TEA PARTY URGES END OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
By: Edward P. Shallow
In my editorial of (1/6) Time For Regulation Roll Back I indicated the education department should be targeted for elimination due to the fact it has done nothing to enhance education and for the year 2009 they had a budget of $59.2 billion and should be a primary target to the cost cutting being proposed by the newly elected Congress with a solid majority of Tea Party Members.
I recently went through my numerous notes and there I found notes on the subject at hand.
Conservatives have talked wistfully for years about eliminating the Education Department, but a host of Republican “tea party” candidates who were successful in the recent election are declaring it is time for action and force Congress to a vote while the 112th Congress is in a cost-cutting mode.
From West Virginia to Kentucky to Nevada, GOP candidates have said they favor elimination of that Cabinet office created as a separate department by President Carter in 1979 to elevate the federal government’s profile on what had been considered a primarily local concern, and I add, that did a far better job of advancing enhancing the educational process. For proof, all one has to reflect on our nation’s urban schools, I classify as hopeless.
Successful Senate candidate Rand Paul, in his campaign in Kentucky, was among the first tea-party backed candidate to revive the idea that the 30-year-old agency had failed students and that the states could do a better job.
“I think I would rather have local school boards, teachers, parents, people deciding about your schools and not have it in Washington,” he said in a campaign debate with state Attorney General Jack Conway.
At least 10 tea-party members of Congress who are considering or are calling for the abolition of the department have joined Paul.
Past attempts to shutter the Cabinet department have fallen short, and the GOP effort largely lapsed under President George Bush. President Reagan promised to defund the department in his 1982 State of the Union address, and the GOP platform in 1996-backed elimination, but the department has survived.
With Congress under demands from the electorate to reign in spending, eliminating this inadequate, inefficient, incompetent department would be cheered by the vast majority of the people eager to eliminate from the budget, the $59.2 billion the department expends in its futile attempts to enhance education. Democrats, be warned, the people will not be fooled this time around.
(information (in part) Washington Times
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