Concerning the masses, as Karl Marx would postulate or it is concerning the natural rights of man, as Thomas Paine would no doubt have espoused, and somewhere, somehow in-between these mediums the gauntlet of social sciences is labelled up the entirety of public policy. Furthermore, in the attempt to understand America and her political heritage one would be well disposed to study these sciences.
Yet we at The Contemplative Thinker are completely dismayed insofar as to be a true believer in the grand scheme of things or especially understand how our Constitution was put together as well as how the Founders thought, moreover, how they came about their decisions with the rule of law. All one need do is to look at The Federalist Papers – a series of essay’s as to why America should adapt the Constitution – and as a personal courtesy one should also visit or revisit the tyrannical effects Americans were enduring just prior to the American Revolution would assist one in knowing why we were framed a constitutional democracy.
Subsequently, it is overwhelming important for one to understand the notion of “The Administrative State/Branch” of government or even the mere mention of someone taking Executive posture in this nation of the people and because Congress is in a different stance on any number of political issues that one declares “I’ve got a pen…and…I’ve got a phone…” for production of executive orders. Inasmuch as everything our baffled clown has done already, if or when he begins to even think that tyranny or self-rule is the way, then we guess, he will become none other than a lame duck president.
Shaping public policy is a complex and multifaceted process that involves the interplay of numerous individuals and interest groups competing and collaborating to influence policymakers to act in a particular way.
These individuals and groups use a variety of tactics and tools to advance their aims, including advocating their positions publicly, attempting to educate supporters and opponents, and mobilizing allies on a particular issue. Often, the need for public policy develops over time. In the past, there might have been no way to prevent the problem from occurring, but with current technologies a solution may appear. Public Policy is easier to establish when it affects smaller groups of people.
As an academic discipline, public policy brings in elements of many social science fields and concepts, including economics, sociology, political economy, program evaluation, policy analysis, and public management, all as applied to problems of governmental administration, management, and operations.
At the same time, the study of public policy is distinct from political science or economics, in its focus on the application of theory to practice. While the majority of public policy degrees are master’s and doctoral degrees, several universities also offer undergraduate education in public policy.
Public comment is a specific term of art used by various government agencies in the United States, a constitutional democratic republic, in several circumstances. Generally these circumstances are open public meetings of government bodies which set aside time for oral public comments, or comments, usually upon documents. Such documents may either be reports such as Draft Environmental Impact Reports (DEIR’s) or new regulations. There is typically a notice which is posted on the web and mailed to more or less ad hoc lists of interested parties known to the government agencies. If there is to be a change of regulations, there will be a formal notice of proposed rule-making.
The basis for public comment is found in general political theory of constitutional democracy as originated during and after the French Enlightenment, particularly by Rousseau. This basis was elaborated in the American Revolution, and various thinkers such as Franklin, Jefferson, and Thomas Paine are associated with the rejection of tyrannical, closed government decision making in favor of open government.
The tradition of the New England Town Hall is believed being rooted in this early American movement, and the distillation of formal public comment in official proceedings is a direct application of this format in the workings of public administration itself. Therefore, we ask the question: If greater than say 60 to 70 percent of a nation’s population does not like the immigration reform policy set out by the Senate, why the Hades hasn’t considered the American public is well-beyond us.
Meanwhile, back at the White House, it is a tough time for President Obama. As well it should be! He has earned every rating he has received.
The magic is over. Gone are the swooning crowds and fainting admirers of yesteryear, the almost hypnotic adoration of the “Stepford media,” the childlike hope of millions that “the One” would transform this nation – for which they inexplicably harbor so much bitterness – into a perfect utopia of “equality” and “social justice” (code words for big-time wealth redistribution).
Today, polls show that even once-enthusiastic Obama supporters are dismayed at having been knowingly and repeatedly lied to. Not only can’t they keep their health insurance “if they like it,” they can’t keep their doctor, can’t keep their hospital, can’t even – in some cases – keep their medicine!
