122 results for tag: Big Government


The new Common Core is the same old thing: Government gone awry

President Obama's No Child Left Behind successor — dubbed the Every Students Succeeds Act — glided through the House and Senate recently and is said to be the solution to the one-size-fits-all Common Core standards but is actually the latest liberal permutation of big-brother government education. The Federalist has the details: ESSA does nothing to protect students and parents from further federal mining of personal data. Through its regulatory powers, the Obama administration already has gutted federal student and family privacy protections, notes the APP analysis. Coupled with the ramping-up of psychosocial assessment, the prospects ...

Tea Party Patriots Opposes Omnibus Spending Bill

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today in opposition to the latest spending bill that was released last night: “Tea Party Patriots opposes the latest spending bill to come out of Washington, which will add to our national debt without any plan to balance our budget. Rather than forcing President Obama to consider a real plan to balance our budget in five years and offer our children and grandchildren a debt-free future, the Washington establishment is once again proving they don’t understand the fundamental issues facing our nation. We simply can’t afford to keep ...

Experts: 12 states under no obligation to participate in President Obama’s unconstitutional refugee resettlement program

A Michigan-based law firm says 12 states may refuse and even sue the Obama administration for its efforts to resettle refugees – including some 10,000 from Syria – under the Refugee Act of 1980, which makes participation in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program voluntary. Breitbart has the details: The constitutional argument is that the federal government, without the permission of these 12 Wilson-Fish states, has “commandeered” state funds by placing refugees in their states, thereby obligating states to pay Medicaid expenses for the refugees, in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, “The powers not ...

TOUCHDOWN: Republican Senator releases report on government-spending fumbles with tips on how to ‘recover the ball’

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week released a list of 100 “Federal Fumbles” – in other words, a list of 100 wasteful government programs and ways to make them less costly to taxpayers. KFYR-TV has the details: From a "Silent Shakespeare Festival" in Virginia, to studies on senior dating habits, the senator says he wants the government to review each play before spending taxpayer dollars. The 100 examples of waste in the senator's book range from trivial amounts of money to large sums, but he says no matter how small the amount, there needs to be a starting point in reducing the federal deficit. "We're going to actually drive this ...

Reading scores stagnant after Common Core banishes literary classics from schools nationwide

The work of legendary fiction writers is being banished to the school used-book sale thanks to Common Core standards that require students read less fiction and more nonfiction, a mandate some are attributing to students’ mediocre performance in math and reading. The Daily Caller has the details: The adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in more than 40 states around the country since 2010 has wrought two major changes: (1) a notable decrease in the use of fiction and literature in America’s reading and English classes and (2) lower reading and math scores on the U.S. Department of Education-mandated ...

Massachusetts State Board of Education dumps Common Core in favor of its own testing standards

Common Core advocates everywhere are groaning in dismay as those on the state board of education in – of all places – liberal stronghold Massachusetts have decided to opt out of Common Core testing and develop their own standards for measuring students’ progress in language arts and mathematics. The Daily Signal has the details: It comes as no surprise that a “top-down, one-size-fits-all” approach to education is not working for the people of Massachusetts. Interestingly, this policy reversal comes at the recommendation of Mitchell Chester, one of Common Core’s main architects. When a program’s leading advocate admits that it is ...

Congress’ approval rating slumps to new low for the year

Americans’ disapproval of Congress has hit a new low for the year, with only 11 percent of Americans approving of the job Congress is doing – just 2 points above the all-time low of 9 percent in 2013. Gallup has the details: Gallup's latest congressional approval rating was obtained shortly after Congress passed bipartisan legislation to avert another government shutdown, and after Republican Rep. Paul Ryan took over as the new speaker of the House. That change in leadership did not have any immediate positive effect on how Americans view Congress. The recent compromise fiscal legislation raised the limit the U.S. can legally borrow, and ...

Calls for McConnell To Step Down As Majority Leader Grow

Now that John Boehner has announced he’s stepping down as Speaker at the end of October, the pressure is ramping up on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to follow him out the door. RNC Vice Chair and Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere  called on McConnell to step down as leader of the Senate. The Washington Times has the details: "McConnell needs to resign!!” Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote in a Facebook posting. Mr. Villere isn’t just any Republican. He’s the longest-serving state GOP chairman in the nation, with 12 years on the job, and is the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee, the GOP’s ...

Report: 307,000 Veterans May Have Died While Awaiting Care Due to Processing Incompetence

The Department of Veterans Affairs is again in hot water after findings of a report issued Wednesday revealed hundreds of thousands of veterans may have died without care while waiting for their enrollment applications to be processed, reports CNN. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past ... In a response to a request by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' to investigate a whistleblower's allegations of mismanagement at the VA's Health ...

New National Poll Shows Majority of Americans Oppose Common Core Mandates

A new poll conducted by Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup shows a majority of Americans – 54 percent – oppose the use of President Obama’s Common Core education mandates in classrooms. Breitbart News reports: The poll’s results come one week after Education Next released its annual poll on school reform, showing that support for the Common Core standards continues to plummet, from 65 percent in 2013 to 53 percent in 2014, and now to 49 percent in 2015. “Americans and public school parents named academic standards as one of the five biggest problems facing the public schools in their community,” states the PDK/Gallup report. “They split on ...