Sunday, June 17, 2018

Can Rubio Right His Own Wrong?

Joining the chorus of politicians who have recognized that one can’t repay their debts if they cannot work, Sen. Marco Rubio (R – FL) is reaching across the aisle to correct a mistake from earlier in his career.
Rubio is working with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D- MA) to protect citizens from the potential suspension or revocation of the professional or driver’s license due to missed student loan payments, an approach that many critics see at face value to be counter-productive.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Amazon takes cronyism on a nationwide tour

We are already a month into the process, so nearly everyone alive is aware that the world’s largest online retailer, has decided to expand their administrative operations beyond Seattle, to another metropolitan area.

Green = states where government is too big.
In a stroke of public relations genius, and setting the stage for a battle that would put Thunderdome to shame, cities across the country are very publicly competing for the prospect of being home to HQ2, and laying out the reddest of carpets. The advertised potential benefit to the welcoming city would be huge: $5 billion in investment, and 50,000 jobs, which would likely average in the low six figures.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Choice Needs a Voice

“Charter school saved my life.”

This isn’t just an anecdote from a concerned constituent that I have heard in passing. These are the words this very morning of my wife, an incredibly bright, but also quite introverted woman who moved from rural Nevada to Southern California in middle school, and felt lost – struggling to thrive in enormous classes that teachers had challenges managing. Then she was given the opportunity to attend high school at a charter school in Apple Valley, CA and blossomed. She graduated at the top of her class, while taking not only college-level courses in high school, but classes at local area colleges as well.

She credits this to the idea that all students are not alike and shouldn’t be educated as such. While charter schools like hers recognize and foster individual differences in learning, public schools regress to a mean established by whatever standard du jour is imposed upon them by the federal government. These methods may or may not make for good test scores, but even former New York state Teacher of the Year John Gatto doesn’t believe they lead to a well-educated mind that is capable of critical thinking.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Forum on Cognitive Dissonance

As a libertarian, I have a responsibility to court both sides of the political spectrum to look for allies and help people see a different perspective, while also broadening and better informing my own. A while back, I attended a local Republican committee meeting on the Common Core with that in mind, and last night I attended a forum hosted by The Center for Western Priorities on public lands management. While the topics were markedly different, the sentiment was mostly the same at both: the other side is wrong - dead wrong - and we must not allow them any medium for their message.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Situational Leadership and our Presidential Candidates

After the horrific events in Orlando over the weekend, there was the usual rush to judgment as to the causes of such a heinous crime, well before any kind of thorough investigation had been conducted. And while we expect such things from the media, what we found this time was that the two major party presidential candidates were all too happy to join the bandwagon. Their chosen narratives were well suited to the early details that trickled out, and with great pomp and conviction, they told America just what was wrong and how they would fix it.

The trouble is, both of them are now proving to be quite wrong.