December 9, 2009

Lucid Links (120909, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:21 am

What did Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan know about this, and when did he know it? It would appear that the answers are NOT “nothing” and “never.”

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Speaking of Duncan, it’s more than a little odd that this February story has, as far as I can tell, never gone beyond CBS2 Chicago (video is at link):

Hundreds of students have allegedly been beaten by teachers, coaches and staff at Chicago Public Schools. 2 Investigator Dave Savini continues his ongoing investigation involving the illegal use corporal punishment.

….. An exclusive CBS 2 investigation discovered ….. (that) at least 818 Chicago Public School students, since 2003 ….. allege being battered by a teacher or an aide, coach, security guard, or even a principal. In most of those cases – 568 of them – Chicago Public School investigators determined the children were telling the truth.

….. The 2 Investigators found reports of students beaten with broomsticks, whipped with belts, yard sticks, struck with staplers, choked, stomped on and pushed down stairs. One substitute teacher even fractured a student’s neck.

But even more alarming, in the vast majority of cases, teachers found guilty were only given a slap on the wrist.

CBS 2 informed former Chicago Public School CEO Arne Duncan of our investigative findings shortly before he was promoted to U.S. Secretary of Education.

“If someone hits a student, they are going to be fired. It’s very, very simple,” Duncan said.

Before heading to Washington, he vowed to take action.

“Any founded allegation where an adult is hitting a child, hitting a student – they’re going to be gone,” Duncan said.

But that’s not what happened under Duncan’s watch. Of the 568 verified cases, only 24 led to termination. Records show one teacher who quote “battered students for several years” was simply given a “warning” by the Board of Education.

And another student was given “100 licks with a belt.” The abuse was substantiated, but the records show the teacher was not terminated.

Does anyone believe that a conservative educator who presided over what appears to have been and may still be a culture of corporal punishment — a practice that has been illegal in Illinois since 1994 — would be getting a pass over this? Apparently in Obamaland, it’s a basis for promotion.

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There is an obvious point being missed in the UK Guardian’s coverage of the latest goings-on in Copenhagen — coverage that is presumptively suspect because the Guardian was the orchestrator of the loony-tunes Chicken Little editorial that 56 papers worldwide published earlier this week.

The Guardian’s report claims that Copenhagen’s climate talks are in “disarray” because of arguments over whether developing countries should be working to limit CO2 emissions.

Given that the “science” behind alleged human-caused global warming has been discredited, no countries should be entering into any kind of binding agreement that would limit their carbon emissions. Period.

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Social Security Train Wreck Update — I observed in early October that it’s at the station. Yesterday, Chuck Blahaus at the E21 blog (HT Hot Air) noted that the locomotive is still accelerating. Benefits paid and administrative costs outstripped incoming tax collections for the sixth straight month (Note: Graph should be labeled “Monthly Cash Surpluses/Deficits”):

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It seems all but certain that November and December will show cash deficits. Given the continued deterioration in cash collections and the administration’s grim determination to do more of what hasn’t worked to meaningfully influence job creation, 2010 promises to be even worse, and is an even bet to show a cash deficit for the entire fiscal year.

To the extent that cash deficits occur, “general revenues” coming from a government that is otherwise over $12 trillion in debt are funding today’s Social Security benefits.

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  1. Point of order – the $12 trillion in debt does include the $2.5 trillion owed to the Social Security “Trust Fund”. However, the fact that the federal government is in deficit spending mode to the tune of over $110 billion per month without the effects of Social Security means that cash deficits in Social Security has the effect of turning intragovernmental debt into publicly-held debt, as well as expanding the overall current-year deficit.

    Comment by steveegg — December 9, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

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