Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute has a enlightening critical essay on Barack Obama's "real education legacy" in the latest issue of National Affairs. The essay couldn't be more timely, coming on the heels of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's announcement last week that he plans to leave his post at the end of the year.
Despite the soaring rhetoric and heady promises . . . education reform during Obama's tenure has disappointed in practice. Oddly enough, some of the president's critics on the right have missed this and have maintained that, on education, his policy has been uniquely sound. New York Times columnist David Brooks declared that "Obama has been the most determined education reformer in the modern presidency," and suggested that…[more]
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]