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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 27, 2010/ 19 Tishrei, 5771

The Unholiest of Unholy Alliances

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For years and years, Americans have been told that Republicans are the party of special interest groups and Democrats are the party of the people. This is nonsense on stilts, but it is also something for another column. This column is about one particular special interest group whose allegiance to the Democrat party--and vice versa--is beyond dispute. It is a special interest group which, for all intents and purposes, has done more damage to our nation than any other--and continues to do so, even as Democrats continue to support it. The special interest group to which I am referring? Teachers unions.

Quite simply, teachers unions are a "cartel," one definition of which is a "combination of commercial or industrial enterprises designed to limit competition or fix prices." The "combination of commercial enterprises" are the various state and city unions themselves, virtually all of whom get their marching orders from two of the richest and most powerful lobbying groups in the country, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). They "limit competition" by creating school zones which force parents who live in particular geographical locations to send their children to the schools in those same locations, no matter how bad those schools are.

It is impossible to over-estimate the damage of such an arrangement, and yet that damage apparently eludes most Americans. Imagine if one were forced to shop for food in a supermarket overrun by roaches, with out-of-date, over-priced food on the shelves, run by a bunch of surly customer-be-damned employees--because that market was in your government-mandated "food zone." Imagine if the employees in that store, no matter how incompetent or rude, were virtually un-fireable because the process to remove them took more than two years. Imagine most of those employees being guaranteed a job for life regardless, of their performance.

Imagine that same supermarket blaming its customers for the lousy service and high prices, even as they tell those customers that raising those prices is the only solution, even as previous price hikes have done absolutely nothing to improve the quality of that store in more than fifty years.

Now imagine a political party thoroughly dedicated to maintaining that status quo of that rotten supermarket, come hell or high water.

Take a big city. Any big city in any state across the country where schools are doing a miserable job of educating kids, where the cost per pupil is far higher than the national average, where passing "lemon teachers" from one school to the other is standard operating procedure, where drop-out rates are as high if not higher than graduation rates, and where "passing grades" are little more than euphemisms for disguising substandard work.

Democrat strongholds, one and all.

Ask yourself why, after spending $865 billion on a stimulus package, our Democratically-controlled Congress rammed an additional $26 billion worth of deficit spending down the throats of American tax-payers. Let me give you a hint: maintaining the loyalty of the teachers' cartel doesn't come cheap. This is the same Congress which killed a successful voucher program in Washington, D.C. which served 3,300 low-income children in that same city. Where do those children go now.? Back into the D.C. public school system, one of the worst in the nation.

Screw the kids, we have unions to think about.

There is a new film out, "Waiting for Superman," which documents the travesty most public schools have become. Quite expectantly, the unions and some teachers are hammering it for it "inaccuracies." While they're at it, maybe they' like to hammer a report issued to Congress on September 23rd, which posits that America is on a "perilous path" with respect to our competitiveness in world markets. The report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," was originally written in 2005. Five years later, according to National Academy committee members who wrote it, that "storm" has been upgraded to "an approaching Category Five hurricane."

One of the chief culprits? A "dysfunctional educational system."

"China graduated more English-speaking engineers last year than we did," said Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. "The United States' share of high-tech exports has fallen from 21 to 14 percent, while China's rose from 7 to 20 percent."

Read that first part again. China graduated more English-speaking engineers than the United States of America. From that report: "Though most of the world's top universities are located in the United States, the World Economic Forum ranks the U.S. 48th in math and science education. American test scores in these subjects have changed little over the last 40 years."

Forty years is two generations of dumb-downed American students--courtesy of the Democrat party.

An exaggeration? The aforementioned lobbying groups, the NEA and the AFT, spent $30 million and $26 million respectively to lobby Congress. 90% of the NEA's donations and 98% of the AFT's donations went to Democrats. And what have Democrats and these teachers' unions given America in return?

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: ". . .our nation faces a dropout crisis. When 25 percent of our students--and almost 40 percent of our black and Hispanic students--fail to graduate high school on time, we know that too many of our schools are failing to offer their students a world-class education."

Ya think?

Unfortunately, little change is likely to occur unless two of the aforementioned groups, blacks and Hispanics, who continue to vote for a party which long ago abandoned their children, wake up and smell the coffee. Little is likely to change until Americans in general get fed up enough to bounce the status quo political hacks who continue to kowtow to unions more than willing to mortgage the future of America for their own self-interest.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: until the American public school system is completely de-unionized, nothing will get better. Absolutely nothing about labor organized to protect and promote its own interests above all else remotely accrues to the well-being of students or their parents.

On the other hand, under-educated Americans definitely accrue to the interests of a Democrat party whose primary measure of success is how many Americans they can get--and keep--dependent on government. Despite all their rhetoric to the contrary, this is a party which thrives on the "soft bigotry of low expectations." If one set out to create system purposefully designed to compromise the future of millions of younger Americans, it is hard to imagine it would be substantially different than the one which exists right now.

One last bit from the above-mentioned report: "Nearly one-third of Americans don't know how long it takes the Earth to revolve around the Sun, according to the National Science Board."

Waiting for Superman? As long as Democrats and unions maintain a steady supply of Kyptonite, expect more of the same.

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Previously:


09/22/10:
Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’
09/20/10: Purging ‘Me First’ Politicians
09/17/10: No More ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
09/15/10: ‘Recovery’ Arms Race
09/13/10: ‘Bigots’ in the Majority --- Again?
09/09/10: Giving Voters Something to Vote For
09/07/10: Irresponsible Dems, Incomprehensible Bills
09/02/10: War Weary Americans vs. Implacable Islamists
08/31/10: A ‘Dream’ Debased
08/25/10: American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists
08/23/10: Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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