Archive for March, 2013

ALERT!! Common Core

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

March 28, 2013

The more I dig in to Common Core, the worse it looks. Consider the following.

  • Common Core has its origins in the stimulus bill. There was language hidden in the bill that set up the framework for Common Core. They wanted it to be uniform across all the 50 states.
  • Bill Gates, Microsoft and other large companies had a hand and an interest in seeing Common Core implemented.
  • Now we are beginning to see what is in Common Core and what the elite want for our children.

Take a look at the attached document from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. It is entitled “Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance“.

Go to page 32 (page 50 of 126) and you find that they are recommending that fMRI (Functional magnetic resonance imaging) be (more…)

Pension Reform Must Come Soon

Monday, March 25th, 2013

March 25, 2013

Last Friday I participated in the WKNO’s Behind The Headlines show moderated by Eric Barnes (WKNO), Kemp Conrad (City Council) and Bill Dries, Daily News reporter.

The subject was local pensions, principally those for Memphis, Shelby County and the MLGW. We discussed the definition of pensions which really includes the promises made to retiring employees. These promises include not only the normal pension payment (a (more…)

Common Core! What Is It?

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

 March 21, 2013

I watched a program recently about Common Core and I am disturbed that Tennessee seems to be on a path to adopt this change to the public school curriculum without input from parents and taxpayers.  I note that Texas and three other states have rejected this perceived lowering of the standards of what and how it is to be taught. Fifteen other states have a strong movement in the process to stop this top down intrusion. Tennessee apparently does not have such a movement or if they do, I am not aware of it. 

I would like your thoughts on the adoption of Common Core or if you are even aware of it. I have gone to http://www.tncore.org/ and (more…)

Another Pilot Approval In The Works

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

March 18, 2013

There is another Pilot approval in the works. This time it is for TJX Companies, Inc. The EDGE board (Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County) will meet next Wednesday (March 20th) at 3 PM at Memphis Bioworks, 20 S. Dudley.

As usual, EDGE calculated that the return will be $1.23 dollars of return for each dollar of taxes abated. In October 2012, Mr. Dulberger and others appeared on the WKNO show (Behind The Headlines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-kcnmFdLLM). During the show he said that past Pilots returned $1.87 for each one dollar of tax abatement. I have yet to see a Pilot application that did not claim to return more in the future for taxes abated now. Yet when you look at the financial crisis we have locally, particularly at the City, you have to ask “Where is the beef?. If the Pilots granted returned what they promised, we should be rolling in a flood of green.

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Are Smart Meters A Smart Choice?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

March 11, 2013

Since I published two articles about the 60,000 smart meters that are proposed to be purchased in Memphis, I have gotten a lot of response, both pro and con, mostly con.

I try to be fair and balanced and look at the facts of each and every issue. I want the truth. However the truth of the smart meter issue is often veiled in language that hides the true intent and purpose of the action.

Here is one of the things MLGW says about smart meters.

Smart meters create jobs, with customer utility bill savings turned into increased discretionary spending in the community, which results in higher employment. Estimates based on demonstration results show potential up to $29.8 million, which equals 458 new jobs.

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Two Important Changes

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

March 5, 2013

In looking at how to save money on what we pay our public employees, there are a number of things that come to mind. Salaries and benefits (vacations, sick days, personal days etc) and pensions compared to private sector comparable jobs. There are millions of dollars to be saved here and still maintain fairness with the private sector. Hopefully Mayor Wharton’s total financial review will address these items in the upcoming budget season.

However there are two things that need special consideration concerning the City of Memphis, the MLGW, Shelby County and the school system and any other public taxpayer financed subsidiary in Shelby County.

One is the line of duty disability system at the City of Memphis. I was the first one to notice that the line of duty disability rate of approval at the City of Memphis was 10 times higher than Shelby County government or the MLGW. I asked why.

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