How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You, Johnny….





Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;–And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Our colleague Vassar Bushmills asks the rhetorical question “Post Obama, what?”  Of course the answer, as he explains, is “Status quo.”  The fundamental transformation of America began long before anyone ever heard of Barack Obama; indeed it began about the time his stepfather was carting him off to Indonesia where The Education of Barack Obama began in a madrassa.  Though he wants us to think he’s special, the transformation wasn’t his idea and he really hasn’t had all that much to do with it.

That said, the most recent example of the conditioning and reconditioning, and re-education, of America over the last two generations is contained in this report from USA Today  heartily endorsed by a distinguished professor of education at Stanford.

Looking for a clearer picture of how poor, middle-class and wealthy students perform in U.S. schools, the Obama administration wants to redefine how it calculates children’s socioeconomic status.
“It would allow us to understand a lot better which students are doing well and which students aren’t doing so well,” said Sean Reardon of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. “It would allow us to target resources better.”

Isn’t that just ducky? The Obama Administration is going to redefine things and that will allow the Stanford Graduate School of Education to ‘understand’ whether students are doing well or not. Thousands of years of recorded human history, the Golden Age of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle,  hundreds of years of scholarly pursuits since the Age of Enlightenment and the Stanford Graduate School of Education can’t understand whether students are doing well or not unless Obama redefines things for them?  The question is, will Obama’s work EVER be done? How will the Stanford School, or perhaps even rocket science,  be able to cope post-Obama?

Well, they will of course be able to continue to pretend to be educators and spout the nonsense they spout because there will still be the Arne Duncans and the Bill Ayers and  the Linda Darling-Hammonds in and out of public policy positions and working behind the scenes to build the Socialist Utopia while establishing the premises upon which teachers …..teach.  But their current caterwauling about not being able to teach kids how to read and write and think critically unless someone in Washington puts a label on those kids according to a socioeconomic model makes them, and by extension their profession, a laughingstock.  And there are a goodly number of teachers across the fruited plain getting fed up with it.

When we were children, our teachers and school administrators used to be able to tell whether we were doing well according to whether we got a “B” or a “D”. They didn’t need the Eisenhower Administration to define, or redefine, ANYTHING for them. Not socio-economic status, wealth or the distribution thereof, economic policy or anything else. In fact – brace yourselves – there wasn’t even a Department of Education back then!


The specifics of what it is Obama wants to redefine are not important. Obama and his handlers want to redefine many things. It is not even important to note, except as a point of ridicule and mockery, that the Stanford School of Education is apparently comprised of babbling idiots. What IS important is that this horse patookey will get dripped down on to the teeming masses as more ideological demagoguery about the need for “increased revenue” and a significant number of RINO Republicans will be impressed by the reportage and the studies and the good intentions of the Obama entourage, Arne Duncan et al, on the need to ‘level the playing field’ or some such rot.

We are in the middle of the longest recession in US history, in the middle of a death struggle with Islamofascism, Chinese imperialism and anarchist bloodlust in every corner of our once-great land and ” the Obama administration wants to redefine how it calculates children’s socioeconomic status.” Really? Really??? Newsflash: We constitutional conservatives could give a fig how you calculate ANYTHING, Obama. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking we believe it has anything at all to do with education, or learning, or achievement.

And here’s a newsflash for GOP officeholders: If you haven’t by now, with all the hoopla being raised over the Common Core Standards, realized that a large segment of America, including many practicing ‘liberals’ are getting wise to the fact that the US Government is so corrupted and compromised in it’s dealings with matters of “education” across the land, matters that of right ought to be the sole purview of the individual Sovereign States and the citizens of those states, then you had better start burning the midnight oil and “educate” yourselves. American mothers and fathers and taxpayers are primed for taking back their public schools from the charlatans posing as educators, or in many cases letting those public schools rot as they place their children in private or charter schools.

So be it.  Maybe there is hope for change after all.


Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions


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May 13, 2013 9:58 am

Re: ‘increased revenue’–our fiscal geniuses in Illinois last election allowed counties to push referenda to impose a 1% additional sales tax, dollars to be used exclusively for the local schools (after the state took it’s cut). Because, for the children. Exempting auto and grocery sales, it was said to aim at ‘tourists’, you know, those outlanders visiting athletic events, concerts and malls; let’s let them pay for our schools, that’s the ticket! When put to the voters, except for a couple of very rural counties, the idea went down in flames, hopefully never to rise again.