Saturday, February 14 at 9 p.m. ET Sunday, February 15 at 3 and 10 p.m. ET
So how do you spend $1,000,000,000,000?
In this exclusive FOX News investigative report, “Special Report” host Bret Baier will address the trillion dollar question.
We'll reveal the good, the bad and the ugly of President Obama's spending bill:
Obama's 700-page, trillion-dollar stimulus plan has moved through
Congress with breathtaking speed — too fast even for lawmakers to read
it before they voted.
So, for the past month a
FOX News investigative team has gone behind the chaotic scenes with
Senators and members of Congress, Capitol Hill staffers, liberal and
conservative interest groups as they wrestled with the bill.
But will this mammoth spending bill save the economy or will the politicians' partisan agendas bankrupt America?
The notoriously hard left show Now is featuring a segment on NC transportation including a plea for more stimulus money for light rail. JLF transit expert and light rail critic Professor David Hartgen will be featured.
UNC-TV at 8 pm tonight.
Dave's latest numbers on the Charlotte LYNX light rail system show that ridership continues to drop. The January total of 13,900 riders is down 10 percent in just one month and down 18 percent from the peak last July.
For more on the Charlotte light rail system, see Dave's JLF report here. I wrote this N&O op-ed on the sure-to-fail light rail system planned for the Triangle.
Representative Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg) is sponsoring a bill that would add arts education to the state's graduation requirements. If the legislature approves the bill, all high school students will be required to take a one credit arts course.
I really don't have strong objections to the bill, but I do have some thoughts about how to improve the bill and improve arts education generally.
First, arts education needs to return to an emphasis on developing proper technique and understanding the complexities of artistic expression, not just "appreciating" the arts.
Second, why not allow students to fulfill the requirement through their participation in extracurricular or after-school arts activities, such as private music lessons, community theater, or dance?
Third, why not find some clever ways to integrate the arts into the core curriculum in a meaningful way? At my former high school, math teachers taught students how to use geometry to design quilt patterns. Students designed and produced beautiful quilts and (as test scores confirmed) learned a lot about geometry along the way.
One more thing. The arts are not in decline in North Carolina's public schools. In a 2007 study of course enrollment, I found that, between the 2000-01 and 2005-06 school years, there was a 24 percent increase in high school students. At the same time, there was a 21 percent increase in high school students who enrolled in arts courses and a 34 percent increase in arts courses.
In this column David Limbaugh observes that our supposedly highly intellectual president resorts to fallacious arguments to defend his foolish spendathon. Specifically, when the question of fiscal responsibility came up, he pointed out that the Republicans had also run up huge deficits while in office, expecting people to conclude that for that reason his own (and even greater) deficit is fine.
In logic, that's known as the "tu quoque" fallacy: I'm above criticism because you did it too!
If Obama can do no better than to hide behind an elementary logical fallacy when confronted with skepticism about his policies, I think it's time for American voters to conclude that they were had.
Deroy Murdock gets a 10 for this column on the idiocy of the "stimulus" package.
While Obama could admit that he screwed up on nominating Tom Daschle, he can't, just can't, admit that his policy of trying to restore prosperity by an enormous binge of borrowing and spending was a screw up. Leftists can admit to mistakes about individual people, but never on their whole worldview that government creates prosperity through its beneficent spending.
So what's going to happen when the economy keeps sliding despite all the "stimulus?" Probably the same thing as when medieval doctors (remember Steve Martin as Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber?) bled patients and they failed to get better. More bleeding!
David, in response to your question, I think the NEA would be opposed regardless. I think it's more a matter of power to them, and I doubt they are pleased when "liberals" evince the greater benefits of learning out from under their thumbs.
Julien Brygo, a freelance journalist based in France, here laments that American homeschooling has become a "breeding ground for conservative ideology."
Near the end of the piece, Brygo quotes this anecdote from a member of the National Education Association:
Whatever their faults, state schools play a vital training role in culture and knowledge of society. The children learn about life there, they encounter different opinions, and just because parents fear 'bad influences' does not mean they have a right to keep their children away. [Emphasis mine.]
Does anyone think the NEA would be so dead set against home education if most homeschooling families were liberal? This quote reminds me yet again why the NEA is one of the most liberty-threatening groups in the nation.
This weekend marks Carolina Journal Radio’s 300th program. We mark the milestone by looking back to some of the highlights from some of the first 299 programs, including comments from luminaries such as Newt Gingrich, William Kristol, Peggy Noonan, and P.J. O’Rourke.
Looking forward, John Hood will discuss the role Carolina Journal in each of its incarnations will play as the media landscape changes in the coming years. Also in the looking-forward department, you’ll hear predictions for the 2009 legislative session from N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney.
Now that a new presidential administration is in place, Terry Stoops will discuss the likely impact for federal education policy, and we’ll learn why at least one key state lawmaker is wary of spending another $20 million a year in taxpayer funds to help local school systems offer healthier meals to elementary school students.