That sounds reasonable. I still want to know when his contract is up for renewal and if anything stands in the way of not renewing it.
Note the article below from the Woester Telegraph from a state with limited restrictions on the expenditures of campaign contributions. It opens the barn door on abuse.
Massachusetts doesn't have term limits either,
which it needs.
November 26. 2013 5:12PM
Campaign contributions pay for more than many think
Donating to a political campaign is a way of expressing personal approval. But donors should know that contributions may be spent, legally, on things they might have thought would come from personal or expense accounts.
Campaign coffers in Massachusetts go to more than hiring helpers and buying ads and lawn signs.
A lot of donated dollars get eaten up at dinners. Meals with leaders and constituents are one of the legitimate, but often pricey, perks of a campaign account.
As described in a Sunday Telegram story Nov. 24, some Central Massachusetts legislators have used campaign funds to pay for conferences, gifts for volunteers, legal bills, and hotel rooms in Boston after late-night sessions at the Statehouse.
The state's decades-old campaign finance law requires only that expenditures provide for "the enhancement of the political future of the candidate" and not be primarily for personal benefit.
Tighter regulations over campaign spending would lessen at least the perception that campaign contributions can in some cases serve essentially as salary boosts, or a way for a lawmaker to live high on the hog once in a while without burning a hole in their own pocket.
What we hope for most from our representatives is a sense of duty to contributors, and wisdom over the value of others' hard-earned dollars.
It's disheartening to hear, as we so often do, about time and money lavished on less-than-serious outings and purposes. We expect more from our elected leaders.
State legislators make a base salary of more than $61,000 a year, and many receive leadership stipends and per diem travel allowances. They work hard, and some meetings over meals to get work done is to be expected.
But smart voters admire frugality and pragmatism, and — though they don't always know where their campaign contributions are going — they know those qualities when they see them.
Regarding the Rosebush reviews, I believe the Academy can review its limited hiring procedures all it wants but hiring procedures are established by the Air Force Personnel and OPM. The Academy, like all other AF bases, requests then gets (after the job is advertised) a list of qualified candidates and either hires from, or rejects the list. The job requirements are, to a degree, established by the Academy and approved by personnel to begin the process of hiring. Maybe, the Academy needs to review who hired Rosebush, why he was hired, and the list of candidates provided to see if he truly was the most qualified.
This is awesome news for many MMJ patients! About time Colorado's government is taking it seriously. (Just wish the Feds would legalize MMJ and change labor laws so we can't be fired for being a patient.)
Now lets expand the RMJ industry in El Paso County and get some needed sales tax money!
Considering she worked in the Elections dept for years prior to working the campaigns…...
Colo. School Board Member: Transgender Students Need 'Castration' Before Using Bathrooms - Just unbelievable in this day and age with Science as our guide instead of someone's bogus religion guiding our state politics!
Great, the Academy hires an obviously anti-gay Conversion Therapy Practitioner to connect with cadets (however indirectly) through character and leadership? Doesn't Human Resources, or the AF Career Program, ever do background checks?
It's not about religion - for there are plenty of qualified Christian counsellors who haven't driven patients to suicide.
" It's like you talk about desegregation and you hire someone from the KKK."
Exactly. It's not that they're white - it's that they're aryan supremacists.
Here it's not that he's an Evangelical Christian - it's that the record shows his attitude towards Jews, Gays, Catholics and other sinners is less than professional.
Does anyone else find it ironic that a bunch of people that advocate freedom of religion/expression want someone removed from their position based on their religious beliefs?
The ACA was created out of a need to regulate the insurance market, reign in some high healthcare costs, and expand coverage where possible. It does not create a single payer system (unfortunate in my opinion), but it was created on a notion (a Republican one at that), that healthcare is a personal responsibility, and based on your income, you will be expected to pay a certain percentage of your healthcare costs.
The ACA was designed so that if you do not have access to affordable insurance through your employer (established as 9.5% of your income), then you will have access to the plans available in the Marketplace. In this case, you will receive subsidies up to a certain percentage of the federal poverty line (I believe that a family of four making a little over 90,000 will still qualify for a subsidy.) However, if affordable coverage is not available to you, you can be exempt from the personal responsibility requirement (this means that if you have to spend more than 8% of your income on your premiums, you can seek an exemption.)
Having said this, I agree with you that the plans on the marketplaces are expensive and have high deductibles and out of pocket costs. Those making up to 250% of the FPL may be eligible for Cost Sharing Reductions, which are meant to help reduce such costs. In addition, insurance companies are not allowed to spend less than 80% of their revenues on claims reimbursements. And if they do so, they are required to send their policy holders a rebate. Still, many policies are still expensive because yes the ACA has set a very comprehensive essential benefits package which insurers must cover. However, the idea is that with time, with enough healthy individuals buying into the coverage pool, prices will lower and stabilize. That is why the individual mandate is an essential piece of the ACA. However, in my opinion, to truly bring costs down and make comprehensive and quality coverage available and affordable for all, one of two things needs to happen: 1. A public option should be introduced or 2. health insurance companies should not be allowed to operate for profit.
I think that a discussion around the value of insurance, and of quality and well regulated insurance is needed to emphasize the fact that just one ER visit can quickly help a family meet it a deductible of 5,000 (as most bronze plans have). Yes, insurance is health expensive, but so is auto and home insurance, yet we still purchase those policies because we understand their value. Now we just need to apply the same thinking to health insurance :) Let me know if you would like further resources or the sources for my info
hahahahaha! now this is a surprise!!
Will it ever end....the obsession of some christians with other people's private lives?
I'll tell you what's "sick" and it isn't gay people; it's the religious right's obsession with who you sleep with and your private choice of reproductive decisions. Sick.
