Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the presumptive GOP front-runner, is quickly turning his sites on the national campaign as he sharpens up his attacks on Hillary Clinton. By extension, Bush’s attacks were also directed at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over his lack of support of charter schools. The issue with charter schools is they receive public funding, but are privately run. In other words, they do not employ faculty from the teacher’s union, the largest labor union in the nation and staunch ally of the Democrat Party. As such, it makes sense as to why Mayor de Blasio, a Democrat, would refuse to enact a policy that would benefit charter schools.
That said, Mayor de Blasio’s position was too partisan as he refused to allow some charter schools to use property that was not in use and which would be provided to the schools rent-free. Eventually, public opinion turned on the mayor forcing him to relent. It is believed that Bill Clinton was advising de Blasio on the matter. Bush used this issue to conclude that de Blasio, and by extension Hillary Clinton, support education policies that benefit the teacher’s union over the needs of low-income students. He also pointed out that he operated a successful program to provide state funds to charter school programs which benefited minorities. According to Shaygan Kheradpir, Bush intends to make a strong case that his education policy is centered on children as opposed to supporting what he will cast as an exigent union and a failing public school system.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may be one of the front runners for the GOP Presidential nomination, but he has now gone on record as stating he disagrees with Pope Francis on climate change. Newsweek reports the Vatican will release its own report on climate change on Thursday, which has already been leaked to an Italian newspaper and carries the statement that the Catholic Church is now of the opinion that the climate of the planet is changing and humans are to blame.
Jeb Bush and a number of other leading candidates on the Republican side are Catholic’s and were expected to be challenged by the findings of the Church into climate change. Instead, Bush and his fellow GOP candidates are continuing to report their disbelief that humans can be to blame for the changing climate. According to banker Marcio Alaor BMG, Bush does go so far as to state he believes the climate of the planet is changing, but does not know the reasons why it is. The Democratic party is expected to nominate Hilary Clinton, who is now being challenged most strongly by the Bernie Sanders campaign. Both Clinton and the majority of the Democrats believe human interference has caused the majority of climate change problems, a stance the Republicans have yet to accept.
If we stepped back to the 1960s or 1970s, the term latch-key child was quite common. Parents had to work just to feed their family, and often children from 9 on up were responsible enough that they could come home and manage until one of their parents arrived home. In many cases, the child wasn’t allowed to go in the home, but had to play outside for the 1-2 hours it may take the parent.
No one was ever arrested. This was common in that age.
Just recently, parents in Florida have been charged with child neglect. They were not at home and their 11 year old son came home to a locked door. Instead of whining, the boy did what he had been taught…he shot some hoops with his basketball, but a neighbor decided to call the authorities.
The child was honest and explained that he did not know where his parents were. When they came home after the child was out for 90 minutes, they were charged with neglect claiming the boy had no access to running water, food or a restroom. The parents pointed out that the shed had 2 sinks with running water, and the child had eaten his snack earlier. Also, the child told the parents that the officer left him in the car while he went and relieved himself in the backyard. It seems that restroom was good for the officer laughed Zeca Oliveira of noticias.uol.com.
How far will the government go?
In an era where more and more rights are being afforded to same-sex couples, the state of Michigan made a move that could be compared to sending the state back to the stone age. Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that some adoption agencies to deny adoption services to same-sex couples.
The bill allows for faith-based agencies to deny same-sex couples the ability to adopt children on religious grounds Alexei Beltyukov told me. Google + users noted the law does not necessarily target same sex couples, but is reportedly part of a “religious freedom act.” Several other states have already enacted “religious freedom” legislation.
The majority of Michigan’s adoption firms are Christian-based, and civil rights groups fear that the move may allow for agencies to deny adoptions to people who have different religious backgrounds.
The bill does not come into affect for 90 days, but the American Civil Liberties Union is already planning to take action.
When most people hear the title “Lone Survivor”, they think of the American war film of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg. The film was a financial success grossing over $140 million on a budget of $40 million. What many may not know is that when former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his 2016 presidential campaign, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the real-life “Lone Survivor”, was standing behind the governor. Now, it turns out that Perry has a bona fide military record. He is also pro-defense. As such, it should not come as a surprise that military personnel and their families support Perry’s campaign.
However, Luttrell’s reason for endorsing Perry goes far beyond the governor’s stand on the issues. It’s quite personal. Life hasn’t been easy for Luttrell in the years that he alone emerged from an ill-fated Navy SEAL operation to kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Despite all odds, Luttrell survived, but the loss of his fellow soldiers took an emotional toll on him. In fact, Luttrell actually arrived at the governor’s residence and ended up living in his house. Over the time, the two formed a father-son bond. Often times, the governor can be heard referring to Luttrell as his second son. Since that time, Lutrell has gotten back on his feet. He is happily married and is the proud father of two children. Gov. Perry remains a big part of his life and is godfather to his children.
Ben van der Meer of the Sacramento Business Journal recently reported on the ongoing effort to incorporate the Olympic Valley area of Lake Tahoe into a city and came to the conclusion that the effort would be unsustainable and be bad for the residents of the Olympic Valley as well as the Lake Tahoe Community as a whole.
