1/8/2014 Daily Reads: Common Core Industrial Complex?, Tomahawk Chop into Cooperstown, Republicans and Poverty Messaging

Common Core and the EduTech Abyss – Michelle Malkin highlights the competition among tech companies for education dollars as part of the implementation of Common Core. Competition is usually a good thing that will lead to better products at better prices, but the rollout has been plagued with stories of inefficiency, especially in the Los Angeles Unified School District. When major companies are also donating larges sums to legislators, urging the mandating of laptops and tablets, the environment is ripe for cronyism.

What is Common Core, you might ask? Joe Carter has a brief post, What is Common Core, explaining the basics of it and a summary of four reasons why folks support it and reject it, respectively.

maddux glavine thomasMaddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame – Barry Bloom breaks down the Hall of Fame voting. Maddux was as automatic as you can get. Glavine was a slight tier down but garnished the respect he deserved. Clearly, Maddux and Glavine weren’t fire-balling steroid users. They were the definition of “pitcher,” pure and simple. Pictorial dictionaries should have a photo of them under “pitcher.” Speaking of pitchers, Clemens’ vote total declined (no surprise there). I’m slightly surprised Frank Thomas got in with a comfortable margin. He is totally deserving, but I thought he would be a bubble candidate based on how voters have treated other 90’s candidates like Bagwell and Piazza. Why is Thomas deserving? Three letters: OPS. Biggio fell two votes shy, ouch. He did get his 3,000 hits, stole some bags, and played catcher, second base and outfield – and should be in based on that composite sketch, but perhap is hurt by the lack of a .300 career BA, no MVP awards, and a career marked more by longevity than dominance.

Should Republicans Talk About Poverty? – Ross Douthat chimes in with a bunch of links to other analysis on Republicans and their messaging on poverty. Douthat just wants the conversation to get going, thinking there is potential upside on this issue for the Republican Party. I’ve long bemoaned the lack of moral clarity and messengers within the GOP to frame the issues of economic policy as a moral issue that is immediately relevant to the issue of poverty. The GOP seems to be the party that positions themselves just a few shades more conservative than the Democrats, who’ve clearly won the branding of their policies as a moral imperative for compassion and equality. Very few Republicans are able to rebut the prevailing narrative and simply ask for more stipulations in connection with aid, or slightly fewer dollars in welfare, etc., thinking themselves champions of fiscal conservatism by being just a bit more stingy. Work needs to be done.

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