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PETA fights donkey basketball

Posted by Liberty on November 20, 2008

Graham School Hosting Donkey Basketball, PETA Wants It Benched

I do grudgingly have to give PETA credit.  Despite their growing irrelevance, they still stand for their principles.  And it’s funny.  I wonder what they would have to say about the guys who crammed 12 pigs in their van.

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A scary consequence of socialized medicine

Posted by Liberty on November 19, 2008

Socialized Medicine Can Kill You

“Jack Rosser’s doctor says taking Pfizer’s Sutent cancer drug may keep him alive long enough to see his 1-year-old daughter, Emma, enter primary school. The U.K.’s National Health Service says that’s not worth the expense. “

Americans, we need to proceed with extreme caution when it comes to health care reform!  Cursory research into socialized health systems in countries such as Great Britain and Canada will yield frightening stories like that of Jack Rosser. 

I’m not a Pollyanna about this issue–having had some work experience in an industry related to health care, there are certainly things that need to be done to improve health care in the U.S.  But, we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.  America has one of the safest medical industries in the world and it goes hand in hand with the standard of living that we enjoy here.  Our standard of living is so good because we are a fundamentally Capitalist nation, although we have more government interference in our markets than we need. 

My plea for free market solutions may fall on deaf ears but I’m going to make it anyway.  Putting the federal government in charge of health care is not a good idea–central planners in Washington D.C. don’t know what is best for you and your health.  Patients and their families and doctors need to be empowered to make decisions about care, not bureaucrats.  No existing government program gives me any confidence that they can or should handle health insurance.  Not Social Security–it’s practically bankrupt.  According to its own website, Social Security benefits are fully payable until 2041 at current levels.  And we’re on the brink of a massive wave of baby boomer retirements.  In not too many years, there will be more people drawing SS benefits than there are workers paying in.  Hmm…and I thought Amway was the most insidious pyramid scheme out there. 

Same with Medicare.  Have you seen the commercials–seniors can get a power chair with no out of pocket cost if they have Medicare.  I’m willing to bet by the time I’m checking out shiny new power chairs, Medicare will be broke.  Instead of trusting the same federal government that brings you the Post Office, The Bureau of Land Managment and the TSA, we need to reform our existing health care system.

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More “change you can believe in” or Tom Daschle’s plans for socialized medicine

Posted by Liberty on November 19, 2008

Dem officials: Daschle accepts HHS Cabinet post

“Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has accepted President-elect Barack Obama’s offer to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Democratic officials said Wednesday. The appointment has not been announced, but these officials said the job is Daschle’s, barring an unforeseen problem as Obama’s team reviews the background of the South Dakota Democrat.”

Mr. Change, Barack Obama, is busy filling up his cabinet with highly partisan Washington insiders.  And he’s counting on the fact that most of the people who voted for him are too ignorant to know who he’s appointing or why they do not represent change at all.  Change, change, change–it was all an empty mantra.  The real change that we’re going to see is the change from capitalism to socialism.  It’s exactly the wrong kind of change for our health care and the wrong king of change for our economy in general. 

We’re also hearing a myth perpetuated in the MSM about how Obama is “post-partisan” and somehow above the typical Washington D.C. political fray.  This is a lie.  As I posted on November 15,

“Thirty-one of the 47 people so far named to transition or staff posts have ties to the Clinton administration, including all but one of the members of his 12-person Transition Advisory Board and both of his White House staff choices.”

And I’ll echo myself again:  will Obama supporters ever catch on?

