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National Seminar for High School Educators
July 16-18 and July 18-20, 2018
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The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is hosting the 2018 National Seminar for High School Educators on July 16-18 and July 18-20 in Washington, DC.
The 24-hour professional development program is free to middle school and high school educators interested in teaching about the history of communism and its collectivist legacy.
The seminar blends together scholarly lectures, peer discussions, and pedagogical sessions to carefully balance content and pedagogy. These components are supplemented with short biographical films and in-person testimonials from witnesses and dissidents who resided in communist countries both past and present.
Past seminar participants experienced statistically significant growth in their confidence and capability to teach about a wide range of subjects, such as: communist ideology and history; the character of totalitarian governmental systems and practices; and the legacy of communist and post-communist states today, including the personal stories of witnesses, dissidents, and victims.
Seminar participants also receive and have the opportunity to work through the second edition of the Foundation’s curricular supplement—Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, and Its Legacy—developed by Dr. Lee Edwards, Dr. Paul Kengor, and Claire McCaffery Griffin, and used in schools across the nation.
Over 80% of past participants rated the seminar as better than other professional development programs in which they’ve participated.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit education and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.
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Summary: H.R.1 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
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Introduced in House (11/02/2017)
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates and modify policies, credits, and deductions for individuals and businesses.
With respect to individuals, the bill:
replaces the seven existing tax brackets (10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, and 39.6%) with four brackets (12%, 25%, 35%, and 39.6%),
increases the standard deduction,
repeals the deduction for personal exemptions,
establishes a 25% maximum rate on the business income of individuals,
increases the child tax credit and establishes a new family tax credit,
repeals the overall limitation on certain itemized deductions,
limits the mortgage interest deduction for debt incurred after November 2, 2017, to mortgages of up to $500,000 (currently $1 million),
repeals the deduction for state and local income or sales taxes not paid or accrued in a trade or business,
repeals the deduction for medical expenses,
consolidates and repeals several education-related deductions and credits,
repeals the alternative minimum tax, and
repeals the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes in six years.
For businesses, the bill:
reduces the corporate tax rate from a maximum of 35% to a flat 20% rate (25% for personal services corporations),
allows increased expensing of the costs of certain property,
limits the deductibility of net interest expenses to 30% of the business’s adjusted taxable income,
repeals the work opportunity tax credit,
terminates the exclusion for interest on private activity bonds,
modifies or repeals various energy-related deductions and credits,
modifies the taxation of foreign income, and
imposes an excise tax on certain payments from domestic corporations to related foreign corporations.
The bill also repeals or modifies several additional credits and deductions for individuals and businesses.
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FEE – John Dickinson was among America’s most important founders. He was a colonial legislator, member of the Stamp Act, Continental, and Confederation Congresses, chief executive of both Delaware (by a 25 to 1 vote; his being the only opposed) and Pennsylvania, president of the 1786 Annapolis convention that led to the Constitutional Convention, and among the most informed and seasoned statesmen to attend it. Historian Forrest McDonald wrote that, but for Dickinson and a few others, “the resulting constitution would not have been ratified.”
Penman of the Revolution
Despite his other roles, Dickinson was best known as the “Penman of the Revolution.” Perhaps his most important writings were his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies. After publication as letters, beginning December 21, 1767, in the Boston Chronicle, they were republished as a pamphlet, reprinted in most colonial newspapers and read widely, making him America’s first homegrown hero. As we pass their 250th anniversary, we would again profit by recalling John Dickinson’s words promoting our liberty.
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The New American – On Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japan launched a sneak attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, shattering the peace of a beautiful Hawaiian morning and leaving much of the fleet broken and burning. The destruction and death that the Japanese military visited upon Pearl Harbor that day — 18 naval vessels (including eight battleships) sunk or heavily damaged, 188 planes destroyed, over 2,000 servicemen killed — were exacerbated by the fact that American commanders in Hawaii were caught by surprise. But that was not the case in Washington.
Comprehensive research has shown not only that Washington knew in advance of the attack, but that it deliberately withheld its foreknowledge from our commanders in Hawaii in the hope that the “surprise” attack would catapult the U.S. into World War II. Oliver Lyttleton, British Minister of Production, stated in 1944: “Japan was provoked into attacking America at Pearl Harbor. It is a travesty of history to say that America was forced into the war.”
FEE – Most Millennials have a positive view of socialism and communism, but they don’t have all the facts.
Last month’s 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution is an appropriate occasion to remind us of the human atrocities committed by communist regimes. But we also should take time to reflect on the progress that has occurred since the fall of the Soviet Union and its socialist economic system in 1991.
A recent poll of Millennials found that 51 percent of them identified socialism as their favored socioeconomic system, with an additional 7 percent identifying communism as their favored system. Only 42 percent favored capitalism.
Socialism Kills, Always
A socialist system naturally selects leaders willing to exercise coercion to see that the plans are carried out.
Most Millennials I’ve met—and I meet quite a few as a college professor—are nice enough people. Most have no desire to see their fellow humans suffer. So I’m left to conclude that they have no appreciation for how socialism actually works in the real world.Socialist regimes—through executions, intentional starvation, and brutal prison-work camps—killed more than 100 million of their own citizens in the 20th century. In places such as Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela the atrocities continue.
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