- 93% of Detroit public school eighth graders are not proficient in reading.
- 96% of them are not proficient in math.
- These horrific results occur even though the state of Michigan spends $13,743 per student every year in Detroit to educate the city’s kids, putting them in the top 6% of per pupil spending in the state.
- In an article by the American Psychological Association, 80% of teachers surveyed say they had been violently victimized at least once in the past or prior year.
- In the public schools of Baltimore, on average, every day four teachers and staff members are assaulted and the Baltimore Sun has reported that that last year over 300 Baltimore school staff members had file workers’ compensation claims because of injuries received via assaults on the job.
- In Detroit, annual teacher attrition rates are about 5% and in California, $20,000 signing bonuses for teachers are not enough to keep teachers from leaving their schools or seeking out less violent schools.
- While the Obama administration via the IRS and the Justice Department refused to investigate, indict and prosecute those responsible for the denial of tax exempt status to over 500 organizations, the judicial system has stepped and done their job for them to a certain degree.
- District Court Judge Reggie Walton ordered the IRS earlier in October to resolve all pending applications for tax exempt status of the affected groups by November 11, 2016: “The IRS will, at long last, be required to disclose the details of the lawless and unconstitutional Tea Party targeting scheme,” said Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice. “As a result of Judge Walton’s order, these years-long applications processes are finally concluding, and the organizations are receiving the review and determinations they deserve. This is a major victory.”
- As an example of the IRS stonewalling, Sekulow’s organization asked for tax exempt status seven years ago but never received approval.
- This ruling came about because back in August, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found that even after all of the publicity and damage done by the IRS, the court found the stonewalling was still going on.
- The House of Representatives Budget Committee recently released their analysis of what our high national debt is doing to our economy and our country.
- As Washington continues to spend more than it collects in taxes in any fiscal year, it has to borrow wealth from other sources to close that annual budget gap, adding to the national debt burden every year.
- On the current spending path, by 2046, every American family will need to pay an incremental $12,000 a YEAR to pay for the accumulated debt and other Federal government expenses.
- Obviously, if every family is paying an additional $12,000 a year in Federal taxes, that is $12,000 fewer dollars they have to buy a house, buy a car, go out to dinner, take a vacation, etc., i.e. that removal of that $12,000 will have a severe economic drag on overall national economic growth.
- We are seeing the beginning of that already since over the past few years, as Obama has doubled the national debt from $10 TRILLION to $20 TRILLION, national economic growth has stagnated at around 2% a year, far less than the historical average which is over 3% a year.
- Not only has overall economic growth suffered under this increasingly heavy debt load, but the number of Americans working part time since the last recession is still up by 42% while about 14 million Americans have left the labor force since 2009, many too discouraged to continue to look for a good job.
- Obviously, once economic growth slows, tax revenue growth slows and the debt gets even worse, leaving the only solution left to contain the damage: substantially reduce government spending.
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