Likewise it turns out, as prominent Democrats now belatedly admit, government “death panels” (by whatever name) were always understood by Obamacare’s creators as an absolutely essential component of a socialized scheme dependent on centralized rationing.
In sum, Team Obama stands exposed as having relied on massive lies, bribery, and fraud to engineer the intentional destruction of the greatest health-care delivery system in world history.
It was not a day or so ago that some expert (name unknown) was comparing Obama’s early speeches mostly commentating on the notion that (tear jerker) 30 million Americans did not have health insurance coverage. Interestingly, after ripping through a political party – Republican Party – for the unparalleled “they won’t work with us…” or “it’s impossible crossing the aisle to meet with the other person.”
What this particular expert was making reference too was the fact that in the year 2020 when all of Obama’s pandering was to be completed, the fact remains that there will be close to 40 million Americans that are without health insurance coverage.
You have probably heard the words “net neutrality” being tossed around a lot lately.
That is because on January 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order, which protected net neutrality by regulating the nation’s broadband infrastructure.
The court’s ruling appeared to be the coup de grâce for the FCC, which has been fighting to regulate the internet for over 10 years.
But as it turns out, the opposite may be true. By calling out the FCC for overstepping its bounds, the court may have actually opened the door for the FCC to completely control the internet.
Worst of all, no one is talking about it! The mainstream media is focused on the slight (but real) possibility that consumers may have to pay a little more to use services like Netflix (NFLX). And do not get me wrong – that is a distressing thought.
But there is far more at stake than the price of streaming video.
It appears that the Fed’s are conveniently rewriting the rules. . .ah. . . again.
The FCC’s fight to regulate the internet can be traced to 2002, when the Commission classified internet service providers (ISPs) as “information service providers” and not “telecommunications carriers.”
Since then, however, the FCC has continued forcing ISPs to follow the same rules that apply to telecoms (with varying degrees of success). And now, for the first time, the court has said definitively that the FCC cannot do that.
But that is not the whole story…
You see, in 2008, the FCC quietly reinterpreted Section 706 of the Communications Act. Sounds pretty harmless, right? But the updated version acts as a broad grant of authority for pretty much whatever the FCC wants to do.
And on January 14, when the court struck down the Open Internet Order, it also accepted the reinterpreted Section 706.
Basically, the court told the FCC: You cannot broadly regulate ISPs like telecoms, but do not sweat it! On a case-by-case basis, you can do virtually anything you want.
On top of that, Judge Silberman, who ruled in the Open Internet Order case, called any remaining limitations on the FCC “illusory.” In his dissent, he said that Section 706 “grant[s] the FCC virtually unlimited power to regulate the internet.”
Giving sweeping power to a federal agency is never a good idea, and the FCC is no exception. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has long supported net neutrality, says the ruling could be a “Trojan Horse for unrestrained FCC authority to regulate the internet.”
In fact, it is unclear why the FCC could not regulate any information services, so long as it has a plausible argument that it is boosting broadband demand. Could the FCC then rule over VoIP as well as broadband? What about smart cars? Or even entire smart cities?
It is a scary thought, and everyone – from net neutrality advocates to venture capitalists, broadband innovators and even ISPs like Verizon (VZ) and Comcast (CCV) – should be worried.
An open internet is essential to our very way of life, from education to freedom of speech to economic growth. Handing the government the keys to common law regulation allows the FCC to wage a piecemeal campaign that slowly but surely tightens the grip of federal regulation, and that is no good for anyone.
We would like to express our compliments and a well-earned hat-tip to Capitol Hill Daily’s Christopher Eutaw for seeing to it that this due-diligent article has – at least – been published by what we hope will become the neo-mainstream media. Please visit them by clicking here.
“Put simply, this must be at the top of our to-do list,” Pritzker said Thursday at an event for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council that was attended by consuls general from Mexico, France and the United Arab Emirates as well as local city leader Jan Perry.
