The Politics of Economics

The Republican Party has done an outstanding job at defining President Obama’s administration as spending more of our hard earned taxpayer dollars than any other president in American history. When in fact the evidence speaks to something entirely different; Citing Marketwatch, Rick Ungar a Contributor to Forbes Magazine, reports that … Continue reading

Bloomberg: ‘Calling for Meaningful Action Is Not Enough’

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had some harsh words in response to President Obama’s statement earlier today on the unfathomably tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut this morning. Bloomberg said, “we need action, not rhetoric to deal with gun violence.” “President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families … Continue reading

Twitter Reaction to Newtown Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

I am monitoring the Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School shooting via various sources right now. The NY Times reports: The gunman, who was believed to be in his 20s, walked into a classroom where his mother was a teacher. He shot and killed her and then shot 18 students in the … Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: Second Person in Custody in School Shooting

The news on the elementary school shooting in Connecticut could not get any worse: One entire classroom is unaccounted for, sources said. A person believed to be a shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed. Three people were brought to Danbury Hospital, but their condition is … Continue reading

Breaking 26 Dead, Including 18 Children in Connecticut School Shooting

Breaking… Via NBC News: Updated at 1 p.m. ET: At least 26 people were killed, including at least 18 children, when a gunman opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning, a law enforcement official said. The alleged gunman, a 20-year-old male, was later found dead at the school. … Continue reading

University Governance Doesn’t Represent the People

  by Walter Brasch   About 800,000 Pennsylvanians are members of labor unions, and the state has a long history of union rights and activism, neither of the two largest university systems has a labor representative on its governing board. The only labor representative on the Board of Governors of … Continue reading

Dalai Lama Shares His Views on Happiness and Compassion in Talk on ‘Beyond Religion’

On Sunday, I drove into Boston to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak on the subject of his latest book, Beyond Religion. A performance by Massachusetts’ own James Taylor national treasure, opened the event. The event was well attended with an estimated sold out crowd of 2500. With everyone … Continue reading

Grade Inflation; Education Degradation

    by WALTER BRASCH   As a society we have allowed our children to believe they are all not just above average but superior. Because we’re afraid to hurt anyone’s fragile psyche, or not be loved, or because we’re afraid of some nebulous retaliation if we aren’t soft, we … Continue reading

Vouchering an Educational Adventure

                                                            by WALTER BRASCH   I hadn’t talked with Marshbaum for a couple of years, ever since he left newspaper journalism for more lucrative work in the fast food industry. But here he was in my office to ask if I would publicize his new educational adventure. “That’s … Continue reading

Baffled, Befuddled, and Bamboozled: Penn State Trustees and NCAA are Sinking

  by WALTER BRASCH   When we last left the baffled and befuddled Penn State trustees, they were trying to figure out what happened in the Great NCAA Sanctimonious Sanction. What happened is that the NCAA bamboozled university president Dr. Rodney Erickson. The NCAA—having spent most of its history figuring … Continue reading