Archive for Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Education cuts

February 10, 2009


To the editor:

The first thing so-called moderate Senate Republicans chose to eliminate from Obama’s stimulus bill was about $80 billion for education (school construction, higher education, Head Start, child nutrition). They chose to redirect this money into their own pet pork projects.

Tuition has skyrocketed over the last eight years, and with high unemployment, many are going back to school now. Our schools are crumbling, and this is where Republicans have chosen to take a stand?

These Republicans do not get it. The whole point of fiscal conservatism is to save money so that the government has enough money to spend and absorb losses during tough economic times, which prevents other institutions (schools, churches, families, etc.) from collapsing, which otherwise would cause decades of damage past the period of recession.

Obama should give up on getting 60 votes in the Senate and realize that the current Republican Party is completely bankrupt of ideas. If the Republicans want to choose cutting education as their principled issue to fall on their swords over, let them do so with a filibuster. The voters will drive those Republicans out and replace them with Democrats or new Republicans who have some ideas and a connection to reality.

Robert Weaver,


labmonkey 9 years, 4 months ago

"Obama should give up on getting 60 votes in the Senate and realize that the current Republican Party is completely bankrupt of ideas."And all the Democats want to do is spend, spend, spend. Lets throw them ALL out and start over again.

Shardwurm 9 years, 4 months ago

Education is the biggest scam in the country. The bottom needs to fall out of it so it will come back to earth.Every liberal thinks that throwing more money at a problem is the answer...and that is why the educators in this country have hood-winked us into spending over half the state's budget on it. In my opinion increased accountability of teachers to their customers - the parents and students - will go a lot farther than more money in improving the quality of education.

RobertMWeaver 9 years, 4 months ago

"Every liberal thinks that throwing more money at a problem is the answer"No. We don't. Of course accountability is important. Accountability won't fix a school building that is falling apart though, which is what $60B of the money was for. Which is what the Republicans cut.

tomwbarker 9 years, 4 months ago

Throwing money at education does mean the quality will increase. I think there are some great teachers out there and increasing accountability is not the answer.Instead its the actual parents of students that are the issue. First you get cussed out by the kid for his bonehead moved then his/her parents come sin and cusses you out. I wish Anton LeVay was right that stupidity did hurt.

tomwbarker 9 years, 4 months ago

I mean doesn't increase the quality of education . . . also I don't think a building's decor effects the quality of teaching. What true conservatives are saying is that, it is the local/stare responsibility to take care of schools and establish policy not the federal governments responsibility. When the federal government seems to make he decision about education we get screwed up policies . . . No Child Left Behind.

notajayhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Wow. I've read some stupid LTE's in this paper, but this one - whew!How do you 'eliminate' $80 billion and 'redirect' it? Which was it? Would you care to identify these 'pork' projects the Republicans 'redirected' the education dollars to? And I suppose you're completely oblivious to the fact that virtually the entire bill is Democratic pork projects?Besides which, Robert, there is no correlation between school spending and measures of educational performance. But don't let that dissuade you from listening to the rest of the lemmings following your prized Democratic leadership over the cliff.If anyone fell on their sword, Robert, it was the fine folks in D.C. who passed a trillion-dollar pork-and-welfare monstrosity, and say this is just the beginning. If you're an example of the public education system's output, I'd say that there's plenty of wasted money in the education budget.

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