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Three More Trump Wins UNRWA/Common Core/Apple

I’m pretty busy today work­ing on the Trump Year one Lunch and Panel event in Leomin­ster MA at noon today (you can still buy tick­ets here or at the door for $20 which includes an all you can eat buf­fet) so I don’t have a lot of time for a long piece on shut­downs, Tom Brady or even POTUS’ appear­ance at the March for Life.

Nev­er­the­less I would like to take a few min­utes before I get out of bed and have to be on over­drive for the next 12 hours to note that as Pres­i­dent Trumps 2nd year begins and as every­one in media and gov­ern­ment who pre­dicted doom for Trump in both 2016 & 2017 con­tin­ues to do so for him and the GOP in 2018 things con­tinue to hap­pen that favor the president.

ITEM: UNRWA fund­ing cut in half, Ter­ror sup­port­ers hard­est hit.

As the leader of the Pales­tin­ian author­ity con­tin­ues on anti-​semitic rants (and is defended by the Sorus funded so called “Jew­ish” advo­cacy group J-​Street as he does ) the US has decided to answer is the best way pos­si­ble to show the old game of of pay and look the other way is done:

“There is a need to under­take a fun­da­men­tal re-​examination of UNRWA, both in the way it oper­ates and the way it is funded,” the offi­cial said.

The US had frozen a $125 mil­lion grant to UNRWA ear­lier this month, amount­ing to one third of the US annual aid to the orga­ni­za­tion. Part of the grant was unfrozen Tuesday.

The move fol­lows tweets by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in which he ques­tioned the wis­dom of pro­vid­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in aid to the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity given their refusal to resume peace talks with Israel.

This is an amaz­ing devel­op­ment. Why it’s as if some­one actu­ally read the 1951 report back when UNRWA wasn’t a full employ­ment scheme for cronies in and out of the mid­dle east and and decided that ignor­ing this advice might not have been the best idea the US ever had.

Nobody but Trump would have dared do this.

ITEM: Com­mon Core dies a Quiet Death.

Com­mon Core has been a Tea Party issue since day one. GOP mem­bers have given lip ser­vice to reign­ing it in for years with lit­tle effect. On the Cam­paign Trail Don­ald Trump hit it hard but we heard lit­tle about it after he was elected but Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive has the tran­script of Sec­re­tary Devos’ speech on the sub­ject not­ing the fail­ure of national stan­dards both dur­ing the Bush years

Pres­i­dent Bush, the “com­pas­sion­ate con­ser­v­a­tive,” and Sen­a­tor Kennedy, the “lib­eral lion,” both worked together on the law. It said that schools had to meet ambi­tious goals… or else. Law­mak­ers man­dated that 100 per­cent of stu­dents attain pro­fi­ciency by 2014. This approach would keep schools account­able and ulti­mately grad­u­ate more and better-​educated stu­dents, they believed.

Turns out, it didn’t. Indeed, as has been detailed today, NCLB did lit­tle to spark higher scores. Uni­ver­sal pro­fi­ciency, touted at the law’s pas­sage, was not achieved. As states and dis­tricts scram­bled to avoid the law’s sanc­tions and main­tain their fed­eral fund­ing, some resorted to focus­ing specif­i­cally on math and read­ing at the expense of other sub­jects. Oth­ers sim­ply inflated scores or low­ered standards.

And Obama years

The Obama admin­is­tra­tion dan­gled bil­lions of dol­lars through the “Race to the Top” com­pe­ti­tion, and the grant-​making process not so sub­tly encour­aged states to adopt the Com­mon Core State Stan­dards. With a price tag of nearly four and a half bil­lion dol­lars, it was billed as the “largest-​ever fed­eral invest­ment in school reform.” Later, the Depart­ment would give states a waiver from NCLB’s require­ments so long as they adopted the Obama administration’s pre­ferred poli­cies — essen­tially mak­ing law while Con­gress nego­ti­ated the reau­tho­riza­tion of ESEA.

Unsur­pris­ingly, nearly every state accepted Com­mon Core stan­dards and applied for hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in “Race to the Top” funds. But despite this change, the United States’ PISA per­for­mance did not improve in read­ing and sci­ence, and it dropped in math from 2012 to 2015.

But the Don­ald Trump admin­is­tra­tion has had enough:

The trend line remains trou­bling today. Accord­ing to the most recent National Assess­ment of Edu­ca­tional Progress data, two-​thirds of Amer­i­can fourth graders still can’t read at the level they should. And since 2013, our 8th grade read­ing scores have declined.

