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Headline Of The Day: “How the Air Force blew $1 billion on a dud system”

Seven years and about $1 billion later, the Air Force has abandoned a logistics management system that was, as the Federal Times puts it in their headline: a dud.

CSC was paid about $527 million for its work on the project, including $8.2 million in contract termination fees, according to the Air Force. The price tag for the Oracle software was about $81 million.

Asked if anyone has been fired or demoted for the program’s failure, Johnson said no. “We didn’t feel it was necessary to do that,“ she added.

$1 billion and seven years later, and no one gets fired? Only in government.

 

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Exactly What Is Their “Fair Share”?

For those who love to bash people who make more money than they do, the next few weeks should be delightful as we are treated to more of the Left’s “fair share” mantra. As we know, facts matter less and less in policy discussions these days so the following data will be ignored. For those who choose to be informed, however, here it is, courtesy of a Washington Examiner editorial.

But even taking into account all forms of taxation, the top 1 percent still paid 22 percent of federal taxes while earning just 13.4 percent of household income. The top 5 percent paid 40 percent of all federal taxes, despite earning only 26 percent of all income. No matter how you slice the numbers, it’s hard to understand why anyone would think the wealthy aren’t already shouldering a burden commensurate with their blessings.

I disagree. It’s very easy to understand why people love to bash those they deem as “rich.” The problem can be summed up in two words: envy and entitlement.

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“People often don’t see it as something wrong.”

Here’s the alarming story of would-be teachers who lied, cheated, and scammed their way into public school classrooms.

For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.

 

Of equal concern is this nugget about the rigor of the teacher certification tests.

Nina Monfredo, a 23-year-old history teacher at Power Center Academy in Memphis, has taken Praxis exams for history, geography, middle school content, and secondary teaching and learning.

Monfredo, who passed all her tests and is not involved in the fraud case, said the exams she took were relatively easy for someone who has a high school education.

 

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Just 1/3 Believe Economy Will Be Stronger A Year From Now

The view of the economy is getting worse post-election.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of American Adults now believe the economy will be weaker in a year’s time. That’s a 27-point jump from October and the lowest finding since September of last year. Just 34% believe the U.S. economy will be stronger a year from now, down seven points from a month ago but more in line with findings earlier this year.

 

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