Archive | January, 2013
31 Jan

International Liberty

Fighting against statism in Washington is a lot like trying to swim upstream. It seems that everything (how to measure spending cuts, how to estimate tax revenue, etc) is rigged to make your job harder.

A timely example is the way the way government puts together data on economic output and the way the media reports these numbers.

Just yesterday, for instance, the government released preliminary numbers for 4th quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The numbers were rather dismal, but that’s not the point.

I’m more concerned with the supposed reason why the numbers were bad. According to Politico, “the fall was largely due to a drop in government spending.” Bloomberg specifically cited a “plunge in defense spending” and the Associated Press warned that “sharp government spending cuts” are the economy’s biggest threat in 2013.

To the uninitiated, I imagine that they read these articles and decide…

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Conscious Capitalism

31 Jan

Conscious Capitalism


 02/04/2013 at 12:00 AM


Cato Institute

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Washington, DC 20001


“We believe that business is good because 
it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on 
voluntary  exchange, it is  noble because it can elevate 
our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of 
poverty and creates prosperity. 
Free-enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for 
social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It  is 
one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever  had. 
But we can aspire to something 
even greater,” say Mackey and Sisodia, cofounders of the 
nonprofit  Conscious Capitalism. In their new book, they 
illustrate  how the forces of “conscious capitalism” can — 
and do — work most powerfully to create value for all 
stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, 
investors, society, 
and the environment. These “Conscious Capitalism” companies 
include Whole Foods Market, Southwest Airlines, Costco,
 Google, Patagonia, The Container Store, UPS, and dozens of 
others. It’s time to better understand how these organizations use
four specific tenets — higher purpose, stakeholder integration, 
conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management — 
to build strong businesses and help advance capitalism further toward realizing its highest potential. Mackey and Sisodia argue that aspiring leaders and business builders need to continue on this path of transformation — for the good of both business and society as a whole. At once a bold defense and reimagining of capitalism and a blueprint for a new system for doing business grounded in a more evolved ethical consciousness, this book provides a new lens for individuals and companies looking to build a more cooperative, humane, and positive future.

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YOUR DAILY MENENDEZ

31 Jan

Libertarian Republican: YOUR DAILY MENENDEZ: A new feature here at LR: News round-up of stories surrounding America’s favorite underage foreign Hooker solicitor PHILLY INQUIRER Fr…

Opening the golden door: Real solutions for immigration reform

31 Jan
Opening the golden door: Real solutions for the GOP and immigration reform – Society and Culture – AEI

Opening the golden door: Real solutions for the GOP and immigration reform
A Roundtable Cosponsored with America’s Future Foundation

But what should this reform look like? As technology companies
 scramble for  more high-skilled workers and community groups 
press for solutions for  undocumented workers, is there a politically 
viable compromise that will provide the changes necessary to return 
America to the land of opportunity  for all? At this roundtable 
discussion, co-hosted by America’s Future Foundation 
and AEI, four panelists will discuss possible solutions and paths 
to achieving them.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the 
event live on this  page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.
Agenda
6:15 PM
Registration

6:30 PM
Panelists to Include:

Peter D. Brown, Deloitte, LLP

Joshua Culling, Americans for Tax Reform

Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute

Reihan Salam, National Review

Moderator:

Lori Sanders, AEI 


7:30 PM
Adjournment and Reception
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Rock Creek Park

30 Jan
Photo credit Doron Simcha Tauber

Apparently the sign is new – your tax dollar at stimulus work!

Defying Obama, Virginia Democrats kill charter school bill

30 Jan

BOOTING CHARTER BILL: Sen. Chap Petersen supports a Fairfax charter school proposal, but abstained on a vote that would have authorized more of the campuses.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND — Snubbing their national party’s position, Virginia Democrats killed a charter-school bill in the state Senate and threaten to quash similar reform measures.
The 2012 Democratic platform declared the party would “work to expand public school options for low-income youth, including charter schools.”
But Democrats at the General Assembly continue to resist expansion of the publicly funded, independently operated charter campuses.
With only four charter schools, Virginia has received failing grades from theCenter for Education Reform and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for its charter-averse policies. (See story here.)
Democratic opposition on Monday killed SJ 302, a constitutional amendment that would allow the State Board of Education to authorize more charters.
The irony was not lost on Chris Braunlich, a state board member and former member of the Fairfax County School Board.
“Offering better education through quality public charter schools has long been a priority of the Obama administration, so it’s striking that this was a straight party-line vote — Republicans stood with Obama and for more educational opportunities for at-risk children; Democrats stood opposed,” Braunlich toldWatchdog.org.
While a growing number of states — including blue states — allow multiple authorizers of charter schools, “local control” remains a  stumbling block to education competition and choice in the commonwealth.
The Virginia School Boards Association opposes any expansion of charter authority beyond local districts.
In a position paper, the VSBA states: There should be no changes to the charter school law unless initiated by local school boards through the VSBA and there should be no appeal allowed to any entity.”
Braunlich said, “Admittedly, Virginia enjoys a reputation of having a superior public education system, but there are significant pockets where the public education system has simply imploded, where a quarter of students do not graduate and where schools languish for years without full accreditation.
“Without a constitutional amendment enabling the creation of new public charter schools, any plan to improve education in those areas will be dependent on those who created the problem in the first place, and who have allowed a generation of children to fall by the wayside.”
A House measure similar to Harrisonburg Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain’s SJ 302 remains in play.
HJ 684, patroned by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, cleared theHouse Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee on a 4-2 vote. But because that tally also was along party lines, its fate remains doubtful.
In another ironic twist, Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax,  abstained from Monday’s Senate vote. Yet Petersen isn’t necessarily opposed to charter schools.
In fact, he supports the proposed Fairfax Leadership Academy, a charter school that has been seeking local school board approval for more than a year. An aide to Petersen said the senator abstained from Monday’s vote because he provides legal counsel to the FLA. Petersen was not available for comment Tuesday.
FLA, aimed at serving at-risk students in the state’s largest school district, is also supported by the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers.
“We support it because it’s teacher-directed and helps at-risk kids,” said FCFT president Steve Greenburg.
While more Democrats across the country are backing charters as “social justice” alternatives for impoverished and academically at-risk children stuck in dysfunctional districts, Greenburg said not all charter proposals are commendable.
“You have to be cautious about motives. We want to be efficient with taxpayer funding,” he said.
Assessing the loss of Obenshain’s bill, Braunlich said, “While other proposals may pass and are always helpful, because of our constitutional restrictions, they’re unlikely to create the kind of systemic change that would offer new educational opportunities to public school students.”
Contact Kenric Ward at kenric@watchdogvirginia.org or at (571) 319-9824. @Kenricward

The DEA Wants to Access Your Medical Records Without Consent or a Warrant

30 Jan

The DEA Wants to Access Your Medical Records Without Consent or a Warrant