Archive for the ‘Biden’ Category

Coke a Dope: Biden’s Daughter Doing Drugs?

March 29, 2009

Biden resisted Barack’s plan to shut down the drug trade in Afghanistan.  Now we know why…


A “friend” of Vice President Joseph Biden’s daughter, Ashley, is attempting to hawk a videotape that he claims shows her snorting cocaine at a house party this month in Delaware.

The anonymous male acquaintance of Ashley took the video, said Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer representing the seller.

By Brad Hamilton
New York Post

Dunlap and a man claiming to be a lawyer showed The Post about 90 seconds of 43-minute tape, saying it was legally obtained and that Ashley was aware she was being filmed. The Post refused to pay for the video.

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Obama, Economy: So Much Uncertainty Spins Off More…. Uncertainty

March 25, 2009

Barack Obama seem prepared to chage everything about everything.

Just today he set out to reform the tax code at the IRS.  Since Tim Geithner is busy and was never good at taxes anyway, Paul Volker will head a commission.

But Geithner added uncertainty of his own today saying it was OK by him if China replaced the dollar with something else as a reserve currency.  When the dollar pitched downward, Geithner had to ‘clarify’ his first statement to get markets going again.

But it is just part of an ever swirling vortex of change, tinkering and tampering that makes businesses and investors shudder.

We’ll provide health care to all, we’ll reform education, we’ll take care of climate change, we’ll do away with gas and oil and coal, we’ll….well it looks like we’ll do everything.  We’ll use embrionic stem cells to cure Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and then we’ll cure cancer.

And what will it all cost?  Who cares, really.  It isn’t our money……

Well, people do care like China, the nation that holds most of our debt….

Just today FedEx said it might back off on billions of dollars of aircraft sales planned to go to Boeing.  The reason?  Card check.  FedEx is worried that fast unionization of its work force will dramatically change its bottom line.

The Dow was way up today and then way down.  Why?  In one word?  Uncertainty.

Today on the Dow: uncertainty

“A weaker interest or wider spread in a Treasury deal today could certainly cause some angst,” said Warren Koontz, chief investment officer for large-company value stocks at Loomis Sayles & Co., which manages $106 billion in Boston. “As anxious as the market is after the run we’ve had here, it gives people an excuse to step back.”

Late on Wednesday the Associated press said this about the stock market today: “Trading was extremely erratic….Analysts said weak demand during an auction of government debt stirred up worries about how easily Washington will be able to raise money to fund its economic rescue program. The fear in the market is that the government might not be able to easily raise the hundreds of billions of dollars it needs.”

Anxious, cautious, uncertain, confidence: they are all part of the stew that’s boiling; which might be good and might not.

The economic recession gave us uncertainty enough.  Now the president has himself compounded the problem.

If the United States was an aircrft, Obama has already touched every dial and lever in the cockpit.  And what does that mean?  Only one thing for sure: Uncertainty.  And a lack of confidence.  That’s why businesses are not yet rehiring and people are holding on to their money.

First Obama said we were in a crisis and he was all gloom and doom.  Then he spoke of confidence and Biden even mentioned the “Obama factor” when the markets went up.  Last night he exhibited neither confidence nor gloom; but instead a kind of boredom.

The president is overexposed and not helping.  This is a time to lower uncertainty and emphasize confidence: and do the hard work necessary to move the nation forward.  Enough of the media events, press conferences and fake bipartisanship.  Get to work already.

Primum non nocere


The uncertainty that the president has mentioned himself,  just a little, is what militay people call the “unknown unknowns.”  While we have so much economic uncertainty compounded by self imposed uncertainty, we should have some money saved for a rainy day like an new war on terror, a troop deployment to the border with Mexico or some other really far out scenario…..Putin and Hu Jintao like American uncertainty and they aren’t the only ones…..We live in an uncertain world and we have added to the uncertainty since January….


