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Mary Pritchard On Common Core

October 15, 2014
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Guess what Ohioans are finding out about after the law was passed?  Common Core.  Sound familiar?

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In 2009, Ohio accepted “Race to the Top” Funds for education to the tune of $400 million.  Now we are paying the feds back with loss of local control of our schools!

money doesn't lead to good educationThe folks in favor of Common Core will condescendingly pat us on the head and assure us that standards are not the same as curriculum; but come on, when I need to pass a test, I buy the books that teach to it!

Could someone please tell me why we accepted national standards graded “B” by the Fordham Foundation when there are states with standards graded “A” by the same folks?  My answer: Follow the money.  By the time local schools have paid for the required computers and curriculum, they will have lined the pockets of some very suave special interest groups.

Don’t worry though, there are some very invested progressives who will not gain money.  They will profit from the satisfaction of knowing that our children can only answer the politically correct way, or they will fail the high stakes tests that must be passed!  If those tests aren’t passed, we will be given a bad rating. We will lose our funding. Our teachers will be evaluated poorly!

In the 17 years I have been a school board member, I have watched local control dwindle.   I watch millions of dollars get spent studying what we already know.  Money doesn’t lead to a good education.  Parental involvement and a teacher relationship is the key!

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Education is for the enlightenment of the mind!  In the United States we educate for the preservation of freedom and the pursuit of happiness.  Our unique creations are not slabs of human resources for the workforce!

No problem here with a young person being capable of supporting themselves.  I just value the American Dream and abhor the thought of a compliant citizenry!

If I am being too passionate to hold your interest, let me try this angle:  Where will parents turn if they want to address any issues they have with Common Core? Do they have to track down a non-elected consortium of 40 states that are using Common Core?

Do you trust the government with 400 data points to be collected on your children and shared with the IRS and HHS?

Maybe a simple reminder that the 10th Amendment has always left education to the States will help you see that moving decisions away from parents, teachers, and the local community will only hurt, not help.

Regardless of how I reach you, the minds of our children are at stake and we need to wake up.  It is indeed an issue of national security!

About The Author:

Mary Pritchard has been married for 28 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and a foster parent of burn victims from Central America, treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati.

Mary has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and is an elected member of the governing school board of the Butler County Educational Service Center (over 17 years). Mary is currently the board president and has served in this capacity for 11 years.

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Mary’s primary reason for running for Ohio’s State School Board of Education is to restore local control of education. Mary is committed to the Constitution (10th Amendment) that gives the power of directing education to the state and the Ohio Revised Code, stating that parents and schools have input in what curricula is used. She is committed to serving the schools of Ohio, rather than dictating to them, and believes that this attitude would represent the third district well.

Critical of our out-of-touch national government

January 29, 2014

Senator Mike Lee had a critical response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address (SOTU).  Here are some highlights, video of his speech and a full transcript of the aforementioned critical speech.

Those individuals and families who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule … and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t do the same.

In America, the test of any political movement is not what that movement is against, but what it is for.

the President’s lofty rhetoric ignored the fact that his administration continues to leave poor and middle-class families further behind…

Critics might push back and argue that my own party has been part of the problem, too often joining the Democrats to rig our economy to benefit the well-connected at the expense of the disconnected.

Senator Mike Lee’s Response to the State of the Union Address

Begin Transcript:

“Good evening.

I’m Senator Mike Lee, from Utah.

In the few minutes I have tonight – I’d like to speak especially to those Americans who may feel they have been forgotten by both political parties:

Those individuals and families who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule … and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t do the same.

You are probably as frustrated as I am about an ever-growing government that somehow thinks it is okay to lie to, spy on and even target its own citizens. Many hard-working Americans are discouraged and wondering what, if anything, can be done.

I believe we need to do what Americans have always done – come together and press for positive change. Protesting against dysfunctional government is a great American tradition, going back to the original Tea Party in Boston, about 240 years ago. Americans have a natural instinct to stand up and speak out when they know something is wrong.

In 1773, Americans had simply had it with a London-based national government that had become too big, too expensive and far too intrusive.

