A nine year old is gone. A 40 year old women is holding on.  And, some on the Left are already trying to capitalize politically!

Are we getting our butts kicked?

Yesterday, a TV guest argued US kids are getting their “butts kicked” by Asian countries in math and science according to recent test scores. 

Not too long ago the suggestion (Race to Nowhere) was our kids are too stressed with too much homework and high level course work introduced at too early an age.

Which is it?  Maybe differential calculus in kindergarten?

Basically bad ???

A recent NPR broadcast featured an Ivy league college professor discussing the role of government.  He thinks people are basically bad and government is therefore needed to rein-in those natural tendencies.  This view is one of the clearest and most basic differences between the Left and Right.  Why is it always a college professor and often an Ivy League college professor? 🙂

By the way, what if he’s right, and man is basically evil?  Hmm, where do go from there?

Mid-term elections

The voting populace who are now largely investorsspeculators gamblers (stocks, bonds, housing, small biz startups, you name it) turned into big Govt, bail-out Democrats in 2008 when they thought they could lose it all.  Like vacationers on a cruise ship rushing to the other side because the loud speaker announced “ice cream on the lido deck”, voters in 2010 have shifted back to the right because they now “fear” they won’t get more than their fair share.  Greed and fear, as usual.

Or as Roubini puts it, big biz privatizes the gains and socializes the losses!

Juan Williams

As usual, analysis by both sides misses the mark.

It does show though the over-regulation of the employer/employee relationship and the “damned if you do / damned if you don’t” conumdrum employers often find themselves in.

If NPR doesn’t do anything, then they are subborning a hostile environment, treading on religious rights, etc.  If they fire the employee, they face freedom of speech issues, breach of contract, etc.

To a large extent, this explains what nobody wants to talk about and why private sector employment will continue to lag.