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From our friend Aaron in Virginia:
A short while ago, I participated in a conference call on the Fast-Track/TPP/TPA/TAA legislation that is currently under consideration by the House of Representatives. As with the conference call last Thursday evening, this one was organized by Mark Lloyd (new Chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation); and also featured Richard Manning (President of Americans for Limited Government), who has been in DC full-time since last week lobbying congressmen to educate them on the destructive consequences of passing this legislation.
From tonight’s call, I gleaned the following significant points. You may already know some of them, but I want to make sure!
1. As you probably already know, the TAA was first defeated by a wide margin last Friday; and then the TPA was passed by a small margin. Because the TPA requires passage of the TAA, the TPA’s passage was of no consequence. HOWEVER, Boehner has arranged for a 2nd vote on TAA; and that is expected either late tomorrow (Monday), or, more likely, on Tuesday. Between now and then, Boehner will continue to twist arms to try to get the votes he needs for passage. The rumor is that he has already succeeded in getting some congressmen, who voted NO the first time, to switch their votes to YES!!!
2. Even if Boehner’s effort to get TAA passed is unsuccessful, it is likely that he will “repackage” both the TPA and TAA legislation into a single bill; and that will then be voted on sometime soon (probably after Tuesday). Knowing only that, there should be ZERO doubt in anyone’s mind that Boehner is hell-bent on giving Obama more unconstitutional authority!!
3. Remember: If this legislation is passed, it will give Obama unilateral authority to also “reconcile” existing US law with whatever these trade agreements stipulate. In essence, he would finally have the authority to “fundamentally transform America” — which was one of his statements on election night in 2008!!!
4. If you need any extra motivation to call your congressman (Hurt for most of you) to try to get him to change his prior TAA vote from YES to NO, you can find it in a statement made within a Washington Post opinion article by Lawrence Summers(see http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rescuing-the-free-trade-deals/2015/06/14/f10d82c2-1119-11e5-9726-49d6fa26a8c6_story.html): “The repudiation of the TPP would neuter the U.S. presidency for the next 19 months.” I believe I speak for everyone on the conference call tonight when I say that this would be an absolutely wonderful thing!!!!
If you live in Hurt’s district, call any of his offices and/or email/talk to anyone to whom you think he might listen. If you live in Brat’s or Goodlatte’s districts, call them and let them know you appreciated their NO vote on TAA the last time; and to hold firm on that position. You need to ensure that theirs (ESPECIALLY Goodlattee’s) aren’t two of the votes that get changed by Boehner’s current arm-twisting!!!! If none of the three above is your congressman, then find out how he/she previously voted on TAA and take the appropriate action.
In summary, to me this feels a lot like the 2010 struggle to pass Obamacare all over again — only this time it is the blankety-blank Republicans that are trying to ram this through congress, not the Democrats!! If this legislation gets passed, it will likely ruin any hope of a near-term recovery of the American economy — not to mention giving Obama even more unilateral power to circumvent existing immigration law and grant amnesty/visas to more foreigners!
Oh, and don’t forget “climate change”: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/06/obama_admits_that_climate_change_will_be_in_obamatrade.html#ixzz3cMjmlCbt
The FedGov released its unemployment propaganda for May 2015 showing a slight uptick in the unemployment rate from 5.4% to 5.5% with 280,000 jobs created.
At Forbes, a cautiously optimistic tone:
Currently 8.7 million Americans are unemployed. At issue for months, however, has been the large percentage of people who are working part-time not by choice but because they had no better option. The U-6 rate, which measures under-employment, came in at 10.8% in May unchanged from a month earlier but down from 12.1% a year earlier. “These are elevated numbers compared to what a normal labor market looks like but they are declining rapidly.” says Robin Anderson, senior economist Principal Global Investors
FedGov calculations still don’t really show the true picture of employment in America. They don’t answer this question:
Ignoring all demographics, who is in the wagon versus who is pulling the wagon?
How many people are working as a percent of all the people in the United States? Here’s the trend…
After a dismal 2014, the rate is struggling to rise back to the levels of 2013. There was little change in the labor force number this month, so while 280,000 jobs is a good headline, only 289,000 net jobs have been added since the beginning of the year.
