Let’s start with a pop quiz. Here are three items from a citizenship test given to all fourth-grade students in Ohio.
1. Which branch of Ohio’s state government makes laws?
2. Which of the following people is consuming something?
a. Carmen is walking her dog.
b. Jaleel is buying a new shirt.
c. Dale is sorting baseball cards.
3. When people work together to finish a job, such as building a house, the job will probably
a. get finished faster.
b. take longer to finish.
c. not get done.
I’m fairly certain of the answer to the first item (the legislative branch) and the second (buying a shirt), which means that my knowledge of government and economics is at least at the fourth-grade level. But how about ...