Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Prior to midnight yesterday, Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit against the newly signed healthcare law on behalf of Liberty University. The suit names as defendants the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, and the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, in their official capacities overseeing the enormous government expansion in health care regulations.
Forcing health insurance on every person and employer is a stunning example of arbitrary power the Constitution does not give to federal bureaucrats.
Read more HERE.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Washington, D.C. - Phyllis Schlafly, president and founder of the conservative grassroots public policy organization Eagle Forum, made the following remarks after the public announcement that formerly pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak (D-MI) will cast a "yes" vote for the Senate health care bill today in the House.
UPDATE: Just before 11pm Eastern, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) by a vote of 219 to 212 (Roll Call 165).
"It is naïve for any elected official, especially one who describes himself as ‘pro-life,' to expect that a promise to issue an Executive Order that reasserts the intentions of the Hyde Amendment will be fulfilled by the most pro-abortion president to ever sit in the White House. Perhaps Mr. Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats forget that President Obama's first Executive Order was the repeal of the Mexico City Policy to allow for international funding of abortion."
"Not only would an Executive Order be rendered meaningless in the face of Congress passing legislation which actively provides for the massive expansion and funding of abortion services, but anyone who doubts the abortion tsunami which awaits this bill becoming law lives in a fantasy world."
"Barack Obama has lined every existing federal agency with the most dedicated pro-abortion ideologues, and we know that he will continue this pattern of pro-abortion appointments when it comes time for him to fill the over-100 bureaucracies created to administer his socialized health care program."
"Any formerly pro-life Democrat who voted ‘Yes' on the Senate health care bill tonight will be forever remembered as being among the deciding votes which facilitated the largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade."
"Mr. Stupak and his Democrat followers have now clarified that you cannot be pro-life and be a Democrat. If abortion was truly their biggest issue, they wouldn't willfully align themselves with the Party of Death."
"This vote has exposed the myth of the ‘pro-life Democrat.' With this single vote, the Democratic Party has divided our nation into the Democrat Party of Death and the Republican Party of Life, and future elections will never be the same."
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Richfield: Area candidates shared their vision of local government at a forum at the Richfield Elementary School last night. Three candidates for the Richfield village board and the Richfield Joint School Board talked to residents at the forum sponsored by Eagle Forum of Wisconsin. All candidates for were invited, and candidates unable to attend were offered the opportunity to provide literature for attendees. State Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) moderated the event.
Michael Shea, village board candidate, brought a copy of the $3 million village budget and discussed the need to prioritize expenditures. Budget approval would need to be "examined under a microscope." Shea stated he was running because he "didn't like what's going on in the village." Responding to a question regarding upholding integrity on the village board, Shea said one should "live on your morals and whether your word is any good." His motto is "tell the truth or get out." As for TIF districts, Shea adamantly proclaimed, "forget it" and "It's a big fat failure at the expense of taxpayers."
Howard Wolf and Blair Rogacki, both Richfield school board candidates, agreed on a number of hot-topic issues, such as parental consent prior to Comprehensive Sex Education classes and keeping social justice curriculum out of primary education. Wolf said schools should be "molding young minds with facts, not indoctrinating with those who are opining."
Video of the forum can be viewed below or by clicking HERE.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Some states collect a lot of data that has nothing to do with student test scores, including Social Security numbers, disciplinary records, family wealth indicators, student pregnancies, student mental health, illness, and jail sentences. A couple of states record the date of a student's last medical exam and a student's weight.
The Fordham study reported that this collection of information is often not compliant with a 35-year-old law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The only punishment for a FERPA violation is for the Department of Education to withhold federal education funding, but the Department has never done that.
The building of databases that track students from pre-school through entry into the workforce began with the emphasis in the 1990s on testing and standards, and was expanded under "No Child Left Behind" mandates. This data collection has been proceeding at what observers call a "breakneck pace" under the Obama Administration because of the offer of federal grants awarded through the Race to the Top competition, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and $250 million in Stimulus funds.
Fordham law professor Joel R. Reidenberg, who oversaw the Fordham study, said that states are "trampling the privacy interests of those students." He warns that years later, when these kids are adults, information from their elementary, middle and high school years can easily be misused by hackers and others.