People everywhere (especially the USAFA) need to grow up, get over bigotries learned in their youth, live and let live, get religion out of all of our public institutions, and move on with vastly more important issues facing our nation.
I don't expect the USAFA to fire the guy, though they should; they'll do their usual circling of the wagons and defend him with tenacity.
Amazing politician for CS! She was the only one that came to the local Pride Center to talk to their Board before the election to show her support for us and I was there to witness it! She really cares about all of the citizens here and I commend her for showing tolerance to our community and especially transgender people, especially after what happened with Coy's school's bathroom use fiasco. We need more people like her in local government!
I want to get involved with this! Who should I contact?
At the beginning, Prep School designed and created for only Prior Enlisted. I wish that they changed back to 100% prior enlisted again.
Transom, I think your apples and oranges analogy is completely appropriate. We cannot keep throwing apples into the orange crate and expect them to become oranges. The standards for getting an Academy appointment may vary depending on whether you are a direct entry or come through the Prep School, but the requirments to remain at the Academy are the same for everyone. If the Academy can't hold every person it accepts to the same standard, it has lost sight of its purpose. For now, it appears to have enough institutional integrity remaining to hold Cadets to one academic, military, athletic and honor standard. But it also appears to have turned a blind eye on the process that decides which young men and women will gain an appoinment in the first place. The financial cost of trying to turn an apple into an orange during one year at the Prep School is almost insignificant compared to what it costs when that person, who was never qualified in the first place, implodes during his first two years at the Academy. What in the world has the Academy gained by setting him up to fail? Yet, almost 50% of the kids who enter the Prep School go down that path. Forget the finances, let's just look at wisdom of the process. If maintaining the status quo of what is described in this article is really the best we can do, than it is time to not only shut the Prep School down, but USAFA as well.
Anothergrad, three points, and then I'm off this thread:
1) I can't speak to what efforts USAFA senior staff have taken to reach out to the grad community with a candid, accurate assessment of Prep School grads' performance. I do know that for every reunion there's a briefing held by senior staff, and questions from the audience are welcome, either in that public forum or afterward, one-on-one. Failing that venue, there's always public affairs, and their contact info should be readily found on USAFA's website.
2) Since I know USAFA has guidelines but no strict requirements for admission, it actually does not surprise me that the Prep School is in the same boat. In fact, I have heard there is significant overlap in composite academic scores between students selected to go to the Prep School and students selected to go directly to USAFA from high school. So to compare the average Prep School grad's performance and incidence of honor probations to those of the average cadet who came directly to USAFA from high school is kind of comparing apples to oranges.
If data were to be presented comparing academic performance and incidence of honor probations between Prep School grads and students entering USAFA directly from high school who had comparable composite academic scores, and if the Prep School grads' performance were shown to be worse across the board than comparable cadets who went directly to USAFA (ie same composite academic scores), then I would agree the Prep School has some problems that need to be addressed. However, until and unless such data is presented, I would be wary of drawing too many conclusions from an article that presents only one side of the story such as this one.
3) One last comment on budget: although the overall budget figure may be correct, it is possible some creative math employed to arrive at misleadingly high cost per candidate. As an example, let's say that in 1 week a family of 5 (mom, dad, and 3 kids) spent $150 on groceries, $100 on the monthly cable/internet/phone bill, and $100 for the rest of the month's utilities. How much did it cost to house and feed 1 child for 1 week?
You might be inclined to say $450, but that would hardly be accurate because $200 was spent on monthly costs, not weekly costs, and because the child probably didn't eat all $150 in groceries.
That is all. Happy life, everyone!
Transom, fair points. I'll respond by answering your last point first. Have USAFA's leaders made an effort to reach out to grads with a candid assessment of some of the problems highlighted in this article? Before reading this article, were you aware that the Prep School no longer has a GPA requirement for graduating from the Prep School? That its students have no minimum standardized test score threshold, or military performance score? Did you know that 45% of each incoming Prep School class are recruited athletes, while less than 25% are prior enlisted, but that recruited athletes have a much higher attrition rate than any other demographic brought into the Prep School? My point is, how does a grad reach out to USAFA leadership directly and in private if he isn't even aware such problems exist? I know these problems weren't brought up at my last reunion. I haven't seen them in Checkpoints. I'd prefer not to find out about them in a free newspaper. But that's where we are.
As far as the Prep School budget is concerned, you're right. I am guessing that their 2013 budget is more than their 2005 budget. But according to the article, the size of their student body hasn't changed since 2005 (the Cadet Wing is on track to shrink by 10%), and it doesn't appear the staff size is much smaller either. Is it possible the current Prep School budget is less than it's budget in 2005? I guess, but given the laws of basic economics over the last decade, I don't know how you could shrink the budget significantly without reducing students and faculty, or the length of the school. Care and feeding of 240 kids hasn't gotten cheaper in the last 10 years.
Finally, if Academy leaders have actually tried to improve the performance of Prep School grads in recent years, I would actually be more dismayed than I am now, because given the stats provided in this article and its accompanying articles, several things have gotten worse. Read the three paragraphs preceding the section titled "No Requirements" and then read the no requirements section. Things are not improving. You can't blame the current Supt. She just showed up. And it looks like the current Prep School commander is not only aware there's a problem, but has started moving the curve in the other direction. But my original questions still stand. Is this really the best we can do? How did we get here? With drawdowns the norm across the Air Force, how is it the Prep School remains the same size despite declines in the performance of its graduates in recent years? What is its real purpose? The article says the current class is 22% prior enlisted, 43% minority, and 45% recruited athlete. What does that say about our priorities?
The focus on football has become so great that the AFA just changed their primary mission from "developing leaders of character" to "producing lieutenants for the AF." Look at the usafa homepage for that in the upper left corner. If we're just producing officers what makes this place any different than any other school out there?
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