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Norm Coleman has beaten Al Franken in Minnesota senate race…but for Democrats, it just means they need to find more ballots

Posted by Liberty on November 19, 2008

Minnesota Recount: Coleman victory certified today, recount tomorrow

“A necessary step in the resolution to the Minnesota Senate race will take place this afternoon when the state Canvassing Board will certify the election results and declare Norm Coleman the winner.  The action clears the way for Minnesota to begin the automatic recount tomorrow.  The Canvassing Board will reject a demand from Al Franken’s campaign that they add in previously rejected ballots before certification, based on an opinion from the state’s AG…”

This is a critical race–the Democrat’s filibuster-proof Senate hangs in the balance.  Thanks to thousands of ACORN voter registrations and a highly partisan Democrat Secretary of State, voter fraud is a distinct possibility.  If Franken had any class, he would concede victory to Coleman but…well, isn’t it obvious?  He hasn’t got any!

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on November 19, 2008

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Benjamin Franklin

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An illustrative video that explains Obama’s win

Posted by Liberty on November 19, 2008

How Obama got elected

Just one thought on this.  If you get your news from Jon Stewart, People Magazine or Saturday Night Live, do America a favor–DON’T VOTE!

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Hard times in 2008–or, the consequences of living on credit

Posted by Liberty on November 18, 2008

If you read or watch any MSM sources, you get slammed on a daily basis with stories about how the poor economy is affecting people.  The more of these stories I read, the more trouble I have taking this “crisis” seriously.  How bad would the economy be if the MSM hadn’t been cheerleading this economic crisis with the hope of getting “change” in the form of Obama?  I feel there’s a strange dichotomy at work here: the real circumstances and what is being reported. 

From MSNBC this morning: 

 [please note, I don’t really consider MSNBC to be a serious new source but I looked on their website this morning, knowing I’d find exactly this kind of sob story.]

Mortgaging the future in desperate times 

“Despite big penalties, many are cashing in or borrowing against retirement”

This story profiles a three different people as they explain why they have liquidated their retirement accounts to pay for living expenses.  It also cites a survey that found that:

“6.2 percent of retirement account participants at large corporations had taken an early withdrawal as of Sept. 30, compared with 5.1 percent who reported taking early withdrawals in 2006.”

My theory is that the people profiled in this article could have been part of that approximately 5.1 percent who would have raided the retirement nest egg, regardless of the economy.  Here is what qualifies as “hard times” in 2008:

“As they work to get their finances back on track, the family has had to cut back on little luxuries like dinners out, trips to the movies and  buying new clothes.

One of the hardest decisions was to tell her granddaughter that she could no longer take horseback riding lessons because they couldn’t afford it.”

No more horseback riding lessons–isn’t there money for that in the federal bailout?  Maybe there should be!

“Cundiff, 53, used the retirement funds to pay off credit card debts and a car loan, bought himself a new bicycle to commute with and helped out with his daughter’s wedding.”

Oh, and he bought a bag of dried beans, some rice and three cans of tuna.  He’s been living in a cardboard box outside of Walmart.  [Ok, I added that part.  His story just wasn’t that pitiful.]

“Cheryl Ambruse knows she has made some financial mistakes. There was the decision to buy a nicer car, even though it meant taking on a much higher car payment. Then there was the decision to take out a second mortgage with a drastically higher interest rate, which would take years to refinance. And there were those many, many daily decisions just to put a purchase at Home Depot or another store on one of her credit cards, all of which gradually accumulated into thousands of dollars in debt.

The mounting financial woes had been eating at Ambruse for a couple of years. But this summer, as gas and grocery prices soared and she continued to deal with a drop in her overtime and bonus pay, things came to a head.”

The paragraph heading above that quote is “Almost a nervous breakdown.”  I’m going to translate:  “The consequences of spending more money than you have.”  The article goes on to say that this isn’t even the first time that Cheryl Ambruse has borrowed against her 401k.  This is not an economy problem–it is a personal responsibility problem.  How many people are going to take this MSNBC story at face value, though?

As if that article weren’t enough, here’s another from the Seattle P-I from November 9, 2008.

