As President Obama, the Republicans and Democrats in U.S. Congress debate how to maintain a growth economy while providing necessary governmental services, cutting spending and capping the national debt, many Americans have little clue how much they personally owe for the governments obligations, and how much they are mortgaging their grandchildren’s future.
Now that the space shuttle program has been retired, NASA can start focusing on its primary mission: reaching out to the Muslim world.
Back in 1961, John F. Kennedy promised that America would be the first country to land a man on the moon. It was an exciting time for the space program and many amazing accomplishments were achieved, including the fulfillment of Kennedy’s promise, the moon landing of 1969.
It is quite sad to see how NASA has suffered in the last four decades. Instead of excitement about the space program, there is a sense that it is coming to an end with the retirement of the space shuttle.
Governor Jindal has frequently hit the luncheon circuits, the legislative chambers and other speaking engagements stating, “The national debt will reach over $14 trillion this year – $26 trillion dollars in a decade’s time. Make no mistake about what that means this year. Just this year’s debt level alone equates to over $45,000 for every American. $100,000 for every American family.
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NFLPA president Kevin Mawae issued this statement on Friday regarding the status of the negotiations with the NFL owners:
"Player leadership is discussing the most recent proposal with the NFL, which includes a settlement agreement, deal terms and the right for addressing re-certification. There will not be any further NFLPA statements today out of respect for the Kraft family while they mourn the loss of Myra Kraft."
NEW ORLEANS - Recovery School District Superintendent (RSD) John White has assured parents of Abramson Science and Technology Charter School students that a school will operate on the Abramson campus and will open on the scheduled first day of school, August 10, 2011. However, Superintendent White said the school's operator will not be the same if the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) revokes the organization's charter.
What America lacks today is leadership. The budget and deficit debate we are witnessing today highlights this very problem.
Members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, have been negotiating various plans to increase the debt ceiling and to reduce federal spending. While we may agree or disagree with the specifics of those plans, we cannot say that members of Congress are not leaders working on a solution to the fiscal mess that, in all honesty, is their creation.
On the heels of a major economic development news announcing a 6 billion dollar expansion of Cheniere facilities, today Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Schumacher Group CEO Dr. William "Kip" Schumacher to announce the company will complete a major headquarters expansion over the next five years that will produce 600 new direct jobs, with average salaries of $62,500, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in the creation of another 784 new indirect jobs for a total of nearly 1,400 new jobs in the Acadiana Region over the next five years. The company also will make a $19 million capital investment, including expanded headquarters facilities and specialized training space.
ESPN is reporting that the owners will vote between 4:30 -6:30 today (CST) and it is expected at least 24 of the 32 will vote yes.
A conference call is scheduled for the players at 9 p.m., but it's not clear if a vote will actually take place.
NFL owners and a huge media contingent were in Atlanta this morning for meetings to start at 11 a.m.
While optimism remains in the air, there still remain some outstanding issues to solve, according to Pro Football Talk.
From Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal; " NFL players, owners worked last night, but were not able to resolve issues standing in the way to a deal."
According to the Washington Post, NFL officials plan for owners of the league's 32 owners to vote Thursday in Atlanta on a proposed deal with locked-out players that would end the sport's shutdown.
Today the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released new information related to its investigation of
Abramson Science and Technology Charter School in New Orleans, including additional reports of alleged sexual incidents between students, including rape. Last week LDOE announced it was launching a full investigation of the charter school, which is operated by the Pelican Educational Foundation.