Keep Alabama Curriculum Decisions In Alabama

Keep Alabama Curriculum Decisions In Alabama

Who decides what Alabama students learn? Alabama has operated for years with a state standards adoption process that facilitates input from parents, citizens and educators into what is taught in our classrooms. On November 18th the State Board of Education will be asked to change all that and adopt national standards, which are called Common […]

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Administration’s Policies Perpetuating Our Dependence On Foreign Oil

Administration’s Policies Perpetuating Our Dependence On Foreign Oil

Little known fact: We have a significant amount of oil here in the United States.  Why then, are we totally dependent on foreign oil?  Political and regulatory roadblocks prevent oil producers from drilling domestically.  After the tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama imposed a moratorium on offshore drilling.  While that […]

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U.K. Makes Big Strides In Cutting Spending, Shrinking Government

U.K. Makes Big Strides In Cutting Spending, Shrinking Government

David Cameron and the Tory government are taking some steps to combat the U.K’s growing fiscal crisis.  The leadership in Washington D.C. needs to pay close attention, because our own financial stability isn’t much better.  We are currently $13,671,762,349,912.56 in debt and it’s growing by the minute.  Spending cuts are going to be a necessity, […]

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Unfunded Pension Liabilities Are A Growing Problem Nationwide

Unfunded Pension Liabilities Are A Growing Problem Nationwide

David Brooks highlights the budget problems states are facing due to unfunded pension liabilities: New Jersey can’t afford to build its tunnel, but benefits packages for the state’s employees are 41 percent more expensive than those offered by the average Fortune 500 company. These benefits costs are rising by 16 percent a year. New York […]

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Waxman Net Neutrality Bill Fails Due To Lack of Republican Support

Waxman Net Neutrality Bill Fails Due To Lack of Republican Support

I’ve previously written on the issue of net neutrality, i.e.- government takeover of the internet, and its cooling effect on free speech.  Congress recently had a chance to stop this power grab by the FCC, but failed to come together on the issue.  Rep. Henry Waxman introduced a bill that would have expressly prohibited the […]

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A Taxpayer Receipt

A Taxpayer Receipt

What did your tax dollars pay for?  The Atlantic has posted a taxpayer receipt for someone earning $34,140 and paying $5,400 in federal income tax and FICA: Every American taxpayer should get one of these….

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Alabama Must Deal With The Coming Pension Crisis

Alabama Must Deal With The Coming Pension Crisis

Update:  ATR’s Joshua Culling and Stateline.org point out that pension problems have been a popular topic of conversation on the gubernatorial campaign trail across the U.S.  Both Alabama gubernatorial candidates have acknowledged the problem and agree that something will have to be done. States across the union, already faced with a steep decline in revenues, […]

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Public Schools Are Failing…Could Complete Privatization Be The Answer?

Public Schools Are Failing…Could Complete Privatization Be The Answer?

David Warren argues that privatization is precisely the answer to our epidemic of failing schools.  He points out that the concept of public education has long been engrained in the minds of Americans, but it didn’t start out that way.  In fact, the Constitution says nothing about public education… In the case of education, we […]

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'Waiting For Superman' Not What We've Been Waiting For?

'Waiting For Superman' Not What We've Been Waiting For?

Neal McCluskey points out the producers of Waiting For Superman have their own agenda, beyond charter schools. Unfortunately, Waiting for “Superman” doesn’t just seem to want to make people wait for good schools by promoting charter schools and not full choice. On its “take action” website, it prominently promotes the very opposite of parent empowerment: Uniform, government-imposed, national standards for every […]

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Ethics Reform Should Be A Priority For Alabama Legislators

Ethics Reform Should Be A Priority For Alabama Legislators

Alabama’s ethics law was last updated in 1992.  Since then, we’ve had multiple legislators indicted, and reportedly one of the largest investigations into public corruption in the country. The BGA Integrity Index ranks Alabama 4th in the nation in terms of public corruption.  If ever there was a need for ethics reform, Alabama has it. […]

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