Policy Snapshots - March 21, 2011
March 21, 2011
"Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue ...
presents a new harvest to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences;
a harvest reared not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body
of their fellow citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth
that laws are made for the few not for the many."
- James Madison (1751-1836)
MCPP’S LIBERTY LUNCHEON
Don’t forget to sign up for our Liberty Luncheon, which will be held April 5 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. Our special guest will be Lawrence W. Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education. Larry’s speech at an MCPP banquet several years ago was the inspiration for our Governing by Principle primer. He will be speaking on the right motivation for running for office, and what voters should look for in candidates.
MILLIONS OF JOBS AT STAKE WITH EPA EFFORTS TO REGULATE CARBON DIOXIDE
The U.S. economy will lose millions of jobs if Congress permits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue plans to greatly expand carbon dioxide emissions limits, says the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR). An estimated 2.5 million jobs will be lost by 2030 as a result of the greenhouse gas emissions rules, and that average household income will fall by $1,200 a year.
Source: Dana Joel Gattuso, Upton-Inhofe Legislation Would Block the EPA's Harmful Climate Rules: U.S. Economy, Jobs, and Energy Costs at Stake, Analysis #622, March 2011, National Center for Public Policy Research.
FEDS INSTRUCT TEACHERS TO FACEBOOK-CREEP STUDENTS
Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students.
The letter to principals says federal officials have reinterpreted the civil-rights laws that require school principals to curb physical bullying, as well as racist and sexist speech, that take place within school boundaries. Under the new interpretation, principals and their schools are legally liable if they fail to curb “harassment” of students, even if it takes place outside the school, on Facebook, or in private conversation among a few youths.
According to the letter, “Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling; graphic and written statements, which may include use of cell phones or the Internet… it does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents [but] creates a hostile environment … [which can] limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school.”
Following the discovery of “harassment,” officials may have to require mandatory training of students and their families: “The school may need to provide training or other interventions not only for the perpetrators, but also for the larger school community, to ensure that all students, their families, and school staff can recognize harassment if it recurs and know how to respond… [and] provide additional services to the student who was harassed in order to address the effects of the harassment.”
Source: Neil Munro, Fed Instructs Teachers to Facebook Creep Students, The Daily Caller, March 16, 2011.
CONGRESS NEEDS PERSPECTIVE ON THE $61 BILLION SPENDING CUTS
STUDENTS PERFORM BETTER WITH TEACHERS WHO ARE PAID FOR PERFORMANCE
According to the results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, released in December 2010 by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States performed only at the international average in reading, and trailed 18 other countries in science and 23 other countries in math. Students in China's Shanghai province outscored everyone, says Ludger Woessmann, a professor of economics at the University of Munich.
OBAMACARE: THE ONE-YEAR CHECKUP
One year ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). One year later, public opinion has not warmed to the law because many of its “benefits” have been either underwhelming or detrimental. The most recent Rasmussen survey shows that 62 percent of likely voters want the law repealed.
Source: Brian Blase, Obamacare: The One-Year Checkup, Backgrounder #2532, March 17, 2011, The Heritage Foundation.
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