Things that Matter: Jonathan Gruber, HR 10-Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, and Russia

Things that might matter to you today...

A video, brought to us via the Daily Signal, just surfaced of Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, and his comments about how the bill was written, passed, and why the American electorate might be, in his words, "stupid."

Considering the sordid history of how this bill was crafted, presented, passed, and implemented these comments should be of very little surprise to anyone who is familiar with the nuances of the ACA (aka Obamacare).

H.R. 10- Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act

A good bill to watch if you are a proponent of charter schools.

It deals with consolidating two programs, "the state grant program for charter schools and the charter credit enhancement program," into one bulk delivery system.

However, the Center for Education Reform--a pro-charter school initiative--is concerned that this will lead to "the federal government is taking too much of a direct role in defining “quality” and “high performance” of charter schools."

Certainly a valid criticism considering the federal government's piss poor management of the United State's public education system. However, one major problem with the bureaucracy of our government is the redundancy issue and the money it wastes.

Putin is flexing the Russian Bear's muscles.

From Bloomberg Business Week,
Russia’s military is engaging in “dangerous brinkmanship,” according to a new report documenting dozens of recent incidents in which Russian warplanes and ships have taken aggressive or provocative actions, often in locations far away from the fighting in Ukraine. 
The report by the European Leadership Network, a London-based group including former European political and military leaders, says the actions, taken together, present a “highly disturbing picture.” According to the report, the incidents include “violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea, simulated attack runs and other dangerous actions happening on a regular basis over a very wide geographical area.”
Ironically former Soviet General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev,  just warned about a new "cold war" developing.



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