At HotAir Jazz Shaw notes the speech both for what it cri­tiques and what it sug­gests as alter­na­tives, namely allow­ing teaches to TEACH and com­ments thus:

Wouldn’t it be ironic if we actu­ally made some sig­nif­i­cant strides for­ward in fix­ing our largely bro­ken edu­ca­tion sys­tem dur­ing this term, but had it sneak through under the radar while every­one else was busy scream­ing at each other about whether or not the President’s cho­les­terol level is too high? This was one of the bet­ter speeches on edu­ca­tion that’s been given in a long time. The ques­tion is how much DeVos will be able to ham­mer through with­out pol­i­tics poi­son­ing the entire process.

But in the mean­time, as far as Com­mon Core goes… it’s dead, Jim.

I’m think­ing more and more that it’s less a ques­tion of irony of these thing hap­pen­ing under the radar than by designed but no mat­ter how it hap­pens chalk this up to another cam­paign promise kept and another con­ser­v­a­tive pri­or­ity handled.

Item: More “crumbs” for the workers

Lost among the debate on if the President’s Doc­tor is a hack or not or the crit­i­cal issue of if back when he was just a Bil­lion­aire Busi­ness­man he bed­ded a porn star, it seems that Apple had decided that to bring a ton of that money they had parked over­seas back home.

Apple “antic­i­pates repa­tri­a­tion tax pay­ments of approx­i­mately $38 bil­lion as required by recent changes to the tax law. A pay­ment of that size would likely be the largest of its kind ever made,” the com­pany said.
Using the new 15.5 per­cent repa­tri­a­tion tax rate, the $38 bil­lion tax pay­ment dis­closed by Apple means they are plan­ning a $245 bil­lion repatriation.

and it looks like their exist­ing employ­ees are get­ting a cut of this too:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) is giv­ing many employ­ees a bonus of $2,500 worth of restricted stock units, round­ing out a series of invest­ment announce­ments made on Wednesday.

The iPhone maker will start to issue stock grants to most employ­ees world­wide in the next few months, Bloomberg reported, cit­ing sources close to the sit­u­a­tion. Ear­lier on Wednes­day, Apple said it would inject $350 bil­lion into the U.S. econ­omy over the next five years, as a result of the tax cut signed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, to fund a new cam­pus, data cen­ters and 20,000 new jobs. Apple will also pay a $38 bil­lion repa­tri­a­tion tax, bring­ing roughly $252 bil­lion in cash back to the U.S.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Apple didn’t imme­di­ately respond to a request for comment.

We esti­mate about 100,000 employ­ees will ben­e­fit, which implies a $250m lia­bil­ity that will vest likely in 2 years,” said Loup Ven­tures ana­lyst Gene Munster.

I won­der if Nancy Pelosi will call this crumbs too Sarah Sanders sure thinks so.

Don­ald Trump report­edly isn’t all that pop­u­lar in the tech left but I’ll wager the prospect of fur­ther bonus’ of this nature is and I sus­pect that this will be remem­bered come elec­tion day in 2018.

Com­bine all of these suc­cesses and more that I don’t have time to men­tion now with a Trump boom and the left shut­ting down gov­ern­ment for the sake of ille­gal aliens and I think the trend­lines for 2018 will con­tinue to move in their new direc­tion.


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I’m pretty busy today working on the Trump Year one Lunch and Panel event in Leominster MA at noon today (you can still buy tickets here or at the door for $20 which includes an all you can eat buffet) so I don’t have a lot of time for a long piece on shutdowns, Tom Brady or even POTUS’ appearance at the March for Life.

Nevertheless I would like to take a few minutes before I get out of bed and have to be on overdrive for the next 12 hours to note that as President Trumps 2nd year begins and as everyone in media and government who predicted doom for Trump in both 2016 & 2017 continues to do so for him and the GOP in 2018 things continue to happen that favor the president.

ITEM: UNRWA funding cut in half, Terror supporters hardest hit.

As the leader of the Palestinian authority continues on anti-semitic rants (and is defended by the Sorus funded so called “Jewish” advocacy group J-Street as he does ) the US has decided to answer is the best way possible to show the old game of of pay and look the other way is done:

“There is a need to undertake a fundamental re-examination of UNRWA, both in the way it operates and the way it is funded,” the official said.

The US had frozen a $125 million grant to UNRWA earlier this month, amounting to one third of the US annual aid to the organization. Part of the grant was unfrozen Tuesday.

The move follows tweets by US President Donald Trump in which he questioned the wisdom of providing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority given their refusal to resume peace talks with Israel.

This is an amazing development.  Why it’s as if someone actually read the 1951 report back when UNRWA wasn’t a full employment scheme for cronies in and out of the middle east and and decided that ignoring this advice might not have been the best idea the US ever had.

Nobody but Trump would have dared do this.

ITEM: Common Core dies a Quiet Death.

