Last week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released its annual Report Card on American Education, “a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels” that measures factors such as achievement, standards, choice, and teacher quality. Policymakers should continue to look to model states like Florida and Indiana and realize that families, not bureaucrats, know what is best for children – and the results will speak for themselves.
While certain figures in the economy are certainly headed in the right in direction, there is much work left to be done. The majority of Americans continue to feel economically insecure in the face of a fragile job market, stagnant wages, and rising costs. More must be done to help middle-class families feel better about their situation at the kitchen table.
Two recently released reports have once again confirmed in vivid detail what many people have known for a long time: That the big organized labor movement has lost its way.
Supporters of the failed economic policies of the last few years want America to believe that the August employment numbers are an outlier. But the latest anemic jobs report is not at an anomaly. Millions of Americans are struggling and seeing their American Dream slowly disappear, despite being technically in the fifth year of a “recovery.”
The newest jobs report was largely met with yet another shoulder shrug, as lethargic recovery has become the new normal – except for those who are being left behind in the Obama economy.