Thank goodness for the scientists:
Children Who Get Spanked Have Lower IQs
Spanking can get kids to behave in a hurry, but new research suggests it can do more harm than good to their noggins. The study, involving hundreds of U.S. children, showed the more a child was spanked the lower his or her IQ compared with others.
OK Either that, or, could it just be that smarter kids avoid spankings?
Regardless, it gives me more sympathy for Wolf Blitzer, knowing his Pa must have wailed on him mercilessly.