At the end of Clinton’s administration, over 50% of the population in America were in the labor force! That number stayed mostly the same and then increased through through the early parts of 2007. That percentage has decreased since the beginning of 2007 and is now down by fully 2%. You’re welcome to comment below as to what happened in early 2007 to turn the trend around.
In today’s numbers, that’s a reduction of almost 6,000,000 jobs.
Below is the percentage of change from month-to-month
Labor Force Data from bls.gov:
Population Estimate from census.gov
Things won’t get better in this country until millions more people are pulling the wagon!
Dear Missouri Senator,
It’s been interesting as the debate has raged on Right To Work that Union Members and Bosses have felt comfortable fighting against a “Right”… …the right of an employer and employee to define the terms of their association.
I support the workers’ right to form a union, but I do not support special legislation that tells workers that they must join the union, have their dues used to benefit a political party, and see their labors used to enrich union bosses.
The worker must be allowed to exercise the right of free association with the employer (notice I didn’t say “given the right”). The union fights to take away that right.
That’s why I call it the Freedom To Work instead. Imagine all those bumper stickers that say “Right To Work Wrong For Missouri” now saying “Freedom To Work Wrong For Missouri”. That would make the most apolitical Missourian cock their head and raise an eyebrow.
Please vote YES on Right To Work. Make the state of Missouri attractive to businesses, so we don’t have to run back to Jeff City for more special sessions to create the Boeing Bribe!
In some states, like Indiana, union membership has increased after Freedom To Work has become law.
The bottom line is this question: If unions are so great, why do we need a law that forces people to join?
Thanks and please vote Yes!
It’s an admonishment you’ve heard dozens of times. Dr. Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787 and was met by a woman who asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Dr. Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Do you feel like we’re losing the republic?
I’ve investigated a dozen different school districts from Denver to Richmond, and at the earliest of ages (kindergarten and first grade), our children are being indoctrinated into the false teaching that America is a Constitutional Democracy. Of course, they want to say “Constitutional Democracy” since the vast majority of educrats are liberals and Democrats… …and Democracy sounds like Democrats. A republic, well, sounds like those ‘evil Republicans’.
Our Constitution and Freedoms are under constant attack, and even after we gave the Republicans all the power they need to stop the out-of-control spending, force massive reduction in the size of the Federal Government, and enjoin it to live within the confines of the document which they swore an oath to defend, the train continues full-steam towards the edge of the cliff.
What do we do?
We save the republic.
Ask Thomas Jefferson…
“I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their controul with a wholsome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. this is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” [sic]
The people have given up control of the ultimate powers of the society. It’s time to take it back. And, citizens across the nation are doing just that.
What have you done to Keep The Republic?
Isn’t it about time YOU did something?
Join other patriots throughout May, June and July in training to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to articulate your desire to make the policy changes necessary to restore our governments to their proper roles! Current liberty-minded civics training only teaches theory. This is application training, practical exercises, and instruction to turn you into a Citizen Lobbyist with the skills to affect the direction of your local government as well as state and federal government.
Take the classes, join your local team, and get busy about Keeping The Republic!
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From Aaron Moyer
You may have already heard about this, but in case you haven’t, I think it’s WAY too important not to share. If you have already heard about it, then my apologies for the repetition.
As many of you know, I’m a regular listener to Mark Levin’s syndicated radio program. Unfortunately, I’m usually a few days late in listening to his broadcasts because the only time I have to listen to him is when I play his recent podcasts during my local commutes. (That’s why this email is a few days late.) On his 2/26/15 radio broadcast, Mark interviewed a lady named Susan Payne — who is apparently also a less well known radio talk-show host in some local community. From that interview, I learned a number of important facts surrounding the current uproar over Obama’s quasi-legalization of illegal immigrants. Among those are the following:
1. Contrary to what is generally portrayed by the mainstream media, Obama never signed an Executive Order in November of last year on this subject. Instead, he signed an “Executive Memorandum”; and this set up a “Task Force of New Americans”.
