Here is a very cool story from CNN about a 14 year old with a million dollar idea:
Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions
(CNN) -- An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?
Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed.
OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school.
And eventually, they get to the point - by changing fonts the government could use less ink, saving a bundle:
Using the General Services Administration's estimated annual cost of ink -- $467 million -- Suvir concluded that if the federal government used Garamond exclusively it could save nearly 30% -- or $136 million per year. An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also jumped on board, he reported.
All very cool, and props to the young man. However, this is hardly his first moment in the spotlight - Suvir and his older brother Rishi have been winning piano and science competitions for years. (How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Like Suvir.)
So, although we applaud this young mans drive and talent, we do hope that progressives keep in mind we are seeing a predictable consequence of assortative mating, namely, reduced social mobility and the inheritance of success.