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Restoring Constitutional Government

By
Richard Arena

Serious students of the Constitution know that the federal government is operating well beyond the bounds of the powers the states delegated to it. Those who defend this extra-constitutional power expansion argue that the Founders could not have envisioned the complexities and advanced technologies of the 21st century and therefore the need for corresponding additional federal powers.

In fact the Framers did anticipate the need to modify the Constitution to meet unforeseen future circumstances. That is the purpose of Article V which provides two methods for the states to amend the Constitution. (Congress may propose amendments, but … Read more...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP: A Threat to United States Sovereignty Presentation

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The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact continues on its way toward Congressional consideration. President Obama and the 11 other heads of state will formally sign the agreement in New Zealand on February 4, paving the way for Obama to send the agreement to Congress. Once he does, Congress has 90 days to make its “yes or no” choice.

Whatever the agreement’s impact on the American economy, the odious Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions, alone, argue for a decisive “no” vote. ISDS allows the establishment of three-member panels of international lawyers to rule on disputes between foreign … Read more...

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat to United States Sovereignty

By
Tom Barksdale

In October, the United States and 10 other Pacific rim countries, after five years of secret negotiations, reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free-trade agreement ever concluded. President Obama must wait 90 days after the formal announcement of the final TPP agreement before signing the pact and sending it to Congress; that could happen by Feb. 4. Lawmakers would then work with the administration to determine when a vote would take place. However, media reports on December 10 reported that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had told the White House that the TPP agreement … Read more...

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Local Control of Education is Lost

By Mary Kay Bacallao, Ed. D.

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 passed in the U. S. House and Senate this week.

After fighting this bill for almost a year, activists are wondering how it passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

Democrats call it a civil rights victory. Republicans claim that it returns authority to the states and ends federal control through waivers. No Child Left Behind wasn’t working; the rewrite is not “perfect” supporters said, but something needed to be done.
Is there evidence to support these claims? Reading the bill is the only way to know for sure.… Read more...

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CONGRESS RE-WRITES the 10th AMENDMENT

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Mary Kay Bacallao, Ed. D.

The U.S. Senate Education Committee met with House members and approved a compromise version of the Every Student Succeeds Act last week. They plan a full vote on the bill shortly after Thanksgiving. The “Sense of Congress” as expressed in the House version, flies in the face of the 10th Amendment. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution lists the enumerated powers of the federal government. Education is not on the list. The 10th Amendment addresses this. Specifically, “The powers not delegated to the Unites States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it … Read more...

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English Removed as the Official Language of Instruction and Testing in Taxpayer Funded Schools

By
Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao

E Pluribus Unum, on U.S. coins is Latin for “out of many, one.” Part of America’s national identity has been connected to the use of one language. Immigrants from many lands and language groups have assimilated into the United States. Learning English has been a large part of that process. New education legislation, passed in 2015, requires schools to test certain students in other languages, if they accept federal education money.

The “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” includes new requirements for schools serving students who speak other languages. On page 39, line 5, S. … Read more...

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Part II-Today Through the 2016 Elections

Jewish Political Perspective

By
Larry Laibson

Introduction
In Part I of this paper, I outlined the historical Jewish political perspective which is unique to America. Jews have consistently been Democratic with the largest majority of any group overall (Blacks are the largest Democratic voting bloc in recent elections after switching over from the Republican Party many years ago). This is an interesting phenomenon as Jews in other countries are more evenly divided between the various Left and Right Parties. Jewish immigrants came to America from Europe/Russia to escape anti-Semitism in the old countries. They were generally religious and socialistic. It … Read more...

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Jewish Political Perspective Part I-History through 2012

By
Larry Laibson

Introduction
Historically, Jews have been Liberal and in the U.S. associated with the Democrat Party. Other than Blacks, Jews historically have lopsidedly voted Democratic. Why? What is the Jewish political perspective? Is it changing? How has the U.S. Israel relationship, especially under President Obama and the current Iran Nuclear Deal, affected the Jewish voter? Are the Demographics changing for the 2016 Elections?

I am a Conservative Jew. Until 2000, I had generally voted for the candidate and his/her positions with economy, foreign policy, national security, America’s Exceptionalism, Constitution, and Equal Opportunity for All being predominant factors. Social … Read more...

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The Real Solution for Traffic Congestion

By
Richard Arena

Three years ago Metro-Atlanta voters roundly rejected a one percent (1%) transportation tax when the public learned that the proposed T-SPLOST was not a remedy for Atlanta’s chronic traffic congestion as promoted but actually a taxpayer funded stimulus for developers who planned to transform Metro-Atlanta from a predominantly suburban landscape into a high-density, high-rise environment concentrated along MARTA rail lines.

While Metro voters roundly rejected urbanization, still the state, some municipalities and other parties with vested interests haven’t given up on their plans to stack-and-pack we the unwashed into multifamily housing and have us riding cheek-to-jowl on … Read more...

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Two More Outlandish Rulings – Now What?

By
Richard J. Arena

Two shocking rulings handed down by the Supreme Court this week – one, King V. Burwell, rewriting the precise language of the Affordable Health Care Act, the other, Obergefell V. Hodges, assuming federal authority to define marriage, illuminate a central flaw in the American system of government – as it now exists. That flaw is the lack of a realistic institutional check on unconstitutional federal activities.
There was such a check prior to the adaptation of the 17th Amendment in 1913. Until then US Senators were appointed by their respective state legislatures, who also held the … Read more...

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