We are not at all certain that with the negligence poured over the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) by the Congress of our Nation that there would be anyone who does not understand the need for immigration reform. This is not a mystery to anyone, by any means.
The mere notion of having somewhere between 12 to 25 million illegal immigrants living in the Nation as quasi-citizens has let everyone know just how bad the USA needs to reform the immigration laws and policies.
We would like to make mention of just a few matters that the Founders of this Nation (USA), made implicit with their own mouths. Furthermore, the main reason that the Founders were able to come to an all out agreement is that what they did have was a Nation, including Senators, House Representatives, the President, and most of all something that was never forgotten back then that seems to be on the “if-come” basis now. Here we are specifically mentioning the public of the United States.
Public opinion as well as public policy were the two necessary factors behind getting anything done. One thing the Founders took into consideration before every vote, every decision made was how their decision going to affect their constituencies.
However first in the need for immigration reform is consistency and uniformity. The notions we are alluding to is of course true assimilation and the need for there to be legislation pending against what is now termed as “Sanctuary Cities.” Assimilation does not mean overly inviting. Nothing alerted and frightened the Founders more than having large scale numbers of immigrants all going to live in the same place.
In fact, Benjamin Franklin had his hands full when large scale immigration of German people started settling in Pennsylvania. What concerned Franklin the most was that approximately one third of the state acquired people from Germany. So after, shop, tavern, and other merchant signs began to fill the towns overlook.
Benjamin Franklin worried most about our common language, English. In fact so enduring were these new immigrants in founding new reading groups, language acquirement skills, and everything redone with English that Franklin was embarrassed. Sure Benjamin was a writer but more industrially, he was a publisher and printer.
When we mention the notion of English language – has anyone cared to reason why our Founders did not frame the U.S. Constitution to at least mention making the language the official one to be used in America. This fact gets brought up by every advocacy proponent or special interest group we can think of to the point.
The Founders did not think – nor did they have too – that English would ever be challenged as not being the official language of the new Nation. Everyone or almost everyone whilst back in their “home” countries was learning English to be ready – for the opportunity – of having a leg up on their competition.
As for those individuals the American Way did not mean, “I want to give my family a better life…or I want my children to have the things that we did not have…” No! The American Way to those immigrants meant standing with and aligning to the American way of life. Yes they knew by helping to make America the wealthiest and most prosperous nation in the world, that they had claim to the stake. As America got better then conditional remedies manufactured by all people mostly new immigrants then they knew that they shared in the opportunity for the American Dream.
How many interesting things or expansion of knowledge have you read, seen, or heard lately? This although different area of learning is nothing new in education. In fact, many, if not most of the expert, or most studied individuals we tend to make “Gospel” of the words they uttered, theories they may have come up with, or at the very least, coined jargon (making up of word groups that only apply to that profession) indeed come from these experts.
However and unbeknownst to many outside the educational community just believe what they have heard or seen although predicated upon a theory or postulate with no real science placed behind it may have indeed caused more confusion than anything else in our course of learning.
We would like to submit to you various and sundry facts that we have gained through our regiment of reading, researching, information gathering, and pursuant to the data (scientifically obtained) go on and write some rather interesting articles about these revelatory issues and refer to them as The Fun Articles albeit in just about every aspect of knowledge.
We are proposing well-written articles on subject matter that may be on smuggling operations within our Nation, as well as cartel activity, jihadists’ activity, volumes on educational theory, advocacy supporters, special interest groups, and what over the years have been tragic effects, yet, nothing is done about it.
In one day whilst being open to new things I quasi-learned how the executive and judicial branches of equal government ripped into the legislative branch as though they (Congress) could do no wrong. In addition, those people laying the groundwork for the accusations were somehow involved with either a bonafide administration or have spent several years (25 or more) in various occupations within the government and we feel are entitled to talk.
Furthermore, if we all must really know, there are times when writing about a retired former Secretary of Defense discloses yet another truth about what is happening on the inside that makes me distrust the “Clowns of Washington” even more than I do already.
