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Send Jesse?

Tuesday, 10 April 2001 12:00 AM

Fine, let him go. But this time let's explain just why The Sloganmaster has achieved a measure of success with these efforts in the past.

It all comes under the "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" scenario. This was the dynamic at work when Jesse was working his hostage-release magic in the Middle East, and it could well work again in China.

It's simple. The Chinese want to humiliate George W. Bush. They want to humiliate his administration. They can accomplish this by making him apologize for an incident that was surely the fault of the Chinese, or they can accomplish this by handing a big public relations victory to one of his political enemies. Sending the hostages home with someone who questions the very legitimacy of the Bush presidency would certainly be a way to accomplish this.

I spent about six minutes on Fox News yesterday with some talk show host named Sam Greenfield (I think). This brilliant international strategist has a surefire way to get our hostages back from China. All we have to do is "guarantee" that China can host the 2008 Summer Olympics!

Yeah, Sam. You have the right idea. Let's reward China for taking hostages and acting like Red Goons. That's the ticket. That will make them behave in the future, won't it?

What is the one area of federal spending which gets the largest spending increases under the Bush budget? Why, it's the exact same department that the Republicans said they wanted to eliminate in 1994 – the U.S. Department of Education. How about an 11.5 percent spending increase for this crowd!

Since the formation of the Education Department educational standards and achievement scores have been on a steady decline nationwide. Year after year after year we find that increasing spending is not the answer. Yet here we go again. More money, more money, more money.

Here are a few links for you on something called "constructive math." It seems to be all the rage with educators across the country. Simply put, constructive math doesn't teach multiplication tables or other such nonsense. Students don't have to learn the mechanics of mathematical computations. They're put together in "problem solving" groups to work out an answer that "seems right." Above all, don't do anything to harm a student's "self-esteem."

If you have a child in school, you may want to check some of these links out.

http://www.nypost.com/04082001/commentary/28134.htm http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun98/math.html http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/ http://www.intres.com/math/baldwin.htm http://www.tenet.edu/teks/math/resources/wholemathdeb.html

This is truly scary. A new survey shows that we're perfectly willing to fritter away more of our privacy in the name of government-provided security.

This frightening finding comes from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Pew's surveyors contacted more than 2,000 people, a majority of whom have access to the Internet. They found:

Bottom line: A majority of Americans think government should be able to reach further into your private life. They think government should have this power so that they can feel safe from pornographers and drug dealers. And one-third of Americans place complete and absolute trust in the imperial federal government!

To paraphrase a famous quotation: A nation that values security over freedom will soon have neither. We're headed down that slippery slope ... and we may not be able to turn back.

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