It is important to note, however, that had the founding generation stopped at just protesting against the kind of government Americans did not want, the Boston Tea Party would have been little more than a footnote in history. At most, it would have been remembered as just one more futile protest against an abusive national government.

Fortunately for all of us, those early patriots moved on from Boston and moved past their protest against the government they didn’t want. They marched forward on a road toward the kind of government they did want.

It took them 14 long years to get from Boston to Philadelphia, where they created, with our Constitution, the kind of government they did want.

In America, the test of any political movement is not what that movement is against, but what it is for. The founders made a point at Boston Harbor, but they made history in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.

Unfortunately, in recent years, we have had no choice but to engage in a number of protests against our current president’s Washington-centered agenda.

As Americans we must always be willing to fight the Boston-type battles — boldly calling out bad policy whenever we see it – but we must do so with an eye toward Philadelphia, maintaining a positive focus on the kind of nation we want to be and become.

Today, Americans know in their hearts that something is wrong. Much of what is wrong relates to the sense that the “American Dream” is falling out of reach for far too many of us. We are facing an inequality crisis – one to which the President has paid lip-service, but seems uninterested in truly confronting or correcting.

This inequality crisis presents itself in three principal forms:
immobility among the poor, who are being trapped in poverty by big-government programs; insecurity in the middle class, where families are struggling just to get by and can’t seem to get ahead; and cronyist privilege at the top, where political and economic insiders twist the immense power of the federal government to profit at the expense of everyone else.

To be fair, President Obama and his party did not create all of these problems. The Republican Establishment in Washington can be just as out-of-touch as the Democratic Establishment.

However, tonight, as on numerous occasions of late, the President’s lofty rhetoric ignored the fact that his administration continues to leave poor and middle-class families further behind, while he and his allies insist that the real problem is “inequality” itself.

But where does this new inequality come from? From government – every time it takes rights and opportunities away from the American people and gives them instead to politicians, bureaucrats, and special interests.

Inequality – real inequality – is trapping poor children in failing schools to benefit bureaucrats and union bosses. It’s penalizing low-income parents for getting married, or getting better jobs.

It’s guaranteeing insurance companies taxpayer bailouts if Obamacare cuts into their profits.

Inequality is blocking thousands of middle-class jobs in the energy industry as a favor to partisan donors and radical environmental activists.

Inequality is denying viable, unborn children any protection under the law, while exempting unsanitary, late-term abortion clinics from basic safety standards.

It’s denying citizens their right to define marriage in their states as traditionally or as broadly as their diverse values dictate.

It’s the federal government hurting rural communities, especially in the west, by controlling and mismanaging public lands.

It’s changing laws without congressional approval, and spying on American citizens without constitutional authority.

And of course, Obamacare – all by itself – is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages and their jobs. Many Americans are now seeing why some of us fought so hard to stop this train-wreck over the last four years.

Government-driven inequality is the reason why, as hard-working families across the country struggle to make ends meet, six of the ten wealthiest counties in America are now suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Throughout the last five years, President Obama has promised an economy for the middle class; but all he’s delivered is an economy for the middle-men.

And tonight his party cheered as he asked for more of the same, as if the solution to inequality were … well … more inequality.

Critics might push back and argue that my own party has been part of the problem, too often joining the Democrats to rig our economy to benefit the well-connected at the expense of the disconnected.

I know, because I’m one of those critics.

But I’m speaking to you tonight because I think maybe – just maybe – that’s finally starting to change.

As a nation we are, once again, at a critical turning point.

Now, as in 1773, Americans have had it with our out-of-touch national government. But if all we do is protest, our Boston Tea Party moment will occupy little more than a footnote in our history.

Hopefully our leaders, reformers and citizens will join the journey from Boston to Philadelphia – from protest to progress. Together we can march forward and take the road that leads to the kind of government we do want.

We have a new generation of leaders in Washington with positive, innovative ideas – thoughtful policy reforms to, as my friend Senator Ted Cruz says -”Make D.C. listen.” Reforms to help poor families work their way into the middle class, to help middle-class families start to get ahead, and to level the playing field and put corporate and political insiders back to work for the rest of us.