We here at The Contemplative Thinker would love to enlist or commission articles from our reader’s as well. Please if you’ve got something to say, please send me a draft to any number of email boxes I have registered with Word Press.
So it is now time for some fun! I found this next small bit of information an amazing resource of information, which just happens to be plaguing us and draining America of taxpayer contributed funds. Ready?
The Founder’s generation saw a revolution in reading and discussion. Intelligent colonials of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries felt marooned in an ocean of trees and indifference. The clergy of early New England were Cambridge-educated divines, who founded Harvard (1636) and Yale (1701) to train their sons and grandsons.
Introducing new Founder’s here – Jonathan Edwards, the great preacher and theologian, wrote a wistful letter to a Scottish clergyman. “It might be of particular advantage to me here in this remote part of the world to be better informed of what books there are that are published on the other side of the Atlantic, and especially if there be anything that comes out that is very remarkable.”
The again Lewis Morris, an eccentric New Jersey landowner, amassed a private collection of three thousand books. His instructions: “Do not lend it on any account to anybody whatever, for I know that country (New Jersey) too well to lend books in.
As the eighteenth century progressed, the silence lifted. It wasn’t so much that more people were reading – colonial literacy had always been high – it was that more people knew other readers. Americans knew what other Americans read; in a sense they were reading together.
For those of you and definitely us too, most who remember the Nicolas Cage film with Diane Kruger (nee Heidkruger) National Treasure would acquiesce to their constant memories of Benjamin Franklin. It is when Franklin was in his twenties, he founded the first public library in Philadelphia.
Benjamin Franklin persuaded his friends, who had formed a discussion club, to store their books in a common room, “each of us being at liberty to borrow such as he wished to read at home.”
“In a few years,” travelers found Americans “better instructed and more intelligent than people of the same rank generally are in other countries.”
MA Lawmaker: Food Stamp Cards Being Sold For Drug Money
A district judge has struck down a Florida law requiring drug testing for welfare benefits.
State Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R) says Americans are selling their EBT cards for drug money. She says oversight of the food stamp program has become lax through the years.
‘Fast & Furious’ Gun Found After Deadly Mexican Resort Shootout
Yet another Fast and Furious weapon was recovered in Mexico. This time, the gun was found after a shootout between Mexican authorities and drug cartel members in the popular resort town of Puerto Penasco.
Five cartel gunmen were killed in the battle last month, and the sounds were captured in an amateur video posted on YouTube.
ATF, which was blamed for the botched gun operation, released the following statement:
“ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general’s direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.”
Katie Pavlich reacted to the situation on Fox and Friends this morning, arguing that ATF has a very “loose” definition of what it means to take responsibility.
She said even Eric Holder admits that we’re going to see more murders be linked to Fast and Furious weapons, with some 1,400 of them still out there.
Watch the full discussion above, including an update on where the legal battle stands on Capitol Hill as Republicans demand more documents be made public by the Obama administration.
Both of these articles and many other can be read at Fox News Insider
Please allow me to go “walkabout” and share with you some significant findings on education and something almost as typical as ObamaCare in relation to how at least in the Nation’s second largest school district when one takes the initiative to start a new program IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO GET SCIENTIFIC DATA BEFOREHAND. Of course I am taking on the notion of the iPad Program and the basic disarray of America’s educational environment.
Yet what I have to share with you is a shockingly pathetic portrayal of first, the American (or at least) Los Angeles, CA ethics and family statuses; second, I don’t know when the current administration is going to get it however, with BIG PLANS, big money, and the unknown please try and make it better than your failed legacy. Ready?
It would seem Robert J. Moreau, a computer animation teacher who struggled for grants to set up a lab, would be among the first to applaud the $1-billion iPad program in the Los Angeles Unified School District. But he’s not.
“It’s outrageous, appalling, that we are buying these toys when we don’t have adequate personnel to clean, to supervise,” said the Roosevelt High School instructor. “Classrooms are overcrowded, and my room has not been swept or mopped in years except by me and the students…. It would be great if the basics were met. I can’t get past that.”
