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Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Not Politicians:

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Good Morning America, your King of Simple News is on the air.


World News: As the U.S. burns our food supply by producing government subsidized corn ethanol, riots over food shortages and skyrocketing prices are taking place around the globe, some resulting in deaths.


Yet the president has mandated the burning of our food to make a “green” fuel. Hold on now; don’t get your exercise jumping to conclusions. George Bush ain’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he has 535 buddies who take a cue from the chickens as to when it’s time to come in out of the rain.


The folks on the Democratic side of the aisle nearly died from joy when “Badlands” Bush announced the “great green plan.” I watched that particular speech and I thought the riot police were going to have to be called in to calm down the celebration that broke out on both sides of the aisle.


Have you ever seen Jeff Foxworthy’s, “Are You Smarter than A Fifth Grader?” They ask adults grade school questions, and for the most part, they can’t answer them. So far, no one from Congress has qualified to be on the show.


Let’s play a little game today on Brother Foxworthy’s theme. Here’s the question, “If in years past, we planted and harvested crops across America for use as food, or to produce food such as meat. And, you suddenly started to burn these crops up in the tank of your automobile, what would happen? The fifth grader would answer, “I don’t have an automobile,” after which they would say, “Buy corn and grain futures and you will become a millionaire while people all over the world starve.”


Congress would answer, “Huh?” After which they would say, “I had no idea why my stock broker invested my money in commodities.” They would then look into the camera and say, “I’m not smarter than a fifth grader.”


Readership on this site is up…a lot. Thanks to all of you who are reading and commenting on these important issues. While I add a little humor to the mix, I predicted the ethanol debacle from the outset and so did the fifth graders.


It’s important to understand just how barn broom dumb our leaders are. Consider the childish behavior and name calling of our top three contenders for president as a sterling example. If even one of them had the slightest clue as how to bring back the jobs, rather than talk about he said and she said, they would trot out a plan to save Middle America…except that, they don’t have a plan.

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Mike Folkerth is the author of "The Biggest Lie Ever Believed" and is not your run-of-the-mill author of finance and economics. The former real estate broker, developer, private real estate fund manager, auctioneer, Alaskan bush pilot, (more...)
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