The Money Squeeze: Economic crisis devastating for family with autistic son

The story details how the slowing housing market have affected a real estate broker and his family, especially his autistic son.  They can no longer afford his autism therapy, and believe me, I’m sympathetic to the fact that the therapy is a huge expense, one that would be tough for most families to bear.  But if you read deeper into the article, you find that their financial lifeline was a $210,000 line of credit. 

“Their Ford F-250 truck, Renton home, even Ott’s rare coin collection — one of the few things he inherited from his father — are up for sale, or could be.”

“In the backyard, there are still trappings of a flusher life: a Striper fishing boat, a spare truck, a Lexus sedan.”

When I read this story a couple of weeks ago, it was a reminder to me how important it is to live within your means.  No matter how much you’re making, put as much as you can afford into savings and do your best to leave it there.  When I go out in public these days and see how materially blessed we are as a society, I have to wonder how much of these fancy trappings are actually paid for. 

I just finished an autobiography written by a woman who was born on a farm in Nebraska in 1914.  She wrote of the truly desperate times that rural people faced in those days–droughts, having crops destroyed by grasshoppers, moving from place to place in search of better land, work and food.  She described surviving the Great Depression and the stark poverty of those times gave me some much needed perspective.  Not many of us can relate to having only one or two changes of clothes or having to pack the bare essentials onto the back of a truck so you can leave your home in search of a job. 

America has seen genuinely hard times and survived.  We will weather this financial crisis and hopefully come out better for it.  In the mean time, take the MSM with a grain of salt.

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Could this be one of those tests that Joe Biden was talking about?

Posted by Liberty on November 18, 2008

New ship seized in Gulf of Aden

If you’ve been paying attention to international news lately, you’ve probably observed an increasing number of pirate attacks.  This is a fairly frightening scenario, especially considering the threats to peace and freedom that still remain in the world.  This Financial Times article quotes Admiral Mike Mullen, who does not think that the pirates are connected with Islamic terrorism.  I hope that he is correct.

“Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs, on Monday said he was ‘stunned’ that the pirates were able to operate so far out at sea.

‘What strikes me about this particular supertanker is how far away from Africa it was,’ said Adm Mullen.

He said he is seeing an extraordinary rise in the number of piracy attempts, but the number of successful attacks has fallen.

The Navy officer said he had seen no evidence that terrorists were sponsoring some of the piracy attacks that have occurred off the east coast of Africa.

‘The piracy syndicate that I have looked at in the past is pretty well backed financially. I have not seen any connection to al-Qaeda or to terrorists.'”

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Perspective on potential Big Three bailout plan from a former GM employee

Posted by Liberty on November 18, 2008

This is an interesting editorial from Lori Stillwagon Roman, president of  She worked her way through college at a Buick plant and moved on to other positions within GM through the course of her career.  She’s opposed to the Big Three bailout currently under consideration in Congress.  She makes the case that government interference and the expense and inefficiency of union labor have contributed to the crisis that the Big Three are in now.

Detroit Three–Thanks for the Memories

“First, I believe that sending the government to bail out the auto industry or an industry at this time is like sending an arsonist to put out a fire.  The government is partially to blame for the problem with the auto industry. 

The government created the credit crisis by forcing lenders to make bad loans and the resulting credit crunch made it difficult to sell cars.  Democrats in Congress (even some from Michigan) are responsible for blocking domestic oil production in the United States which has driven up gas prices and sent our wealth and potential American jobs to the ‘bad guys’. 

One would think that since the government created the crisis, they should fix it, right?  No.  They should STOP messing with the markets, not mess with them more!  They should let lenders make prudent loans and let energy producers produce energy and they should let the automakers get out of this mess without government help or interference. They should not send folks with gasoline to put out a fire.  Congress doesn’t just want to ‘bail out’ the Detroit Three, they want to add on their own restrictions to make Detroit ‘green.'”

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Seattle Savings Bank Dinged for Low “Community Support”

Posted by Liberty on November 18, 2008

Seattle Savings Bank dinged for low community support

“Seattle Savings Bank has received a slap from federal regulators for failing to funnel enough money into low-income and affordable housing projects across the Puget Sound region.”

