The Wheels Down Politics Show – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

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Jerry Kratochvil interviews United States Senator Deb Fischer.

Jerry and Senator Fischer discuss the recently passed Highway Bill, why it is important and what it does for Nebraska and the country.

They also discuss the recently passed education bill, and talk about why it too is historic and what it does to dramatically change the way local entities are able to handle education issues. The former school board member talk about how this is one of the few times in recent history that the federal government is actually giving power back to the state and local communities.

They finish up talking about America’s war on terror and what she sees, particularly as a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

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  1. TexasAnnie says:

    The Education bill which the president will sign tomorrow is good enough.

    But Sen. Fischer’s notion that it grants more ‘local control’ is misleading. The 17 tests are still required, and the results will still be reported to the federal government in the form of electronic report cards. And federal funding will still be dependent upon the states’ obedience. States will have more discretion, and more control of grant monies received, but only after they do the federal government’s bidding. And at $1.65 billion next fiscal year, I guess the feds should be calling the shots!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Subsidy purchases people ‘s souls. Political correctness is what addicts them to it via faux expressions of sympathy and an occasional heretic burning for the mob.

    The fact that you are forced to pay for this abuse is fiscal tyranny.

    The fact that central government does this to coopt local industry and services like education to itself, and thereby empower central government to wastefully do worse than what local government was doing logically, thriftily and wisely without gigantic unnecessary bureaucracy is governmentalism.

    The fact that government uses that to selectively force individuals, industry and services to do the bidding of a central power is fascism.

    That your government does this on your dime is patriotism! God Bless Amerika!

    • anon says:

      How else did you expect to get the good folks in California and New York to foot the bill for educating the children in Nebraska?

      • Sparkles says:

        Thank goodness California and New York are willing to pay, and thank goodness caring conservatives in Texas are keeping an eye on our curriculum!
        How else will our children learn about the African “immigrant workers” imported to American plantations in the 18th and 19th centuries?

  3. Sparkles says:

    A new education bill limiting federal oversight and allowing states to design their own accountability systems to measure a school’s success.

    Within a year Louisiana is likely to post graduation rates and tales of academic achievement rivaling those of the very best school systems in the nation.
    Yet the average grocery list of a graduate from an LA high school will still read:
    Cat Fud
    Lawndree sope

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Wait, Sparkles. It’s my understanding that federal standards will still apply. And accountability was not good under No Child Left Behind, so we’re not missing out on anything with this new Every Student Succeeds Act.

      • Sparkles says:

        Clearly, NCLB is a failure, so it’s demise is long overdue and welcomed.

        Major provisions of the ESSA include repeal of annual federal yearly progress reports that will be replaced by individual state-designed accountability systems.
        ESSA transfers responsibility to states to identify and provide support for struggling schools and prohibits the federal government from interfering in state and local decisions.
        Under ESSA states are free to develop their own standards and assessments while the federal government kicks in dollars to support teacher development and improved education for at-risk students – but – there will be minimal to no oversight of how states spend the funds.

        Also, buried in the new law is a provision lobbied for by private and religious schools. State education officials will be required to set aside funds for “equitable services” for eligible children who attend private and religious schools. The bill also requires that state education departments create an ombudsman position to ensure private and religious schools get what they consider to be their fair share of federal dollars.

        Of course, their is hope it can succeed. ESSA is like nearly every other major initiative to emerge from Washington. It is an imperfect bill in it’s inception and it’s success will depend on continuing efforts to identify weaknesses and impending failures, ameliorating their impact or carving them out, while in turn building upon it’s strengths and maximizing it’s successes.
        The same was true for the implementation of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and GW’s Medicaid Part D. Each and every initiative stumbled, significantly in most cases, out of the blocks. The components of each program were then carefully examined and improved by an informed and engaged Congress, acting on behalf of the American people.

        Then came the Presidency of Barack Obama and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

        A specific date in history, January 20, 2009, in which a handful of politically motivated partisan operatives met in a hotel room in Washington DC and decided at that very moment, an informed and engaged Congress acting on behalf of the American people was a thing of the past.
        From here on out, it would be unyielding opposition to everything Obama. Every executive branch legislative initiative would be fought, no matter the cause, no matter the merit.