Common Core has been a Tea Party issue since day one. GOP members have given lip service to reigning it in for years with little effect. On the Campaign Trail Donald Trump hit it hard but we heard little about it after he was elected but American Conservative has the transcript of Secretary Devos’ speech on the subject noting the failure of national standards both during the Bush years

President Bush, the “compassionate conservative,” and Senator Kennedy, the “liberal lion,” both worked together on the law. It said that schools had to meet ambitious goals… or else. Lawmakers mandated that 100 percent of students attain proficiency by 2014. This approach would keep schools accountable and ultimately graduate more and better-educated students, they believed.

Turns out, it didn’t. Indeed, as has been detailed today, NCLB did little to spark higher scores. Universal proficiency, touted at the law’s passage, was not achieved. As states and districts scrambled to avoid the law’s sanctions and maintain their federal funding, some resorted to focusing specifically on math and reading at the expense of other subjects. Others simply inflated scores or lowered standards.

And  Obama years

The Obama administration dangled billions of dollars through the “Race to the Top” competition, and the grant-making process not so subtly encouraged states to adopt the Common Core State Standards. With a price tag of nearly four and a half billion dollars, it was billed as the “largest-ever federal investment in school reform.” Later, the Department would give states a waiver from NCLB’s requirements so long as they adopted the Obama administration’s preferred policies — essentially making law while Congress negotiated the reauthorization of ESEA.

Unsurprisingly, nearly every state accepted Common Core standards and applied for hundreds of millions of dollars in “Race to the Top” funds. But despite this change, the United States’ PISA performance did not improve in reading and science, and it dropped in math from 2012 to 2015.

But the Donald Trump administration has had enough:

The trend line remains troubling today. According to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress data, two-thirds of American fourth graders still can’t read at the level they should. And since 2013, our 8th grade reading scores have declined.

At HotAir Jazz Shaw notes the speech both for what it critiques and what it suggests as alternatives, namely allowing teaches to TEACH and comments thus:

Wouldn’t it be ironic if we actually made some significant strides forward in fixing our largely broken education system during this term, but had it sneak through under the radar while everyone else was busy screaming at each other about whether or not the President’s cholesterol level is too high? This was one of the better speeches on education that’s been given in a long time. The question is how much DeVos will be able to hammer through without politics poisoning the entire process.

But in the meantime, as far as Common Core goes… it’s dead, Jim.

I’m thinking more and more that it’s less a question of irony of these thing happening under the radar than by designed but no matter how it happens chalk this up to another campaign promise kept and another conservative priority handled.

Item:  More “crumbs” for the workers

Lost among the debate on if the President’s Doctor is a hack or not or the critical issue of if back when he was just a Billionaire Businessman he bedded a porn star, it seems that Apple had decided that to bring a ton of that money they had parked overseas back home.

Apple “anticipates repatriation tax payments of approximately $38 billion as required by recent changes to the tax law. A payment of that size would likely be the largest of its kind ever made,” the company said.
Using the new 15.5 percent repatriation tax rate, the $38 billion tax payment disclosed by Apple means they are planning a $245 billion repatriation.

and it looks like their existing employees are getting a cut of this too:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) is giving many employees a bonus of $2,500 worth of restricted stock units, rounding out a series of investment announcements made on Wednesday.

The iPhone maker will start to issue stock grants to most employees worldwide in the next few months, Bloomberg reported, citing sources close to the situation. Earlier on Wednesday, Apple said it would inject $350 billion into the U.S. economy over the next five years, as a result of the tax cut signed by President Donald Trump, to fund a new campus, data centers and 20,000 new jobs. Apple will also pay a $38 billion repatriation tax, bringing roughly $252 billion in cash back to the U.S.

Representatives from Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

“We estimate about 100,000 employees will benefit, which implies a $250m liability that will vest likely in 2 years,” said Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster.

I wonder if Nancy Pelosi will call this crumbs too Sarah Sanders sure thinks so.

Donald Trump reportedly isn’t all that popular in the tech left but I’ll wager the prospect of further bonus’ of this nature is and I suspect that this will be remembered come election day in 2018.

Combine all of these successes and more that I don’t have time to mention now with a Trump boom and the left shutting down government for the sake of illegal aliens and I think the trendlines for 2018 will continue to move in their new direction.


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You can still buy tickets for our President Trump a Year in Review and Looking Ahead event Jan 20th 2018 at the Tang Dynasty Restaurant in Leominster Ma. Click on the image to the left to get tickets via eventbrite.The event co-sponsored by the Worcester Tea Party comes with an All you can eat Chinese buffet served till 2:30 (drinks are on you) and will include an all star panel (moderated by DaTechGuy) including

Chip Faulkner of Citizens for Limited Taxiation
Dianna Ploss from the Boston Chapter of Act for America
Christopher Maider from the Meat and Potatoes Radio show
Mike LaChance from the Legal Insurrection blog

Tickets are available at the door or you can get them here.  Come on down and join us for a great meal and a great discussion.