Thomas SowellOne of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring.

Like him or not, you can learn a lot by reading George Will's columns and books. I learned, for example, that someone long ago, perhaps before there were greenhouses, wrote that God gave man memory that we have roses in winter. Will, of course, dismissed that as sentimental nonsense. God gave man memory, he explained, that we might endure winters without baseball, winter being the season Will describes as a vast wasteland that stretches like the Sahara between the end of the World Series and the beginning of spring training.

Sheldon RichmanWhen President Obama spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee some weeks ago, he admonished those who engaged in “loose talk of war” about Iran. Apparently, his secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, didn’t get the memo.

I don’t know about you, but when I take on a cause or a project I’m proud of what I do. I support it against all detractors and naysayers because I believe in it. So, when proponents of a cause suddenly start to hide what they are doing, or deny they are even doing it — that should set off alarm bells and raise questions about the honesty and legitimacy of that cause. Case in point, when evidence emerged that the Earth was actually cooling instead of heating, the alarmists didn’t miss a beat as they changed the predicted disaster from Global Warming to Climate Change. These are clever guys.

Although about two million families are homeschooling their kids, most American parents still send their children to a public school. Few parents, however, know much of what goes on in their child’s school. In most cases they assume that their child’s school is not much different from the school they attended. And since they believe that the school is being run by “professional” educators, they are willing to accept whatever the school prescribes.

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