10th Amendment Musings

I again became aware of how little use the 10th Amendment is to states who have no power over their own commodities and currency.

Fresh off the presses, How Race to the Top is re-writing US Education, gives us just another example of the legal blackmail that occurs frequently in our great country.

When an elected official proudly states, for news publication, the following, I question our hopes of realizing solutions:

“These are my best hopes,” he said in May. “You see people doing things that a year ago they said they would never, ever agree to.”

(Get the Scoop Here)

D.C. school system fires 241 teachers – CNN.com

via D.C. school system fires 241 teachers – CNN.com.

It appears that perhaps, finally, there is some type of efficient mechanism for evaluating the performance of teachers.  Of course there are people against it, but I feel this is a step in the right direction to making sure our students are actually learning and becoming competitive forces in the global economy.


R.I.P. D.C. Voucher Program | Bureaucrash – Join the Resistance

Support voucher programs and school choice!

The free-market at work with our public education system helps parents have a choice where to send their kids.  This program has been proven effective in many areas.  We need more support for these types of voucher programs.  The following is a story that shows (unfortunately) what happens even when programs are a success.  America – it is up to us!!!


via R.I.P. D.C. Voucher Program | Bureaucrash – Join the Resistance.


The Answer is Civic Culture, Sustainability, Local Economy and Community

Lance Benninghoff

As I’m researching and writing my master’s thesis concerning economic development, I’m becoming more convinced that the current economic and political system is in dire need of change and innovation. A survey of the latest headlines and the economic recession are proof that the current systems are not working as intended. However, the key idea for people to keep in mind is that rather than sink down into a pathology of despair and helplessness, the time of crises is an opportunity to innovate and come up with new and creative solutions to our problems. The current situation doesn’t have to be this way.

Why is this? The answer lies in the recognition that economics, politics, law and public policy are socially constructed.  They are not monolithic abstract concepts immune from change. Rather, they are driven by individuals whose interpersonal relationships develop into social networks whose internal and external relationships create social structures at the local, state, national and global scale.

Relating this to the local level, of which I am most interested, it is important to acknowledge that economics and geopraphy do not serve solely as determinants of which communites fail or succeed. Rather, civic culture composed of local leadership and community social structure, in addition to the policies they implement, are what truly determine the success of communities.

Economics and geography, while important, merely serve as part of a contextual framework to which local leadership and community social structures adopt policies in reaction to these influences. This explains why cities with the same geography, demographics and governmental structure often adopt divergent policies and thus have divergent policy outcomes. In essence, its people and personalities that  utlimately determine allocation of scarce resources and this changes over time as well as can be changed.

Understanding the civic culture of a community is critical to implenting local economic development policies based on sustainability, local economy and community as outlined by Joseph Ciadella in his article, Debating Detroit’s Redevelopment, that I agree are necessary to create a successful community. I shall enlarge on these ideas in further articles.

Benninghoff is currently working with the Otero (Colorado) County Commissioners and County Administrator and learning to become a future City Manager/County Administrator. He currently belongs to the International City County Manager’s Association and the  Colorado City County Manager’s Association. He is also working on his Master’s Thesis which is the Economic Development Policy for Otero County.  This will look at strategies encompossing sustainability and internally developing the local economy.

Outstanding Youth/Uncommon Wisdom: Youth Renewing the Countryside

Beltsville, MD – Down a winding country road in Garnett, Kansas stands the Bauman farm, where agriculture is a family affair. Upon purchasing the farm in 2001, the family’s first farm venture was to raise pastured chickens and livestock.  Today, the Baumans sell about 7,000 broiler chickens each year and an average 350 dozen eggs a week.

With the help of a grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, the Baumans experimented with pasturing different species of animals in the same area. With the “pasture stacking” project, the family increased their broiler chickens’ average weight by 50 percent.

Rosanna, the eldest of the Bauman girls, explains that the weight increase was due in part to the addition of a new water system. “The project had a positive social impact on us kids,” explains Rosanna. “It has led each of us to take steps towards farming sustainably.”

Rosanna is just one of dozens of young people returning to the roots of American agriculture who are featured in a new book—Youth Renewing the Countryside. Produced by Renewing the Countryside in partnership with young writers and photographers across the country and with support from SARE and the Center for Rural Strategies, Youth Renewing the Countryside shares remarkable stories of young people in each state changing the world through rural renewal.