2. The “Task Force of New Americans” has a representative of each of Obama’s 16 Cabinet members; and this means that all areas of the federal government are being given their “marching orders” regarding the implementation of Obama’s plan for legalization of illegal immigrants.
3. The number of illegal immigrants expected to “come out of the shadows” is really 13 to 15 million — not the 5 million that has routinely been reported!!
4. These 13 to 15 million people will be considered “seedlings” in their communities; and one of the charters for “Task Force of New Americans” is to ensure that these “seedlings” end up in “fertile ground” and are “properly cultivated” to ensure that this latest effort will totally reshape American society!! In essence, the purpose of Obama’s latest effort is to “conquer” America from within!!
If you haven’t already heard this interview, I believe it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that you do so. Please click on the link below to read a short article about this information; and listen to the 9.5-minute audio clip of Mark’s interview with Susan Payne. It is truly stunning and chilling information!!
If you have not yet recognized and/or acknowledged that America is at the precipice and looking into the abyss, this should remove all doubt!! PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE WHO YOU THINK WILL LISTEN!!
Finally, if you want to keep up with the information regularly provided by Mark Levin on his radio show, you can do that here: http://www.marklevinshow.com/ dailyrecap
By Mary Byrne
As a member of the Social Studies 6-12 Academic Standards Work Group constituted by HB 1490, I’d like to applaud Representative Swan’s recognition of the need for ensuring students in Missouri understand their history and responsibility as American citizens in our republican form of government; and offer a recommendation to achieve a better educated Missouri student without high stakes testing in citizenship.
HB 578 Section 170.345.3 states,
. . . “The test required under subsection 2 of this section shall use the same one
10 hundred questions used by the USCIS that are administered to applicants for United States
11 citizenship. In order to receive a passing score on the test, the student shall answer at least
12 sixty of the one hundred questions correctly.
As you are aware, Arizona passed a similar bill, and in fact, a national organization, Campaign for Civic Mission of Schools (CCMS), is promoting similar legislation throughout the country. CCMS is partnered with Pearson, a testing corporation that profits from increased testing in schools. The goal is worthy of your attention, however, you may not be aware of background information that, when explained, will support what should be a substantive, long-term alternative to a potentially expensive, high-stakes test.
(1) Please note the unintended negative effects of the testing approach to assuring good citizenship discussed by Peter Levine, associate dean for research at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service:
“Requiring students to pass the citizenship exam will reduce both the amount and the quality of civic education in our schools. The test is easy. You can see all the questions and answers in advance and just memorize the right choices. If passing this exam comes to be seen as adequate preparation for citizenship, schools will notice that their students can pass after cramming for a couple of hours. They will cut their semester-long civics courses as unnecessary preparation. They will prefer to dedicate that semester to math or science, which involve much more sophisticated and challenging tests.
Requiring the citizenship exam would make sense if our students didn’t already study civics or face tests. It would establish a floor, a minimal level of competence. But more than 90% of recent high school graduates have spent a semester in a civics course, and most have also spent a year on U.S. history. Their teachers gave them tests. In many states http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/state-civic-ed/index.html, they also faced a standardized test on civics or social studies. Then why do so many adults fail basic questions about the U.S. political system? Because we have forgotten what we learned in civics class. Too often, the subject wasn’t inspiring or challenging and didn’t build habits of following and discussing the news. The problem with civics is not that we fail to teach it. The problem is that civics is often viewed as a set of disconnected facts, not as a challenging and inspiring subject that will continue to interest us after high school. Arizona’s measure requiring that students pass the citizenship test will make that problem worse. The citizenship exam requires, for instance, that you know that “27 http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html” is the correct answer when you’re asked how many constitutional amendments have been passed. You don’t need to understand reasons for or against those amendments, or have any sense of why they were important. A month after students pass this test, they will forget the number 27. But they might retain the message that being a good citizen is a matter of memorizing some random information. That seems like an excellent way to turn people off. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/02/08/citizenship-civics-social-studies-editorials-debates/23088621/
