Private industry and governments around the world have spent trillions of dollars in the name of saving our planet from manmade global warming. Academic institutions, think tanks and schools have altered their curricula and agenda to accommodate what was seen as the global warming "consensus."
The good news on the economy this month, according to news reports, is the modest level of inflation. On this matter, CNN reported that consumer prices "rose 2.6% during the past twelve months, according to a report from the Labor Department." But the real headlining statistic was "core CPI," watched closely CNN says, "because it strips out volatile food and energy prices." Core CPI was up overall for the past year by 1.6 percent, but in a surprise for the month of January, it fell 0.1 percent.
The question we ask is important. For humanism is the world view of our educational leaders, of the textbooks they write, of the psychologists who counsel our youngsters on values, sex, and death. In short, it is the world view of the curricula used in the public schools. In fact, humanism forms the philosophical basis of what passes for teacher education in our state colleges and universities.
It's an annual ritual for millions of Catholics around the world, but when Vice President Joe Biden appeared in public with ashes on his forehead on Ash Wednesday, some newscasters and commentators found it quite remarkable. And at least one, Democratic strategist Bob Beckel, found it quite humorous. Beckel was participating in a Fox News telecast about President Obama's economic stimulus, when Biden appeared on screen. Beckel began to laugh and then offered the following "apology":