FedEx Corp is threatening to cancel the purchase of billions of dollars worth of new Boeing Co cargo planes if Congress passes a law that would make it easier for unions to organize at the package-delivery company, the Wall Street Journal said.

FedEx may cancel plans to buy as many as 30 new Boeing planes should Congress pass a bill that would remove truck drivers, couriers and other employees at FedEx’s Express unit from the jurisdiction of the federal Railway Labor Act of 1926, the paper cited the company spokesman as saying.

In January, FedEx said its express unit exercised options to buy 15 more Boeing 777 freighters, worth $3.75 billion at list prices.

However, the company deferred delivery of some of the planes as the U.S. economy faces a bleak outlook.

FedEx’s actions raise the stakes in an increasingly bitter battle involving chief rival, United Parcel Service Inc, and the Teamsters union, which has been trying for years to organize at FedEx, the Journal said.

FedEx and Boeing could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters.



Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent the dollar tumbling with comments about China’s ideas for overhauling the global monetary system, only to drive it back up by affirming that it should remain the world’s reserve currency.

Geithner was initially asked at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York about proposals from People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan for a new international reserve currency. He said “as I understand his proposal, it’s a proposal designed to increase the use of the IMF’s special drawing rights. And we’re actually quite open to that.”

The dollar slid as much as 1.3 percent against the euro within 10 minutes of news accounts of Geithner’s remarks. The U.S. currency was down 0.6 percent at $1.3553 as of 12:31 p.m. in New York.

Roger Altman, who worked with Geithner as deputy Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, later asked Geithner whether he wanted to “clarify” his remarks.

“I’d like to ask one final question, in effect on behalf of the market,” said Altman, founder of Evercore Partners Inc. “Let me ask the question this way. Do you see any change over the foreseeable future in the basic role of the dollar as the world’s key reserve currency?”

‘Strong’ Dollar

Geithner responded by saying that “I think the dollar remains the world’s dominant reserve currency.” In an interview with CNBC broadcast after the event, the Treasury chief said that a “strong dollar” is in “America’s interest.”

In his earlier response, Geithner said an increased use of SDRs should be “rather evolutionary, building on the current architecture, rather than moving us to global monetary union.”

Those remarks don’t indicate Geithner favors moving to a system with the SDR as a reserve currency, strategist Lee Hardman at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd. wrote in a note.

“That was the big concern amongst the confusion,” London- based Hardman said. “A move to an SDR-linked system away from the dollar would naturally lead to a reduction in the dollar’s share of global reserves.”

Geithner, a former Treasury undersecretary for international affairs and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which carries out U.S. interventions in currency markets, also said that “we will do what’s necessary to make sure we’re sustaining confidence in our financial markets.”

Bernanke, Obama

Geithner and Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke both told lawmakers yesterday that they expected the dollar to remain the most important global currency. President Barack Obama said at a news conference late yesterday that “the dollar is extraordinarily strong” because investors are confident in the ability of the U.S. to lead a worldwide recovery, and also rejected calls for a new global currency.

China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasuries, and Premier Wen Jiabao earlier this month expressed concern about the value of its investment. Central bank governor Zhou this week advocated a “super-sovereign reserve currency” that’s disconnected from any individual nation.

Zhou said, in an essay posted on the PBOC’s Web site, that the IMF’s special drawing rights, a unit of account at the fund used for member countries’ reserves with the IMF, offer “light in the tunnel for the reform of the international monetary system.” He said the SDR has yet to be “put into full play due to limitations on its allocation and the scope of its uses.”

Geithner said in his interview with CNBC that “China is playing a very important stabilizing role in this financial crisis we’re seeing globally.” U.S. officials are “working very, very closely with them. I think they have a lot of confidence in the policies we’re pursuing,” he also said.

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Obasm: “It took us a couple of days,” Yet FDR Got Pearl Harbor Right and Fast

March 25, 2009

When someone is on top of the facts; he doesn’t need a teleprompter.

