Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...
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carol

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<quoted text>You're a fool, carol. Probably always have been; will probably always be...fortunately, the time remaining is shorter.'night, Loser.
Here's an excerpt from that article which I'm assuming you didn't click on much less read...written by a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University.

Teachers' Unions' influence takes two forms: "They shape the schools from the bottom up, through collective bargaining activities so broad in scope that virtually every aspect of school organization bears the distinctive imprint of union design. They also shape the schools from the top down, through political activities that give them unrivaled influence over the laws and regulations imposed on public education by government, and that allow them to block or weaken governmental reforms they find threatening. In combining bottom-up and top-down influence, and in combining them as potently as they do, the teachers’ unions are unique among all actors in the educational arena."

But did you know that more than seven hundred teachers in New York City in 2009 sat in what they called Rubber Rooms and got paid a full salary, received full benefits and had summers off just like real teachers - except they didn't teach?

And that it cost the city between $35 million and $65 million a year for salary and benefits alone? And that NY taxpayers forked out half a million dollars annually for security guards to keep the teachers safe (mainly from one another, as tensions ran high in these places)?

NYC was spending a fortune every year for seven-hundred-plus teachers to stare at the walls.

Shocking, huh?
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SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the party of just almost as high taxes.

LARRY KUDLOW, CNBC: Some people have called that the doomsday scenario. Others have said,'Look, it's a strategic retreat on the Republicans' behalf.' Would you vote present for that in the Senate if that came up?

RAND PAUL: Yes, I don't think we have to in the Senate. In the House, they have to because the Democrats don't have the majority. In the Senate, I'm happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that's what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it.
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John Galt wrote:
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Why not, if they are more effective? What else matters?
A nation of zombies staring a computers so that Jeb Bush can pocket the education funds!! Send them to Jesus camp too!
carol

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Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
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That's funny, I have been pulling my own legs, stretching my sciatic nerve!!
Are you a secret billionaire?
Stop pulling it then.

But, no, not a billionaire. But since we're on the subject and we're just chit chatting, I always said that if I came into that kind of money, I'd buy a nice house - not extravagant but nice - two cars, give a lot to family and friends, put a million or two in the bank - mostly for traveling and a comfortable retirement - start an animal rescue and give the rest to charities.

Don't you wish you had the kind of money that Secret Santa has this time of year? I know I do. Everytime I see a mother with children who looks like she's doing the best she can do but could use a little help, I wish do badly I had the means to put a couple hundred dollar bills in her hand and just walk away. Wouldn't that be the most wonderful feeling in the world to do be able to do that all the time?

But giving whatever you can and doing something for others is the next best thing.
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In other words, play politics and let the economy crash instead of resolving the problem.
The mark of real leadership.
Boehner is leading his group. No one's forcing him not to play. But since that's his stance, there's nothing "leadership" can do about it.

Least wise that's how I see the US Constitution making for that allowance.
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In other words, play politics and let the economy crash instead of resolving the problem.
The mark of real leadership.
BTW, aren't the cons the ones who created this situation? Specifically the tea-p?
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Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
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You're in favor of abolishing public education to be replaced by virtual schools?
I'm in favor of restoring common sense and discipline in the classroom and teaching students how to learn.
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Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
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All kids should be forced into parochial schools! Bring back corporal punishment!
I'd settle for bringing back consequences, consistently following through with them and administrators growing a spine.
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lily boca raton fl wrote:
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A nation of zombies staring a computers so that Jeb Bush can pocket the education funds!! Send them to Jesus camp too!
All that matters is what approach provides the best education. Public schools are very successful in many communities, but abysmal failures in others regardless of the money spent. It makes no sense to keep throwing money at a failing system.

By the way, many millions of people spend the vast majority of their working day "staring at computers."

