Whether you are concerned or not by the failure of federal government leaders to avoid $85 billion in funding cuts, the long-term worry is the relationship between the ruling political parties.
President Barack Obama played a lot of cards in public to push the Republican Party leadership to compromise and avoid the cuts. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the president couldn’t reach a deal.
While the cuts get ready to settle in and impact various areas of government and employment, the situation will not be permanent where the financial picture is concerned. But that may be another story in the relationship between Democrats and Republicans.
The age of polarization seems to have no end in sight in Washington. The inability of lawmakers to reach compromises is hurting the confidence of the American public and business and industry leaders. No wonder the economy can’t get out of the ditch.
While those who inhabit the halls of government inside the Beltway continue to stand by party principles, which most people see as unimportant, the public sees an increasingly chilling scene. Where is leadership? Where is concern for the plight of a job-starved nation?
The failures in Washington in recent years have been plentiful, and both Democrats and Republicans are to blame. The extremist views that have taken over the parties do not allow compromise. ...
Americans are feeling insecure. The politicians should remember that their parties are only a vehicle to gain election, not a mandate to impose fanatical views on a diverse nation.
Would anyone in their right mind want the Alabama Legislature to have control over our children’s education?
A bill now before both the House and Senate would wrest control of curriculum standards from our State Board of Education, giving the Legislature final say over any statewide school standards.
This boneheaded bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Barton, R- Mobile, and Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, was inspired by fear that the Common Core State Standards for curriculum will somehow give President Barack Obama dominion over our children’s souls. But the standards were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and they’ve been adopted by 45 states.
An effort to make America’s students more competitive with students abroad, the standards were embraced by Alabama a few years ago, after rigorous vetting by our State Board of Education. They are strongly supported by our state superintendent of education, Tommy Bice.
These are the people entrusted with the education of our children. By the way, the chambers of commerce in Montgomery, Huntsville, Mobile and Birmingham fear this legislation will derail the recruitment of industry to Alabama. Let our educators educate our children, and let Barton and Brewbaker find other bogeymen to chase.
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