Amid all the political and media hoopla about the "fiscal cliff" crisis, there are a few facts that are worth noting.
First of all, despite all the melodrama about raising taxes on "the rich," even if that is done it will scarcely make a dent in the government's financial problems.
The Salvation Army has long been a holy-day season fixture in front of my local supermarket, providing some Christmas sounds and cheer as it raises money to serve the poor. But when I went grocery shopping a couple of days ago, a difference was apparent: there was an SA volunteer and collection pot on the premises, but no trademark bell-ringing.
I don’t know who thought of the scheme that allows citizens to petition the Federal government to allow their state to withdraw from the Union. But whoever it was sure came up with a dandy way to get a lot of good patriots spinning their wheels, wasting their time and pouring a bunch of money down the drain.
Cooperative learning is a good example of communism in the public school classroom. The student is not judged by his individual effort but as a member of a group. According to Wikipedia, progressive social theorists such as Allport, Watson, Shaw, and Mead began advancing the idea that students working in a group was a more effective form of education than students working individually. But in actuality, group learning did not improve the work of the low achiever.
While modern society prides itself on being unbiased, it’s no exception to the rule that every age has its fashionable prejudices — and unfashionable people. Among the latter today are white men, and the closer they are to “dead white male” status, to use a favored leftist descriptive, the greater the disdain in which they’re held.
It’s not hard if you have a show on MSNBC. There’s a mantra and all you do is repeat it. I get home from work and click on the TV and Chris Matthews is saying “the rich” aren’t paying their “fair share.” I go out for dinner and come back and Rachel Maddow is on TV standing in front of the Hoover Dam in a blue hardhat saying we need to “think big,” like previous generations. If “the rich” would pay their “fair share,” we could build more government projects, more dams, and leave more infrastructure to the next generation, like in the 1930s.
Most Americans are under the impression that communism as an ideology was invented by Marx and Lenin and first practiced in the Soviet Union. The truth, however, is quite different.
If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore's new book, Who's The Fairest of Them All?, Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide.
The point here is not to say, "Where was Stephen Moore when we needed him?" A more apt question might be, "Where was the whole economics profession when we needed them?" Where were the media? For that matter, where were the Republicans?
The latest statistics report that 14 percent (32 million) of U.S. adults can’t read. Twenty-one percent (48 million) read below a 5th grade level. Sixty-three percent of prison inmates can’t read. And with compulsory schooling in America, all of these illiterates and semi-illiterates spent years in American schools learning to read. So obviously, something is wrong with the way reading is taught in American schools.