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Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His cartoons are syndicated by Creators. Michael won his second Pulitzer while at Investor's Business Daily.


  • No. Affirmative action is not about judging someone. But right-wingers are confused about a lot of things.

  • Finally ending AA will be excellent for the strength and well being of the USA because it will force the public school teachers unions to step up to teach all students in K-12 to be prepared for admission to our colleges and many to our best colleges.

    The students are smart and capable; many of the schools have not been!!
    For the billions we all pay in school taxes, why have the teachers unions lead by Randi Weingarten been allowed, decade after decade, by any politician to graduate any student not ready for the next step in life?

    The Supreme Court has tossed the issue back where it always should have been, the K-12 education of Americans in public schools.

    Will the teacher unions and politicians take this national challenge, take a large step up and prepare all students properly?

  • Affirmative Action meant unqualified admissions for blacks over others resulting in large drop out because they could not keep up with the curriculum. Just getting in does not mean success. Sadly if anyone not up to the admissions qualifications will not thrive. It was true when I went in 1965 as now. I was a B student. The school I got into I still had to take dumb bell English. And I learned more in that class than all my English classes in high school. Students should go where they will find equal opportunity to excellence and sadly the Ivy Leagues lost that mantle many years ago.

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