Schools that turn out graduates that are not computer literate are failures.
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I'd settle for bringing back consequences, consistently following through with them and administrators growing a spine.
lol! You would have done pretty well a hundred years ago.
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SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the party of just almost as high taxes.
LARRY KUDLOW, CNBC: Some people have called that the doomsday scenario. Others have said,'Look, it's a strategic retreat on the Republicans' behalf.' Would you vote present for that in the Senate if that came up?
RAND PAUL: Yes, I don't think we have to in the Senate. In the House, they have to because the Democrats don't have the majority. In the Senate, I'm happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that's what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it.
Rand Paul is not popular with all factions of the GOP
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It's a big mess. That's what it is.
We can thank the liberal spineless mentality and the teachers' unions.
you find all teachers unions, in all cases, everywhere to blame?
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carol wrote:
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It's a big mess. That's what it is.
We can thank the liberal spineless mentality and the teachers' unions.
You teach in Orlando?
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All that matters is what approach provides the best education. Public schools are very successful in many communities, but abysmal failures in others regardless of the money spent. It makes no sense to keep throwing money at a failing system.
By the way, many millions of people spend the vast majority of their working day "staring at computers."
Schools that turn out graduates that are not computer literate are failures.
There are other aspects to going to school, socialization skills, team work, competitiveness..
When I meet home schooled kids, they are lacking in the above. It's wrong to label all teachers bad because of a few, most teachers I have met are extremely devoted, working long hours, spending their own money for school supplies, truly caring that their students succeed. For many children, school is their solace. To deprive children of this structure would be devastating, especially since most parents cannot stay home to teach them, nor are they capable.
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I'd settle for bringing back consequences, consistently following through with them and administrators growing a spine.
You seem to be completely out of touch with reality, you're basing your opinion on your daughters one semester at an inner city school, that she was able to participate in because of a social program. Obviously she is not cut out to be a teacher, not everyone is and that's fine. Better to know that before getting into it. My daughter is volunteer tutoring teaching English to immigrant children and adults at UF, finds it very rewarding.
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Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
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There are other aspects to going to school, socialization skills, team work, competitiveness..
When I meet home schooled kids, they are lacking in the above. It's wrong to label all teachers bad because of a few, most teachers I have met are extremely devoted, working long hours, spending their own money for school supplies, truly caring that their students succeed. For many children, school is their solace. To deprive children of this structure would be devastating, especially since most parents cannot stay home to teach them, nor are they capable.
Most experts on education have never been in the classroom, certainly not an urban classroom.
FCAT has ruined education in Florida.

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carol wrote:
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Stop pulling it then.
But, no, not a billionaire. But since we're on the subject and we're just chit chatting, I always said that if I came into that kind of money, I'd buy a nice house - not extravagant but nice - two cars, give a lot to family and friends, put a million or two in the bank - mostly for traveling and a comfortable retirement - start an animal rescue and give the rest to charities.
Don't you wish you had the kind of money that Secret Santa has this time of year? I know I do. Everytime I see a mother with children who looks like she's doing the best she can do but could use a little help, I wish do badly I had the means to put a couple hundred dollar bills in her hand and just walk away. Wouldn't that be the most wonderful feeling in the world to do be able to do that all the time?
But giving whatever you can and doing something for others is the next best thing.
I have to stretch it to alleviate pain,loosen nerve and muscles.. It can be pretty painful, that's why I walk and jog everyday, ride my bike, also a stationary bike at home.
You don't have to be a billionaire to help someone. Even handing someone $50 is nice random act of kindness.
The sun sentinel has stories about families in need that you can contribute to if you want to.
Your boyfriend OReilly. Is on Jay Leno right now
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Lincoln Duncan wrote:
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Most experts on education have never been in the classroom, certainly not an urban classroom.
FCAT has ruined education in Florida.
Yes, agree. Hopefully it will be eliminated one day. We need a Democratic governor. Must say that the teachers my children had were amazing, caring and devoted
I don't understand this contempt for public education. Teachers are the most important people in our children's lives, they should be supported and paid more
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Lily Boca Raton Fl wrote:
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Yes, agree. Hopefully it will be eliminated one day. We need a Democratic governor. Must say that the teachers my children had were amazing, caring and devoted
I don't understand this contempt for public education. Teachers are the most important people in our children's lives, they should be supported and paid more
We need to thank the Tea Party for reelecting President Obama and giving us two senate seats.
Mitt's film was great and he may get an Oscar

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