U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday announced he would be stepping down after seven years of service to the Obama administration. In a letter to department employees, Duncan said he wished to return to Chicago to be with his family. Duncan's wife and two children moved back to their hometown earlier this year. He plans to leave by the end of the year.
President Obama has already selected John B. King, Jr., the current deputy secretary of education, to replace Duncan.
Duncan's announcement is a bit out of the blue. From the Washington Post:
Even after Duncan’s family relocated to Chicago at the end of the summer, and their home in Arlington was put up for sale, Duncan insisted that he would stay until the end of the Obama administration.
When I penned my first column for the Center for Individual Freedom early in 2009, we didn’t yet have the full measure of Barack Obama.
For those with eyes to see, it was clear that the new president was coming to office with a more explicit and comprehensive progressive agenda than any president since Woodrow Wilson. But we didn’t yet know how it would all play out.
Now, as I pen my final column* six-and-a-half years later, the mystery is gone. The president meant exactly what he said when he promised to “fundamentally [transform] the United States of America.”
"Each time there's a shooting like the one that took place in Oregon on Thursday, a choir of politicians and pundits rises up to pretend they have known all along how to stop such incidents from happening. If only people had listened to them in advance! What they wanted to tell everyone all along was that one or another gun control proposal would have solved the problem. They are not only wrong, but…[more]