A 3 question quickie, multiple guess quiz to evaluate the reader’s grasp of current events:

1.  “The second way government assistance programs contribute to long-term unemployment is by providing an incentive, and the means, not to work.  Each unemployed person has a ‘reservation wage’—the minimum wage he or she insists on getting before accepting a job.  Unemployment insurance and other social assistance programs increase [the] reservation wage, causing an unemployed person to remain unemployed longer:”  (http://bit.ly/axiHCb)

Who said that?  a) Karl Marx  b) Bill Clinton  c) Rush Limbaugh  d) Larry Summers

The answer is . . . Larry Summers, the Obama White House economic advisor.  Summers thereby punched gaping holes in the US Senate plan to extend unemployment benefits to 99 weeks.

One would think an economic advisor to this oh-so-compassionate administration should be singing from the “Feelings” playbook rather than insensitively endorsing the commonsensical idea that effectively paying people to stay home, for almost 2 years, isn’t exactly the best way to get them out looking for a job.

Well, not exactly.  Summers wrote that in the 1999 Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, a full decade before he signed on to advise the president on economics and while he was serving as Bill Clinton’s Treasury Secretary.

Now he’s whistling a different tune and claiming that the above quotation was taken out of context.

Anyone else suspect that this White House in fact wants unemployment rates, still at 9.7%, to remain high to keep as many workers dependent on government as possible?

2.  “We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely.”

Who said that?  a) Vladimir Putin  b) Milton Friedman  c) John Holdren  d) Woody Hayes

The answer is . . .  John Holdren, Obama’s science czar to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Instead of being a cheerleader during these daunting economic times and aiming for the stars to encourage people to believe America’s best times lay ahead, Holdren chose to dash any such scientific hopes, which happens to be in line with Obama’s plan to gut the NASA space program.

Holdren, a firm proponent of global warming, is also the unofficial Josef Mengele of the administration for his belief that babies aren’t really full-fledged human beings for their first few years of life until they are adequately “socialized” and fed well: http://bit.ly/byf6te

Pictures notwithstanding,   babies–as well as fetuses, of course–are readily dispensable apparently because they can’t sing and dance so it’s no wonder America is in decline, scientifically-speaking. 

As Holdren said of our current scientific status, “There are many benefits to the increasing capabilities of science and technology in other countries around the world.  It’s not an unmixed or dead loss that other countries are getting better in science and technology:” http://bit.ly/b0pxLs

There may be benefits but they do not accrue to the United States, they accrue to China and India which apparently have more optimistic and positive leadership than America.  I can already hear Holdren’s next commencement address:  Get out there in that mean world, graduates, and strive with the best of your abilities to be Number Two, or Number Three, or . . .

3.  “Islamic radicalism” doesn’t exist.

Who said that?  a) Usama bin Laden  b) Obama advisors  c) Barack Obama  d) Jeremiah Wright

The answer is . . . probably all of the above but definitely Barack Obama and his advisors.

It took about a year for the president to grudgingly concede that America is engaged in a War on Terror and then, three months later, the term ”Islamic radicalism” was scratched from our national security strategy.

It seems that somehow we are now at war with, umm, no one since it couldn’t possibly be Islamic radicals, so it’s either no one or maybe the Third Reich or the Mafia or the IRA.

Forget Muhammed Atta and his merry band of psychopaths, forget the Cole, forget Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, forget al-Qaeda. 

As CNS reports, the Bush Doctrine that stated, “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century,” is now passe’ thanks to the Obama regime: http://bit.ly/91MV2T

It should be a relief to get that Islamic monkey off our backs.  It’s just too bad that declaring that Islamic terrorism no longer exists has no bearing in reality.

With leaders such as Larry Summers, John Holdren, and Barack Obama in our corner who needs enemies anyway?