“For more than three decades, banks have been required to meet CRA [Community Reinvestment Association] requirements as a way to promote their involvement in the community, a regulation that hasn’t changed, even during the rough economic environment that banks operate in today, according to the FDIC.”

Why exactly should banks be responsible for funding housing for low-income people?

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Queen Christine wants your help! How can Washington State save money?

Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008

“Like the rest of the country—indeed the world—we are in the midst of an economic slowdown. State government is going to have to sacrifice and make hard choices just like Washington families. But families know, and we know, that tough people always outlast tough times, and together we will emerge stronger from the challenge.”    Governor Chris Gregoire

Governor Gregiore’s Budget Homepage

First of all, let me be really clear.  I thought that the best way for the State of Washington to fix its budget problem was to elect a Conservative like Dino Rossi.  Since that’s off the table, the next best option is going to be participating in the Governor’s outreach attempt here and letting her know what you think about how the State of Washington spends your money.  If you have ideas for the Governor, you can submit them through the magic of the internet here:

And…through the magic of the internet, your free-market, low-taxes, personal responsibility solutions will be magically translated into something like this:

“Dear Governor Gregiore, the economy is so bad, we can’t make it on our own.  Please raise taxes and give us free health care, free child care, free food, free public transportation, free housing…” 

But, it’s worth a shot.  Even in a deep blue liberal stronghold like Washington, Conservatives need to speak up, just on the off chance that we can change even one person’s perspective.

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Senator McCain, are you still wondering why you’re not headed to the Oval Office?

Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008

Obama, McCain meet for first time since election

“President-elect Barack Obama and vanquished rival John McCain met for the first time since the November 4 election on Monday, pledging to work together to face the financial crisis and other national challenges.”

“McCain, when asked generally whether he was hoping to help the Democratic president-elect, replied: ‘Obviously.'”

Senator McCain, this is exactly why Conservatives were not enthusiastic about voting for you and why many of them stayed home.  We did not trust that you would be faithful to Conservatism.

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Dateline Oregon: How not to fix health care

Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008

Blueprint outlines overhaul for health care

“Oregon should tax hospitals and health insurance companies to cover more than 100,000 uninsured children and 100,000 uninsured adults, a new state health care reform plan recommends.

The blueprint also proposes that the Legislature create an Oregon Health Authority to guide an overhaul of the state’s $19 billion health care industry with the goal of containing costs and giving all Oregonians affordable, quality health care within four years.”

“The plan would regulate hospital prices and insurance company administrative costs and raise cigarette and alcohol taxes to pay for public education and mental health services.”

A few of thoughts, in no particular order:

  • This plan is so bad, it could have been proposed in Washington State.  Washingtonians, look out, because Queen Christine probably has something like this up her sleeve.
  • Some people choose to be uninsured.  Are they planning on covering people who are voluntarily uninsured?  Insurance is a financial product used to manage risk.  Some people choose to accept the risk that they may have to pay for medical care.  We shouldn’t force coverage on the people who don’t think that they need it.
  • How about tort reform?  One of the largest expenses that doctors have is malpractice insurance.
  • Instead of instituting a Socialist medical system, how about making it easier for people to take responsibility for their own families? 
  • How about reducing state mandates for health insurance plans?  Not everyone needs plans that cover accupuncture, substance abuse treatment, birth control, gastric bypass, chiropractic care…let the consumer decide what they want to pay for!  [This is a huge problem in Washington State.  My own plan went up by over $30.00 a month because the Washington State Legislature made it mandatory for insurance plans to cover mental health care.  I think I’m smart enough to decide whether or not I need to purchase mental health coverage, thank you.] 
  • “regulate hospital prices and insurance company administrative costs”  Seriously?!
  • “Wouldn’t it be great,” he [Bill Kramer, a Portland health care management consultant] said, “if Oregon could be known for providing the best quality, most affordable health care in the country and attracted businesses here because we are the best?” 

