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)

A Positive Proactive Solution to the Drug "War"

– Tisha Casida

The constitution allows people to take responsibility for themselves and their lives.  Government intervention in anything usually means a lot of pain and heartache, although it is completely necessary to have rules and regulations that keep (or attempt to keep) people honest.  Our problems are social problems, and the government will never be able to fix people’s souls (in my opinion only).

So, quick summary.  If people want to drink alcohol, they can.  If people want to smoke, then can.  If people want to be lazy, they can.  If people want to be stupid, as long as they aren’t physically harming anyone else, they can.  If people want to kill themselves, then can.  Why in the world can’t people smoke marijuana legally and just be taxed for it?  What a great revenue-generator for Uncle Sam (use that money for education – use the saved money from the judicial system for education!)!

This drug is causing horrid deaths in Mexico, slowly trickling over into the United States.  The “war on drugs” hasn’t ever worked – it really hasn’t, and the situation is actually getting worse.  We are throwing all of this money and time into something that is failing, all while if we would look at common-sense solutions (i.e. legalizing the stuff), we could immediately see beneficial impacts.

READ HOW TO END MEXICO’S DEADLY DRUG WAR by Paul Armentano HERE

Quintessential Quotes – Education in America

“It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country.”

–Noah Webster, On Education of Youth in America, 1790

This quote was taken from an email from The Patriot Post

Crusaders for REAL FOOD

Okay, so perhaps the picture is a little dramatic, but hey, it caught your attention, didn’t it?

Today I was forwarded a wonderful article on a teacher speaking out against the drab food that is a part of our public education’s lunch system.  The variables are complex (subsidized lunches, funding from both state and national governments, purchasing/volume requirements, marketing, mark-ups, profits, and federal requirements), but the problem is not.

The problem is that our kids (in general) are not engaging in a healthy diet.  Now, that is NOT just education’s fault, as a matter of fact our “social structure” is very much a culprit.  However, I myself have recently been in an elementary classroom, and our youth are eating a lot of foods that are not good for them (processed foods to wrap it into one category).

One teacher in Colorado, is speaking up and speaking out.  An naturally, she is getting resistance from others because of her actions.  However, it takes people – from our community – to make a difference and to stand up for nutrition, produce, and supporting local agriculture whenever and wherever we can.

Read the whole story HERE, and if you have more stories and links about other people speaking up and DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, please let us know, we would love to feature them online and in-print.

– Tisha Casida

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.

See the complete article at:

http://www.americansolutions.com/education/2009/10/lets-start-a-revolution-in-public-education.php

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.”

www.GoodAmericanPost.com

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Budget from a Concerned Citizen

Who am I?  I’m 27 years old, I have just received my MBA, and I own my own business.

I am doing numbers-research via the internet at 10:00 at night while chatting on Gmail, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, and my iPhone.

And I am determined to show people what I would do if I were president.  Today’s observation is the Federal Budget.  Let’s break it down real quick:

In 2008 the United States government spent $3 Trillion on General Budget expenditures.

–       $2.5 trillion was paid by FEDERAL TAX REVENUES

–       $459 billion (DEFICIT) was paid for by BORROWING

THIS IS WHERE THE MONEY GOES: (Stats from Center on Budget & Policy Priorities http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1258)

Defense & Security = 21%, or $625 Billion

Social Security = 21%, or $617 Billion

Healthcare (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP) = 20%, or $599 Billion

Safety Net Programs = 11%, or $313 Billion

Interest on National Debt = 8%, or $253 Billion

Benefits for Federal Retirees & Veterans = 6%

Scientific & Medical Research = 3%

Transportation Infrastructure = 3%

Education = 2%

Non-Security International = 1%

All Other = 5%

So, not being an economist, an elitist, or a believer in Government-hand-outs (versus HAND-UPS (thank you Mr. Thompson for that analogy)), I have revised the budget as follows.

We have to shave the 18% of the budget which is borrowed spending BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT GOVERNMENT HAS TOLD US TO DO – THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN RULES – And I don’t want my kids paying for these congressmen’s stupid business decisions.

So…..we have to shave off $459 billion…the END GOAL (and there would be some pain and heartache in the middle, but dangit, we can handle it) would be:

Defense & Security = 21%

Social Security = 21%

Healthcare (Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP) = 10%

Safety Net Programs = 5.5%

Interest on National Debt = 0%

Benefits for Federal Retirees & Veterans = 6%

Scientific & Medical Research = 3%

Transportation Infrastructure = 3%

Education = 7.5%

Non-Security International = 1%

All Other = 4%

What we have done here is take off 10% from Healthcare and 8% from servicing the national debt – there went our 18%.

NOW, do not fear, we have re-allocated some of our funding for “Safety Net” programs to “Education”, where we feel that we can help boost our future and our economy to the point of being able to eliminate some of that safety-net. By providing opportunities and venues for students to learn and grow (as well as eat nutritional foods that help them think), we are very confidant that we can eliminate some of this safety-net spending.

CONFIDENCE.  Something that our fore-fathers would be proud of.  RESPONSIBILITY.  Something we should all take when it comes to our health.  EDUCATION.  The true variable for sustainably growing our economy.

– Tisha Casida

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