And when a person has deeply seated values and ideals, he doesn’t need to wait to see what the polls will say.

Ed Henry should get an award for eliciting the truth from the president last night about his slow response to the AIG bonus caper. 

“It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak,” the president said.

Maybe he wants to know what to think.

What Obama left out is this: we at the White House also like to take a poll, write crafty remarks and get them into the teleprompter, before we say anything.

FDR reponded faster and better to Pearl Harbor.  He was on top of the facts and at the top of his game.  And he got it right.

I’m calling this Ed Henry response an “Obasm” as in Barack Obama blurting out the truth.

Obama didn’t know what to say about the AIG bonuses.  The stimulus bill allowed them and Geithner, Bernanke and their boys knew about them for months maybe.

Once publically disclosed, the president needed two days to decide what to say.  Then he faked “outrage.”  Then the House voted a 90% confiscatory tax on the bonuses and the president changed course: maybe he was too hasty after two days because he still got it wrong.

I’ll take FDR or Lincoln.  Even without the teleprompter and the polls they knew what they were doing and we knew what to expect.

The reason we want impromptu appearances and remarks by the President of the United States, any president (and all other elected officials) is this: voters need to know how their elected officials really think — and what they really think.

We wants our elected officals off the telepromter and away from the polling data: we want them to speak from the heart and mean it.

I’m not sure we’ve ever seen Barack Obama speak from the heart.  Everything is scripted.  When his pastor raised eyebrows: he lied about the relationship.  Now he has three pastors; not because he believes all three but because, I think, he can’t afford the nighmare scenario that one might not meet with public approval….

When teased about his telepromter: this president got a bigger one……

 President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

Obama Throws In The Towel

 After Leno, Laughter on “60 Minutes,” Boredom From “No Drama” Obama

Obama Once Ruled the Media: Now He Wants To Reach You With Less Of Them

Telepromter President Goes Jumbotron!

Lurching toward what?

Obama’s Views Cause Troubles Between Notre Dame, Bishop, Many Catholics

March 25, 2009

President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to give an address at the University of Notre Dame commencement in May.

But his pro-abortion and pro-embryonic stem cell research views have gotten a reactions from some 80,000 to 100,000 Catholics who are protesting in the form of an on line petition.

 Lifting a federal ban on embryonic stem cell research, he said just last night at a news conference, was the “right thing to do” despite criticisms from various quarters.

A White House statement released Tuesday said the president welcomes the “spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues” sparked in the Notre dame community.

But the discussion has spilled over everywhere, with reports in newspapers in London and Rome.

“While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, including Catholics with their rich tradition of recognizing the dignity of people, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position,” the White House statement said.

The Catholic Bishop in Notre Dame’s area said he will not attend.

From CNN:

From the “Observer,” the student newspaper at Notre Dame:

 Bishop: Notre Dame has ‘chosen prestige over truth’ by inviting Obama

80,000 Sign Petition to Withdraw Invite to Obama

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn't mean the university agrees with all of Obama's positions.

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn’t mean the university agrees with all of Obama’s positions.

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

March 23, 2009

Joe “Gimme a f&*^%$ing break” Biden isn’t packaged.  His off hand comments are legendary.

But the Obama gang of advisors wants him to learn, to grow and get with the f&^*%$#ing telepromter.

Without it, Biden is dangerous.  Even when talking about 7-11.

Even the president proved dangerous this last weekend.  Within about 48 hours he was not very inspiring in two interviews without the teleprompter, one with Jay Leno and one on “60 Minutes.”

But who would have had the forethought to tell this great communicator (1) Jokes about the Special Olympics can go south fast; and (2) Laughing about the economy and people losing their jobs, savings and lunch money isn’t funny.

Then there is Tiny Tim Geithner: a media nightmare.

Today Geithner pulled off a successful “media event.”  The White House did not allow live pictures!

This is the most managed and packaged administration yet….

