Saturday, March 21, 2015

To All My Blog Followers:

The Patriot Factor will be down tomorrow, Sunday, March 22nd, until midnight for site maintenance and updates.

See you all tomorrow at midnight with another new Op-ed...this one titled 'Selling Out Israel on Two Fronts.' 

Hope you all have a great Sunday.


No other nation in the world spends as much on education as the United States.
According to our leftist friends, who prefer to measure inputs rather than outputs, this is a cause for celebration. I guess it shows we have the best intentions.

Or maybe we love our kids the most.
For those who prefer to focus on outputs, however, it’s very difficult to be happy about the results we’re getting compared to all the money that’s being spent. Heck, in some cases it’s almost as if we’re getting negative results when you compare inputs and outputs.

To paraphrase what Winston Churchill said about the Royal Air Force in World War II, never have so many paid so much to achieve so little.

Now we have more evidence that American taxpayers are paying a lot and getting a little (though I have to admit that non-teaching education bureaucrats have been big winners).

The Washington Post reports on some new research to see how America’s young adults rank compared to their peers in other nations.

The results aren’t encouraging.
This exam, given in 23 countries, assessed the thinking abilities and workplace skills of adults. It focused on literacy, math and technological problem-solving. The goal was to figure out how prepared people are to work in a complex, modern society. And U.S. millennials performed horribly. That might even be an understatement… No matter how you sliced the data – by class, by race, by education – young Americans were laggards compared to their international peers. In every subject, U.S. millennials ranked at the bottom or very close to it, according to a new study by testing company ETS.
There were three testing categories and Americans didn’t do well in any of them.
…in literacy, U.S. millennials scored higher than only three countries. In math, Americans ranked last. In technical problem-saving, they were second from the bottom. “Abysmal,” noted ETS researcher Madeline Goodman. “There was just no place where we performed well.”
Here’s the comparative data on literacy.
You could almost see the assembled press corps' faces drop when the Fed's Open Market Committee said it wanted to see "further improvement" in the U.S. labor market before raising interest rates.

For months, these economic reporters have been telling us that the Obama economy was stronger than ever and that we were in the midst of "blistering job growth," as the liberal Washington Post bombastically characterized the employment market earlier this month.

Surely the Fed was now ready to say when they would remove the economy's low interest rate crutches.

But at her news conference Wednesday, to the dismay of the Obama apologists, Fed Chair Janet Yellen wasn't ready to go that far. And she made it clear that the Federal Reserve Board was in no hurry to start moving near-zero interest rates up to "normal" levels.

Some reporters tried to make much of why the Fed had dropped the word "patient" from their statement on when it was ever likely they would pull the life support plug on the underperforming Obama economy.

But Yellen testily replied that the Fed was in no rush to make irrational conclusions about the economy -- certainly not because of the dubious, everything's-coming-up-roses economic stories on the nightly network news shows.

"Just because we removed the word 'patient' from the statement doesn't mean we are going to be impatient," Yellen shot back.

With that tart response, "Yellen was putting her firm stamp on the policy of an institution she has led for just over a year -- and making clear that she will not be boxed in," writes New York Times economic analyst Neil Irwin.

U.S. fears Islamic State is making serious inroads in Libya

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch


U.S. fears Islamic State is making serious inroads in Libya
Besides Libya, “Islamic State has also endorsed, or received expressions of loyalty, from other militants around the region, including factions based in Nigeria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.” U.S. analysts, however, forbidden as they are by Obama Administration policy to examine the beliefs, motives and goals of the jihadis, have no idea why […]

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Obama May Cut Direct Ties With Netanyahu
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

thumb obama netanyahu israelObama’s jihad on the Jews just became official policy.

This is what I warned of in my book: The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America.
“Source: Obama May Cut Direct Ties With Netanyahu,”  By Algemeiner, March 19, 2015
President Obama is considering cutting all ties with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s YNet News reported on Friday. According to a source cited by the paper, the White House “is contemplating lowering its ties with Israel and putting Kerry as the sole liaison between the two states, as opposed to the open line Netanyahu now enjoys with Obama.”
“The president is pragmatic, if he were to think there was some gain to be made from talking...


Support for Hillary Clinton is Waning

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