"move government assets to private investors at below-market prices and then shift private liabiliti
wow, sounds about right:
"move government assets to private investors at below-market prices and then shift private liabilities back to government"
or, privatize wealth, socialize debt.
I'm not confident that Congress will support the mortgage refinancing thing, so we may as well direct him to do something he can do without them.
I would love for someone to refinance every home mortgage to a low fixed rate, including my own which is presently at a fixed 4.5%, but the constitution prevents a president from acting unilaterally without the express and sustained support of congress.
"Jump, Obama, Jump!"
"What, you can't? What a Loser!"
"What, you won't? What a Republican!"
I'm Going to Launch a Charter School.
It will be a public charter school, open to all but necessarily limited to a fixed number of students each year.
Admission will be by lottery but certain demographics will need to be met to ensure that under-served students are not prevented from attending.
It will use ADA for funding, just like the traditional local schools that would otherwise have to take the students my school will gladly serve.
It will be staffed by members of the teachers union.
The student population served will be 50% or greater at risk of failure.
We will encourage enrollment of students with IEPs (students with identified learning challenges) and make sure that we have at least the same proportion of these as the local traditional public schools, and possibly a higher proportion.
We will NOT accept federal Title I funds.
Students will have to meet state expectations before graduation.
It will be a small learning community with just one or two teachers in its first year, self-contained classrooms, thematic instruction.
Students will stay with the same teacher or teachers from ninth grade through graduation.
The school will focus on environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
The school will probably open in Fall, 2013, because these things take time.
Based on a US Population Total of 311,000,000.
64,000,000, or One of Five Americans, are K12 students (public and private)
Another 17,500,000 are post-secondary students.
That's a total of 81,000,000. Add to that the number of teachers, support staff, admins, and others involved in the education world and you approach one in three working Americans.
So, I cannot for the life of me figure out why education takes such a back seat to every damned other thing to the average American, almost like it's a nuisance, a pest.
I'm posting this topic in General Discussion instead of Education because I think it's too important to be left to just educators, if that makes sense.
I never get tired of Ken Robinson's "Changing American Paradigms"
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So there's a shitload of things FDR was able to do that make us all proud, and a lot of us are sayin', WTF Obama???
But thinking back to basic civics (as it's hard to understand how sickeningly dirty and complex government works, or doesn't work), we have to remember that the president can't do much with a hostile congress. Somehow people still hold unrealistically high expectations, IMHO.
FDR's 1935 (74th) Congress:
----Why can't Obama be more awesome???
You knew him as PBS Poll-435, formerly prodn2000.
I knew him as Brian.
His dear friend, Mark, contacted me today to share the sad news and to ask that I tell all of you at DU.
Brian loved this board, Mark said. He loved people and was the kindest of souls, this I know for certain.
I'm so sad right now, Brian was the nicest DU member I've ever known.
You may send me a PM if you'd like me to forward any communications to his people.
I'm not sure about the numbers in this OP: $107,900 would buy about 20-25 kW system, not nearly enough to offset the Whitehouse by 81% I suspect.
In any case, this is great news and I hope he goes for it.
Now about those Carter "solar panels":
Carter had solar thermal water heating panels, not photovoltaic, just to correct any misunderstandings about the panels.
Lot's of solar on the whitehouse grounds today:
Water heating panels:
Solar PV modules:
Solar at the White House
Solar energy has returned to the White House complex. While the White House has kept pretty quiet about it, three solar installations were completed last summer on White House buildings and are now generating renewable power and hot water. Here are the details:
Solar hot water panels on roof
White House cabana showing flush-mount solar water heating system.
Installing the solar panels
Photos: Evergreen Solar, Inc.
Installing PV panels on a National Park Service maintenance building at the White House.
In July and August, three solar energy systems, designed by Steven Strong of Solar Design Associates in Harvard, Massachusetts, were installed on two separate White House buildings. The first of these, a large 8.75 peak-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, was installed on the National Park Service maintenance building located in the southwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) White House grounds. This system consists of 167 EC-51 PV modules, each rated at 51 watts, manufactured by Evergreen Solar of Marlboro, Massachusetts. Three 2,500-watt Sunny Boy inverters, provided by SMA Americas (a division of the German manufacturer SMA), convert this DC electricity into AC power that is fed into the White House electricity grid.