Conservative reformers like Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Paul Ryan and Congressman Jim Jordan are working on new welfare-reform ideas to help underprivileged families escape poverty.

Senator Rand Paul and I are working with some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress to reform the federal criminal-justice system – to help keep violent predators behind bars while creating opportunities for reformed, non-violent offenders to return to the families and neighborhoods that so desperately need them.

Senator John Cornyn has legislation that would empower states to improve K-12 education across the country.

Senator Tim Scott has reforms to improve our job-training programs. And I’ve introduced a bill to modernize higher education, making it more accessible and affordable for lower-income and non-traditional students.

Congressman Tom Graves has a transportation-reform bill to ensure our infrastructure dollars are invested in roads and bridges, and not wasted on bureaucrats and special interests.

Congressman Mike Pompeo introduced a bill to end all federal subsidies for the energy industry. And others are working on proposals to do the same for every industry – so that business profits are won from customers, not through political connections. After all, if we’re going to reform welfare, we really should start with corporate welfare.

One proposal that should directly help you and your family is a bill I have introduced to simplify our tax code, and provide relief from the hidden double-tax Washington currently imposes on working parents, especially moms and dads in the middle class.

When it comes to healthcare, we know the best way to repeal Obamacare is to deliver better solutions.

We can’t just return to the old system. Healthcare policy used to give too much power to insurance companies; Obamacare now gives far too much power to government. We know that real reform will put healthcare dollars and decisions where they belong, in the hands of patients and families and their doctors and nurses.

So reformers in both the House and the Senate are hard at work developing new, patient-centered reforms to control healthcare costs, ensure access to affordable coverage for all Americans, and provide extra help for the poor and the sick.

All of these proposals within this new conservative reform agenda, along with many more to come, mark the road to Philadelphia. These principles and these policies will work – and will put Americans back to work.

Not just by cutting big government, but by fixing broken government. Not just by making government smaller but by promoting bigger citizens, stronger families and more heroic communities. Our goal should be an America where everyone has a fair chance to pursue happiness – and find it. That’s what it looks like when protest grows into reform.

So if you’re one of those Americans that big government is leaving behind… if you work hard, play by the rules and teach your kids to do the same, I want you to know that your family will not be forgotten anymore.

This new generation of reformers still has a long way to go to win over our Party in Washington, and even further to go to earn your trust.

I am confident that our best days as a nation are ahead of us – not because of government, but because within America’s diverse society of individuals and families, neighborhoods and churches, businesses and communities, freedom doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Freedom means we’re all in this together.

I invite you to join us on the road to a more prosperous America – together we can create the kind of government we do want and the kind of nation our children and grandchildren deserve.

Thank you very much for your time. Good night, and God bless.

End Transcript

Ignoreland 2014

January 19, 2014
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From Ignoreland: “They are wrecking all things virtuous and true, and TV tells a million lies. The paper’s terrified to report.”  It sounds like Stipe is talking about the Mainstream Media and New York Times today.

REM members Berry, Buck, Mills and Lead Singer Stipe wrote. “Ignoreland” a rambling, nonsensical protest song against Conservative Politics of Reagan and Bush I. The song could be applied to the Obama Administration just as easily today.

These bastards stole their power from the victims of the Us v. Them years, Wrecking all things virtuous and true The undermining social democratic downhill slide into abysmal

These first few lines could have been written by Hillary Clinton 2008. She doing so well in the autumn of 2007 when she was leading by a wide margin, all other Democratic candidates in national polls. But by March of 2008, Obama was undermining Hillary’s vision of social democracy. Obama was wrecking all things virtuous and true like Hillary’s presidency being sent into an abyss.

They hypnotised the summer, 1979 Marched into the capital brooding duplicitous, wicked and able, media-ready, Heartless, and labeled. Super US citizen, super achiever, Mega ultra power doesn’t relax.

Americans were hypnotized again in the summer of 2008 when Obama was labeled a media ready, Super US citizen, a super achiever. He never relaxed, even plays basketball and golf all the time.