In an effort to determine how the iPad rollout is going and how to improve it, a Board of Education member and employee unions conducted surveys of teachers and administrators. Their anonymous responses: Just 36% of teachers strongly favored continuing the effort; 90% of administrators felt the same.
Schools Supt. John Deasy has pushed hard for the tablets, calling it a civil rights imperative to give all students access to technology used by the more affluent. What? Of all the ideas he throws this one out there?
But problems plagued the project from the start. When the first group of campuses received the tablets this fall, more than 300 students at three high schools almost immediately removed security filters so they could freely browse the Internet. All of the students at these schools had to surrender the tablets.
Please read more of initial story here.
I can’t explain it in its entirety, however, I will make an attempt at opening up this site and encouraging anyone and everyone to comment or participate.
It’s this way: Whenever you point your finger at another person, you always have three pointing back at you.
Ladies and gentlemen I want to candy coat this reality as much as possible; however, there comes a moment when it’s time to take the gloves off and duke it out. Essentially what I’m referring to is you may not like what I’m saying; nonetheless, the data is reliable and quite valid to suggest otherwise.
Indictment of the American Family
The following data comes from the Josephson’s Institute, Center for Youth Ethics that should start an avalanche of controversy with the media; however, this data does not support America’s agenda of the way things really are.
Josephson Institute’s 2011 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth is based on a survey of nearly 30,000 students in high schools across the U.S. The results paint a troubling picture of our future politicians and parents, cops and corporate executives, and journalists and generals.
LYING: More than 42 percent said that they sometimes lie to save money. Again there are significance differences with gender (49% male, 39% female); however, included in the Report was this fact:
CHEATING: Cheating in school continues to be rampant and it’s getting worse. A substantial majority (64 percent) cheated on a test during the past year (38 percent did so two or more times), up from 60 percent and 35 percent, respectively, in 2011. There were no gender differences on the issue of cheating on exams.
Predicated upon this data we stand firmly among the claims of a huge, dysfunctional disconnect between what parents perceive, and the reality of the situation. Subsequently, we would like to ask: With this type of unethical behavior why parents and others who are outside the classroom so willingly to place blame on teachers?
These results beg some easy questions: Where is the American family headed? Where is the transmission of values, ethics, morals, and appropriate ethos?
Even more troubling is something that is completely missing from this Report: Parents and adults.
Is this what we want for America’s young people?
I have no idea when the Led Zeppelin song, Good Times, Bad Times found its way into my life, it just seems to me that I sang that song more during this time of year during the Christmas holiday season.
I simply refuse to write anything depressing on Christmas Eve. As a “professional student” and adjunct professor, the awareness that someone gets to continue on with their personal education is about the best gift I could imagine receiving. So please allow this to read I am very, very happy for those illegal immigrants to learn of Gov. Christie’s compromise.
Furthermore, I believe that what he did as far as his compromise – setting the Left straight on matters pursuant to the bill, was a good thing. Yet, for some reason I am still plagued with their parents. To open up an entitlement (yes! In state tuition is an entitlement) to a person who legitimately was brought to this country unbeknownst to them is great; however, there should be some sort of sanction levied against their parents.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed a bill Friday that would allow in-state tuition rates for students brought to the country illegally a day after Democrats bowed to his demand that the legislation be tightened.
Christie signed the bill in private, his office said, adding that there will be a public ceremony in the coming weeks. New Jersey Democrats agreed Thursday to strip out the portion of the legislation that would allow the students impacted by the measure to apply for financial aid funded by the state, falling in line with Christie’s wishes.
“This is what compromise looks like,” Christie said Thursday. “Sometimes it’s quiet, sometimes it’s loud but you can do both at the same time.”
The law will extend in-state tuition to illegal immigrants brought into the United States as children who graduate from New Jersey high schools.
Christie won half the Latino vote in his November reelection victory. He is seen widely as a likely bet to run for president in 2016.
