The recession did not make American students stupid. It did not make taxpaying parents stupid, either, though the latest talk from Washington warns that we are on track to become a nation of dullards. The label will be deserved if we swallow the latest crisis dreamed up by the president and spending happy congressional Democrats.
Children and senior citizens are wonderful political tools whose needs can be manipulated as an excuse to spend more, or as a reason to refuse to spend less. The politician has yet to be born whose goal is to run on a record of saying “no” to kids or the elderly.
Organized labor has plans to leverage the union-friendly atmosphere in Obama’s Washington to dig its talons deeper into our public sector workforce. Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole delivered on a promise made during his confirmation hearings to consider the issue of union representation for his employees, and has opened the door wide to allow a vote on collective bargaining.
Arizona spends too much time in the headlines (see: Arizona Tragedy: Only Fools Make Sense of Crazy). Saturday’s shootings came after a year of negative media coverage over the state’s landmark immigration enforcement bill, and the resulting condemnation and federal lawsuit.
Despite ongoing economic blight and the failure to reduce record unemployment, health care reform remains the most contentious issue of Barack Obama’s presidency. The bill embodies everything conservatives despise about big government, and resulted in angry demands for repeal while drafts were still being committed to paper.
Sarah Palin raised the ire of critics, and even a few of her allies, after showing up at a Pennsylvania school in November, cookies in hand, to make a point about government regulation in Michelle Obama’s “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.”
If the United States is to meet the President’s goal of once again having the highest college attainment rate in the world by 2020, community colleges must lead the way.
President Barack Obama 
Proclamations from Washington containing the words “if” and “must” are never a good thing.