Having to suffer from childhood asthma is no mark of distinction in support of the greater economic good. It's bad for health, and for the economy. Pollute less -- and strengthen the economy as a result.
If America can't manufacture No. 2 pencils, how long will it be before it can't manufacture ballistic missiles? Maybe that's the pitchfork manufacturing workers need to prod politicians to deal with middle class job uncertainty.
Standardized tests level the playing field among students from diverse backgrounds and guard against grade inflation. But what if the test doesn't serve that purpose or worse, skews the perception of a student's ability?
The National Bureau of Economic Research tells us the Great Recession is "over." The only thing this announcement reveals is how out of touch those who view human society through the lens of quantitative measurements can be.