Heritage Morning Bell Points Out The Obama Administration’s Hypocrisy On Education Reform

President Obama has not been a friend of school choice.  One of his first acts as president was to let the D.C. voucher program lose it’s funding.  Instead of giving more control to parents and local school boards, his administration has pushed to consolidate control over curriculum to the U.S. Department of Education.  Thankfully, the Heritage Foundation took time to point this out:

How can Obama possibly call this “heartbreaking” when one of his first acts as President was to snatch winning lottery spots from Washington, D.C. school children? Specifically, Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent letters to 216 low-income families informing them that he was taking back the $7,500 in scholarship money that the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program had previously awarded them. Yesterday on NBC’s TODAY Show, Obama admitted that daughters Sasha and Malia deserve better than D.C. public schools — that’s the reason he sends them to a tony private school with other Washington elites. So then why is Obama blocking other kids from the same opportunity?

Supreme Court Rules 2nd Amendment Actually Means What It Says

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the language of the 2nd Amendment means that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense no matter where they live.  This strikes down bans on handguns in places like D.C. and Chicago where the legislation had been tied up in the court system.

For reference, this is what the 2nd Amendment says:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Did You Get Your Money’s Worth Out Of Congress This Week?

What You Paid
This week, taxpayers spent roughly $46 million on Congress
Salaries of Members of Congress and their allowances/week:
Speaker of the House: $223,500/52 = $4,299
House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders: ($193,400/52) x 4 = $14,877
Other Representatives and Senators: ($174,000/52) x 530 = $1,773,462
Money allocated for House (sans member salaries): $1.369 billion/52 = $26,326,923
Money allocated for Senate (sans member salaries): $926 million/52 = $17,807,692
What You Got
House of Representatives:
The House passed six bills. The bills are described by the House Clerk’s Office as the following:
1)Expressing condolences to the families of the victims of the February 27, 2010, earthquake in Chile, as well as solidarity with and support for the people of Chile as they plan for recovery and reconstruction
2)Commemorating the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the role that it played in ensuring the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
3)Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act
4)Recognizing the plight of people with albinism in East Africa and condemning their murder and mutilation
5)Honoring John E. Warnock, Charles M. Geschke, Forrest M. Bird, Esther Sans Takeuchi, and IBM Corporation for receiving the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation
6)Congratulating Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith for being awarded the Nobel Prize in physics
The Senate passed legislation to extend certain expiring tax provisions, four months after the House passed the bill in December.

Eagle Forum Honors Alabama’s First Lady With Full-time Homemaker of the Year Award

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Eagle Forum Honors Alabama’s First Lady With Fulltime Homemaker of the Year Award

On Tuesday night, October 13, 2009 Eagle Forum of Alabama honored Mrs. Patsy Riley, wife of Governor Bob Riley, with the Eagle Forum Fulltime Homemaker of the Year Award.  This award is presented annually to a fulltime homemaker who raised her family on a single income earned by her husband in the traditional family pattern.  Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly was in town to present the award. “Eagle Forum is proud to have the chance to honor Mrs. Patsy Riley. She is exactly the type of wife and mother who is the mainstay of the family and the hope of America’s future,” said Mrs. Schlafly.

The event took place the home of Judge Mark and Jean Anderson on Myrtlewood Drive in Montgomery, AL.  Hosting the event were: The Honorable Spencer Bachus, Sen. and Mrs. Richard Shelby, Mr. and Mrs. Tim James, Mr. and Mrs. Bowen Hill, Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Holding, The Honorable Kay Ivey, Rep. and Mrs. Jay Love , Mr. and Mrs. Richard Madison, Judge and Mrs. James Allen Main, Mrs. Martha Roby, Mr. and Mrs. J. Streeter Wiatt, Jr., Judge and Mrs. Reese McKinney, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ficken, Judge and Mrs. Phillip W. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. John Bell (Stephanie), Mr. and Mrs. Dick Brewbaker, Mrs. Carol Brewbaker, Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Cavanaugh (Twinkle), Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peters, Sen. and Mrs. Jeff Sessions, Cong. and Mrs. Mike Rogers, and Judge Kelli Wise.


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