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A great resource for fixing schools the right way is Edutopia.org. I first learned about this site when my kids' school was selected for filming. Edutopia finds schools around the country that work. High test scores and graduation rates. They then interview students, teachers, administrations, etc to find out what the school is doing to make it so successful. The school my kids were attending was among the poorest in terms of $/student, but has a very high success rate. I recommend that all that are involved in a school system take a look at what works, before throwing more money at a school.
That is exactly how Romney responded. He basically said I will help women by making it easier for small business to create jobs. When there are plentiful jobs competition for workers will drive up salaries, benefits, flexible schedules, etc, things that would not only benefit women but all people.
This video is th first I have heard of anyone wanting to redefine rape, or force anyone to undergo an ultrasound. I do know that life begins well before birth. My five children have expressed differing personalities before they were born. I believe that abortion is taking a life, and only should be done in self defense. 4 years ago I had an eptopic pregnancy, I wish that there was a way to allow that baby to come to term. I still morn the loss of that baby, I expect I always will. The idea of my tax dollars subsidizing elective abortions is abhor ant to me.
Michelle Obama and the depart,ent of agriculture, and congress should be forced to eat the school lunch they are trying to force on our children.
I don't think they had bad intel. I think that they didn't have any intel because Obama and his lackeys not only didn't attend but did not read the pdb. Even the MSM knew about the threats to the British ambassador, and some other threats. I would be very suprised if there was not something about treats surrounding the anniversary of 9-11.
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Romney's Middle-class Problem

MiddleclassMom Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 9:34 PM
About the specifics for the loopholes he plans on closing... It was apparent to me from his statements during the debate he plans on working with congress to choose which deductions and loopholes to close. Since we won't know who will be in congress until after the election, it would be premature to predict which items congress will include in the budget that congress will pass. It is congress that has the constitutional authority to author budgets. The president usually makes suggestions, and has the power to sign or veto the budget that congress passes.
Throwing money at a problem without an extensive understanding of the problem is just a waste of money. This applies to equally to healthcare, education, welfare, diplomacy, security, environmental protection, and just about everything. Great article. I wish the politicians could read this article with a mind open enough to grasp its core concept--know we're to put the money to efficiently solve the problem instead of just throwing more and more money and hope the problem gets fixed
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Pro-Life Debate Prep

MiddleclassMom Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 3:33 PM
If this issue was about CHOICE then abortions would only be allowed in instances of rape (when her choice was over-ridden by the criminal act of another), or when the mothers live was endangered (when it is a choice of saving one life or ending two). When you chose to have sex, you choose the possibility of becoming pregnant. Every form of contraceptive has a failure rate. Contraceptives minimize the risk of pregnancy, not eliminate it. As I under stand it rape victims account for only about 2% of the abortions performed in th US. For the most part abortion is about running away from the consequence of a choice (to engage in sexual activity). Abstinence before marriage and fedelity within marriage is the way to minimize abortions.
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A Modest Proposal

MiddleclassMom Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 7:42 AM
IMO government handouts should only be given on a long term basis to those who are incapable of providing of themselves not to the mearly lazy. Short term help could be given to those who have fallen on hard times. Now it is a very difficult line to draw as to who are the incapable, who have fallen on hard times and those whose hard times are of their own making. Which is why any help for the poor needs to be administered on as local a level as possible. Those in the same community are usually better able to distinguish the above groups of people from each other.
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A Modest Proposal

MiddleclassMom Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 7:33 AM
Your approach also removes all incentives to work at all. The assets and payrolls would be reduced to zero leaving nothing to be confiscated and distributed or utalized by the government. Everyone would be in poverty, there would be no food, or other goods or services. There have been governments that have tried your approach--the soviet union (gone), china (only afloat because they have begun to adopt capitalist measures), North Korea--the wealthy in those countries have a lifestyle similar to the middle class in the USA. Free markets are the only proven way to prosperity.
I am of mixed opinions of a national curriculum for schools. We are a military family and move across state lines every couple of years. A standard common to all states would fix a lot of transition issues that surfaces in children switching schools. On the other hand, the federal government bungles most things it has a hand in. A burocracy is inefficient, over bearing and inflexible. Too often the people making decisions on a fedral level are not experts in tne relevant field, but people that are in thrir position as a political payoff. The uniqueness of every child necessitates flexibility and competence in instruction. Both of which the federal burocracy lacks.
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