in their heads. Perhaps they have no money, either, so they haven't noticed "In God We Trust" on the back of their currency.
Common Core is dangerous; it's a socialist approach to education which should be a state issue. Eliminate the Education Dept, Common Core, and avoid like the plague any politician who supports either.
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Stop, Start or Please Do Nothing!

carole28 Wrote: Mar 24, 2014 12:37 PM
I agree. Someone should hand this list to the heads of the Repub Party, and tell them to use it. Unfortunately, that would be assuming that they pay any attention to what anyone outside of their elite groups has to say.
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Facts and Factions

carole28 Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 1:52 PM
I have to wonder what election you were watching in 2012. Whenever the issues I mentioned were brought up to several Republican candidates, they screwed up their responses in such a way that they became the story rather than the issue. SD3 is correct in saying that only 2 facts matter when it comes to elections. Right now the biggest problems in this country are the economy and OCare. There are other very serious issues the country is facing such as Common Core (an Education Department), the EPA regulations, the IRS, Benghazi, et al. Unemployment is a serious concern as well and should be addressed as well as our non-existent foreign policy. I'm just saying that having all the social issues on an agenda for an election is distracting to the general public (which doesn't pay much attention) and takes away the focus from those things which people all over really care about. Yes, this country is slipping into an amoral sewer, and that bothers me a lot. However, talking about it during an election of this importance isn't going to solve that. Instead we need strong candidates who are focused on getting us back on track to be the great country that we once were. And other than the progressive dems who never agree with anyone who raises questions about their "messiah," I would imagine that there are a number of dems who do agree with me. As SD3 says, we need candidates who seem likable and trustworthy for the individual seats in 2014 and 2016 as well as for the White House.
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Facts and Factions

carole28 Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 12:57 PM
Excellent column as usual, Dr. Sowell. Thank you. WJF: That's a great list overall, but I would eliminate some of the items because they've gotten Repubs in trouble before because they're unable to speak about them coherently and also they're social issues which will eventually solve themselves. I agree with most of them, but I don't think it's to our benefit to raise them during such an important election when we should be focused on the economy and OCare. So I would remove: death penalty; marriage between one man and one woman; no to embryonic stem cell research; no to human cloning; no to racial quotas and set asides and funding; pro-life; two genders. Any discussion of these issues will take away from the more essential issues which should resonate with voters overall. Even the idea of welfare limits should be avoided. It's not that these are unimportant, but rather that this coming election is not the time nor the place to address them.
Chris Murphy is an idiot, a puppet for the Dem party, but what do you expect coming from CT. Those of us who live in CT and who have a brain didn't vote for him. Unfortunately, lots of people living in CT seem to be brainless. I wrote to him earlier this past year about OCare, and all I received in reply was a short email in which he claimed that he was proud of the fact that he had voted for this debacle when he was in the House. He said nothing to address the issues about which I wrote.
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Cruz Control? Part II

carole28 Wrote: Feb 20, 2014 12:36 PM
"That takes work. But it is work that any number of conservative commentators on radio and television do every day of the week. And they are very successful in getting across arguments that Republican politicians do not bother to try to get across." Dr. Sowell has nailed it. I listen to Repubs all the time on the TV and read their commentaries. There is no unity. The party may be doing better at fundraising than the dems for the moment, but the money is primarily coming from big donors. Many of us would rather contribute to individuals because the party has let us down so many times, just like the Boehner example the good Dr. cites. And the fact that Repubs are even mentioning immigration reform and amnesty makes my head explode. Why don't they just organize the party around the fact that our rights as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights are being taken away every day, beginning with ObamaCare, the debacle of all debacles. Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble peaceably, freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances (think IRS). The MSM is aligned with the dems, but how are they going to feel when they have an FCC rep in their newsrooms? (1st Amendment) Then there are all the pushes for more gun control (2nd Amendment). The pushes for eminent domain in many states (4th Amendment). "The powers not delegated to the US by the Constitution, nor prohibited by to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people" (10th Amendment). If the Repubs don't focus and get their act together and learn how to articulate the things for which they stand, they'll never win another election, and bringing amnesty to illegal aliens won't be the reason. It will be their own stupidity. And they need to stop bringing in people like Karl Rove and Priebus to speak for them, and NEVER AGAIN should one Repub criticize another publicly. Either they are together or the party and this country are lost.
From "How to Create the Social State" (because socialism leads to communism) by Saul Alinsky There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important. 1. Healthcare -- Control healthcare and you control the people. 2. Poverty -- Increase the poverty level as high as possible; poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. 3. Debt -- Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty. 4. Gun Control -- Remove the ability for people to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state. 5. Welfare -- Take control of every aspect (food, housing, income) of people's lives because that will make them fully dependent on the government. (This is a form of slavery!) 6. Education -- Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school. 7. Religion -- Remove the belief in God from the government and schools because the people need to believe in ONLY the government knowing what is best for the people. (Think about the Dem Convention in 2012!) 8. Class Warfare -- Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. Eliminate the middle class. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor. Ronald Reagan said: "Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again." In God We Trust -- Let's hope it's not too late for His help, because we are in dire straits right now.
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Random Thoughts

carole28 Wrote: Feb 11, 2014 1:16 PM
Why not expect them to get and education and accept responsibility for their own actions? What about their parents holding them to standards of upright behavior and making them go to school and learning the necessary things that will reward them with a job, and learning to show respect for those who are teaching them.? There is a black president who should be an example to anyone of what can be accomplished in this country. I, personally, don't feel he's a great example of anything, other than white guilt, but he and his wife should be encouraging young blacks to get educated, to work hard and achieve, and to hold off having children until they are married and can afford to support them. Instead we see examples on TV on young black men fathering numerous children with different women and with no intention of supporting those children or teaching them values. And you idiots who will scream I'm a racist, stop and think about Dr. Sowell's poverty stricken background or Dr. Williams' or Dr. Carson's. These men raised themselves from poverty by working hard, accepting responsibility, and loving the country in which they were born.
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Schoolteacher Cheating

carole28 Wrote: Feb 05, 2014 2:16 PM
As a retired teacher who worked in education for 38 years, I agree that the methods of the past were much more successful. When I was working, it seemed as though every year there was a "new" method taught during those wasteful in-service days, and it was always presented as something we needed to do to have successful students. BS! The best teachers I've had personally and those I have known have relied on the methodology of the past, but we all listened to the "new" ideas and did what all good teachers do -- ignore it. Think on our feet. Know our materials and present them in an interesting and involving way. Work hard to make sure the kids for whom we were responsible understood what we were presenting before moving on. Care about our students. Maintain discipline in the classroom. Respect the students and expect/demand respect back. Things began to change when parents found that they could intimidate administrators and keep them from enforcing the necessary discipline for schools and classrooms to run smoothly. The profession of which I used to be a member has serious problems now. In my home town teachers and administrators have been found guilty of cheating to improve test scores. In the town where I taught for all those many years, the administration kowtowed to parents and allowed kids to get away with things that would have had them suspended previously. It's, I think, a combination of our entitlement culture, helicopter parents who won't allow nor teach their children to accept responsibility for their own actions, teachers unions (which I refused to join), and an education culture that focuses on standardized tests instead of a strong and valid curriculum which is followed and tested locally. Since things were deteriorating badly where I was teaching, I can only imagine how bad they are in poorer communities. Eliminate the Dept of Ed, and bring back local control and make sure that those who teach and administrate actually have the brains to do so and to stand by high standards.
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