The Thursday wrap
Jon Huntsman left the hunt for the Republican nomination for president, citing, in part, the divisive nature of the campaign. He called for a return to how things were in the Founding era. That's an interesting piece of advice, considering the politics of that day featured tarring and feathering and pillorying. ... The National Center for Science Education says it has begun an effort to defend the teaching of man-made climate change in America's schools. Should any school district allow such blatant propaganda to be introduced into its curriculum -- without balancing it with the ample credible scientific evidence to the contrary -- those responsible should be fired. ... Regular Trib economics columnist Donald J. Boudreaux says President Obama's "aggressive campaign to shrink the size of the federal government" -- by consolidating six agencies into one -- is akin to a median-income U.S. household "slashing" $4.16 from its yearly spending. Ah, more "progressive" savings. ... Reports The Washington Times: "It's official: Congress ended its least-productive year in modern history after passing 80 bills -- fewer than any other session since year-end records began being kept in 1947." Heck, that should be considered a victory for the American people, right?