      • ‘Great lengths’? Ha ha; five minutes to look up all the data, and 2 minutes to do the calculation. Couldn’t follow the arithmetic, eh?

        Yes, I understand why you would want to change the subject from your manifest racism.

    • Pete says:

      I love how Sparkles made a joke about the poor spelling capability of future graduates of Louisiana high schools and in the same key stroke made egregious errors of his or her own. Bravo, Sparkles. Your thinly veiled racism is showing.

      • Sparkles says:

        There’s nothing racist in my post, Pete.

        I don’t perceive color when I think of the state of Louisiana. But without going to the trouble of looking up the demographics, I’m quite certain Louisiana is predominantly white.

        I also don’t apply a color to illiteracy.

      • Yes, Sparkles, you did.

        Nationally, the difference between ACT scores between blacks (17.0) and whites (22.4) was 5.4 points in 2012. The difference between Nebraska (22.0) and Louisiana (20.3) is only 1.7. 63.4% of residents of Louisiana are white; 32.5% are black. In contrast. 89.4% of the residents of Nebraska are white, and 4.9% are black. If we simply take the percentages by race, and multiply them by the average score by race, you get 22.1 for Nebraska and 20.6 for Louisiana, a difference of 1.5.

        So in other words, nearly 90% of the difference in scores can be attributed simply to the racial demographics. In mocking the alleged stupidity of Louisianans, you are effectively mocking African Americans.

        Pretty disgusting.

      • Sparkles says:


        You went to great lengths to prove an imagined point.

        Kind of odd for a “scientist”, don’t ya think?
        You wouldn’t be cookin’ up your own special cocktails now, would ya?

      • Oops, wrong place.

        ‘Great lengths’? Ha ha; five minutes to look up all the data, and 2 minutes to do the calculation. Couldn’t follow the arithmetic, eh?

        Yes, I understand why you would want to change the subject from your manifest racism.

    • Pete says:

      I’m really glad that GH got to this before I had time. He got my point and so did everyone else, Sparkles, you racist jackass.

      BTW, “an” should not be used before “LA”. I wonder what your test scores were, you bilious bard of bombast.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Priebus and Ryan slammed their own front-runner saying he doesn’t represent GOP values. Polls show 64% of Likely GOP Voters agree with Trump’s statements and of that majority 52% — over half – strongly agree.

    Priebus and Ryan are breathtakingly stupid. Since June, they have had many examples of others rising to similar bait and then going off the cliff. Trump says something that sounds rude but is based in truth. In a spasm of PC indignation they don’t look at exactly what he’s saying or to whom.

    His now formulaic tactic is akin to a virus that triggers the inner PC idiot in everyone who is infected. Since the defining element of PC is “political”, politicians quickly swell and pop like zits. But now the GOP leadership itself? This is amazing.

    Priebus and Ryan are holding meetings to try to remove Representative Democracy from the convention so they can appoint a puppet. Trump cannot pay people to be that stupid. He’s now the underdog. And the GOP is in danger of collapsing under its own dumbness. GOP voters have not forgotten that the last puppets, McCain and Romney, lost to dopey Barry Obama.

    This is exactly what Americans hate about party bosses. It is what GOP voters hate about the GOP.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      There are other things that I hate about the GOP. But in similar fashion, I have come to distrust party bosses (think: the Libertarian Convention, 2008 & Bob Barr). Clearly Trump is the most popular Republican presidential candidate. Denial of his prowess is almost inexplicable. Yet, many Republicans are doing just that!

    • Anon says:

      eGOP-They can’t beat Clinton, Obama owned them, Ryan’s changing appearance is fitting, leader of chameleons. The legislature reflects them.

  5. bynd says:

    Sparkles says: I also don’t apply a color to illiteracy.

    To bad. The highest illiteracy rate in the nation among young black males is right here in Omaha. Keep your head in the sand and ignore it, it will go away. Although there are many “Christian” volunteers up there making their mark by helping the least of us. I realize such things are beneath you:)

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