Anything that isn’t handed on a presidential spoon, I’m just profoundly frustrated by all this.

Many are profoundly frustrated about spying, lying, Obamacare and the spoon many in the media hand him.

If they wasn’t there we would have created them. Maybe, it’s true, But I’m resentful all the same. Someone’s got to take the blame I know that this is vitriol. No solution, spleen venting, But I feel better having screamed. Don’t you?

Best ‘anger management’ practice says …just scream, you’ll feel better even in 2014. Resentful all the same, trapped in circumstance they they were promised would not happen. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Was nothing short of an outright lie. I need to scream again. Don’t you?

Defense, defense, defense, defense. Yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland. Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland. Yeah, yeah, yeah I did not do the revolution Thank you

I did not do the revolution, I just like to sing this part. Ignoreland, yeah, yeah yeah!

Where Was The Commander-n-Chief For 8 Hours? A Case for Maladministration

July 6, 2013

Here is the fact, Benghazi’s smoking gun if you will; only the president, the Commander-in-Chief can give the Cross-Border-Authority, he is the only person who has the authority to give or deny the CBA. This puts the spotlight directly where it should be, without any of the conjecture, back story of motive or intent. The buck really does stop with the President, the Commander-in-Chief.

via Where Was The Commander-n-Chief For 8 Hours? A Case for Maladministration.

IRS Has Little or No Constitutional Training

May 23, 2013

Fourth graders  celebrated Constitution Day by recognizing the rights, privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship

I thought every American could recite at least the first two amendments of the constitution.

A whole class of Ohio 4th Graders know more about the constitution than Doug Shulman, the IRS Commissioner who was at the helm when his IRS employees violated several constitutional amendments of United States.

Background:

During the House Oversight Committee’s second IRS hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) asked former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman if he knew the first, second and 19th Amendments to the Constitution.

Rep Bentivolio was trying to determine if the IRS required any Constitutional training at all. The answer is clearly a no. No there is absolutely no training at all. And worse yet from the top down everyone in the IRS needs formal constitutional training. 

Here is the text of the embarrassing exchange where the former head of the  IRS proves he knows nothing about the rights of US citizens.

“Did you study the Constitution?” Bentivolio asked.

“I went to law school,” Shulman responded.

“You went to law school. Did you study the Constitution?”

“I believe I took Constitutional law, but I’m not prepared to take an exam at this time,” Shulman said with a chuckle. “Meaning I’ll answer any of your question but I can’t promise that I’m an expert.”

“Well, you know the First, Second Amendment and one of my favorites, the 19th, right? You know those?” Bentivolio asked.

“Excuse me,” a seemingly confused Shulman responded.

“You know those amendments. The Constitutional amendments,” Bentivolio said matter of factly. “You know the First, you know the Second, and you know the 19th.”

“I don’t necessarily have the Constitution memorized, sir.”

“Okay, well, they’re pretty general in what each one is. Like the First Amendment is the freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment, right?”

“I really can’t recite the Constitution, sir,” Shulman concluded.

I’m appalled! The former head of the IRS may have been involved in the infringement of Tea Party groups’ constitutional rights by not approving their legal right for tax exempt status ! Specifically denying applications on the basis of Tea Party politics may be denying Tea Party groups’ rights of free speech (1st Amendment), the right to bear arms (2nd Amendment) and perhaps even the right to vote on the basis of sex (19th Amendment). (Addl’ Ref: Face of the Tea party is female)

Here we have evidence of repression of Tea Party political groups from the most powerful agency of the executive branch.

The constitution of the United States is law. The IRS is part of the Executive Branch of government. Essentially if the buck stopped with the president, as it did when Truman held office, the president would responsible for failing to have his people uphold the constitution.  The president needs to do the right thing. Heads need to roll at the IRS, criminal charges should be considered for those involved.

Instead no one is responsible, no one is held responsible, heck no one even knows the laws they are sworn to uphold! Is it a coincidence that those being denied were political enemies of the Obama administration?

Marketplace Fairness Act is Unfair to SMBs

April 28, 2013


Who will enforce the collection of all these new taxes on small business?

