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Engineering the failure of public schools, Part 2: Unrealistic Expectations

By: Dave Palmer Part 2 of 4 Another facet of the attempt to undermine public schools and ensure their failure is contained in the realm of unrealistic expectations. The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) set the gears of the modern war against public schooling in motion by setting forth both unrealistic expectations and using […]

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The birth of the American Oligarchy

Forget July 4th as a national holiday. Mark April 2nd on your calendars as a new holiday: The official birth of the American Oligarchy. The Supreme Court handed down its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, another campaign finance case aimed at eliminating limits on individual contributions to federal elections. The plaintiffs claimed that their First […]

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House Republicans seek to ban national park creation

By: Dave Palmer According to ThinkProgress, House Republicans have scheduled a vote on H.R. 1459, which  would “aims to block presidents from using the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish new national monuments by putting caps on how many times it can be used, requiring congressional review of proposed monuments, and forcing local communities to […]


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Engineering the failure of public schools, Part 1: The Defunding Movement

By Dave Palmer Part 1 of 4 Perhaps the most insidious problem with schools is the giant financial shell game in which districts are forced to participate. The game can be traced back to the 1994 enactment of Proposal A when school funding was taken out of the hands of local school districts and put into […]

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The realities of life as a teacher: An introduction to a four-part series.

By: Dave Palmer For many people who have not been in a classroom or received formal training in education, it is difficult to imagine a day in the life of a teacher. Many have most likely painted a mental picture of what it might be like based on their experiences in school. However, the reality is […]

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A Rant About Education

By Dave Palmer One of this year’s main talking points for politicians facing re-election or vying for an incumbent’s seat is the state of our nation’s education system. We are past the argument about whether or not schools are broken; most people know they are. The arguments now surround what is the best method to […]


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Bieber, teachers, and scalpers, oh my!

By Dave Palmer This past week was rife with so many juicy news stories that it was hard to pick just one to highlight. Therefore, I’ve decided to present three stories along with a brief analysis of them. 1. Two Northville High School special education teachers suspended over high-stakes testing: A report on WDIV’s morning […]

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Five ways to put $1.3 billion surplus to work without affecting revenue

By: Dave Palmer Michigan appears to be in the throes of the financial better days many people looked forward to after 2008′s economic meltdown. The Detroit News reported that Michigan’s Senate Fiscal Agency projected “…in December that the state will exceed prior revenue projections by $434 million this budget year, $327 million in 2013-14 and $514 million in […]

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A New Year’s Resolution for U.S.: Work Together for Improvement

By: Dave Palmer Our nation is historically rooted in the notion of collectivism. 56 men were present at at the Continental Congresses that forged the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence. When that grand experiment failed, a group of many of the same people returned to the Continental Congress to draft the U.S. […]


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First Annual Scrooge of the Year Award

By: Dave Palmer Each holiday season seems to have its own particular set of Scrooges who seem determined to spoil the holidays for everyone, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable among us. This year is no different, with the exception that I have decided to call attention to what I believe to be the […]

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Gov. Snyder signs Epi-Pen bill, absolves parents of more responsibility

By: Dave Palmer When it comes to education, the Michigan Legislature seems determined to make schools responsible for every aspect of a child’s life, including things that would and should normally be part of parents’ responsibilities. Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a piece of legislation that is no doubt extremely important for ensuring the […]

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Michigan legislature approves rape insurance bill

By: Dave Palmer Right to Life of Michigan and the Michigan Legislature apparently believe that the will of 4% of registered voters trumps any public opinion that might be voiced at the polls. The evidence for this charge exists in the Detroit Free Press in their stunning report that Lansing lawmakers decided to approve the “Abortion […]


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Detroit: Bankrupt, DIA and workers: screwed

By Dave Palmer Today marks a new low in America’s history. Today is that day that Judge Steven W. Rhodes decided that Detroit is officially eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, according to the New York Times. (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/us/detroit-bankruptcy-ruling.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131204) The Times also states that Rhodes decided that the pensions of thousands of retired, soon-to-be-retired, and current workers […]

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Oklahoma refuses all National Guard couples benefits to deny benefits to gay couples.

By Dave Palmer Oklahoma has apparently gone ape-crap over the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, a decision that allows same-sex married couples to collect federal benefits.  In fact, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is so bat-dump crazy over the situation that she announced that all state-owned National Guard facilities are no longer going to allow any married […]

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Black Friday becomes Black Thanksgiving

By Dave Palmer By now, most people have heard from one or more media sources about the upcoming “door-buster deals” many retailers plan to offer on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. It seems every year, the advertising starts closer and closer to Halloween to the point where the two holidays seem to overlap at some […]


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Schools’ bond proposals ignore simple solution to school security

By: Dave Palmer Voters in the metro Detroit area will face several important decisions come Election Day November, not the least of which is the Detroit mayoral election. However, other communities are focusing on appropriating money for local school districts. According to the November 3 edition of the Detroit Free Press, Troy, Dearborn, Farmington, Romeo, Richmond, […]

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Florida’s new squirt-gun control policy

By: Dave Palmer Finally, Florida is going to do something about gun control in their state. Squirt-gun control, that is. According to a police report quoted in the Palm Beach Post, Giovanna Borge was arrested “for Simple Battery/Domestic Violence under F.S. 784.03 for squirting water on (boyfriend) to antagonize and agitate him against his wishes.” The officer stated earlier […]

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Government reopened, for now

By: Dave Palmer The federal government has reopened and the debt ceiling raised in yet another 11th hour deal in Congress. Late in the evening October 16th, President Barack Obama signed the Congressional bill, narrowly averting a first-ever default on the nation’s debt and putting the government back to work after 16 days of shutdown. […]


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Government Shut Down Over Affordable Health Care

By David Palmer October 1st this year marks two historic events: The implementation of the health care exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act which will allow consumers to shop nationwide for affordable health insurance, and the first government shutdown in 17 years over people having access that affordable health insurance. House Republicans have been […]

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Bill Schutte: Purpose of Marriage is to regulate sexual relationships for procreation

By: David Palmer In the history of ridiculous things said by politicians, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s statement filed in the case of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, and published in the Huffington Post take the cake made of asinine by far. “Responsible procreation and childrearing are well-recognized as legitimate State interests served by marriage. […]

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An Open Letter to Representative Kerry Bentivolio

By Dave Palmer Dear Representative Bentivolio, I was shocked and dismayed to hear that you support shutting down the government over the defunding of the Affordable Care Act. I must say that I cannot fully understand the reasons why you would support eliminating a law that is already helping millions of Americans find affordable health […]


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Detroit to Retirees: We’re cutting your healthcare, here’s $125

By Dave Palmer The saga of Detroit’s bankruptcy and the apparent desire of bankruptcy attorney come Detroit emergency financial manager Kevin Orr to deprive retirees of security in their golden years continues, according to the September 12th edition of the Detroit Free Press. The latest nonsensical plan is to replace health care benefits for retirees […]

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Michigan’s Online Education: Financing Private Interests With Your Tax Dollars

By Dave Palmer The August 30th edition of the Detroit Free Press featured an article lauding the many changes happening within Michigan’s Public Schools’ online education programs. Many school districts are expanding their online offerings, five new “cyber schools” have appeared, and for the first time in history, students grades 5-12 will be allowed to take […]

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History Repeats Itself in North Carolina

By Dave Palmer History is known to repeat itself. Though sometimes the circumstances are different, our most familiar fights have a way of resurfacing. According to ThinkProgress.org, Rosanell Eaton is facing a historical battle that she probably thought that she would never have to fight again. At the age of 21, Ms. Eaton experienced literacy tests in […]


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