The United States ranks 27th in math, 20th in science, 17th in educational performance, 24th in literacy, 54th in education expenditures (as % of GDP), 15th in college graduation rates, and 18th in reading against the rest of the world. Our homes and classrooms lack infrastructure capabilities as the US ranks 33rd in internet speeds and access. There was a recent study of the top 14 countries in the world polling high school students against current events and country demographics with
Some of Hillary Clinton’s liberal or Democratic opponents worry that she is too polarizing and her favorability ratings too low for her to be a good general election candidate. I felt the same way in 2008 when I cast my primary vote for Barack Obama. I wanted someone who would help bridge the divide in American politics. But if I’ve learned anything over the past seven years, it’s that the Republican Party will do or say just about anything to take
On Sunday Chris Wallace called out Ted Cruz for his blatant distortions of fact. Cruz continued with his Obamacare-doomsday rhetoric, which has no foundation in fact or basic logic. Even Fox News was uncomfortable with Cruz’s distortions, and Chris Wallace finally called them out. Here is the transcript: WALLACE: I want to drill down into Cruz-care, because there is a statement you made about Obamacare that has gotten a lot of attention since the debate. Here it is. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
Conservatism in America is dying, thankfully. I am not referring to the iconic conservative beliefs of Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole, who found success in compromise and concession. Compassionate conservatism will always be ingrained in our political system. I am talking about the mangled attempt to push the electorate to the extreme right under the guise of conservatism. The latter is being fueled by fear and misinformation wrapped in a blanket of a disingenuous allegiance to the Constitution. Conservatism as
At a recent family gathering, one of my ultra conservative relatives lamented how Washington is broken and does not do the people’s will. She added that she could not stand Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, citing his friendship with the late Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. She was flabbergasted that a Utah conservative like Senator Hatch could befriend the Liberal Lion of the Senate.
Watching the Republican debate the other night provided quite a spectacle for viewers. Donald Trump calling into question Ted Cruz’s birthright might be the greatest moment of debate theater this election cycle. Even more amusing was Ted Cruz’s response, twisting Constitutional interpretation to include parents of “natural born” citizens, calling out Trump’s eligibility (and several other GOP candidates). As much as I would enjoy watching SCOTUS back Cruz’s bizarre interpretation, the whole issue is trivial at best. Voters shouldn’t vote
Most Americans have probably heard that there are over 30,000 gun deaths per year in the U.S. When confronted with that fact, opponents of gun safety law reform are quick to point out that approximately two thirds of that number are suicides (and they are correct). Their argument tacitly suggests that gun deaths by suicide are not preventable and therefore cannot be used to argue for new gun laws.
One of my nieces is 16 years old and attends a local high school in Utah. Her world is centered on books and boys and her free time revolves around extracurricular activities driven by a care-free attitude every kid should enjoy. I have a nephew who is enrolled in college and enjoys any time away from his studies hanging with friends and creating memories that will last a life time. My wife stays at home and raises our four daughters,
As a Democrat, it’s hard not to watch the current GOP primary debacle and smile with a certain sense of optimism. Democrats are poised for a strong election cycle, gaining back territory that was lost as a result of low voter turnout in 2014. With the unemployment hovering around 5%, gas prices at $2.00, uninsured Americans at the lowest level in decades, and the economy pacing upward in a consistent manner, Democrats are ready to continue their leadership in 2016.
Following the federal unemployment numbers the “Hope and Change” statistics have been updated. Some interesting changes: Although the unemployment rate did not change, the U-6 number declined from July which is positive news. For those unfamiliar with the U-6 number, it discounts part-time workers and seasonal employees. Housing prices are rising faster than 4.1 percent in many parts of the country but the growth has not translated across the national number. The annual deficit has again been positively adjusted down by