Dismal Science (Part 1)

Decision, activity, secrecy, and dispatch will generally characterize the proceedings of one man in a much more eminent degree than the proceedings of any greater number; and in proportion as the number is increased, these qualities will be diminished. – Federalist No. 70

“One assessment shows American 15-year-olds ranked 21st in science and 25th in math when compared to their peers around the world,” Barack Obama said, introducing the many people deciding on policy.

After meeting with an Export Council of advisors earlier in the morning, Obama introduced representatives of yet another advisory brigade.  “Today, my science advisory board,” he said, “released a set of recommendations to recruit and train more great teachers over the next decade and to promote breakthrough innovation in math and science education.”  Obama went on, acknowledging a swarm of others in the capacity of counselors to him, “a coalition of more than a hundred CEOs from the nation’s largest companies who are committed to bring innovative math and science programs.”

But the children are left behind.  With legions of counselors, Obama is tired and out of ideas, more interested in partisan politics than solving his own problems about math and science.  “I’m not good at math,” Obama recently told 15-year-old students.

Judging it as necessary and expedient for global economic leadership and homeland security in the 21st century – based on the additional work required for students in the United States to use the metric International System of Measurement, the standard used in the scientific community and nations with the highest levels of achievement by 15-year-olds in math and science – one executive needs to recommend that the United States Congress consider measures for improving American math and science achievement through appropriate legislation relevant to Article I, Section 8, Clause 5 of the Constitution.  The United States Congress has the power to “fix the standard of weights and measures.”

Supplying the American infrastructure and households with items like scales, thermometers, and road signs could also lead to a demand for related jobs.


Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President at the Announcement of the ‘Change the Equation’ Initiative,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/16/remarks-president-announcement-change-equation-initiative.

Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President in Back to School Speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/14/remarks-president-back-school-speech-philadelphia-pennsylvania.