Last week, our President took a “victory lap” touting the new Census report on income and poverty in America. Barack had the temerity to take credit for $2 a gallon gasoline. He actually said out loud to a crowd of supporters, “Thank you, Obama.” There has never been a president who has done more to decapitate the oil and gas industry that gave us low gas prices.
[Source: No Thank You, Obama, by Stephen Moore]
He went on to take credit for a rise in incomes for middle-class families. Indeed, they rose by an impressive 5 percent in 2015. He failed, however, to mention that American incomes are lower today (adjusted for inflation) than they were in 2007. The Obama “recovery” still hasn’t made up the lost ground from a recession that ended seven years ago – the first time since the Great Depression. Wow, Mr. President, take another bow!
American primary and secondary education are in a shambles. The people this hurts most are those at the bottom of the income ladder. Liberal “ideas” of education punish those they take credit for helping.
[Source: Cruelty to Black Students, by Walter E. Williams]
[From the Williams article] A very large percentage of all incoming freshmen have no business being admitted to college. According to College Board’s 2015 report, the average combined SAT score for white students was 1576 out of a possible 2400. Black student SAT scores, at 1277, were the lowest of the seven reported racial groups … The College Board considers an SAT score of 1550 as the benchmark that indicates a readiness for college-level work. Only 32 percent of white students scored at or above proficient in math, and just 7 percent of black students did. Forty-six percent of white test takers scored proficient in reading, and 17 percent of blacks did. The ACT, another test used for admission to college, produced similar results. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reports, in an article titled “A Major Crisis in College Readiness for Black Students,” that 34 percent of whites who took the ACT were deemed college-ready in all four areas — English, mathematics, reading and science. For blacks, it was only 6 percent.
Liberals are only succeeding at making themselves feel good about admission policies. Their notions do no good for students completely unprepared.
Do you remember when Hillary Clinton promised that she would give no special treatment to Clinton Foundation donors? That was back when she was undergoing her confirmation hearings to be confirmed as secretary of state back in 2009. If you believe that I have a bridge for sale that you might want to buy. Sarah Westwood at The Washington Examiner found that almost 40 percent of Clinton’s advisory appointments were to donors to her nonprofit.
[Source: 40 Percent Of Hillary Clinton’s Advisory Appointments At State Were To Foundation Donors, by Matt Vespa]
I am “oh so happy to be a Californian.” What has the Democrat Party concocted for us poor Californians? The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual Crime in the United States report today. The final report confirms that California’s crime increase in 2015 was substantially worse than the changes in the nation as a whole, according to the Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.
For the nation as a whole, the violent crime rate increased 3.0%, while California’s rate increased two and a half times as much, 7.6%. (All rates are reported as number of crimes per 100,000 population.) The property crime rate for the nation as a whole declined 3.4%, while California’s increased 7.2%. That is, California’s net change in property crime rate was 10.6% greater than the nation as a whole.
Have a nice day!