Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The Left is not just in disarray- – it is in complete collapse because the working class has awakened to the Left’s betrayal and abandonment of the working class in favor of building personal wealth and power. The source of the angry angst rippling through the Democratic Party’s progressive camp is not President Trump–it’s the complete collapse of the Left globally. To understand this collapse, we turn (once again) to Marx’s profound understanding of the state and capitalism. We turn not to the cultural Marxism that is passingly familiar to Americans, but to Marx’s core economic analysis, whichRead More →

The $7 billion school improvement grant program: Greatest failure in the history of the US Department of Education? Education Font SizeAA The final IES report on the School Improvement Grant program is devastating to Arne Duncan’s and the Obama administration’s education legacy. A major evaluation commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted by two highly respected research institutions delivered a crushing verdict: The program failed and failed badly. (The Washington Post’s article by Emma Brown does an exceptional job recounting the administration’s $7 billion folly.) Arne Duncan. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes. Despite its gargantuan price tag, SIG generated no academic gains for the students itRead More →

Submitted by Johnny Kampis via The Foundation for Economic Education, Migration patterns for 2016 show that Americans tended to move away from high-tax states and into states where residents keep more of what they earn. United Van Lines, the nation’s largest moving company, recently released its annual movers study report showing that South Dakota overtook Oregon as the top inbound destination. Generally, more people moved toward the West, and states in the Northeast saw the largest exodus of residents. The top four outbound states in 2016, in order, were New Jersey, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut. (Photo: Tax Foundation) The Tax Foundation pointed out inRead More →

Pay attention to the reaction Democrats have had to a peaceful transition of power,,these are some of you neighbors, never underestimate these animals, they count on your complacency..their culture is anti freedom…they are unable to handle freedom as you can see, that is why the continually vote freedom away!!!Read More →

Submitted by Tony Heller via RealClimateScience.com, Climate Central just ran this piece, which the Washington Post picked up on. They claimed the US was “overwhelmingly hot” in 2016, and temperatures have risen 1,5°F since the 19th century. The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year | Climate Central The first problem with their analysis is that the US had very little hot weather in 2016. The percentage of hot days was below average, and ranked 80th since 1895. Only 4.4% of days were over 95°F, compared with the long term average of 4.9%. Climate Central is conflating mild temperatures with hot ones. They also claim US temperatures rose 1.5°F since the 19th century,Read More →

1. Chart of the Day I (above). Detroit public charter schools out-performed traditional Detroit public schools in the last few years, and it’s not even close according to research conducted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Ben DeGrow, summarized in a blog post here: Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools (see full reports here and here). As the data displayed above show, more than half of traditional public schools received a failing letter grade of F based on multiple years of testing data that are adjusted for student poverty rates, compared to fewer than one-quarter of charter schools receiving a failing grade. On theRead More →

Submitted by Antony Davies and James Harrigan via InsideSources.com, Hugo Chavez’s successor, socialist President Nicolas Maduro has raised the nation’s minimum wage for the fifth time in a year. The whopping 50 percent wage hike raises the monthly wage to between $12 and $60, in U.S. terms, depending on whether one goes by the state-controlled or the more accurate black-market exchange rate. No matter what, though, the measure will provide no relief given Venezuela’s projected 1,600 percent inflation rate. Decades of Chavez-ism have finally demonstrated Margaret Thatcher’s dictum: Socialists “always run out of other people’s money.” Venezuela’s paper money has lost so much value thatRead More →

Submitted by Jonathan Rochford via Narrow Road Capital, The recent blow-up of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System was entirely predictable. Whilst it is tempting to blame unusual circumstances for the recent lock-up of redemptions and likely substantial reductions to pensions for those still in the fund, many other American pension funds are heading down the same road. The combination of overpriced financial markets, inadequate contributions and overly generous pension promises mean dozens of US local and state government pension plans will end up in the same situation. The simple maths and political factors at play mean what happened at GM, Chrysler, Detroit andRead More →

In a “mass layoff” event reported late last week by the Department of Labor, the Clinton Foundation announced it would lay off some 22 employees at the Clinton Global Initiative, which attained notoriety during the John Podesta leaks, when the various details of the fallout between between CGI head Doug Band and Chelsea Clinton were revealed; it also emerged that long-time Bill Clinton friend Band was soliciting donations for Clinton through his PR firm, Teneo in an sordid example of “pay for play” which most of the mainstream media refused to cover, especially after Band emailed Podesta “If this story gets out, we are screwed.”Read More →