Archive for October, 2010

Have Political Parties Lost Their Campaign Mojo?
Non-party groups that have dominated the midterm campaign are poised to eclipse national political party organizations in total, reportable spending this election cycle, a review of Federal Election Commission data finds. The milestone would mark an end to recent political party supremacy in campaign spending vis a vis outside groups, possibly for the first time in history.

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The results of the 2010 UK general election are in and a winning party could not be declared. Neither of the two major parties, Conservatives and Labour, won enough seats to govern in their own right. 326 seats are needed to achieve outright control in the 650-seat House of Commons.

In the 2010 election the Conservative party won 306 seats, Labour secured 258 whilst the Liberal Democrats won 57. The remaining 28 seats were won by minor parties. This result is referred to as a hung parliament, a situation which last occurred in Britain in 1974.

The hung parliament meant the three parties had to confer and reach an agreement about who would form a coalition with whom. In the end, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats joined forces and plans to change politics in Britain have begun in earnest.

As the Liberal Democrats have struck a partnership with the Conservative party, rather than Labour, concessions have been gained on their tax plans and visions for dealing with the national deficit have been enhanced.

When it comes to education, the Conservative party has adopted the Liberal Democrat’s stance on attracting a higher proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Liberal Democrats believe that a pupil premium should be introduced to tackle social deprivation. Under the proposed scheme, payment is made directly to state schools for each pupil admitted from a disadvantaged background.

As outlined in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, the cost of implementing pupil premiums rests at around £2.5 billion but many believe that under a Conservative led government it is likely the premium will be met by reshuffling existing resources rather than having to produce completely new funds.

The Liberal Democrats are firm believers that reform should be promoted in schools so that new education providers can enter the state school system in response to parental demand. There will also be an emphasis on giving schools greater freedom over curriculum.

The Conservative policy for Swedish style “free” schools will remain. Under this policy, groups, including parents, can set up their own institutions if they are unhappy with the standards of local schools.

In terms of higher education there are proposals to ensure an adequately funded university sector prevails and student debt is another area to be tackled.

In the Liberal Democrats original manifesto there were plans to find an alternative to higher education fees. The agreement drawn up between the two parties vows to look at the initial proposals to review higher education funding and the results are due to be reported in the autumn of 2010.

The coalition agreement stipulates that all schools must be held fully accountable for results and although the Liberal Democrats agree with the need for external accountability, they place greater emphasis on teacher assessment.

In all areas and levels of education, the new coalition wants to improve the quality of teaching whether that is through increased funding, pupil premiums, increased accountability or greater provision of free teaching resources.

Janine Barclay writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

 

Janine Barclay writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

The other day it occurred to me that during Ronald Reagan’s run for the Presidency he created a “Misery Index”. This index represented a total of the rate of inflation, plus the prime rate, as an indicator of how the American people felt about how they were doing. No one has suggested resurrecting this index in recent years. My thought was to create a “Happiness Index”. How happy are you with the leadership of the country. The problem is that other than taking an outright poll, how do you determine happiness? Could you merely ask people if they are happy, or not with the way things are going?

Think about it for a moment, and try to objectively look at what’s been going on the last couple of years. For the last fifty years, the Republican Party successfully presented itself as the people’s choice for as a strong anti-communist party versus the former Soviet threat. Republican President after President was elected on the basis of toughness versus communism.

By 1992, communism was no longer an issue as Russia, and the satellites went democratic, and the Berlin Wall had fallen. Suddenly, the Republican Party felt its foreign policy legs come out from under it. The communist bogeyman which was real since 1917 was no longer an issue. A sitting Republican President, George HW Bush was defeated handily by Democratic Candidate, Bill Clinton who had NO foreign policy experience, or even an understanding of things foreign. During the campaign that followed, foreign policy was a NON-ISSUE. There was no communist bogeyman for the Republicans to pin their hopes on.

The tragedy of 9/11 changed everything. When the tragedy struck, the current President of the United States was handed terrorism on a silver platter as an issue. Terrorism could then be used as a replacement for communism as the next boogeyman. Anti-terrorism would serve as the underpinning of the Republican Party the same way anti-communism served for over 70 years.

The President attacked the Taliban in Afghanistan who had harbored Osama Bin Laden, and his allies for years. When it came to finishing the job, and surrounding Osama in the mountains of Tora Bora, Afghanistan, we let this mass murderer get away by leaving the job to foreign hired mercenaries, the anti Taliban Afkan nationals. I assume we simply did not want to take the American manpower losses that might have been demanded.

The President then committed the American army and wealth to destroying the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. Our entry to this war was based on false premises. There were no weapons of mass destruction. We are now left with chaos and civil war in that country, and no EXIT STRATEGY. As Americans, not one of us, including the President has any idea how this war will finish. He, the President has now placed our country in the same position as we were in during Viet Nam – Quagmire.

