William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 9:01 P.M. ET:

YIKES – The Congressional Budget Office's forecast for 2013, just released, is grim.  GNP is expected to grow by only 1.4%.  Unemployment is projected at 8%.  The deficit will reach $845-billion.  And Obamacare will mean that seven million Americans will lose their health insurance.  Other than that, things should be great, especially if you're Al Gore. 

GONE – Dick Morris has been dropped by Fox.  His departure follows that of Sarah Palin.  I always found Morris enjoyable, as an entertainer.  But as a political commentator he was simply wrong too often.  If you're going to make predictions, you'd better establish a respectable track record, and Morris just didn't.  He knows a lot, and should try to return to a more basic form of political reporting.

TRAUMA – The noble city of Paris, France, has dropped a more-than-200-year-old ban on women wearing trousers.  The statute actually said that the police could arrest women who tried to dress like men.  It was established during the French Revolution because male revolutionaries wore trousers, and the female revolutionaries wanted to as well.  The law has not been enforced in recent years.  Ah, French fashion.

GREAT MOMENTS IN EDUCATION – Prince George's County, Maryland, is considering copyrighting all work done in and for its schools, including work by students.  Didn't they used to call this theft?  It's an outrageous idea that can only stifle the creativity of young minds, who would see their work owned by school administrators.  The kids would learn, in effect, that their creations could be swiped simply because they were in school.  Well, it would be good training for Hollywood.

February 5, 2013