1. Rabbi D.B. Ganz: Who Finances the Terrorists?
2. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Obama's Downfall - No He Can't?
3. Kyle Olson: Los Angeles Teachers Union Demands 17% Raise Despite 68% Graduation Rate
4. Wayne Allyn Root: U.S. Economic Death Spiral Continues
Who Finances the Terrorists?
In addition to the people who actually kill innocents, those who train and dispatch them, and the countries that host them, there is yet one other major contributor to terrorism – those who finance the terrorists. They are the elephant in the room that people do not see. Today’s Islamists do not suffer from a lack of funding. Has anyone ever heard of a terrorist who didn't blow up a supermarket because he couldn't afford the bomb? Also consider that these people have had the wherewithal to wage war for years on end, first against the army and air force of Libya, later against that of Syria, and now also, against Iraq. Who provided the billions needed to wage these wars? [more...]
Obama's Downfall - No He Can't?
As of late, it seems that nothing can improve President Obama's rapidly declining approval ratings. This does not come as a surprise to some given the current scandals concerning the IRS and the VA that continue to plague the Obama presidency. The discussion is more prevalent than ever regarding the president’s competency as the leader of the free world. A new poll is shifting the media's depiction of Obama's second term in a manner seldom experienced with a single survey. Obama has hit a new low with an overall approval rating of 41 percent. But what's most troubling is the 54 percent who believe that he's unable to lead the country, compared to the 42 percent who believe he can. This is a disaster for the president. The essential role of the president can be compared to an owner of a business. You must assert an almost palpable sense of leadership to be respected by those you employ and the people you are in business to service. The exceptional leader is always thinking three steps ahead. Working to master his own environment with the goal of avoiding problems before they arise. Obama has failed at presenting an image even close to the public that voted him into office. [more...]
Los Angeles Teachers Union Demands 17% Raise Despite 68% Graduation Rate
By Kyle Olson
The United Teachers Los Angeles union is claiming its members haven’t received a raise in "7 years" and is demanding a 17 percent raise. The recently approved $6.6 billion budget for Los Angeles schools reportedly doesn't include a pay hike for unionized employees. The union apparently doesn't count automatic "step" raises as actual raises. An analysis by EAGnews in 2012 found the school district spent $47 MILLION on automatic "step" raises the previous school year alone, which are awarded not for performance, but because the employee survived another year. The Los Angeles Times reports LAUSD’s most recent graduation rate was 67.9 percent. [more...]
U.S. Economic Death Spiral Continues
The Commerce Department said on Wednesday gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 percent annual rate - the economy's worst performance in five years, instead of the 1 percent pace it had reported last month. Our economy's growth has again fallen below 'stall speed.' This means not only that any recovery has stalled, but also that we might be trapped in an economic 'death spiral' and revealing the nasty truth that the Great Recession of 2009 never really ended. Our spendaholic, taxaholic politicians are choking the life out of this economy. They are frightening would-be investors with uncertainty about future taxes, regulations and penalties. And they are poisoning the environment needed to produce jobs, prosperity and optimism. [more...]