On the same building, a residential-scale solar water heating system was installed to provide hot water for landscape maintenance personnel. This system is comprised of two 4' x 8' (1.2 x 2.4 m) flat-plate collectors made by SunEarth, Inc., of Ontario, California. These panels were installed using a typical stand-off mount in a drain-back configuration (for more on solar water heating.
The third installation is a five-panel, building-integrated solar hot water system on the White House cabana next to the presidential pool and spa. This system is integrated into a terne-coated, standing-seam copper roof. The inset design of the panels provides a relatively flush profile (see photo). Hot water produced by this system heats a hot tub and shower, with any extra energy going into the outdoor pool. The absorber plates for these panels were made by SunEarth, but the rest of the system was site-manufactured for better integration with the roof.
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We need to become aware of how much exploration has been done and how many wells are already out there.
And then we need to lobby hard for a moratorium on new exploration, and eventual retreat from exploitation.
I'll bet you didn't know how thoroughly developed the offshore assets already are.
Some maps of the gulf to ponder:
They want to drill off Florida's west coast:
Note: Those blue lines are the network of EXISTING pipelines out there.
New discoveries are further and further offshore and in deeper water, more difficult to ensure environmental safety:
Open up this large image, PDF, to see the networks of underwater pipelines out there now, you'll be shocked:
And this big one: "How many Holes are in the bottom of the Gulf?
(That's just the holes, not the pipelines)
While nobody there is happy, or proud, neither does anyone I've spoken with have the idiot streak that would blame the administration for this.
Union busting LOL. The school had to choose from four reform models:
...Weingarten said the local school superintendent abruptly halted negotiations with the local teachers' union. Weingarten said she personally appealed to Rhode Island's new education commissioner, Deborah Gist, to restart talks but was rebuffed.
The shake-up at Central Falls High School came after Gist identified it as among the worst 5 percent in the state. She ordered local school officials to pick from one of four reform models, including mass firings.
Superintendent Frances Gallo said she initially wanted teachers to agree to changes including a longer school day, offering more tutoring and receiving extra training over the summer. She offered the teachers more pay for some, but not all, of the changes.
Gallo said she resorted to firings when talks with the teachers' union broke down.
The four reform models:
Final Rules Set for School Turnaround Grants
States, Districts Must Pick From Four Models for Grants to Fix Lowest-Performing Schools
December 4, 2009
To get their money, states must target schools that rank in the bottom 5 percent in student achievement. In one change from the proposed regulations, the definition of lowest-achieving schools has been expanded to include high schools with graduation rates below 60 percent for a “number of years.”
The money will flow to states based on the Title I formula for aid to disadvantaged students, but states will award the money competitively to districts.
School districts must agree to one of four turnaround models: closing the school and sending students to higher-achieving ones; turning it around by replacing the principal and most of the staff; “restarting” the school by turning it over to a charter- or education-management organization; or implementing a mandatory basket of strategies labeled “transformation.”
During a 30-day public-review period for the proposed regulations, 180 comments were submitted, many of them critical of what was described as highly prescriptive reforms from the federal government. Critics said the models might not work in communities where teacher and principal shortages exist, where teachers’ union contracts pose barriers, or where closing an entire school isn’t feasible.
In preemptive defense of the plan lets keep in mind that schools don't HAVE to try to get these grants.
I think that the fourth option, "implementing a basket list of strategies", creates a lot of opportunities for schools that don't wish to apply the other three.
Blame Obama, blame Arne Duncan?
Posted by NYC_SKP in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Aug 18th 2009, 09:33 PM
This would be a terrific time to find and highlight the common ground rather than divide the party of hope, not to help the party of nope.
High profile progressives like Dennis could join NY Rep. Anthony Weiner in laying out the facts and the best of what the POTUS has embraced.
Because when our side, with all our quirks and subsets, go out and are over the place with "the message" we look like fucking fools who can't get along.
In the meantime, conservatives are united in their rage against what we know in our hearts is the right thing.
And most Americans would agree that the Public Option is the right thing.
But we have to express it cohesively and in a united way.
This will never happen if we can't find a way to come together.
To paraphrase an old adage:
"You can be right, or you can be happy (and pass the public option)"
Take your pick.
PS, Thank you Rachel Maddow for standing up against Armey on Meet the Press.
Yes, we can.
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