 Obamagasm Media: Start Asking Questions; The Budget Is Full of Them

Geithner Makes Big Announcement With No Cameras Allowed

Biden: Give Obama a F*&^%$#ing Break
Obama Talks Too Much: Time to Fire Toxic Tim Geithner

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Teased about his over relieance on the teleprompter, President Obama decided last night to use a jumbotron in only his second White House press conference.

This is like listening to the sight impaired read aloud; but we wouldn’t want to offend the sight impaired.

Eventually, in Amerian politics, even the slickest, most packaged guy will get unwrapped.

This is it.

Too bad the media assited in the packaging of the messiah before the election: now we have a president losing the confidence of the American people in a time of crisis.

What is worse is this: he seems to be losing his own confidence: his own sense of self and reality.

President Obama failed to sell his budget plans to the American people

Obama: Press Conference Hints at Class Warfare

President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis
Obama Throws In The Towel

 After Leno, Laughter on “60 Minutes,” Boredom From “No Drama” Obama

Obama Once Ruled the Media: Now He Wants To Reach You With Less Of Them

President Barack Obama's TelePrompTer is seen before a news ...
Obama’s jumbotron in the White House..(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) 

Vice President Joe Biden is seen on a TelePrompTer while delivering ... 
Vice President Joe Biden is seen on a TelePrompTer while delivering remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters 2009 Legislative Conference in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2009.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


By Howard Kurtz
From CNN:

The venues could hardly be more different: Jay Leno’s couch and Steve Kroft’s hot seat.

The president, trying to get off the defensive during AIG Outrage Week, is on a certified media blitz. That’s why he played the Leno card, risking criticism that he shouldn’t be making jokes in Burbank while the economy is crumbling. That’s why he handicapped the NCAA playoff brackets on ESPN, risking criticism that he shouldn’t be worried about college hoops while the banking system remains in crisis.

That hot seat, figuratively speaking, was in the Oval Office, where the “60 Minutes” correspondent interviewed the president Friday evening.

“I think we asked him a lot of hard questions,” Kroft told me Sunday on “Reliable Sources.” “But I have to say that I found him probably more relaxed this week than at any other time that I had interviewed him.”

I asked whether he felt the need to be more polite with an incumbent president than a mere White House wannabe.

“I think that interviews with presidents are different than almost anything else,” Kroft said. “They’re sort of the last bastion of civility … particularly when you’re in the Oval Office. You’re not supposed to wag your finger at him, and you’re not supposed to get — it’s supposed to be civil. And so you always try and keep that in mind.”

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Geithner Makes Big Announcement With No Cameras Allowed

March 23, 2009

We figure all the president’s men scripted it this way.

In the age of cameras just about everywhere — including on city streets — Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner rolled out his new and improved “Public Private Investment Plan” before financial journalists today and without any live TV coverage.

While the president is urging public confidence, his Treasury Secretary is so uninspiring that he is making his big announcements almost alone.

Tim Geithner: Home Alone.

Mister President: Better staff up at Treasury fast and find a refill for Toxic Tim….

Geithner did rename “toxic assets” today….they are now legacy holdings.

The stock market is up in early trading….

Warning to Joe Biden: stay with the telepromter or you’ll end up like Geithner….

Reports on today’s announcement:

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Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner gets a second chance to make a first impression?  Without cameras?  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

VP adviser: AIG bonus tax may go too far

March 22, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden‘s economic adviser warned Sunday that a congressional plan to tax American International Group Inc. executives’ bonuses may go too far in using the tax code as a tool for retribution.

President Barack Obama has not said whether he would veto some version of a House-backed plan to heavily tax the $165 million in bonuses. Biden economist Jared Bernstein said it’s important to look at what version of the proposal comes out of the Senate.

“I think the president would be concerned that this bill may have some problems in going too far — the House bill may go too far in terms of some — some legal issues, constitutional validity, using the tax code to surgically punish a small group,” Bernstein said in a television interview. “That may be a dangerous way to go.”

Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate also have expressed concern about the plan’s approach to dealing with the AIG bonuses.

American International Group received billions in taxpayer dollars to keep its doors open but still paid employees the bonuses their contracts required. Populist anger led the House to impose a 90 percent tax on bonuses paid this year to companies that needed government bailout money.

Obama and his top advisers called the bonuses outrageous and condemned them. Bernstein said the administration must be focused on the big picture, not just one company.

“What happened at AIG, vis-a-vis these bonuses, is a symptom of a much larger problem,” he said. “And we cannot lose sight of the larger problem, which is stabilizing financial markets,”

Bernstein appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”

Biden: Give Obama a F*&^%$#ing Break

March 22, 2009

 “Axelrod really wanted me to do this on teleprompter — but I told him I’m much better when I wing it. … I know these evenings run long, so I’m going to be brief. Talk about the audacity of hope. … President Obama does send his greetings, though. He can’t be here tonight — because he’s busy getting ready for Easter. (Whisper) He thinks it’s about him. …”

That was Joe Biden last night at the Gridiron Dinner:


Here’s what we wrote a couple of weeks ago about letting Biden fill in for the President at the Gridiron:

Did you lose your job?  Your house?  Is your IRA worthless?  Did Bernie the Bandito rob you of your retirement?

My wife and I can’t go on “spring break” because we have no money for that kind of thing any more: but President Barack Obama will leave Washington DC before long because he now needs and undoubtedly deserves a spring break with Michelle and his kids.  And in doing that, Obama will be the first president since Grover Cleveland not to attend the first Gridiron Club Dinner of his presidency.

That’s not a big loss since Joe Biden has agreed to step in and he is always a hoot with his ad lib remarks: like you can always find Indians and Pakistanis working in 7-11….

Psst: Obama; Biden Was Supposed To Be the Gaffe Prone Guy

Teachers Ask Pelosi, Dodd For Teaching on “American Values, Truth, Honesty, Competence”

Obama, Biden Chat Up Economy; Congress Talking “Stimulus II”

Rosy Talk From Obama and Gang is BS

 Biden Off Mic: “Gimme a f*&$#ing break”

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host Jay Leno on the NBC late night comedy show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, California March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Psst: Obama; Biden Was Supposed To Be the Gaffe Prone Guy

March 21, 2009

When the Telegraph Newspaper in London lists the “Top Ten Gaffes” of the Obama Administration and Joke Biden doesn’t clean up on the Messiah there is a problem.

Houston, we have a problem.

And it is just not one problem.  Americans now must face the fact that they elected a President of the United States that is a human being: and the media  created an image, a mirage really, of Barack Obama that is just not true.

You were conned.  A lot of us were.

But this is about fair and honest media, now.

And the media is STILL trying to keep the play-acting Obama alive: despite a ton of evidence that the guy is real.  And may be real normal.  And maybe sometimes stupid.

Interesting that it has bee the Telegraph’s man in America, Toby Harnden, that has been the most reliable reporter of  Obama’s many gaffe’s — not an American reporter for an American media organization.

When will the double standard end?

Even the New York Times wants to know….. 

For the Telegraph’s Top Ten Obama Gaffe’s by Toby Harnden, google:
Harnden, Obama, gaffes


President Barack Obama bumps his head entering the door of Marine One…Photo by Edmonds, AP


“It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger,” President Obama said on Thursday of the banks he’s chosen to bail out. “You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk [to] them, ease that finger off the trigger.”

It may be the world’s shortest-lived gaffe: the brief outrage it spawned was of course entirely subsumed by the uproar over his comment to Jay Leno that his attempt at bowling was “like the Special Olympics or something.”

