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A Seven-Year-Old Looks at the Office of President

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On Friday, my seven-year-old granddaughter came home from school with a long face.  “Grandmother,” she said, “is there any way a kid like me could talk to someone who could get the president to change a law?”

“The president can’t change laws, honey,” I replied.  “Only Congress can do that.”

“Well, who could I talk to about changing a bad law?”

“What law is that?” I enquired.

“The one that won’t let kids vote for president.”

“If you could vote, how would you go about deciding who would make the best president?” I asked.   Read the rest of this entry »

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October 1st, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The Kitchen Gestapo

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The verdict is in:  Michelle Obama’s school lunch program is about as popular and cost-effective as her husband’s “unAffordable Care Act”  and much more wasteful.

Doubtful?  Just look in the garbage cans at your local public school cafeteria.  A new report from the General Accounting Office confirms that the new standards for the school lunch championed by the first lady have not only been a nightmare for officials responsible for planning the menus and sourcing the food, but they have resulted in higher costs and much more waste.

In short:  students won’t eat the food.  Contrary to the popular belief perpetrated by liberals promoting the nanny state, hunger is not a problem in the United States.  Those who have spent time in third world countries where it is will tell you that hungry children will eat anything that is put before them. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 7th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Ten Best Conservative New Year’s Resolutions

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Feeling a little guilty because you were caught up in the holiday rush and failed to make New Year’s resolutions?   It’s not too late.   January is a time to reassess, revitalize and invest in some worthwhile habits that will improve your life and the lives of those around you.

Many of my conservative friends tell me they have stopped watching the news.  It’s just too depressing.  With Obama as president, liberals in control of the Senate and Republican leaders in the House quaking in their boots, it looks as if the country will continue to decline as we complete the long, slow march toward socialism.  Can anything stop it?  Many conservatives have just given up. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 15th, 2014 at 5:30 am

D-Day for Parental Rights

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In the military, “D-Day” is the coded designation of an important invasion or military operation.  The term also has been used to mark the timing for a landmark event or decision.

Such a day is coming for a homeschooling family, the Romeikes, who fled religious persecution in Germany five years ago and are fighting to remain in this country.   It is also a D-Day for the protection of individual rights of every U.S. citizen

The clock now is ticking for the Romeikes and for the Obama Administration which has been ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association to hear an appeal in the Romeikes’ deportation case.  The deadline is December 19. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 4th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

The “Core” Problem in Education

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One of the biggest mistakes of President Ronald Reagan was his failure to deliver on a promise to abolish the federal Department of Education.  

When you hear someone mention that today, he or she is regarded as a complete nincompoop, who has little regard for children. 

Most people don’t remember life before the federal Department of Education.  It was created in 1979 by Jimmy Carter and we did quite well without it. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 5th, 2013 at 5:00 pm


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