“How did your generation handle the terrorist threat?” “Oh, we stripped away the civil liberties of our citizens.” Are there any actual Classical Liberals at Slate, or is the false choice in their editors minds always “Collectivism or death”? http://on.fb.me/1RS9qsV, bit.ly/1RS9sB9

“How did your generation handle the terrorist threat?” “Oh, we stripped away the civil liberties of our citizens.” Are there any actual Classical Liberals at Slate, or is the false choice in their editors minds always “Collectivism or death”? http://on.fb.me/1RS9qsV, bit.ly/1RS9sB9

Boom Round Up: Week of January 25

How the Earthy Day Scientists’ Predictions Turned out….

Earth Day predictions of 1970. The reason you shouldn’t believe Earth Day predictions of 2009.

COMMON CORE to cost Four Times More Than Projected. And as is so often the case, California is getting the worst of it.

A California commission has just decided the technology costs for Common Core tests are an unfunded mandate, which will require state taxpayers to cough up approximately $4 billion more to local school districts, Californian and former U.S. Department of Education official Ze’ev Wurman tells The Federalist.

This adds to the extra $3.5 billion the legislature gave schools for Common Core in spring 2015 and a separate infusion of $1.7 billion Gov. Jerry Brown snagged for Common Core spread across fiscal years 2014 and 2015. That makes a total of approximately $9.2 billion above and beyond existing tax expenditures Californians will pay to have Common Core injected into their state.

This even though both vested and independent analyses found that California’s pre-Common Core curriculum mandates were of higher quality than the Common Core that replaced it. You read that right: Californians got their kids worse instruction, and are paying $9.2 billion extra for it.

Who predicted what, when and why http://www.themoneyillusion.com/?p=31474
CHART OF THE DAY: Don’t Tell Bernie, But Capitalism Has Made Human Life Fantastically Better:
http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/226411/

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Mrs. Clinton’s Ode To Serfdom.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is not qualified to be president of the United States of America, because she doesn’t know what the United States of America are.

Terry Shumaker, former U.S. ambassador to Trinidad (I wonder what that gig cost him) and current abject minion in the service of Mrs. Clinton, quotes Herself telling an audience in New Hampshire: “Service is the rent we pay for living in this great country.”

There is a very old English word for people who are required to perform service as a rent for their existence, and that word is serf. Serfdom is a form of bondage. Americans are not serfs. We are not sharecroppers on Herself’s farm or in vassalage to that smear of thieving nincompoopery in Washington that purports to rule us. We don’t owe you any damned rent.

The American proposition is precisely the opposite of what Herself imagines: The U.S. government exists at our sufferance, not the other way around.