Income inequality is back in the news, propelled by an Oxfam International report and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The question is whether government needs to do something about this — or whether government needs to undo many things.

Since progressive educators decided that rote memorization is a form of child abuse, children are now taught math (formerly arithmetic) with a minimum of memorizing anything. They are now given calculators to use, and if they press the wrong button there is nothing in their heads that would make them aware of their error. The result has been a decline in the ability of children to learn basic arithmetic (now called math).

And now, since children learn their arithmetic so poorly, they find it difficult to do algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

After a recent snowfall in the desert, “a prominent Saudi Arabian cleric ... whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described as anti-Islamic,” Reuters reported.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. aimed a stinging rebuke to the many protesters who have clogged streets, blocked highways, and demonstrated their breast-beating concern over the killing by police of two black men.

What planet did he just come from? That was the first question that occurred to me after listening to the president’s State of the Union speech two nights ago. 

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