When Americans enter a war, they need to know the objective. During WW II, it was the taking of Berlin in Europe, or the fall of Tokyo in Japan. In Viet Nam, there was no mission, except the ephemeral objective of keeping South Viet Nam from going communist. What does that mean? Depending on how you calculate it, the Viet Nam war went on for about 15 years. How long will Iraq take?

I believe the President has been notified by the American people in the recent Congressional election that he is on a “short leash” when it comes to Iraq. What is the objective in Iraq? It can’t be democracy any longer. These people do not understand democracy as we understand it. The concept of democracy in that part of the world has not existed in thousands of years.

Democracy is everybody’s SECOND choice in Iraq. The Shia and Sunni’s are killing each other on a daily basis in large numbers, some of which are unreported. Good, decent American troops, none of which are sons of any member of Congress, are dying in a war without an objective, except for “Stay the Course”.

These policies should be unacceptable to all of us as Americans. The Republican Party in Congress was a surrogate for President Bush in this election. The voters could not vent their ANGER at President Bush direct. The electorate chose instead, to vent their pent-up anger towards Republican incumbents, who took a “thumping” as the President said. Yes there were other issues like corruption, but Iraq was the emotional issue. Had President Bush been up for re-election, he would have been soundly defeated by even a paraplegic blind mute this time around.

Let’s get back to that “happiness index” I spoke about in the beginning of this article. Are any of us happier with the progress of our country over the last six years than we were before that period? Are we more optimistic about the future of our country now than we were a few years ago? Do any of us believe we are headed in the right direction, or even where we are headed at all?

I believe we are now facing MASSIVE UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS that if not addressed will get worse, and our present leadership is not even aware that they exist. America has moved from a farming economy pre 1900, to a manufacturing economy in the 20th century. It must now complete the move from a manufacturing economy, to a services / post industrial society in this the 21st century. This is going to be a tough move with big unanticipated downdrafts that can knock us for an economic loop.

China and the Asian rim want to manufacture everything, leaving us with nothing. Some of our brand name companies are more than willing to accommodate them. Nike manufactures nothing – everything comes from Asia. The massive oil companies in this country including Exxon, and others manufacture nothing – they are strictly distribution and marketing entities. GM and Ford can not compete against Asian manufacturing, and then there’s Wal-Mart, which really functions as a distribution arm for China. Eighty percent of everything Wal-Mart sells comes from China.

This President does not have his eye on the ball, and we are in danger of losing our economic fire power in the next decade. He is asleep at the switch, and must realize that we can no longer afford the loss of precious lives, and national wealth on wars without objectives in countries that none of us have ever been to.

We do not have a “Happiness Index” in this country, but if we did, I believe we are near a low in our emotional happiness in this country. Things have to change, and they have to change in a hurry. Time is NOT on our side. Other countries want to eat our economy for lunch, and displace us as the world’s only remaining superpower. This President would do well to act his act together, and start thinking about how to maintain national economic wellbeing in the face of the coming foreign economic threats that are looming.

Richard Stoyeck

Richard Stoyeck’s background includes being a limited partner at Bear Stearns, Senior VP at Lehman Brothers, Kuhn Loeb, Arthur Andersen, and KPMG. Educated at Pace University, NYU, and Harvard University, today he runs Rockefeller Capital Partners and StocksAtBottom.com Value Investing at StocksAtBottom.com

Obama Shirts Becoming a Popular Seller

The name Barack Obama has become notorious in recent months and there are many American voters who are closely following what he has to say, his ideas on how to run the country have opened the eyes of many people that some real problems are and how they can be treated.

Obama has also provided new ideas for some very old problems, such as medical care, and while each candidate has something to say about medical care ultimately, which is a candidate to the idea that work is done the present population without medical care.

He also showed a more personal with some of his television appearances on programs that are not policies and seems to be very comfortable in these formats rather than the cumbersome policy that many politicians to keep to leave voters to wonder what their real personality as May be. This may seem unimportant to some people but the candidate elected in Whitehouse ultimately, at some point show their human side and it is a great advantage of knowing a head of time what the candidate is.

One interesting policies that Obama want to create is a teacher residency program, which would train teachers in management, higher education and hands on training. This would end the country out about 30000 new teachers a year, which would end a shortage of untrained teachers providing education to children in USA. There is currently a lack of teachers and there are also some states that do not require as high a level as other states for teachers in their school systems. When the national average is considered to student achievement levels, it can be easily seen that it takes more effort placed on education and the requirements of the curriculum.

Obama is the only candidate to have recognized this growing problem with educating the youth of the country and has developed a thought and a plan that not only help to properly educate students, but will also help boost employment with this program 30000 training with new teachers trained each year.