(2) No Child Left Behind and it’s testing requirements for federal funding is at least partially responsible for emphasizing two academic subject areas, mathematics and English, while relegating knowledge and skills in history and government to the periphery of K-12 instruction. No state level legislation mandating a 100-question citizenship test will correct the neglect of teaching our children about their history and government in a meaningful way. (See Imperiling the Republic http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/imperiling-the-republic-the-fate-of-u-s-history-instruction-under-common-core/)
(3) Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, Missourians have been misinformed about their government. When the social studies standards were developed, Marc Tucker’s National Center on Education and the Economy, a Carnegie-funded non-governmental organization in Washington, DC provided consultation. The Show-Me Social Studies Standards (See Appendix A attached) expect students to know that the U.S. is a constitutional democracy. Though familiarity with the U.S. Constitution is included in the body of the social studies standards, even teachers are not familiar with Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, . . . ” Thomas Jefferson said, our form of government was a democratical republic — the emphasis being a republic is representative form of government, rather than a democracy. A most disturbing cause for this misinformation and incorrect teaching of American students about American form of government can be traced to the Carnegie-funded publication of the American Historical Association. (See Report of the Commission of Social Studies (see highlighted sections), and Contrarians Chapter 1 attached). Similar misinformation is perpetuated in the College Board’s newly revised AP American History course. (See President of the National Association of Scholars, Peter Wood’s discussion of the misinformation in AP History http://www.nas.org/articles/the_new_ap_history_a_preliminary_reportand http://www.nas.org/articles/update_on_ap_us_history) Again, no state level legislation mandating a 100-question citizenship test will correct the neglect of teaching our children about their history and government in a truthful and meaningful way.
The Missouri State Board of Education is, at least partially, responsible for ongoing dissemination of misinformation and promulgating sub-standard social studies standards. I am aware of at least one former Missouri school board member who on three occasions contacted the state board of education to put a correction of the standards on the board agenda; however, the correction was never made. I am also aware of another Missouri citizen who contacted DESE about the error, but no remedy was offered. Only in 2015, due to pressure from legislators, instigated by questions from the academic standards work groups in social studies, has the state board made an effort to correct the error of identifying the American form of government as a constitutional democracy. (See January State Board of Ed. agenda — SocStudAcademicStandards attached)
Attached is a Thomas B. Fordham Institute report rating Missouri’s Show-Me Social Studies Standards with an F.(see SOSS MO attached) Although the method of review was not rigorous by research-method standards, competent professionals in history reviewing Missouri’s social studies standards gave them a very poor rating indeed. It should be evident that teaching Missouri’s students using high standards for knowledge and skills in history, government, and American citizenship throughout their K-12 education will produce more substantive and lasting competence for participation in America’s exceptional form of government than the test required in the bill.
(4) Also of note is that coursework in American history, government, and civics is not expected in the liberal arts education of postsecondary education program. If America is to cultivate well-educated leaders for future service in our government (which is the purpose of publically funded education as per our Missouri Constitution Article IX, Section 1a), state boards of education must ensure that a liberal arts education includes substantive study of the unique history and structure of our American government. (Losing America’s Memory attached).
Conclusion: Though HB 578 is well-intended, the requirement to make high school graduation contingent on a test for assessment knowledge of citizenship will not likely achieve the intended goal; and potentially has unknown costs to school districts as students take the test multiple times to get a passing score.
Recommendations for improving Missouri students’ knowledge and competence in citizenship are:
1. development of social studies standards that expect accurate and factual knowledge as well as competence in research skills from K through 12; and
2. work to reduce federal intrusion in state education testing and develop statewide testing that emphasizes history and civics throughout grades K-12 along with reading, math, and science;
3. exit from College Board’s AP course in American history which omits important information about events and values that are the foundation of American liberty and government;
4. postsecondary coursework in American history and government for a liberal arts education of all postsecondary undergraduates.
I am pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding my testimony. Thank you for your consideration of this information.
Mary Byrne, Ed.D.
Please be aware that Pearson, a testing and publishing corporation, is a major influence in promoting legislation that will increase testing (especially multiple opportunities of testing, which increases the cost to school districts)
Pearson partners with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, an organization promoting the national campaign for high stakes testing in citizenship