Washington's Illiteracy Crisis

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


According to recent federal studies, the illiteracy rate in the US is around one in seven. As with everything that Obama is trying to “fix”, this is truly a crisis. However, this crisis is directly affecting our politicians as it seeps into the halls of our government with dramatic, breakneck speed. I fear if the crisis continues to go unchecked, Americans everywhere will suffer the consequences. Today, I declare we have a literacy crisis in Washington and it is those on the left that has been hardest hit.

It’s government’s literacy crisis that led to Joe Biden’s comments that the Obama administration misread the economy. During Obama’s stimulus speeches in January, he kept reminding us that our current recession was analogous to the recession that caused the Great Depression. I’m afraid to ask what his new assessment of the economy has been updated to, mostly because I think that the movie Waterworld will be referenced.

This may have been the first visible sign of illiteracy in the Obama administration. I’ve since realized that there are more. Today, the NY Times announced that Obama may have misread how hard it would be to close Guantanamo Bay. I also remember reading an article in January from the NY Times outlining Obama’s Guantanamo Bay strategy. The plan was that since Bush was out of office, Obama should be able to talk countries into taking the prisoners. Apparently, Obama misread how difficult it is to accomplish foreign policy. He’s since modeled all foreign policy after his Guantanimo strategy.

It looks as though his administration has also misread how apocalyptic the average weather had been. His Science Czar Holdren (more to come) has predicted a billion global warming deaths by 2020 (hat tip to Right Klick), but looking at my local weather I see a different story. Temperatures tonight will only get as high as 50 degrees, more than 10 degrees below average. Looks like I'll be lighting my furnace tonight and turning on the heat in my house so I don't freeze. Maybe the CO2 will bring the temperatures back to normal(still more to come on this)

It is shortsighted to think that illiteracy is only occurring in the White House. It appears that Congress cannot read their bills. Quote House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer:

“If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes’’

Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman can’t read the economy. In May, Krugman promised that:
“…when it comes to inflation, the only thing we have to fear is inflation fear itself.”

Krugman argued that expansionary monetary and fiscal policy does not create inflation during a recession. Hat tip to Robert Verdi at The 46, it looks like we have had our second month of increasing inflation. June had a huge jump from .02% to 1.8% in CPI. Last time I checked, we are still in a recession. Obama’s planning on fighting this trend with more expansionary fiscal policy.

5 comments

Andrew33 said...

I just wanted to tell you, you thanked KOOK for the repost and that is cool, but from our perspective, It is us who should be thanking you. We don't just repost things because our friends wrote it. We do so because the post is excellent. Having friends like you that write good material and let us repost is a blessing for us. So, thank you for providing access to material that is most definitely worth a repost. I have seen that you are as good a writer as any that we interact with. I hope this motivates you to keep on, so we can continue to repost your work.

By the way, I know you study climate, do you study hurricanes too? That is where my mind is as far as that type of study for the next few months.

July 14, 2009 at 3:51 PM
Andrew33 said...

As far as your post goes, maybe if the first words they teach kids to read weren't G-L-O-B-A-L...W-A-R-M-I-N-G, they might have better luck

July 14, 2009 at 3:53 PM
blackandgoldfan said...

C-Gen: Congress read their bills?? GTF outta here!
They don't read them only so they can try and plead ignorance when Americans get upset about crap they pass. They really should give the American people more credit. We aren't as dumb as we think they are! :-D

July 14, 2009 at 5:18 PM

It is shortsighted to think that illiteracy is only occurring in the White House. It appears that Congress cannot read their bills...brilliant piece and so alarming..UGH!

July 15, 2009 at 10:54 AM

@ Andrew - when I was a kid my dad and I used to track hurricanes, but I can't say I've studied them. I've always been interested in them.

@ blackandgoldfan - so true. I think that we may start seeing some better candidates in the future. Recent circumstances are really motivating people to get involved.

@ WomanHonorThyself - Thanks for the compliment. I think it's interesting the Obama media fawning. Honestly, I believe they are helping to elevate Obama's numbers. However, they are energizing the right at the same time. They'd probably be better off reporting like I have here. The right would still be very much asleep. Obama's numbers would take a hit, but people probably would care enough to do anything about it.

July 15, 2009 at 7:55 PM

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