I have a feeling that even higher taxes and having health care managed by bureaucrats will have exactly the opposite effect.  Health care reform needs to be based in the free market and needs to enable people to take responsibility for themselves.

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Another gun story, this one not so happy

Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008

Girl dies after gun accident, father arrested

“A 6-year-old girl who was shot in the head while her father was cleaning a gun has died, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reported.”

What a tragedy.  There is no other word to use.  It’s a tragedy for the family that lost their little girl and my heart goes out to them.  This simply should not have happened. 

It is a sadly necessary reminder that carelessness is not an option when you’re handling firearms.  And stories like this give anti-gun activists one more example to point out when they demand more gun control regulations.  The father’s reckless behavior has taken his daughter’s life and has also given responsible gun owners a black eye once again. 

Please take this opportunity to review how to handle firearms safely.  You can find a lot of good safety information on the NRA’s safety website.

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South Carolina encourages residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights

Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008

Sales tax holiday for gun purchases coming to South Carolina

“Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, South Carolina residents will have a 48-hour period when they can purchase guns, shotguns, and rifles tax-free.

The first annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday in the state is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 28 and continue through 11:59 p.m. Nov. 29.

The sales tax holiday, approved by the South Carolina General Assembly in June, will permit the purchase of fixed-cartridge handguns, shotguns, and rifles without state and local sales and use taxes.”

Wow!  As a resident of the People’s Republic of Washington State, I have to wonder what it would be like to live in a state that actually encourages its residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights.  [In this state, the only Constitutional right that people seem to care about is their right to protest California’s Prop 8 in downtown Seattle.]  Not only is South Carolina promoting one of our fundamental freedoms, they’re giving gun purchasers freedom from taxes!

Of course, the story included the obligatory quotes from gun control advocates.  In my opinion, gun control in general is unconstitutional and probably ineffective as well.  Professor John Lott Jr. wrote a terrific book a few years ago called More Guns, Less Crime] and he has a new one out called The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You’ve Heard About Gun Control is Wrong.  He’s a statician and presents very strong arguments based on empirical evidence.  You can even access some of the data that he used at  I think I’ll be ordering a copy of The Bias Against Guns–they can ship it to my new address in South Carolina.

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The same old Democrat administration crowd–will Obama supporters catch on that this is NOT change?

Posted by Liberty on November 15, 2008

The Clinton band is back together

“Thirty-one of the 47 people so far named to transition or staff posts have ties to the Clinton administration, including all but one of the members of his 12-person Transition Advisory Board and both of his White House staff choices.”

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For those in need of a laugh this afternoon, here you go! Oink, oink!

Posted by Liberty on November 14, 2008

Thieves caught with 12 pigs in car

Maybe not so funny for the farmer who had his pigs stolen–hopefully these 12 were returned to him.  But just put your imagination to work and really visualize 12 pigs in a small van–see, you’re laughing now, right?  Happy friday!

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Let’s not forget about the Taliban

Posted by Liberty on November 14, 2008

Taliban Blamed for Acid Attack on Afghan Schoolgirls

Once again, Ninth Century freaks try to impose their backwards beliefs on the world.  If a new administration closes Guantanamo, this could be a preview of coming attractions for America.  Islamic terrorism is still out there and now is not the time to ignore what the brutality and evil that they are capable of.

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Gun Owners not Welcome on Obama’s White House Team

Posted by Liberty on November 14, 2008

Gun Owners not Welcome on Obama’s White House Team

If you’re an unrepentant domestic terrorist, that’s probably ok, but if you’re exercising your Constitutional right to own a firearm, well…that’s something to worry about.

