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January 10 – Friedman’s got half an idea

I had hoped to get a photo of the year’s “largest” moon last night, but the weather simply didn’t cooperate!
How about a post instead?
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Tax Cuts for Teachers

Thomas Friedman speaks out for science and math education.  Read it.

Skip the part about the tax cuts. Don’t believe me? Check out I.O.U.S.A. being rerun today on CNN (3pm ET, noon PT) and then see how you feel about tax cuts for teachers, or principals, or fire fighters or (insert worthy recipient here).  Can you tell we talk about the economy a lot at my household?

Back to Friedman:

If we spend $1 trillion on a stimulus and just get better highways and bridges — and not a new Google, Apple, Intel or Microsoft — your kids will thank you for making it so much easier for them to commute to the unemployment office or mediocre jobs.

Hallelujah!

There’s simply no shortcut for a stimulus that stimulates minds not just salaries. “You can bail out a bank; you can’t bail out a generation,” says the great American inventor, Dean Kamen, who has designed everything from the Segway to artificial limbs. “You can print money, but you can’t print knowledge. It takes 12 years.”

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