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Mitt Romney Hypocrite: Here he is supporting “No Child Left Behind” while attacking Santorum’s vote on this issue
Mitt Romney is attacking Rick Santorum’s vote for George Bush’s ill-conceived “No Child Left Behind” program. But here’s Romney supporting that very program, which he continues to support today.
Rick Santorum, meanwhile, admits his vote was a mistake. He explained that he supported it because it was sold by the Bush Administration as a way to challenge the teachers unions and bring some minimum standards to teacher and school performance.
All but three Republican Senators voted for it at the time. And the three who didn’t were the most liberal Republican Senators. So Republicans were sold a bill of goods by the Bush White House on this.
Santorum now opposes “No Child Left Behind” because of what it’s turned into — an enormous expansion and power-grab by the Department of Education. Santorum calls for repeal of “No Child Left Behind.” But Romney continues to support it, while attacking Santorum for voting for it.
Overall, Santorum had a 90+ percent conservative voting rating from the American Conservative Union, even though he was representing a very Democrat state in Pennsylvania. For Mitt Romney to attack Santorum for not being conservative enough is like Walter Mondale attacking Ronald Reagan for not being conservative enough.
Romney’s hypocrisy and dishonesty on this is breathtaking.
Voters should not reward Romney’s Big Lie.
Planned Parenthood introduces their “Super Hero for Choice” – Dionysus
In one really cute scene, Dionysus drowns a man wearing puritan hat in a garbage can full of water. Why? Well, because he puritanically told kids about the abstinence option. In another scene, pro-life demonstrators are portrayed as evil zombies. But Dionysus comes to the rescue and shoots them dead with a giant condom gun. Just hilarious. In another awesome scene, Dionysus boils a pro-life Senator in water for a while, but he doesn’t die. Instead, he emerges from the pot as pro-choice.
Seriously, how warped are these people to come up with this kind of propaganda for kids? — no doubt paid for with taxpayer money.
WATE: Police in Spring Hill arrested a local music teacher Thursday morning after he was caught engaging in a sex act with a doll outside a local elementary school.
Officers were called to Allendale Elementary School on Prescott Way in Spring Hill amid reports of a white male with a duffle bag under a bridge on school property. The bridge provides access to the school from the main road.
Spring Hill police told Nashville’s News 2 the responding officer witnessed the man, identified as 56-year-old Daniel Torroll, performing sex acts on a child-like doll police later discovered he’d cut holes into.
The officer reported the man was naked and in a location where he could be seen by people driving up to the school.
“I happened to be there I didn’t know it was school property. I wouldn’t be there if I knew it was school property,” Torroll told Nashville’s News 2.
Rahm gets angry when asked about ‘school choice’ and why he sends his kids to private school. Stomps out of interview.
Calls interviewer “a bully”
BEN SAYS: Like Obama, Rahm rejects public school for his own kids because he can afford the best private schools, but doesn’t think the rest of America should be able to choose schools for their kids. Taxpayers pay about $18,000 per kid in the failed Chicago public schools. Would it not be better just to let those kids take the $18,000 in the form of a voucher and use that voucher to pay tuition at better schools?
Better yet, give kids a $10,000 voucher for education per year, and scrap the public schools entirely. Slash education spending by 40 percent or so, and deliver better schooling. By introducing competition for this money, you will seen an explosion of all kinds of new schools. Parents could then choose the school that’s right for their kid. The free-market always produces a better product, far cheaper, than what the government delivers.
There’s really no valid argument for these failed union-dominated government schools to exist.
MARY ANN AHERN-NBC CHICAGO: The interview was supposed to focus on a new Rahm Emanuel initiative – the creation of an Office for New Americans – but I crammed in questions on labor, Mayor Daley’s union negotiations, and more. But when his press secretary Tarrah Cooper said time was up just 10 minutes into what was scheduled as a 20 minute interview, I tossed him the school question.
Similar to his former boss, Emanuel said it’s a private decision.
While I appreciate the desire for privacy, I tried to explain that the Mayor’s family is now in the public eye as Chicago’s First Family, and that the public would want to know whether Emanuel is confident enough in the public school system to send his own children there. But Emanuel broke in.
