In the heart of a small town in West Texas, Makron Academy has opened its doors. More accurately, the Academy has unveiled its internet sites designed to provide subject matter seminars with immediate applicability to the workplace. Makron Academy was conceived as a response to the challenge issued by Jonathan Kozol in his book, Illiterate America. In his poignant narrative, Kosol identifies illiteracy as the biggest challenge facing our nation and affecting a good third of the American population and, almost, two-thirds of the Hispanic population.
Moreover, in a gargantuan and compellingly simple way, Robert Cleckler and Gary Sprunk, have developed a method, styled NuEnglish, through which they propose a potential phonetic English reading and writing strategy. “Internally consistent and sound, the approach lends itself to addressing the problem of illiteracy in a breathtakingly simple manner,” stated Makron Academy’s founder, Jaime O. Perez. He commented, “Thus, Makron Academy has positioned itself to tackle the single largest challenge facing the United States for the foreseeable future.”
Jaime O. Perez, an adult education and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instructor, is convinced that adapting the Cleckler/Sprunk approach is a key to addressing the illiteracy challenge posed by Kozol’s research.
The premise of Makron Academy’s institutional curriculum is that adapting NuEnglish, as a tool to transition those learning English, provides a way to address widespread illiteracy among Hispanics. There is no doubt the effort by Cleckler and Sprunk to address the problem of illiteracy took years to refine and Perez expects their approach will bear fruit far beyond their highest expectations.
1. Oceans – Assign Coast Guard to secure US shores from smuggling of people, foreign military operatives and WMDs;
2. Border – Deploy National Guard to secure Canadian and Mexican threats to border residents;
3. Transportation – Transfer federal control of transportation hub security to entities that operate them;
4. Sequestration – Reduce defense cut sequestration target by 50 percent;
5. ICBM Arsenal – Reconfigure ICBM population target-centric design;
6. Preventive War – Establish new systemic evaluation for global conflicts not immediately threatening to the Republic and reassert Congressional oversight.
1. Citizens – Eliminate warrantless domestic spying and intrusion on Citizen free speech;
2. Non-Citizens – Eliminate secret prisons and torture and reinstate habeas corpus.
1. Free Trade Agreements – Secure Border through end of Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and all other countries. Free trade was meant to work through comparative advantage not through the export of capital to establish dominance of home country producers;
2. Immigration Policy – Reform immigration system to expedite application and processing procedures;
3. Labor – Establish a Liberty W Visa for foreign workers desiring to migrate to US as requested by American owned businesses located in the US;
4. Non-Citizens – Establish a Liberty V Visa for foreign visitors in the US without permission renewable on an annual basis;
5. Non-Citizen Resdients – Establish a Liberty R Visa for foreign citizens that reside in the US without permission renewable on an annual basis with an option and process that would treat them as first time applicants for US residency;
1. Free Speech – Eliminate federal restrictions on the exercise of free speech including religious, cultural and other normative beliefs;
2. Consensual – Relations – Declare amnesty for Citizens imprisoned for consensual relations;
3. Prohibition – Declare amnesty for all Citizens imprisoned solely for use of drugs;
4. Labor Unions – Eliminate federal restrictions on workers to freely assemble into Unions;
5. Marriage – Recognize no federal restrictions on marriage;
6. Right to Bear Arms – Allow no federal restriction upon the right to bear arms;
7. Reform Justice System – Double Jeopardy and Cruel and Unusual punishment apply when individuals cannot find work because they have served time.
1. Mandates – Eliminate federal mandates relative to technology and education;
2. Credentialism – Eliminate federal structural barriers to employment e.g. restrictive degree requirements;
3. NASA – Transfer NASA Research and Development under the Department of Education;
4. Reform student loan programs.
1. Federal Agencies – Reduce federal agency budgets not contemplated in the Constitution by 50 percent in FY 2013;
2. Bankruptcy – Expand bankruptcy laws to cover all indebtedness;
3. Federal Reserve – Eliminate the transfer of private debt to taxpayers through TARP, QE, Twist and Dollar Swap programs;
4. US Debt – Eliminate borrowing from Federal Reserve;
5. Public Infrastructure – Rebuild public infrastructure and eliminate policy of transferring public infrastructure to private sector;
6. Too Big To Fail Banks – Eliminate federal implicit and explicit default guarantees;
7. Federal Debt Limit – Cap federal debt limit to 120 percent of GDP;
8. Deficit Spending – Balance federal budget;
9. Currency – Control national currency in partnership with American owned banks;
10. Banks – Prohibit federal bank bailouts;
11. Energy – Eliminate federal auto company and auto loan guarantees;
12. Home Mortgages – Eliminate federal mortgage loan guarantees;
13. Education Loans – Eliminate federal student loan guarantees;
14. Competition – Lift federal restrictions on interstate commerce e.g. insurance providers;
15. Conflicts of Interest – Prohibit public service to those with conflicts of interest. Directors, stockholders or managerial employees of banking and financial institutions that hold federal government administrative and management positions often have conflicts of interest;
16. Dollar – Nationalize currency and control quantity of money at 50 percent of GDP.
1. Corporate Earnings – Increase marginal tax rate for earnings and dividends to 50 percent and not less than 35 percent;
2. Interest Deduction – Eliminate interest tax deduction for corporations;
3. Debt Generated Cash Flow – Increase marginal tax rate for cash flow generated from debt to 50 percent;
4. Capital Gains – Increase marginal tax rate for capital gains to 35 percent;
5. Offshore Capital – Increase marginal tax rate for offshore capital to 50 percent;
6. Individual Income Tax – None.