Congress and the White House have recently contemplated (if it can be said that either has ever contemplated anything) a proposal to set national educational standards, then test all fourth graders for reading ability and all eighth graders for math skills.

One question that has so far gone unasked is this: what qualifies politicians even to discuss standards, let alone impose them upon others? Given the standards of most politicians for ethics, personal hygiene, and relevance to the real world, we're not sure we want them setting standards for anyone else.

Nevertheless, and much to our surprise, the Beltway Bullies have accidentally hit upon a good idea this time -- just not in quite the way they intended. If they believe it is important to test school children, think how much more vital it is that we test our would-be rulers -- those selfsame congresspeople and administrators -- for some minimum level of knowledge and skill.

Herewith we present "The SacredBull Basic English and Math Test for American Politicians":

(c) 1997 Charles Curley and Claire Wolfe of Wolfe's Lodge. Originally posted at   Republished by permission. Some updates made with permission of the authors, who usually let you republish freely if you show them how you do it. email them HERE: <> 

Also see: BILL O'RITES LITE   and: Bill of NO Rights

"With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers (enumerated in the Constitution) connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."  -- James Madison, principle author, Constitution of the United States

"Think about it. If the general welfare clause of the Constitution allowed unlimited federal powers, why bother with Article I, Section 8, which sets forth the specific powers and duties of the federal government? The Founding Fathers left to the states all responsibilities not specifically enumerated in the Constitution." -- Larry Elder

A few observations on politicans by Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Dave Barry and Ron Paul

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