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Let's Read the Polls About Amnesty

tporter Wrote: Feb 11, 2014 5:09 PM
The other day Gov. Jindal spoke of "a high fence and wide gate." The GOP need to jump on that! The borders need to be secured, then we will open the gate wider. It has a welcoming sound and still recognizes the rule of law. I wish Obama would use his pen to enforce the fence laws and use his pen to enforce the employment laws. I do think Congress should pass some new laws to allow for those IN this country to apply for work visas. If they want to become legal, they should start the paperwork to do so. Congress should also make sure that the system properly monitors those here on visas. If E-verify were used then we all might be surprised that the minimum wage would come up out of necessity to hire workers that are now going to illegals. Stop with the "comprehensive" concept of everything. Go after one or two pieces at a time. Wake up GOP! Work on your messaging! That is where you are losing the ill-informed public!
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Why Congress Is Held in Contempt

tporter Wrote: Jan 17, 2014 10:53 AM
Congress polls so poorly because: 1) The POTUS uses his bully-pulpit to blams everything on them, especially the other party. (Works to delfect any blame away from him.) 2) The House blames the Senate and the Senate blames the House so both are blamed again. 3) The media doesn't report anything but sound bites so most of the public believes all those accusations, all while usually liking their own representative. 4) Few polls differentiate between the failures of the House vs. the Senate. The House is trying to stop the progressive movement and is criticized for being the party of NO and Harry Reid won't bring anything up from the House so they are criticized for causing the gridlock. 5) Political donations are dependent on political sound bites so they don't make money if they work together. K Street lobbyist win, the people lose.
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Politics Versus Education

tporter Wrote: Jan 15, 2014 11:03 AM
Without a parent involved and valuing education, a student wouldn't get into a private or charter school and for sure wouldn't have a positive home schooling experience. A parent (or significant guardian) who values education and makes it a priority sends a message to the student to do their best in school. Students who value education can still get an education when the class is full of hooligans if he or she wants one.
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Politics Versus Education

tporter Wrote: Jan 14, 2014 4:38 PM
Why do private, charter, home, and public schools work (when they do)? It is because the parents of the students in them value education!! When will we get back to realizing that a good education requires work and parents have to expect their children to work - behave, pay attention, go to school, do their work and homework, study, read, memorize, CARE if they get educated? That is what the student has to do. When students and parents value an education and want to get one, they usually do. Teachers can't do any of that for them. Teachers can't force a student to get an education. Parents and students have to want one and WORK to get it. If there are too many who don't care, it makes it hard for learning to occur, hard, not impossible. We have to go back to valuing a good education and hard work and realize a good education is hard work. Also read http://www.humanevents.com/2014/01/14/why-kids-need-tough-teachers/
I keep thinking of Martin Luther King Jr.and wonder where is the outrage there? He was a reverend and had a christian message. He was a real person who made a significant difference. We celebrate his birthday with a national holiday. All of that is the same about Jesus. (Of course Christians believe much more about Him.) All of that is fact. Whether a person believes the religious message too is up to them. Hope all had a Merry Christmas!
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Romney Was Right

tporter Wrote: Dec 17, 2013 2:25 PM
I hope that American voters will wake up that substance and experince matters, not just smooth-talking, camera-friendly, charismatic "cool." Some of us learned that in high school popularity elections, but clearly many are still there in their thinking skills. Many of the 18-28 year-olds are starting to get it now. Now we are a year late and trillions short.
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Ryan Saves GOP From Itself

tporter Wrote: Dec 15, 2013 11:17 PM
There is so much more right with this deal than is wrong so the Senate Republicans need to find a voice to accept it and pass it. I agree that the Republican Senators against this need a reality and hypocrisy check. The reality is the deal has to be something that will pass the Senate! This should pass unless Reid figures out that this helps the Republicans. The hypocrisy is that the senators are usually the ones who say there should be more compromise than the hardline of the House. What we see is some egos and all these Republicans - House and Senate, need the Reagan Rule. "Take your differences behind closed doors and come out together in the news." Wake up! 2014 senate wins are what matter now!
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A Challenge to Our Beliefs

tporter Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 2:08 PM
I have been teaching for 34 years. In my experience it doesn't matter what the income and or race and or family situation are for a student. What matters is if a person who is significant to that student values a good education and expects the student to do their very best to get a good education. That is why private schools, public schools, home schools, and charter schools work. The kids had someone care about their education enough to stress the importance and expect the student to do well. When that happens the student will get a good education. We have to stop pointed at teachers and all adults have to influence kids to do their best and to value an education. It is their education and those who want one, will get one. It is free for the taking. As long they believe it doesn't matter, they won't.
The Republicans need to point this out over and over and over and over that the DEMOCRATS in the Senate need to act. Last time I checked there were more senators than one, Reid. They all need to go on the record by voting on those CRs. If the House Republicans would get out and all tell the same story about ALL the resolutions to fund the government thay have passed that the DEMS in the Senate haven't even voted on. The public needs to hear a story besides the lies Obama is saying from his bully pulpit, but the Republicans have to be saying it clearly and often. The DEMS in the Senate have to be held accountable in the next election. Without a vote, Reid is protecting them and his position and nothing will change. The DEMS in the Senate need to be the target, not Obama.
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