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Liberal hypocrisy–just one example

Posted by Liberty on November 13, 2008

Democrats eye BIAW cash source

The BIAW backed GOP candidate Dino Rossi in the past two governor’s races, therefore that makes them a target of free speech smothering liberals.  My question today is, why is the BIAW smeared as an evil “special interest group” by the Democrat party while their candidates take massive contributions from unions, environmentalist groups and Indian tribes?  Aren’t those “special interest groups” also?  Do these same Democrats have a problem with union dues from SEIU and WEA being used for political purposes?

Washington Republicans, you had better start fighting back hard against these hypocrites or we are going to be stuck under the Dem’s thumbs forever.  It’s called a press conference, you should try it.

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A solution to joblessness that doesn’t involve a government hand-out!

Posted by Liberty on November 13, 2008

Kudos to the New Jersey Nets NBA team for giving their unemployed fans a hand up!

Nets Offer Unemployed Fans Free Tickets and Resume Placement with Team Sponsors

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Bailout GM? Are you getting the full story in the mainstream media?

Posted by Liberty on November 13, 2008

AP’s Auto Bailout Coverage Nearly Ignores Excessive Labor Costs, Omits UAW’s Concessions Refusal

If you’re watching Katie Couric [seriously, why are you doing that?!] or some other MSM teleprompter reader, you probably haven’t seen anything about the effect that the United Auto Workers have had on GM’s current financial stress.  Professor Mark Perry was on to this last week on his blog Carpe Diem.  He’s had a chart posted that compares the average salary of a Big 3 autoworker [generally under UAW contract] with the salaries of Toyota workers [free market/non-union], management and professional workers, other forms of manufacturing and the workforce in general.  [Naturally, the chart is easier to visualize.  See it here.]  Guess who’s making the highest average salary?  You’re right–the UAW workers at GM, Chrysler and Ford.  On average, they make $73.20 per hour, compared with Toyota at $48.00 per hour.  The Big 3 are also saddled with paying massive union pension and health care expenses for their retirees.  Is it any wonder that they aren’t competitive?  I don’t pretend to know how to solve this problem but if there were some way they could divorce the UAW, I suspect that would help.  On the one hand, I blame the Big 3 for even agreeing to these union contracts but then again, what choice did they have?

Auto companies have also been in Congress’s cross-hairs in recent years, at the behest of environmental activist groups.  Time after time, Congress has raised CAFE standards, telling auto makers that they have to build vehicles that attain a certain fuel economy, regardless of what their customers actually want to buy.  Between the unions demanding inflated wages and fat benefit packages and the government regulations, auto makers have been existing in something other than a free market for years.

Here’s one more link on this subject, from the Wall Street Journal.

Nationalizing Detroit

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Washington State attempting to stifle free speech

Posted by Liberty on November 12, 2008

The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission met today to discuss whether or not e-mail and internet blogs can constitute “lobbying” and therefore may be subject to PDC regulations.  See the PDC’s info here.  If you have an opinion about this, don’t forget to e-mail Lori Anderson [PDC Communications & Training Officer] at or call her at 360-664-2737.  The State of Washington needs to know how other bloggers feel about their free speech potentially being subject to PDC regulation.  Freedom of Speech is a God-given right and should not be infringed upon by government bureaucrats!

Check out Liberty Live [Official Blog of Evergreen Freedom Foundation] for more info & opinion on this topic.

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Founder’s quote of the week

Posted by Liberty on November 12, 2008

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”

Samuel Adams

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Sorry, but this will never happen

Posted by Liberty on November 12, 2008

Give public schools a chance

Choosing D.C. system would boost reform, offer Obama reality check.

“Barack Obama made history as America’s first African-American president. He now has a chance to shatter another historic White House convention — as the first chief executive in three decades to send his children to a local public school.

Such a decision would have more than mere symbolic importance. The District of Columbia’s troubled system has come a long way since little Amy Carter attended Thaddeus Stevens Elementary, and even a scouting visit by the first family to some of our city’s outstanding public and public-charter schools would validate education-reform efforts here and across the nation.”

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