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Common Core standards only written for Language Arts and Math so far. There are many content providers with content aligned to these standards. No doubt, some will sell left leaning reading content. Vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, construction, etc., are independent of the political leanings of the content. Ourfacts is right. Ignorance of the standards doesn't help the case against CCS. Common Core standards originated via the Republican led National Governors Assn. They originated because of the weakness of standards in too many states. They remain voluntary. I'm not a single issue voter, but, I think Common Core represents an improvement for most public schools.
I feel like I'm being asked to join the teachers unions in an unholy alliance to maintain the mediocrity in achieving simpler (in most states) standards. States were asked to develop measurable standards on their own under NCLB. Most every state has had to apply for waivers, because they couldn't even master those. Common Core standards provide a voluntary means of comparing achievement between competitive states. I don't expect any converts here. But, conservatives are divided on this topic. Please don't attempt to enforce the idealogical purity on this issue. This is a topic where the idealogy is on the mostly right and far left. I love my libertarian friends, but, I don't agree with them on everything. And I don't have to.
Let's be honest. There are at least as many independents right of Republicans as left. And Obama won most of the independents left of Republicans. Many of those right of the Republicans stayed home. Those of us right of the Republicans need to win a lot more converts before we hope to win national elections. A coalition of fiscal, social, and defense oriented right of center voters can barely win a national election in the current era. National politics generally creates a pendulum that rarely swings large. If you didn't vote in the 2012 presidential, then we have you to thank for Obama. We don't get to dictate policy with only a slim majority in the house and a fractured minority in the Senate. This type of center and right fracture paved the way for Clinton to win with barely 40% of the electorate. A Tea Party party will do worse than Ross Perot.
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Diagnosis GOP: Critical Condition

Randy3153 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 11:05 PM
Looking at comments, I would think that TownHall is now a left wing site. All respect to Ms. Wright, let's wait at least a year before we remake the GOP into the Dem Lite party. I listened to the campaign, and I didn't hear Romney mention abortion, gay marriage, or amnesty. He succeeded in winning over many of the so called moderates. Probably at the cost of about 10 million evangelicals. He received fewer votes than McCain. We keep being told that we need someone more moderate. Perhaps Evangelicals will leave and join libertarians in a new 3rd party, or maybe even a 3rd and 4th party. Good luck winning a national election when we are gone.
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The Single Reason Romney Lost

Randy3153 Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 6:27 PM
Economies recess. It happened at the end of Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. Come to think of it, it pretty much happened during the entire Carter presidency. How long do we stay there? That is determined by policies. Free people can grow their way out. Dependent people stay that way. When will someone ask whether the Great Depression was necessary. Did it really have to take 12 years and WW2 to end the Depression? If Government is the answer, then Dependency will be the result. After 4 more years of anemic growth, we will probably be begged to allow Obama another 4 years. Inspiring depressed people may get votes, but freedom grows an economy. People grow economies, not governments.
Are we obligated to hate a movie before we see it because the movie offends radicals? I think I am predisposed to like anything that offends them.
For all those that want to ditch Romney for a new party. Good luck finding a country in 2016 to run your new candidate.
I saw a recent statistic that despite changes in tax policy ranging from max rates of 25 to 90%, revenue remains fairly static at 18% of GDP. Deficits occur and debt builds because the economy contracts or stagnates. We would need a $20 trillion economy to pay for our current national wants. We have a $14 Trillion?. Our tax (including tariff) policy shouldn't punish wealth creation anywhere. Higher taxes (and tariffs) destroy wealth at home and abroad. They diminish freedom for all of us.
To Obama 25% is not enough. To Romney 20% is a responsible short term goal. I believe that is over a $600Billion difference. In January 2013 either Obama or Romney will be president. To suggest that there are only minor differences is pretty silly.
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Elizabeth Warren Dances With Lies

Randy3153 Wrote: May 10, 2012 12:14 PM
Its always fun to read the posts after a Coulter column. The conversation soon drifts completely off to irrelevance. The haters never manage to respond to the facts. The facts are that Warren cheated to avail herself of Affirmative Action benefits. She is a white liberal daughter of privilege. The hypocrisy magnitude rivals that of Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart.
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Do You Support “Anyone But Obama”?

Randy3153 Wrote: Apr 23, 2012 10:08 PM
Romney is better than Obama.
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