Race to the Top scoring may not determine final awards

Kentucky’s education leaders really knocked themselves out putting together our application for the Race to the Top federal education funding competition. Except for the glaring omission of charter school legislation, the state’s edu-team tried everything they could think of to garner every possible point in the published scoring scheme. Well, Education Week now reports(subscription?): “…the…

Feds have their Toyota bashing pedal to the metal

Ray LaHood, U.S. secretary of Transportation, suggested Toyota drivers ‘stop driving’ their vehicles, something he later called a ‘misstatement.’ How would his ‘misstatement’ have set with the Jimmy Hoffas of the world had it been pointed at a unionized, bankrupt, government-owned American operation? Imagine the UAW’s disdain had House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry…

Economics 101: Free Trade

From Cafe Hayek… Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Mississippi)Capitol HillWashington, DCDear Rep. Taylor: You propose to remove the U.S. from NAFTA. Your stated reason is that the freer trade made possible by NAFTA destroys jobs in your state. If you’re correct – that is, if it’s true that preventing people in one political jurisdiction from trading freely…