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By A.P. Dillon

The first Republican debate was more entertaining than it had a right to be.

While a historic number of people watched it, they were likely doing so to see what came out of Trump’s mouth next. Those folks were probably not disappointed.

I was watching for how the candidates reacted to a few key issues. One of them is education — specifically Common Core.  I was not disappointed.

The question on Common Core was fired right at Jeb Bush, who dodged it without the words “Common Core” ever crossing his lips. It was artful, but to those of us engaged in the fight against the Core, it was predictable and highly disingenuous.

First, it should be noted that Arne Duncan has attacked parents and insulted millions with his ‘white suburban mom‘ rhetoric. Jeb Bush and John Kasich prefer to utilize Unicorns to smear parents with.

Second, Jeb Bush’s promotion of Common Core runs in contradiction to his claim he is a proponent of school choice. Common Core is the opposite of choice, sir.

The question on Common Core was then redirected to Sen. Marco Rubio. I was a bit surprised that they didn’t toss it to Kasich.  After all, Kasich is in this race to take Common Core heat off Jeb and hand him Ohio.

What Rubio said in his response effectively stapled Bush’s position on Common Core to Bush’s own forehead:

Well, first off, I too believe in curriculum reform. It is critically important in the 21st Century. We do need curriculum reform. And it should happen at the state and local level. That is where educational policy belongs, because if a parent is unhappy with what their child is being taught in school, they can go to that local school board or their state legislature, or their governor and get it changed.

Here’s the problem with Common Core. The Department of Education, like every federal agency, will never be satisfied. They will not stop with it being a suggestion. They will turn it into a mandate.

In fact, what they will begin to say to local communities is, you will not get federal money unless do you things the way we want you to do it. And they will use Common Core or any other requirements that exists nationally to force it down the throats of our people in our states.

This response isn’t just applicable to Common Core or the Department of Education. There are examples of this mandate machine we call the Federal government in every sector of our lives now.

The lengths to which the federal government has gone to ensure control over the states to date is Orwellian. And this control seeking behavior is increasing.

Rubio didn’t stop with Jeb Bush on education either, he took a clean shot at Hillary Clinton and “free” college this week. From a press release from his campaign site:

“Hillary Clinton’s higher education plan is Obamacare for college. Clinton’s plan doubles down on the outdated system that’s created skyrocketing tuitions and degrees that don’t lead to jobs. Rather than modernize our system by embracing new innovations, Clinton will raise taxes and pour more money into a broken system. 

Good to see Rubio taking aim at Clinton on this topic. This is yet another example of where another federal mandate could be created funded by our own tax dollars.

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton now have another thing in Common beyond donors — Rubio has called them both out on education. Clinton, like Bush, also is a supporter of Common Core.

AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

Paul Begala today in defense of Hillary

Back in March I wrote this about the Clinton email scandal and with all the new developments it bears repeating:

All of this comes with a political cost but the logical conclusion is that whatever was on her server (most likely by now deleted & scrubbed) is more damaging than any of this stuff.

That the email server is scrubbed is no surprise but consider this:

When this scandal first broke Hillary Clinton was not only the presumptive nominee but the presumptive victor in election 2016 with the MSM solidly behind her ready to spin anything from Benghazi to Egypt in her favor.  It would be into that environment that  Clinton would have been releasing the aforementioned emails.  Even after the story first broke, at any time the Clinton team could have copied the emails onto a thumb drive and turned it over to the FBI & congress and defused the scandal

They did not.

What does all of this mean?  It means this

Even though the Email scandal has and continues to have a devastating effect on Hillary’s numbers and her presidential campaign, to the Clinton team this all damage is preferable to having the emails from that server publicly released.

Think long and hard about that.

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For years Glenn Reynolds has been arguing both at his site

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Should Conservatives Start Women’s Magazines? Or buy existing ones. “You see this is the stuff that really isn’t being challenged or debunked on our end. The political left has a quasi-monopoly in this slice of media. This is a serious effort; it’s time conservatives start competing.”

and elsewhere

For $150 million, you could buy or start a lot of women’s Web sites. And I’d hardly change a thing in the formula. The nine articles on sex, shopping and exercise could stay the same. The 10th would just be the reverse of what’s there now.
For the pro-Republican stuff, well, just visit the “Real Mitt Romney” page at snopes.com, or look up the time Mitt Romney rescued a 14-year-old kidnap victim, to see the kind of feel-good stories that could have been running. For the others, well, it would run articles on whether Bill Clinton should get a pass on his affairs, whether it’s right that the Obama White House pays women less than men, and reports on how the tax system punishes women.

Well PJ Media that now venerable (in blog years) decided they weren’t going to wait and launched a parenting section a few months ago. June 23rd to be precise.

Now if you visit PJ media every day as I do you likely see the box that says: Most popular at PJM when you are reading a piece.

Wednesday I visited to see the Lyla Rose Donald Trump Planned parenthood story. As I scrolled down & checked out the “Most Popular” box I saw this:

pjm most popular

That’s right, less that 60 days after launching their parenting section the #1 piece on PJ media in the middle of an election year on the day when there were huge developments on the Hillary Clinton email front and the Planned Parenthood video front was about telling kids to clean their room or lock the outside gate. (BTW you can click on that image to read the piece.)

If that doesn’t tell people who want to advance the conservative cause something, it’s because they aren’t paying attention.

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