Government Literacy

They say that I missed 3 questions, but I’m going to argue with them about one answer.  The other two though, I blew fair and square.

Try it yourself  — American Civic Knowledge Survey

My results are below:

I’m going to argue that I only missed TWO.
The one in RED below is NOT WRONG – dammit.
My comments are in BLUE*

  • You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email can consult the following tableto see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.(Be sure to check out the table to see how you compare with your elected officials)

Incorrect Answers

  • Question: What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?
    Your Answer: Declaration of Independence
    Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address
    Blew This One For Sure

  • Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
    Your Answer: government debt is zero
    Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average
    What pray tell, is the difference? 
    *Uh oh… I get it… Deficit isn’t the same as DEBT.  So I missed TWO.

  • Question: A flood-control levee (or National Defense) is considered a public good because:
    Your Answer: citizens value it as much as bread and medicine
    Correct Answer: a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for it
    All residents pay for National Defense and even levees.  Even residents who live in another county or state pay for levees.  This is BS!

I need to do some more studying.  How about you?

Ron Paul Names NeoCons,                                                        Rand Paul Calls Out A Cowardly Bully

I don’t think the Republican voters have the courage to nominate the only candidate who bases his votes on constitutional principles

Courage Runs In The Family

Like Father, Like Son

(and Harry Reid is a traitor to his oath of office)

Nullify the damnable Patriot Act yourself – personally

After receiving an unresponsive reply from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson to my letter requesting that she oppose any extension of the Patriot Act, I gave her office a phone call.  I asked the person who answered the call to please write my comment down so that she could pass it along to the senator unedited.  She said she would, and so I s-l-o-w-l-y told her this:

I’m not a senator who has to play any political games in order to make my views have anything like the global impact that she does, but I can certainly make sure that on a small scale, my disagreement with the liberty that the senate and congress are attempting to steal from me – are known worldwide.

Here’s how I’ll do it, and here’s how television stations, newspapers and internet bloggers the world over are going to know that it’s her fault:

The next time I get called to federal jury duty, I promise you that if I even suspect that any of the evidence against the accused was acquired by use of Patriot Act provisions that ignore the accused’s 4th and 5th amendment rights, I will vote to acquit – the jury may only be hung, but I will NOT compromise – and I will publicly announce to any news outlet I can attract that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s personal disregard for her oath of office is what motivated, and is directly responsible for that possibly guilty person’s continued freedom.