The USA is once again awash with stimulating brain materials to help analyze who should lead a nation devoted to "exceptionalism" and "dominant world power."
The following questions reflect uncertainties in the citizenry, as to what is reliable vs. "hogwash."
Leading the way in this quest, Booker Elementary School in Florida-with its motto "You can fool me once, you can fool me twice, but the third time I'm gonna take another look"-has developed a new program to assist the nation in testing the soundness of its critical thinking.
Booker's electronic playboard offers questions of the moment, continually updated. Answers to the following as either YES, NO, or COULD BE are evaluated at the end of this article.
*President Obama "stole" over 700 billion from medicare with thoughts of storing up for his old age and his girls' college expenses?
*Most of the rebels in Syria are fighting for democracy as fans of Hillary Clinton?
*Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain are moving steadily toward human rights, as with, in Saudi Arabia, women's right to vote and drive a car within the next few years?
*The GOP has been inspired recently by Saudi Arabia's views of women, applying them to its own diagnoses of women's bodies and contraception?
*The Iranians are secretly developing nuclear weapons, usually after work in their basements looking for something to do?
*"Bibi" Netanyahu regularly tours out of Israel and through Iraq to stand at the border of Iran with binoculars?
*Instead of territorial expansion and munitions sales, with terrific bonuses for MIC executives, US military programs are confined to security at America's national boundaries?
*Paul Ryan wants to replace entitlement programs for the poor with entitlement programs for the rich?
*Donald Trump's hairpiece is actually the fur of a red fox he caught and skinned during childhood?
*Wall Street executives are NOT chuckling all the way to the bank but frowning and complaining they are under-appreciated?
As to Yes or No answers to the above, the Playboard humms and hawws and then invites players to do a Google search. Each YES answer is worth minus 5 points and each NO answer plus 5 points, and each COULD BE answer 2.5 points.
Currently a score of 35 points is leading as a hot tally, with finalists eligible for free tokens at local casinos.