Title: Boehner Opens Door to Cutting Big Oil Subsidies, Tax Breaks
author: fOXNews.com | linkComment
This just in according to FOXNews, Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) indicates willingness to consider ending tax breaks for Big Oil!?!?!? (source)
This is a stunning admission from a party that has long denied that Big Oil was getting any subsidies or tax breaks and / or if they were, they were necessary to ensure the competitive oil industry in the United States. Now if he would just realize that the oil speculators are the real force behind the price of oil and gas in the USA, he could receive his honorary doctorate from the University of Isn't It Obvious.
Title: Ohio State Sen. Tim Grendell says parent questionnaires will have a role in setting teacher pay
author: Joe Guillen | linkComment:
What's known in Ohio as Senate Bill 5 and is now law (though not yet enacted) as signed by Ohio's Governor, John Kasich – the bill gained national notoriety on the tail of Wisconsin's anti-collective bargaining legislation, will in fact allow for job performance to impact Ohio public school teacher salaries. It is fascinating to see this idea play out. For every person who thinks it's a fine idea to allow parents to evaluate teachers and vote on pay, put yourself in an analogous situation. It may not be as simple as it seems. It's like putting the parents of customers in charge of your paycheck. The customer didn't mind the hamburger he just ate, but his mother decided it was too undercooked, so she tells your boss and you drop from $8 / hour to $7.75 / hour. Maybe this is as it should be. It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of others on this one. I'm torn as a long-time teacher. I believe I would have received good evaluations despite being tough, but I know a lot of teachers weren't strong enough. They would have just given everyone As and had no standards to make everyone happy. Kids would learn nothing, have no homework, and make straight As, is that what we should be spending tax dollars on?
Title: Bloomberg Calls for Republicans to Stand Behind Obama
author: David Seifman, New York Post
In the same day that the New York Post
published a big poll stating that the Donald has no prayer of defeating President Obama (source)
, NYC Mayor Bloomberg was quoted as saying, "We should be behind this president even if you're a candiate [sic] who's going to run against him – which I am not." This speaks to something that those of us who've been Americans for longer than 2-3 decades can say with some authenticity, there used to be a time when our nation was not as overly pre-occupied with the political party of the president. It has been an ironic shift of events, especially in a representative democracy. As one of the few nations on earth that gets to choose by general election it's president (and technically we don't really get to due to the whole electoral college mess, but it's pretty close), we elect our leader. If you don't like him or her or his or her politics shouldn't really matter. If you believe in the selection process, then you should accept the outcome. Isn't it the American way to rally behind our president? For me personally, I rallied behind George W. Bush despite feeling he was not the legitimately-elected president of our country (which always cast doubt over the first term of his presidency if not his second) because he was the President. What has happened in our nation is tantamount to joining a basketball team, voting on team captain, and when your choice loses, shooting the ball in the opposing basket every game to get even. Yes, everyone should be rallying around our president. If you don't like him, and so far I've never heard a good true reason not to like him – I've heard a lot of untrue things spread by people who really don't like him for whatever reason but certainly not because they are just racist because they didn't even know his father was African – then fine, don't like him, but don't work against him. Don't shoot baskets into the other team's hoop! So, I rave about Mayor Bloomberg's message to us all.