Glendale, known as “Arizona’s Antique Capital” and home to the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, has a problem.
The city doesn’t like paying its elementary public school teachers a decent wage.
With a Master’s degree annual teacher’s base pay is only $41,007. Ph.Ds earn just $1,000 more!
Boasting a median family income of $51,162, Glendale is no inner city ghetto facing falling taxes and urban rot, but its Pendergast Elementary School District in 2014 decided to pay its teachers about $10,000 a year less than the national average, despite the high local cost of living. Continue reading →
During his Saturday campaign rally in Washington, Michigan, the “Hire America” President Donald Trump said that the U.S.A. unemployment numbers were so good that it was now possible to allow many more guest workers into the country to work the fields and take millions of other jobs. The audience gasped and then was silent.
It reminded voters, some who vigorously supported Barack Obama, of how that progressive candidate promised to reform the finance cartel, but then appointed nearly everyone from Wall Street to the Cabinet and highest councils.
And many may have recalled the first George Bush’s lip-reading campaign promise of “no new taxes.”
Or FDR’s pledge in the 1940 election to not send “our boys” into a European War.
I always thought it was a choice of two scenarios: some Presidents change their mind and some lie. But now there is the third possibility – that the President doesn’t have a clue about what he is saying. Mr. Trump, are you listening carefully? Continue reading →
Iranians, Syrians okay, but American dentist can’t serve country, because his mother lives in Israel
UPDATE: 2/22/2018: The leaders of Russia, Iran and Syria are colluding to eliminate U.S. influence in the Middle East and continue their three dictatorships with all the economic and political inequality absolute authority guarantees. Bush, Obama and Trump have judged other world leaders by American fear of conflict against enemies with stated absolute conviction. These foes will never change their mind without force or fear of it. Forget peace in our time, or you will find our time in pieces.
– my WAPO comment on Syrian atrocities
December 19, 2015
His Excellency Mohammad Javad Zarif
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Dear Mr. Minister:
Thanks for a constructive meeting yesterday. I wanted to get back to you in response to your inquiry about amendments to our Visa Waiver Program. First, I want to confirm to you that we remain fully committed to the sanctions lifting provided for under the JCPOA. We will adhere to the full measure of our commitments, per the agreement. Our team is working hard to be prepared and as soon as we reach implementation day we will lift appropriate sanctions.
I am also confident that the recent changes in visa requirements passed in Congress, which the Administration has the authority to waive, will not in any way prevent us from meeting our JCPOA commitments, and that we will implement them so as not to interfere with legitimate business interests of Iran. To this end, we have a number of potential tools available to us, including multiple entry ten-year business visas, programs for expediting business visas, and the waiver authority provided under the new legislation. I am happy to discuss this further and provide any additional clarification.
Secretary of State John Kerry
Most Americans don’t realize that “Kerry” Continue reading →