Thursday, June 16, 2011

Every thing's up to date in Washington city

Reports on dumbing down as revealed by quizzes of the population (or students) are usually horribly depressing.  This one is about abysmal results to a very basic history quiz.

So was the President pandering (he is a politician) or is it even worse when he talked like a Luddite. Many of us scoff at modern-day Luddites.  And President Obama is widely regarded as better educated than many of his peers and predecessors.  But look at this item in today's WSJ:

Blogger Jim Treacher on President Obama's understanding of economics.
Jim Treacher writing at, June 15:

Obama thinks ATMs cause unemployment—No, really, he does! That's not a joke headline. He said it out loud in front of the whole world and everything. On yesterday's "Today Show," Obama told Ann Curry his brilliant theory about why the economy hasn't been doing so well since he became president: "There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don't go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you're using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate."

That's right, the Smartest President Ever just said innovation is a job-killer. His next step, presumably, will be to demonize the Republicans for making such deep cuts to the Department of Buggy Whips. Hey, why is the President of the United States blaming machines for unemployment . . . on TELEVISION? Doesn't he care about all those out-of-work town criers?"