The Marketplace Fairness Act, best known as the Internet Sales Tax would be too burdensome on the small business like mine. Most sales from small internet companies are just a few dollars in lots of different places.

To require sale tax recordkeeping, collection and distribution of sales tax in the thousands of sales and use taxing districts throughout the United States is far too burdensome for all small companies.

It takes hours to complete forms for California alone. How much time is it reasonable to ask the small businessman to spend on collecting taxes? How much business will be lost if there is no economic advantage to doing business with the small businessman?

Many of California’s cities, counties, towns, and communities have special taxing jurisdictions (districts), which impose a transactions (sales) and use tax. These districts increase the tax rate in a particular area by adding the district tax to the combined statewide rate of 7.50%. The rates for these districts range from 0.10% to 1.00% per district. More than one district tax may be in effect in a given location.
As a seller or a consumer, you may be required to report and pay district taxes for your taxable sales and purchases. Source: California Board of Equalization

How complex it it to pay sales tax? In California for example there are 6 pages of ‘special tax rates,’ that every penny of every sales has to be accounted for, collected and then individually accounted for when paying. Any mistakes will be penalized.

California Sales TaxHave you ever paid sales tax to California? Every quarter they torture you with the complex long accountability form that takes these 5 pages of rates into account. But its not that easy because there are taxing districts and taxing zones. I don’t know how anyone can figure this stuff out.

Click on the form to the left to download the PDF of the

California District Taxes, Rates and Effective Dates…. Poetry

California isn’t the only state with multiple tax jurisdictions.

It is far less burdensome to place the burden of paying USE TAX rather than requiring companies to collect and pay SALES TAX.

If states want to collect tax, let them collect these taxes directly from it’s citizens. Use taxes are functionally equivalent to sales taxes.

There is no reason to make a federal case out of states sales tax. The feds should stay out. Let each individual state decide what is a fair… tax sales or use or neither. Then the citizens can decide where they want to live or who they want to vote for.

However if congress does decide to go through with the insane legislation, make it fair to the smallest of companies. ” ..if Congress passes online sales tax legislation, we believe small businesses with less than 50 employees or less than $10 million in annual out-of-state sales should be exempt from the burden of collecting sales taxes nationwide.” Ebay President John Donahoe

Workers Won’t Pay Their “Fair Share Fees”

December 11, 2012
Unions ask President Trueman for Veto of Taft Hartley

Unions ask President Truman for Veto of Taft-Hartley.   Truman did veto the bill but congress overrode his veto.

Before Congress passed the Taft–Hartley Act in 1947, unions and employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) could lawfully agree to a CLOSED shop, in which employees at unionized workplaces MUST be members of the union as a condition of employment.

Before the Taft-Hartley workers who stopped paying UNION DUES could be fired, even if the worker didn’t violate any of the company rules, regulations or policies.

After Taft–Hartley the closed shop was against the law. Bottom Line, Taft-Hartley made it illegal to force a worker to join a union.

HOWEVER, workers in non-right-to-work states can be required to pay union fees. Nonmembers required to pay union fees as a condition of employment have a right under the NLRA to object and obtain a reduction of their compulsory payments so that they do not include union expenses for purposes other than collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment.

Workers in right-to-work states, except on certain federal property, have the right to not join the union and cannot be required to pay dues or an agency fee. This brings up the problem called ‘FAIR SHARE FEES’. unless non-union employees pay fair share fees, they are benefiting from collective bargaining without paying union dues.

In right to work states, collective bargaining services provided to non-union members are being subsidized by paying union members. Non-union workers wouldn’t be paying their FAIR SHARE.

FAIR SHARE….Where have I heard that before? President Obama is being quoted as saying, “Right-to-work law pending in Michigan’s Republican-run legislature don’t have to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics.”

President Obama is being critical of workers AND billionaires alike for not paying their FAIR SHARE. Is President Obama playing ‘fair share’ politic in not allowing EVERYONE the right to work?

Note: Michigan will likely become the 24th right-to-work state as early as tomorrow. Workers there who don’t join the union and won’t pay union fees will not be paying their FAIR SHARE….

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