“Mary Ann, let me break the news to you. My children are not in a public position,” he said, curtly. “I am. You’re asking me a value statement and not a policy. … No, no, you have to appreciate this. My children are not an instrument of me being mayor. My children are my children, and that may be news to you, and that may be new to you, Mary Ann, but you have to understand that I’m making this decision as a father.”
The mayor stood up to leave.
“I look forward to our future interview,” he said before unclipping his lanyard microphone and dropping it to the floor, and walking out of his office. I asked my camera man to stop rolling.
As I tried to explain further, Emanuel doubled back. He looked directly at my two college interns, and said, “You are my witnesses.”
Then, the Mayor of Chicago positioned himself inches from my face and pointed his finger directly at my head. He raised his voice and admonished me. How dare I ask where his children would go to school!
“You’ve done this before,” he said.
This was the Emanuel we had heard about, and it was one of the oddest moments in my 29 years of reporting.
My two interns followed out of City Hall and back to the station.
Several hours later I called the mayor directly since I happened on his cell number and saved it. I thought it might be best to clear the air. But no air was cleared.
“My children are private and you will not do this,” he said into the receiver.
He said other children of public figures – Chelsea Clinton and the Obama girls – have been kept out of the public eye, despite media attention on the admission to the Sidwell Friends Academy in Washington D.C.
I tried to explain he had a point, but their parents too had to answer the question of what school they would attend. No one is trying to have lunch with the first children.
I also let him know that I felt wronged and bullied during his earlier tirade.
“You are wrong and a bully,” Emanuel fired back. “I care deeply for my family. I don’t care about you.”
With that, he hung up the phone.
So now how will we finance this $15 TRILLION federal debt?
CNS: China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011, the most recent month reported by the U.S. Treasury.
Treasury bills are securities that mature in one year or less that are sold by the U.S. Treasury Department to fund the nation’s debt.
THE AMERICAN INTEREST: The news from the housing market this week is bad. Really bad. House prices today are lower in most of the country than they were in the dismal month of April 2009; we are now in the second dip of the double dip housing downturn.
This doesn’t just mean that President Obama’s re-election is in trouble. It doesn’t just mean that stocks and the dollar may fall. It doesn’t just mean that unemployment will stay high for a while and that whole economy may follow the housing market back into the tank for a second recession.
It means something bigger. For eighty years we have defined the American dream as an owner occupied family home, preferably with a nice swathe of crabgrass-free lawn around it. The home mortgage was the centerpiece of a society of consumers based on debt-financed living. It was life on the installment plan. The latest downturn in the housing market is one more grim signal that in its current form, the American Dream is going the way of the dodo.
RICH LOWRY: Amid all the uplifting clichés at their commencement ceremonies, graduating college students won’t hear a line applicable to some of them – you got ripped off.
Student debt just surpassed the country’s credit-card debt for the first time. It is projected to top $1 trillion this year, according to the New York Times, when it was less than $200 billion in 2000. For the class of 2011, the mean student-debt burden is nearly $23,000, up 8 percent from a year ago.
There’s no doubt that graduating from college brings a significant economic advantage, but that doesn’t excuse the waste and self-satisfied lassitude of American higher education. Colleges appropriate tuition dollars from America’s students with an ever-accelerating voracity, yet don’t deliver any additional educational benefits – indeed, they do the opposite. Higher education is one of the sectors of American life that most desperately needs a thorough re-conception.
NBC NEW YORK: A nude photo of a 13-year-old New Jersey girl has been passed around a middle school, and students have been warned they must delete it from their cellphones by today.
Police were called to Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff after teachers investigating an argument among four students found the photo of the girl on a cellphone.
Police Chief Benjamin Fox told The Record newspaper that students who still have the photo after May 19 could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child or possession of child pornography.
The chief says while there are no plans to inspect students’ cellphones, the chief says there are ways things are brought to the attention of law enforcement.
TODAY: If your organization had $32,000 on hand to book a speaker, would you use it all on Snooki? That’s what the Rutgers University student association did. On Thursday night, the pint-sized “Jersey Shore” star was hired to speak before nearly 1,000 undergraduates, where the topics ranged from hair styling to lessons for life.