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Building the Machine – The Common Core Documentary

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To request a public screening copy of the film, please contact media@hslda.org.

ABOUT THE FILM

“Building the Machine” introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary compiles interviews from leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee. Parents, officials, and the American public should be involved in this national decision regardless of their political persuasion.

WHAT IS THE COMMON CORE?

The Common Core is the largest systemic reform of American public education in recent history. What started as a collaboration between the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to reevaluate and nationalize America’s education standards has become one of the most controversial—and yet, unheard of—issues in the American public.

In 2010, 45 states adopted the Common Core, but according to a May 2013 Gallup Poll, 62% of Americans said they had never heard of the Common Core. Prominent groups and public figures have broken traditional party lines over the issue, leaving many wondering where they should stand.

Find out more about the Common Core:http://www.hslda.org/CommonCore

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Straight Talk About The Wage Gap [YouTube]

Independent Women’s Forum, in a continued effort to set the record straight about the real reason for the statistical difference between men and women’s earnings , releases an informative, stop-frame animation web video — Straight Talk About the Wage Gap . The video explains how women’s choices ultimately determine how much they earn and how government intervention in the workplace can backfire on women.

The stop-frame animation consists of a sequence of digital photographed frames, roughly one every second, creating the illusion of movement when the frames are played in a continuing sequence.

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Read the article from American Enterprise Institute entitled:

“The ’77 cents on the dollar’ myth about women’s pay”.

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Declare War on Feminism (YouTube – BraveTheWorld)

A wonderful and articulate woman by the name Julia Tourianski, had the following to say regarding modern feminism in western society.  There needs to be more honesty like this in this world.

“I declare war on modern western feminism.

I refuse to support a movement that’s devolved into radicalism, that’s completely confused a whole generation of women and that’s debased a whole generation of men.

I refuse to support a movement that’s seeded in socialism, that hates males, that makes women out to be victims, that polices our language, and that’s based on emotions assumptions instead of logic.”

– Julia Tourianski (Website & YouTube Channel)

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Soviet-born congressional candidate looks to make history

During the darkest days of the Cold War, some in Washington feared a Communist infiltration inside the highest reaches of the government. It would have been unimaginable then that a man born and raised in Soviet-era Moscow would mount a strong challenge for a seat in Congress, with a rallying cry of freedom against government.

Yet that’s exactly what’s happening in suburban Sacramento where Moscow-born Igor Birman, 32, is living his American dream and trying to become the first-ever member of Congress born in the Soviet Union.

“As the elites in Washington abandon freedom as the cornerstone of America’s public policy, we see all of these academic and acrimonious debates,” Birman told Fox News. “To me, though, this matter is personal. Freedom is very personal to me. I’ve lived in a society where freedom was denied to just about everyone but the elites.”

Birman, a Republican who until last year worked on Capitol Hill, is in the middle of a heated contest challenging Democratic Rep. Ami Bera. But his critiques of Washington go beyond the incumbent freshman.

“You don’t have to be a Republican or Democrat to dislike the NSA snooping through your private and intimate records. You don’t have to be a Republican or a Democrat to realize that the most feared agencies in government, like the IRS, should not be harassing ordinary Americans for simply disagreeing. There are a lot of issues that transcend party politics these days.”

As an immigrant, Birman knows intimately the struggles that come with being new to America and is offering his own plans for reforming the immigration system.

“Fix that legal immigration process, and I suspect you’ll see illegal immigration drop tremendously,” he said.

Birman, now a U.S. citizen, is also running during a tense time for relations between Washington and Moscow. On the conflict in Ukraine, Birman said the bellicosity of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he calls a KGB thug, is hardly surprising. “We should realize that the only strength that Putin has is the exporting of natural gas energy.”

Birman explains that Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas is the cause of its timidity in challenging Putin. The American response, he says, should be to aggressively sell U.S. natural gas on the world market, thereby driving down Russian influence and at the same time promoting domestic economic vitality.

At a recent gathering of eager campaign volunteers, Birman profusely thanked  them for their efforts and sprinkled in quotes from Reagan and Churchill. “We don’t need a new message,” he told them. “It may be that we need new and better messengers.”

Also helping stuff and stamp envelopes are Birman’s parents Alexander and Emily. They were the ones who made the critical decision to leave Moscow in 1994 with Igor and his younger brother Eugene. With a stack of letters in front of her, Emily held no doubt that her son will succeed.

“I told him whenever you decide to run for Congress or to be a public servant, people will trust you because you speak from your heart.”

Birman’s path to Congress will not be easy. In June’s “top two” primary — in which candidates of all parties run against each other, and the top two move on to the general — not only does he take on Bera but also two other more prominent Republicans: former Rep. Doug Ose and 2012 Senate nominee Elizabeth Emken.

