Thursday December 05, 2013
Archive - May 24, 2013
What first caught my eye was the op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal. Published in late February, it was written by Andrew N. Liveris, the chairman and chief executive of the Dow Chemical Co. Liveris, an Australian, has become quite the Washington player in recent years. Among other things, he heads President Barack Obama's efforts to revive manufacturing.
"I always use this chart of childhood death," Bill Gates says. "In 1960, 25 percent of kids died before the age of 5. And now we're down below 6 percent of kids dying before the age of 5."
Before Congress is finished with the Internal Revenue Service, there's a serious danger some of us are going to wind up feeling sorry for the auditors.
And, honestly, that is not the way we were planning on spending the spring. Especially since it appears that there are people making decisions at the IRS who have the intelligence of a wet Frisbee.
Why is it so difficult for people to realize that education isn't just to prepare a student to make more money but to serve the society's needs? Every legislator went to school at one time; therefore each feels that he or she knows just what and how it should be taught. And, of course, it can be done cheaply if those unions would not demand such high salaries for a job that only runs for nine months of the year!
Whether one thinks the demiscandals being howled about in Washington should or should not resonate more widely, they don't.