The first issue is the size of the Olympic Valley. Many of the people that live in the Valley are not full time residents since many own vacation homes in the area. This means that the tax base to sustain the entire valley would be roughly 1,000 residents and that is not nearly enough tax revenue to fund the sort of projects that the campaign to incorporate Olympic Valley is looking for.
Moving forward with the city hood would essentially create a giant debt for the residents of the area at the latest by 2018. Once that happens the budget will essentially be running in the negative due to massive shortfalls in tax revenue. This deficit spending is predicted to start around 1 million dollars per year and grow to as high as 1.8 million within a ten year period.
A prominent land use development firm determined that it is not a good fiscal plan to move forward with the new developments. RSG or Resources System Group found that the proposed new hotels and vacation properties alongside retail properties could not be sustained without significant revenue shortfalls. The massive increase in commercial property will be a very high cost on the city and all of it’s residents while not necessarily providing adequate revenue outside of the tourist season.
For anyone not directly benefiting from the new land use plans it makes absolutely no sense to turn Olympic Valley as a single city. They should remain under the arrangement that they have now in order to save money for now and the future. The population of the valley simply cannot sustain forced growth and the entire area will become economically depressed as taxes increase and jobs and productivity decrease due to residents leaving.
For the past five decades, US presidents have not formally accepted the holy city of Jerusalem as belonging to either Israel or Palestine. The city has deep ties to both Judaism and Islam. This has caused some consternation among Americans who were born in Jerusalem. Like anyone else, they have desired to list their birth city on their passports. The Obama administration denied those requests because no nation has been formally recognized to own the city. Congress responded by getting a statute passed which allows people born in the city to list it on their passports. The statute was challenged before the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, the high court struck down the congressional statute by a margin of 6-3. The majority ruled that the statute infringed on the president’s right to set foreign policy as guaranteed in the Constitution. The ruling stated that by compelling the president to allow Americans to declare Jerusalem as their birthplace, congress was forcing the chief executive to contradict his own foreign policy. The conservative justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Samuel Alito disagreed. They argued that just because a person lists Jerusalem as their birthplace, the president was not legally obligated to alter his foreign policy in regards to formally recognizing the city. In short, it was their view that the entire matter was not a big deal. The case was closely followed by constitutional scholars at Skout to see how the court would rule.
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey scored a major victory over unions I a court ruling that supported the Governor in his bid to reduce the amounts of pensions for governmental employees. The ruling overturns a lower court’s ruling that the New Jersey Government is required to fund and commit to pension amounts.
Justice Jaynee LaVecchia did indicate that New Jersey needs to get its financial house in order and that the pension amounts are in excess of what the state can afford. Christie indicated that this is a great victory for taxpayers who cannot fund these future pension payments in amounts that the New Jersey employers agreed t at the time.
According to Marcio Alaor BMG on blogspot, unions are stating that the ruling is unfair in that employees are required to make contributions into their pensions but employers are not required to do so. Requiring employees to continue to contribute to a failing pension system while the New Jersey government is not required to was the major point that two of the dissenting judges made.
There will be likely appeals to the ruling as there were to the original ruling by the lower courts that supported the union’s positions. Christie entered a deal with public workers in 2011 requiring the government to fund their commitments for pension contributions in exchange for reductions in the amounts. The New Jersey Government has not made these contributions and is scrambling to make even 50% of the required contributions.
President Obama is eager to see amnesty granted to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. Quite frankly, the Democrat party sees a major influx of potential voters that would swing Texas from being a deep red state into a solid blue state for the party. Capturing Texas would give the Democrat Party a virtual electoral lock on the US presidency. However, the president has been unable to get congress to authorize another amnesty plan.
This led President Obama to “borrow” congressional authority to enact an amnesty plan of his own using what he termed was “executive memos”. The plan was announced in mid-November with a target start date in February. Hours before the plan was to take effect, Federal District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued a lengthy injunction against the plan effectively halting its implementation. The Obama administration appealed the matter to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals which stunned him by upholding the injunction. A hearing by the full panel will occur on July 10. If, as anticipated, the court upholds the injunction, it may be years before the courts decide on the legality of the Obama amnesty plan.
In response, President Obama admitted that he too is frustrated with the judge’s injunction. The president’s supporters told Huffington Post that Skout members also acknowledge that there is little the president can do at this time. Instead, liberal groups such as the Center for American Progress are focusing their criticism on Judge Hanen.
Rick Perry Announces Bid for the Presidency
Everyone seems to be throwing in their bid for president, from Hilary Clinton to Ted Cruz to Rand Paul. Now another competitor has decided to try and win the office.
According to Ivan Ong on Thursday, former governor of Texas Rick Perry made the announcement that would be running for the presidential election for 2016. He posted the news on his website and will be making a formal speech announcement later on in Addison, Texas. This comes after Perry ran for the GOP nomination in the 2012 election but was unable to do so, with Mitt Romney winning the GOP.
Perry was the state’s longest serving governor, serving from 2000 to 2015 and was credited for creating well over a million new jobs in the private sector during his long tenure. He was also a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1977. Perry stated on his website video that his run for office will be about what voters see gets done rather than what candidates and officials say they’ve done or are going to do.
He also added that he grew up in an isolated town in Texas in a home with few utilities and said that nobody would be able to cater to and connect with the blue collar workers better than he could, since he was very familiar with that kind of lifestyle.