He has the backing, though, of eight members of Congress including Tom McClintock, whom Birman worked for as chief of staff, and Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee, whom he calls his heroes. “They stand firm for freedom, for those principles of individual liberty,” he said. “Constitutionally limited government and personal responsibility. Those are the principles that are near and dear to my heart. Those are the principles I want to champion in Washington.”

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The ’77 cents on the dollar’ myth about women’s pay

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Also checkout Independent Women’s Forum‘s (IWF) opinion by watching their YouTube video entitled:
“Straight Talk About the Wage Gap [YouTube]”

American Enterprise Institute:
www.aei.org

April 8 is “Equal Pay Day,” an annual event to raise awareness regarding the so-called gender wage gap. As President Obama said in the State of the Union address, women “still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns,” a claim echoed by the National Committee on Pay Equity, the American Association of University Women and other progressive groups.
The 23% gap implies that women work an extra 68 days to earn the same pay as a man. Mr. Obama advocates allowing women to sue for wage discrimination, with employers bearing the burden of proving they did not discriminate. But the numbers bandied about to make the claim of widespread discrimination are fundamentally misleading and economically illogical.

In its annual report, “Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2012,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that “In 2012, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $691. On average in 2012, women made about 81% of the median earnings of male full-time wage and salary workers ($854).” Give or take a few percentage points, the BLS appears to support the president’s claim.

But every “full-time” worker, as the BLS notes, is not the same: Men were almost twice as likely as women to work more than 40 hours a week, and women almost twice as likely to work only 35 to 39 hours per week. Once that is taken into consideration, the pay gap begins to shrink. Women who worked a 40-hour week earned 88% of male earnings.

Then there is the issue of marriage and children. The BLS reports that single women who have never married earned 96% of men’s earnings in 2012.
The supposed pay gap appears when marriage and children enter the picture. Child care takes mothers out of the labor market, so when they return they have less work experience than similarly-aged males. Many working mothers seek jobs that provide greater flexibility, such as telecommuting or flexible hours. Not all jobs can be flexible, and all other things being equal, those which are will pay less than those that do not.
Education also matters. Even within groups with the same educational attainment, women often choose fields of study, such as sociology, liberal arts or psychology, that pay less in the labor market. Men are more likely to major in finance, accounting or engineering. And as the American Association of University Women reports, men are four times more likely to bargain over salaries once they enter the job market.
Risk is another factor. Nearly all the most dangerous occupations, such as loggers or iron workers, are majority male and 92% of work-related deaths in 2012 were to men. Dangerous jobs tend to pay higher salaries to attract workers. Also: Males are more likely to pursue occupations where compensation is risky from year to year, such as law and finance. Research shows that average pay in such jobs is higher to compensate for that risk.

While the BLS reports that full-time female workers earned 81% of full-time males, that is very different than saying that women earned 81% of what men earned for doing the same jobs, while working the same hours, with the same level of risk, with the same educational background and the same years of continuous, uninterrupted work experience, and assuming no gender differences in family roles like child care. In a more comprehensive study that controlled for most of these relevant variables simultaneously—such as that from economists June and Dave O’Neill for the American Enterprise Institute in 2012—nearly all of the 23% raw gender pay gap cited by Mr. Obama can be attributed to factors other than discrimination. The O’Neills conclude that, “labor market discrimination is unlikely to account for more than 5% but may not be present at all.”

These gender-disparity claims are also economically illogical. If women were paid 77 cents on the dollar, a profit-oriented firm could dramatically cut labor costs by replacing male employees with females. Progressives assume that businesses nickel-and-dime suppliers, customers, consultants, anyone with whom they come into contact—yet ignore a great opportunity to reduce wages costs by 23%. They don’t ignore the opportunity because it doesn’t exist. Women are not in fact paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.

Administration officials are (very) occasionally challenged on their discrimination claims. The reply is that even if lower average female pay is a result of women’s choices, those choices are themselves driven by discrimination. Yet the choice of college major is quite free, and many colleges recruit women into high-paying science or math majors. Likewise, many women prefer to stay home with their children. If doing so allows their husbands to maximize their own earnings, it’s not clear that the families are worse off. It makes no sense to sue employers for choices made by women years or decades earlier.

The administration’s claims regarding the gender pay gap are faulty, and its proposal to make it easier for women to sue employers for equal pay would create a disincentive for firms to hire women.

Mr. Perry is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. Mr. Biggs is a resident scholar at AEI.

Also checkout Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) opinion by watching their YouTube video entitled:
“Straight Talk About the Wage Gap [YouTube]”

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