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Team Rubicon and

Tuesday, January 26, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Team Rubicon continues to provide urgently needed services in Haiti. Father Z. is faithfully keeping them atop his blog and prayer list. needs a Team Rubicon-like assist in the State Department. 50 Haitian orphans whose mission home was leveled have homes waiting for them in Chicago and a church family to support them. The State Department just needs to say yes.

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Jon Golnik for Congress

Tuesday, January 26, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Jon Golnik is a candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, in a district that went overwhelmingly for Scott Brown.

Golnik is a Dartmouth and Wharton School of Business grad, a successful businessman, and married to the cousin of our late and much-missed friend Dean Barnett. He also picked up a masters in international affairs from Johns Hopkins along the way. Smart guy, funny as one would expect of any relative of Dean’s, and very electable.

GIve his website a look and add him to the column of candidates to watch as the grassroots revolution grows.

A Message for the State of the Union: “Work Hard. Be Nice”

Tuesday, January 26, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I don’t have much hope for the president’s SOTU, but it could get interesting if he focuses on education and especially on charter schools. If he does so, the Knowledge is Power Program –“KIPP”– would be a great example of innovation to praise. Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews’ fine book from last year, Work Hard, Be Nice, is the fascinating and highly readable story of KIPP, and I interviewed Mathews yesterday about the continued growth of KIPP. (That transcript is here. The transcript of my original interview with Mathews on KIPP from early 2009 is here.)

Bill Gates has read Mathews’ book and has picked up on the KIPP success. The Department of Education is charter-friendly according to Mathews, even as some teachers’ unions begin to oppose its spread. A SOTU endorsement of this sort of reform generally and KIPP specifically would provide some common ground between the president and both sides of the chamber. Very few members of Congress from either party are going to oppose charter schools that transform the lowest performing students from the most challenged circumstances into enthusiastic, successful learners.

Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America



Monday, January 25, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

President Obama’s declaration of fiscal responsibility is laughable.

If the president announces that he intends to return the deficit to 2007 levels, that will be worth announcing. In 2007 the deficit was $161 billion, or about 1.2% of GDP.

Looking forward: “The federal deficit is forecast to be $1.75 trillion in 2009, declining to $1.17 trillion in 2010.”

President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have increased the deficit from $161 billion to $1.75 trillion in two years! The “cut” is to $1.17 trillion in 2010. The panic of 2008-2009 required one-time expenditures to arrest the fear, but the Democrats used the crisis as an excuse to print billions and billions of dollars. And they refuse to stop.

It will require a revolution in voting and the make-up of Congress to put this country on a path to solvency. Massive cuts in federal spending are required, or massive tax hikes. Democrats will pursue the latter and cripple the economy in the process. Republicans will demand the former. The choice is clear.

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