Education Leaders Stunned by “Race to the Top” Outcome

By Fergus Hodgson
Louisiana’s “inexplicable” failure to make top 12 raises questions about Obama administration’s commitment to reform Louisiana’s education leaders are wondering what more they can do to outperform other states in terms of reform. Louisiana failed to receive any funds in the federal “Race to the Top” program, and the lack of correlation between successful reform...

TAGS: Charter Schools, Education, Labor, Obama, Race to the Top, reform

Commentary: Obama’s Renewed Commitment to Card Check a Cause for Alarm

By Jamison Beuerman
The President has been busy catering to his union allies, even to the point of soliciting them for funding to keep Democrats in office in upcoming elections. As part of his appeal to unions for political and material support, the President promised reinvigorated efforts to muscle into law the “Employee Free Choice Act,” commonly known...

TAGS: AFL-CIO, Card Check, Employee Free Choice Act, John Kline, Labor, Obama, SEIU

Commentary: Oil Spill Cleanup Requires Obama to Cut Red Tape and Ignore Special Interests

By Jamison Beuerman
The federal government’s much-maligned response towards the Gulf oil crisis has been correctly attributed to red-tape and bureaucracy. But we should not overlook the recent evidence indicating that President Obama’s political posturing and constituent-pleasing are making matters worse. The concern is that President Obama has been complying with the wishes of two large factions of...

TAGS: Jones Act, Labor, Obama, oil spill, Quin Hillyer

President’s Cabinet Appointments Lack Private Sector Experience

By Robert Flanagan
Nick Schulz, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, recently posted a chart that showed prior private sector experience for members of the President’s Cabinet from 1900 to 2009. The chart, which came from a J.P. Morgan research report, is posted below. Schulz states that the chart excludes the Postmaster General, Navy, War, Health, Education...

TAGS: American Enterprise Institute, Cabinet, J.P. Morgan, Nick Schulz, Obama