Thursday, June 5, 2014

Why are there more scandals these days?

The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 5, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
“I’m not young enough to know everything,” Oscar Wilde observed, as if reflecting on the Great Commencement Speaker Flap of 2014. However, Jimi Hendrix was young when he offered advice that today’s college students should heed — “knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” Unmindful that earned wisdom is derived from asking the right questions — not identifying the wrong answers — too many students graduate into a complex and conflict-riddled world without the insights that come from the clash of opposing viewpoints. Is it surprising then, that so many intractable problems plague our society, like military veterans dying from government-provided health care?
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Obamacare Hits Academia, Hard!

Campus Report ^ | June 3, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
They were among the biggest cheerleaders for Obamacare: Now they are learning, the hard way, that the predictions of the law’s naysayers are largely coming true. For example, Obamacare’s enthusiasts mostly dismissed the warnings of analysts who predicted skyrocketing health care costs once the law went into effect. Flash forward. “Faculty leaders will push the Board of Trustees to add at least $1 million to the University’s budget to cover more employee health care costs after two years of skyrocketing out-of-pocket payments,” Mary Ellen McIntire reported in the GW Hatchet on May 12, 2014. “The Faculty Senate blasted administrators for cutting about 10 percent in funding for the University’s health care benefits over the last four years.” “Meanwhile, health care costs for employees rose nearly 25 percent since 2012.” The GW Hatchet is the student newspaper at George Washington University. Meanwhile, too, teachers’ unions may have lustily cheered Obamacare’s passage but school districts are now struggling to comply with its mandates. Many of the thousand or so waivers that the Obama Administration granted various entities to delay implementation of the law went to school districts. Now that they’ve run out, these districts are in full panic mode. Mark Benigni, superintendant of the Meriden Public Schools in central Connecticut testified before Congress last year on the law’s impact. “Are we supposed to lay off full-time teachers so that we can provide insurance coverage to part-time employees?” Benigni asked the U. S. House of Representatives Education & the Workforce Committee. “If I had to cut five reading teachers to pay for benefits for substitute teachers, I’m not sure that would be best for our students.” “Benigni told ASBJ that he is sympathetic to the law’s intent of expanding health insurance coverage and improving the health of all Americans, particularly the poor,” Lawrence Hardy reported in the American School Board Journal. “But there is no denying the potential impact on his district.”

Bergdahl release a richly deserved political and PR catastrophe for Obama!

Coach is Right ^ | 6/5/14 | Jim Emerson
After approximately five years of captivity, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only American held prisoner by the Taliban, was released to the United States military in Afghanistan. The Taliban (Haqqani) agreed to return Bergdahl in exchange for five Afghan terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay. The agreement was negotiated in and mediated by Qatar. Obama ignored the nation’s longtime policy of not negotiating with terrorists in order to obtain Bergdahl’s release. In the deal, Qatar will take custody of the freed Taliban prisoners. Feeling confident that he knocked other scandals out of the headlines, Obama took his victory lap by pronouncing that the return of Bergdahl “is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.” Excluding Mexico, that is. Of course those left behind in Benghazi were NOT...
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