USA's economy hangs on a strong infrastructure. Infrastructure drives productivity. But USA's infrastructure is crumbling around us. Why? Repairing and modernizing costs money. Where can Congress find the money without increasing the National Debt? Charter an Infrastructure Bank --
America imports 91 percent more from China than it exports to China.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump are all campaigning on a promise to produce jobs – lots of jobs. But none of them have explained how they are going to do it. Maybe we should elect ABC News' David Muir? Unlike all the leading Presidential candidates, he understands that a dynamic economy is a balance of consumption and production!
In 1970 a high school diploma implied that the graduate had mastered basic arithmetic, could read and write a coherent paragraph demonstrating comprehension of what they'd read and possessed some knowledge of basic science. Maybe not enough to be admitted to Harvard or UC Berkeley but certainly enough to begin to build a middle class life – an auto mechanic, building trades apprentice, chef, miner, farmer, police officer, fireman, US military member or factory worker. Fast forward to 2016 there are still hundreds of careers that can be built on a 1970s high school education including new careers like network administrator or computer programmer -- jobs that pay +/- $70K or more a year – after only about a year of technical training. The problem is that a high school diploma in 2016 does not require the same mastery of basic math, English, science and civics as it did in 1970.
The more goods and services Americans buy from fellow Americans the faster the economy grows. This domestically fueled growth makes our economy less vulnerable to international economic pressures.
It is farcical to believe that it is possible to secure any of the nation's borders as long as the rewards of illegal entry – the "anchor baby" at the end of the rainbow -- outweigh the risks posed by the US Border Patrol, TSA, or Customs and Enforcement.
Can you imagine conducting a performance review in an auditorium full of the employee's peers? Neither can I - but that is the net effect the Fair Pay Act would have.
The State Legislature and the Governor have banded together to do a favor for the California Teachers Association (CTA). The Governor is expected to sign legislation that would end student performance testing - no academic achievement testing (API) and no school performance evaluations.
Over the last 40 years instead of nurturing our students, we’ve been nurturing our teachers unions. Albert Shanker, American Federated Teachers (AFT) President 1974-1998, is reputed to have declared "when schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children”. Teachers’ union dues became a guarantee of job security regardless of performance.
There is absolutely NO reason to keep testing the proficiency of our students year after year if the results do not lead to reform.