By Tobin Harshaw
The New York Times

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as he speaks to host Jay Leno on the NBC late night comedy show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, California March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Some would say it’s minor stuff — and it is: a clumsy simile for our terror-ridden time, followed by a clumsier joke for our P.C.-ridden time. But presidents don’t generally get a break on minor stuff. Gerald Ford, the finest athlete in Oval Office history, stumbles getting off a plane and America gets stuck with Chevy Chase’s career for the next three decades; Ronald Reagan, who brought about the perhaps the most significant reduction of nuclear weapons of the cold war, makes a bad joke about bombing Russia during a microphone sound check and is forever painted as a paranoid warmonger; George H.W. Bush, pork-rind eater, gives a befuddled look at a grocery-store scanner and will never shake the reputation as being out of touch with the common man; Dan Quayle, scion of a newspaper family, misspells the name of a common nightshade at a school spelling bee and his cements his reputation as an airhead; George W. Bush … well, one doesn’t know where to start with George W. Bush, but pretzels come to mind. It seems that only Vice President Joe Biden has managed to gaffe himself up the career ladder.

Besides, minor stuff often contains hints at the larger picture. “It was brilliant communications skills that carried Obama to the presidency,” note Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen of the Politico. “But the discipline and strategic focus of the campaign have yet to move into the White House. The story of the day often catches the president flat-footed or on the defensive — and regularly undercut by fellow Democrats. To Obama’s dismay, he is learning that successful presidential communications is only in part — often a fairly small part — about personal eloquence.”

The MSM didn’t seem to make much of the Special Olympics joke — The Times’s initial online story on the “Tonight Show” appearance didn’t even mention it , nor did The Washington Post’s news article on the president’s California swing – but one Special Olympian and plenty of folks in the blogosphere took note.

“So how do you categorize Obama’s statement?” asks Patterico. “Poor judgment? Thoughtlessness? Or TELLING IT LIKE IT IS?!?! Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t really countenance the disabled flying into an outrage over this. But I do think — like the “putting lipstick on a pig” comment — that it shows Obama has a tin ear sometimes. And that he’s often a poor communicator, despite all we’ve heard to the contrary.”

“One almost gets tired of saying it, but one must say it, still: Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would do with that, had Bush said it,” adds the Anchoress, with a heavy sigh. “President Bush was no cool cat, but he was a master of self-deprecating humor. I give Obama credit for trying it out…but maybe he’d better practice it more! Patterico notes that the press is playing it down. That’s not surprising. It was a failed attempt at humor, and you know what? I’d love to ignore it, I really would. And I’ll start ignoring these Obama gaffes just as soon as the press gives them the same unending coverage they gave to Bush’s. When the double-standards end.”

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Barack Academy Announces Plan for “American Values, Truth, Honesty, Competence”

March 20, 2009

President Obama has already made this the “Education Presidency,” by offering a complete overhaul of the educations system in the United States.

Unlike the stimulus and health care plans he has proposed, which he left to the thoughtful Nancy Pelosi for the legislative drafting, the new education proposal will be created by Himself and the White House which is not at all challenged by the task.

And now an important new teachers’ union has come forward to assist Rahm Emanuel and the others in the White House team to create the new educations system.

“Patriotic Americans for Sensible Intelligence” (PATSI) president Susan Malarky has come forward to say, “To make sure this is a lot better than the special olympics type bill created by congress, we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping the White House.”

“Besides, without a lot of input from the teachers, the money the president proposes to spend might not all end up with union teachers where it belongs.”

PATSI also has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chistopher Dodd to start the project to write the next generation of student textbooks.

PATSI says Dodd and Pelosi will lead a team which will write the text on “American Values, Law, Truth and Honesty.”

Vice President Joe Biden said, “Give me a f *&$%# ing break.”

Keep your sense of humor!

Forget ACORN, Obama’s Americorps Has “strong odor of creepy authoritarianism”

Why Singapore is another model for teaching excellence

 Obama: Really Wants to “Fix Schools”? Try The China Or Singapore Model

Thowing Money Around Isn’t Always the Cure