This is what makes voters sit down and listen to the ideas of Obama and take into consideration that it might well be the next President of the USA and one who brings new ideas from some old problems in the country .

One of the many things that are underway to raise funds for the campaign are Obama Obama t-shirts that many voters and those who are not of voting age are proud to support.

Do you buy a shirt and Obama to help support by all possible means to help get elected as president. You can help us promote Barack Obama through the port connected Barack Obama t-shirts or making a donation to the campaign. All Obama t-shirts mentioned here are not official, but rather inspired by whom could possibly be one of the most influential politicians for a long time.

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When there is greed at the top, it is impossible for “Trickle Down Economics” to work.

The only proven way to stimulate the Economy is from the bottom up.

Looking Online in an Economic Crisis

We are living in very unique times. We are moving through uncharted waters. All around us we are hearing of the growing economic crisis.

The US has been experiencing an ongoing real estate downturn for many months now. This was fueled by the problems of subprime loans which were defaulting by the thousands. Banks that held these loans began to suffer.

At first it seemed isolated, but with the downfall of the world’s 3rd biggest investment bank, Lehman Brothers, and the United States biggest savings bank, Washington Mutual, the crisis has spread all over the world. Talk quickly turned to a “goverment bailout” in the US.

The first European financial crisis victim was German Hypo Real Estate with a 35,000,000,000 EUR ($46,589,000,000) debt. The urgent German goverment financial help for saving Hypo Real Estate was finally approved by European Commission.

With many companies feeling the crunch the next step is downsizing and layoffs. The car industry, for instance, is already announcing cutbacks in car production. Unemployment will rise and many will be without work. When and where will it all end? Will things continue to get worse and worse?

Will you trust the government for your “bailout”? Or will you find your own way to earn your living?

As with any times of crisis, the ingenuity and creativity of resourceful individuals suddenly kick into gear. It’s amazing how new things come to surface when one’s back is against the wall.

Regardless of what is happening out there in the marketplace and on Wall Street, online businesses are still growing at a rapid rate. This may be the perfect time for you to consider the opportunity of making money working at home.

Many years ago (1983), a book was written by Robert H. Schuller entitled, Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do! What an amazing title. And the quip is as true today as it was back then.

With the financial climate going from bad to worse, there will be those who whine and cry and others who will roll up their sleeves and get busy (the tough ones). Which group will you join? The choice is yours.

Perhaps you’d never even considered having your very own online business as a way to make money. But now it seems like it is the only way. The World Wide Web is a great place to do business! It’s a global market right at your fingertips!

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Germany’s Recovery Hasn’t Helped Merkel

Germany’s Recovery Hasn’t Helped Merkel
Germany’s steady stream of good economic news—last week, it announced that unemployment dropped below the 3 million mark for the first time since 1992—has been of oddly little help to Chancellor Angela Merkel. Since last year’s decisive reelection victory, Merkel has been beset by a number of political setbacks—infighting with junior coalition partners, taking the wrong side in a regional …

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Christine O’Donnell and the bill of rights, Via: www.fameappeal.com Go to 2:37, 7:03, 3:35 For Fame Appeal Articlebit.ly clip was taken october 18 2010, in my law school’s court room. To the left is Democrat Chris Coons, to the right is Tea Party candidate Christine O’donnell -topics; first amendment, church v. state


Sheriff Joe Arpaio and CA state senator Darrell Steinberg debate Arizona’s new law.

Muslim demographics (Europe, USA, Scandinavia)


Welcome to Sweden of Today www.cbn.com www.cbn.com www.cbn.com www.thelocal.se A famous Danish journalist, Lars Hedegaard, said in March 2009: “I think that the best prediction is that Sweden will have a muslim majority by 2049, so we know where that country is going.” The main political opposition in Sweden is Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) www.sverigedemokraterna.se Photos in the video mainly from www.freedigitalphotos.net Photo of Lars Hedegaard from this excellent blogg atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com Photos also from Nationell Idag: www.nationellidag.se (The editor of this nationalist newspaper mr Vavra Suk, was almost killed by 20 left-wing hooligans in February, 2009. To show support you can subscribe on that paper.) Political parties in Europe Front National/Frankrike: www.frontnational.com British National Party/England: www.bnp.org.uk Vlaams Belang/belgien: www.vlaamsbelang.be Schweizerische Volkspartei/Schweiz: www.svp.ch Partij voor de vrijheid/Holland: www.pvv.nl Bündis Zukunft Österreich/Österrike: www.bzoe.at FPÖ/Österrike: www.fpoe.at Dansk Folkeparti/Danmark: www.danskfolkeparti.dk Lega Nord/Italien: www.leganord.org Sverigedemokraterna/Sverige: www.sverigedemokraterna.se

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