Education in America – Day of Reconing is Coming

It is time for a reckoning when it comes to the education of America’s students. An article from NPR states “In mathematics, 29 nations and other jurisdictions outperformed the United States by a statistically significant margin, up from 23 three years ago,” reports Education Week. “In science, 22 education systems scored above the U.S. average, up from 18 in 2009.”

In reading, 19 other locales scored higher than U.S. students — a jump from nine in 2009, when the last assessment was performed.

The top overall scores came from Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Macao and Japan, followed by Lichtenstein, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Estonia.

The math scores of students in Shanghai showed that they are “the equivalent of over two years of formal schooling ahead of those observed in Massachusetts, itself a strong-performing U.S. state,” according to the study.”

I find this appalling considering the amount of money spent on education in this country. Why have we allowed this to happen. I think it comes down to one simple reason . . . Apathy!! This starts with parents, but we are all responsible. Doesn’t matter if we have children in school we should all rise up and challenge the status quo to improve the educational process. The young of today are the leaders, managers, scientists, accountants, entrepreneurs, business owners and workers of tomorrow. If we fail, and it seems we are right now, to give them the tools they need to step into these positions, then we fail this great nation and move it down on the scale of greatness.

Get involved, pay attention to what is going on in you community, county, and state when it comes to the education of our young people. If it is good let those in charge know. If it is bad do likewise. Bottom line is the “we the people” must no longer be apathetic about this subject.

Hope you have a SUPER Day and that God blesses you in a special way!!!

Memorial Day – 2014

Each year I search for something that will focus on our Country, our Troops and this Memorial Day holiday. This year this one just jumped out at me.

“America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.” ~ Allen Boyd

I believe that there are several things that we should all do this Memorial Day (and for that matter every day moving forward). First, when we pray we should include our Country and our Troops in that prayer. Second, remember all of our friends and family members that have served our Country in the past, let them know that you appreciate their protecting our freedom. And lastly, if you have a friend or family member, or if you see someone in uniform, a member of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy or Marine Corps, take a moment to thank them for their service and the sacrifices that they make to protect the Freedom of not only our great Country, but the world.

Over this past year we had a Grandson deployed in South Korea. We not only worried about him, but our son Bill and his wife Julia, along with Taylor’s sister Ashtin. It is hard on families when a love one is in the military. It is even harder when they are thousands of miles from home. We got to see and hear the worry and pain of not being able to see him firsthand. Brenda and I prayed unceasingly for him and our family. We prayed for him to be safe and for all his family to be comforted during this trying time. He has just returned from this duty station and is now in Ft. Benning Georgia attending Army Ranger School, so our prayers will continue for him and the family.

Rob, our daughter’s husband, retired at the end of 2013 from the US Coast Guard after 22 years of service. During the time he served he was stationed all over this great country, moving every 3 or so years. Before being assigned to his last boat he spent a year in Bahrain supporting our peace efforts in the Middle we get to view the sacrifices members of our military make first hand. Over his years of service we have had the privilege to see special things that the Grandchildren did that Rob missed because of his service to our country. Things like a first step, a smile or an accomplishment, things that have occurred in their lives that were of great importance, which those that chose to protect us and our great country do not get to see.

Our niece Cortney, who is in the Marines, is completing her training for an overseas deployment. My brother and the family are about to face having to deal with that. We are praying for her safety and security and for help and understanding for the family.

I also understand, as all of us must, that these are not isolated cases. There are thousands of families experiencing the same things every day. There are thousands of men and women that each day get up with one great mission before them; to defend the rights and freedoms that we each enjoy, to defend this great and wonderful land that we call AMERICA.

Let us not forget them or those in the past. Especially, let us not forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice for this Country and for freedom across the world. Make sure that each of them knows and that their families know that we appreciate what they do. Also, in all of this, please don’t forget the brave Police and Firemen of this country. I will always remember the vivid images of them rushing towards the Twin Towers on September 11, not away from the danger, but into it as they attempted to rescue those people inside the buildings.

I know as I celebrate this Memorial Day I will remember those that serve this country and the world, those that protect the freedoms that we all enjoy. With that I want to say a special THANK YOU to Rob, Taylor and Cortney and all of those that serve our country. Hopefully, you will do the same. May God bless them all and may God bless America!!



Quantitative Easing – Is it a problem?

Just something to think about. Quantitative Easing!! What you might ask is quantitative easing. It is a government program to print money and use it to buy up assets like long-term Treasury Notes and mortgages from banks. Now, think about this for a minute, the government prints money and then uses it to buy treasury notes which are issued by whom? Ready, by the government. This is supposed to lower interest rates and help lower unemployment. What it really seems to be doing is simply “bailing out” banks and other financial institutions. Oh, and driving the price of gold up. LOL

How much is this costing us and again where is the money coming from. Well, the Federal Reserve (AKA the Central Bank) has printing presses and plates that print money, so they print it as fast as they can. They then send it to the banks and financial institutions and receive back the treasury notes that they printed. This almost sounds like a ponzi scheme to me. Oh, how much money are they printing, 85 billion dollars a month. That is over 1 trillion dollars a year.

This is what is causing the stock market to do what it is doing and gold prices to stay high. From my view this appears to be unsustainable and will have to come to an end at some point. Think about this. You have been getting 85 billion dollars a month from the government and sending them back a treasury note that would have paid a little over 2% interest. Now one day the government decides they are no longer going to send you the 85 billion. Whoa, what am I to do? I have gotten use to that monthly stipend and now I am not getting it. What happens then? I don’t know, but I am sure that whatever happens will not be pretty and not be good for the economy.

Fix vs. Delay – ObamaCare

Just something to think about.  ObamaCare. When will the leader of our government realize that he cannot just change laws at his whim? It’s like, OK it doesn’t work, let ME change this and see if that fixes it. We once again have the Federal Government telling the states and insurance companies how to run their businesses. By the way, changing the law to force insurance companies to sell people the policies they cancelled is not a fix it is simply delaying the inevitable under this massive law. This is a given since under this “fix” (NOT) the same thing will happen at the end of 2014.

It should be intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer that ObamaCare is broken. That there are some parts of it that need to be changed. Maybe those that supposedly represent “we the people” could take the time to read it and make the changes necessary to make it actually work. For them that would be something really unique, given that some of them were so proud of the fact that they did not read it before passing it.

Health Care and Pants on Fire

Just something to think about. Health Care and everything that is not working about it. There is a hearing about it today. This is a serious time. We need answers as to what is going on and how it will be fixed. Then we have Rep. Rangle and Rep. McDermott making up lies about the Republicans and what happened in 1935. The only correct statement that either of them made is when Rep. McDermott said “but there’s none left in the Congress” referring to those who were there in 1935. This country needs leadership now and these two are by no means an example of a leader. Too bad that their pants don’t actually catch fire when they tell a lie. Guess if they did they would have to have the fire department there everytime a politician opens their mouth (Just in case – – LOL).