Download Youth Renewing the Countryside for free at www.sare.org/publications/youth.htm. To order print copies ($24.95 plus $5.95 s/h) visit www.sare.org/WebStore, call 301/374-9696 or send check or money order to SARE Outreach, PO Box 753, Waldorf, Maryland 20604-0753. (Please specify title requested when ordering by mail.) Discounts are available on orders of 10 or more. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Call 301/374-9696 for more information on bulk, rush or international shipments.

Published by SARE Outreach for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and features work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA. SARE’s mission is to advance – to the whole of American agriculture – innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. SARE Outreach operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Maryland and the University of Vermont to develop and disseminate information about sustainable agriculture. For more information visit www.sare.org.

Renewing the Countryside works to strengthen rural areas by sharing information on sustainable development, providing practical assistance and networking opportunities, and fostering connections between urban and rural areas. For more information visit www.renewingthecountryside.org.

WALLBUILDERS – Know Your History

In an interesting interview with Glenn Beck, founder of WallBuilders, David Barton, discussed the “Black Regiment” which later became known as the “Black Robe Brigade”.  We’ll give you the links, so that you can read at-length, however the conclusion of his conversation with Beck is what is so important to remember.

Our country was built upon the concept of INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.  This is very different from COLLECTIVE RIGHTS.  Individual rights allow for individuals to have freedom to do what they like, as long as they are not hurting anyone else.  Collective rights, as we are witnessing more and more, can quickly tromp the rights of the individual for the rights of “the greater good”.

Although Americans, in general, are kind and giving people who really DO care about the collective (and take care of the collective using a free market and paying certain taxes), that does not mean in any way shape or form should be be forced into taking care of the collective.

Individual rights are considered God-given rights that each of us has to take care of our body, mind, and spirit.  When these are taken away, be become slaves to a system – probably one of governance.

Know your history, be a patriot, and stand up for this great country and the principles she was founded upon.

Read more about forgotten history HERE at WallBuilders.

– Tisha Casida

Budget Shortfalls? How About Electing Representatives that Use their OWN CAR!

In a disturbing article this morning, we can see why WE THE PEOPLE are not being efficiently represented in congress – elected officials sometimes get way too much as “public servants”.  In a story by POLITICO, several representative’s vehicle leases were looked at – some of them COSTING TAXPAYERS over $1,000 per month!

What happened?!?!?!  If I were to apply for a job, I would be required to find my own transportation – why on planet earth are these guys not required to do the same thing?

Cut THIS expense out of the budget, and put it towards EDUCATION – our kids deserve better economics and better leadership.

Story is HERE: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34391.html

– Tisha Casda

The Case for New Education

Yesterday I found out my former elementary school was closing.  Today I have read about 29 of 61 public schools being closed in Kansas City.

What we have here folks, is a real problem.  And I know that I am not a politician, educator, or parent, but I am telling you that we better figure out some type of solution about educating the most important component of our economy and our country – our youth.

Many systems are flawed – politically, economically, and socially.  It is my belief that free-market systems may be the key to solving some of these problems (notice that public education is completely dependent upon federal and state government funding.  Considering the federal government has no money (and is technically in the red), this means that things like education get cut.

Solution?  We need to get back to where we educate our own kids or pay someone to do it.  Painful?  Yes.  Smart?  Absolutely.  You cannot put a price tag on education, and most of you know that public education is not doing a whole lot of good for the future of our country anyway.

It’s time to stand up America, it is time to take responsibility and control.  Let’s figure out a way to get back on track with educating our kids and the future of this great country.

By Tisha Casida

Education and Common Sense?

By: Tisha Casida

In an article published at the Cato Institute, we have yet another example of backwards politicking versus intelligent and progressive actions that have positive benefits to society.  http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2010/01/13/head-starts-impact-evanescent-hhs-study/

Government-programs for education have come up short, again, and instead of looking at the actual problem, more money is thrown at it.  No where in the FREE-MARKET would you see more money thrown at a failing enterprise (oh wait, except for the billions of dollars for TARP -click on this link to catch-up on the bailout hoopla from Michelle Malkin).

This is what is backwards – there are NO INCENTIVES for success and there are NO PUNISHMENTS for failures – even in the education-system.  What can we do to change this?  Start taking more RESPONSIBILITY for educating our kids and our students.  And start doing everything in your power to protect our liberty.  The last people we want educating our kids is Uncle “Sam” and his minions.

Education Revolution

Resource: American Solutions for Winning the Future

While there is a lot of focus on what’s wrong, and while there are many things to fix, we must remember our students.

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Action Item: Our students and youth are the future of our country, and money, time, and care must be given to this sector of our economy that produces the leaders of our next generation.

“Supporting local communities. Building local economies.”


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