What a relief. It turns out that Americans are not stupid, after all. Despite warnings that we are falling behind, of half-bright preschool kids and non-STEM teachers who can’t teach the skills to help us snag those jobs of the future, new figures show that we still beat most of our foreign-born friends and neighbors when it comes to education.
Conspiracy theories are for people with too much time on their hands and too little in their heads. Real conspiracies, like the two now occupying our headlines, are the stuff of congressional investigations and impeachment hearings. They cost time and money to sort out when lawmakers should be doing something other than policing our wayward government.
States continue to revolt against the Affordable Care Act. South Carolina made headlines with a bill that turns the law into a crime. Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin, Tennessee’s Bill Haslam, and Texas’ Rick Perry have said no to the Medicaid expansion. Florida’s legislature bucked Governor Rick Scott after he backed down from his anti-Obamacare stance. The list is long.
The Boston terrorists brought Americans together. The shootings in Newtown drove us apart. What was the difference? The Newtown tragedy was pushed aside so members of Congress could focus on controlling guns with a polarizing bill that, ironically, brought a surge of Second Amendment patriotism.
The Boston attacks raised old questions about the sort of open-armed immigration policies that make life in America accessible to immigrants but less safe for citizens.