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Warren Hocks Nativist Talking Points in Anti-School Choice Rant

December 12, 2019 in Economics

By Corey A. DeAngelis, Alex Nowrasteh

Corey A. DeAngelis and Alex Nowrasteh

The country’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association, just released a series of interviews with some of the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates. In her interview, Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed her radical anti-choice education plan by bragging about blocking an effort to expand access to public charter schools in her home state of Massachusetts. She imed “no one should be doing for-profit charters anywhere in America.”

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But then she took her argument against school choice a step further. Warren told Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the NEA, that her message to parents is: “If you think your public school is not working, then go help your public school.” She urged parents to “help get more resources” for schools, to get “support” for school staff, and “push” for new school buildings when old ones are decaying. 

Many parents send their children to public schools because they don’t have the time or skills to teach them by themselves and cannot afford private schools. In addition to working, paying taxes to support the schools, raising children, and running their households, Sen. Warren apparently wants parents to fix public schools in their spare time too.

The Massachusetts senator implies that failing public schools are the fault of the families assigned to the schools, and therefore parents and their children are stuck with them. But if a grocery store gave you rotten produce every week, would Warren tell you that you could not go to a different store because it was your responsibility to make the grocery store and its produce better? The obvious solution would be for you to choose another grocery store. The store with the rotten produce would have a real incentive to improve or perhaps be forced out of business.

How about we give schools, and all of the school administrators paid by taxpayers, the incentive to fix themselves by giving parents the choice to move their kids to the schools of their choice?

After all, Sen. Warren took her son Alex out of public schools and enrolled him in private schools. As a working mom, she didn’t sacrifice the quality of her son’s education in a fruitless attempt to increase the quality of government schools. As New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait correctly  noted, “Warren is placing the entire responsibility …read more

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Why Did The Saudis Kill U.S. Sailors While Three Others Filmed It?

December 12, 2019 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

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The U.S. military is training Saudi Arabian pilots here in States, who later leave to slaughter Yemeni civilians thousands of miles away. Unfortunately, some of that violence was turned against us, when a Saudi trainee killed three American sailors at Pensacola Air Station on December 6.

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In fact, a half dozen Saudis were arrested in the incident. Three of them apparently filmed the murders, presumably to post online. Yet afterward President Donald Trump spent more time justifying the Saudi royals than supporting the victims’ families. 

Every time a terrorist commits murder and mayhem, Americans ask why? U.S. officials usually insist that it is because we are so “good.” If only. 

Why terrorists kill should not be a mystery since they themselves tell us why. And none of them has said it is because the U.S. has the First Amendment, holds democratic elections, or leads the world in charitable giving.

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Consider Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani, the Saudi pilot-in-training at Pensacola. On Twitter he declared: “I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.”  

He explained: “I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because [of] your freedoms, I hate you because every day you [are] supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity.” Al-Shamrani’s complaint is against U.S. foreign policy, which today so often means bombing, invading, and occupying other nations and killing their peoples.

Drones have become America’s newest form of warfare, on the upsurge under Trump. Alas, according to the New York Times: “Every independent investigation of the strikes has found far more civilian casualties than administration officials admit. Gradually, it has become clear that when operators in Nevada fire missiles into remote tribal territories on the other side of the world, they often do not know who they are killing, but are making an imperfect best guess.” Yet the administration has made it even more difficult to judge the impact of the attacks. 

Almost a decade ago Faisal Shahzad, …read more

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What if North Korea Launches a Satellite?

December 12, 2019 in Economics

By Ted Galen Carpenter

Ted Galen Carpenter

Multiple reports are circulating in the news media that North Korea has tested a new, larger, and more capable rocket engine. There is growing concern that Pyongyang may be about to give the United States and the rest of the world an unwanted Christmas present by launching a long-range missile. U.S.-DPRK negotiations regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear program and related issues have stalled noticeably since the much-ballyhooed “photo-op” summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone in June. Kim may have decided that the launch of an ICBM into the central or eastern Pacific would prod Washington both into giving the bilateral negotiations higher priority and into making significant concessions.

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Such a move would inflame tensions throughout East Asia to an alarming extent, empowering hardliners in the United States and Japan who have opposed President Trump’s pursuit of a rapprochement with North Korea from the beginning. North Korean leaders must be aware of the underlying dangers if they conduct an overtly military missile test.  But what if Pyongyang chooses to use the new missile engine to launch a satellite into Earth orbit instead? It is not entirely clear how the United States and its East Asian allies would (or should) react to that development. 

North Korea apparently tried to achieve the goal once before—in 2012—although the launch failed. Pyongyang has made noticeable progress on its missile technology since then, and the leadership may be ready for another attempt. A satellite launch would create an acute policy dilemma for U.S. officials. Ostensibly, such a launch would be for peaceful, scientific purposes, and it would be a justifiable source of national pride for North Koreans. However, a missile capable of putting a satellite into orbit also would be able to strike a long-distance target with a nuclear warhead.

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Understandably, U.S leaders do not want the DPRK to possess such a capability, since it would bring portions of the continental United States (and perhaps the entire …read more

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