Instead we have heard a lot about a health-care overhaul that already needs an overhaul. Additionally, the United States internationally has been entangled in one huge scandal after another.
Furthermore, in a rare but very realistic maneuver House Speaker John Boehner killed the possibility of taking up the Senate bill; President Obama conceded and said a piecemeal approach likely to be used by the House in 2014 could work for him.
All things being equal there is not a hill of beans that looking upon a Senate S.744 consisting of well over 2,000 pages has alerted those in the House that maybe immigration reform is not about amnesty – mind you for some that is all that matters. Yet looking toward real immigration reform, as we have suggested should be dealt with preferably one issue at a time.
An Example of the Mainstream-media:
“Considering the House’s record of accomplishment, sometimes it is tough to imagine anything being accomplished on immigration beyond tougher border enforcement, and that would leave unchanged the status of more than 11 million living in the shadows.”
Another Example of fair and balanced media:
Insofar as the House is concerned it has been within their charter to engage in tougher border enforcement – this does include the complete infrastructure of our borders and by popular demand the American people have spoken regarding law enforcement and the condition of this nation’s borders.
No Mainstream or Fair and Balanced media:
As far as 11 million illegal’s living in the shadows – is tantamount to a cliché, one used far to much. Daily we see immigrants without any legal authority whatsoever getting far brasher and demanding in an entire load of rallies and protests.
This week a group of about 50 advocates for immigration will fast in Chicago for at least 24 hours to show solidarity with a group that has been fasting in Washington, D.C. for more than two weeks, said Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Our fear has been realized: Immigration AND Refugee Rights).
The movement for reform includes religious leaders, business leaders, Democrats and Republicans. We have experienced factious orthodox religion trying hard with their conglomerates of special interest advisors, advocacy groups, and make-shift Scriptural readings. However, as long as it took us during our information gathering and research, it did not take long to see what this colition of evangelicals is trying to do.
Obama should require government agencies to halt deportations of those who fit requirements for legal residency under the Senate bill, Giovagnoli said. “That’s a reasonable approach,” she added. “You’re actually respecting Congress.” Absolutely demented.
The deadliest drug problem in America is not heroin or cocaine or even crack cocaine. It is the abuse of perfectly legal prescription pain medications — familiar names such as Vicodin and Lortab and generic hydrocodone.
Therefore, having read that shocker of an opening statement, which certainly does not make it true; moreover, such a claim lacks any basis to the real problem.
We believe that the problem – or so referred to, is actually “What causes the addictive personality in America or in other areas around the globe?”
Starting with chocolate and moving through coffee (yep, tea is included) the list of what people get addicted to for whatever reasons are frequently connected with substance abuse; however, people with addictive personalities are also highly at risk of becoming addicted to gambling, food, pornography, exercise, work, and codependency. Scientists have been better able to understand addictive personalities as researchers delve further into understanding the chemistry of addiction.
Lately as in 1906 and 1972, as well as other times in the history of the U.S.A., manufacturers have been cited, fined, and penalized for having controlled addictive properties “naturally” in their products. On March 13, 1911,
the government initiated the case under the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. It tried to force The Coca-Cola Company to remove caffeine from the Coca-Cola formula, believing that the product was adulterated and misbranded.
The product(s) that we are most familiar with is of course Coca-Cola. There has always been trace amounts of cocaine hydrochloride within the beverage or just about anything made from it. These two dates in particular resonate in my mind first, it was explained to me by a Coca-Cola touring associate whilst in Atlanta, Georgia and in the second instance, is when I started working at Shasta Beverages who also produces a Cola drink very similar to that of Coca-Cola; however, not nearly as good. One must understand that there is only one Coca-Cola Company.
Ironically while visiting the Coke store for memorabilia and gifts it was a bit surprising to find original cocktail trays stating in clear and decorative script “The drink that cures all ails and anything else that hinders you…” We did marvel over how the beverage was marketed with advertising and slogans that “Keeps you from fatigue,” and “Great for Stomach Disorders.”
Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.