Saturday, February 07, 2009

Senate Republicans: We Like America Dumb.

From the list of items cut from the Senate version of the stimulus bill:

  • $1 billion for Head Start/Early Start
  • $600 million for Title I (No Child Left Behind)
  • $16 billion for school construction
  • $3.5 billion for higher education construction
  • $100 million for distance learning
  • $200 million for National Science Foundation
Apparently, at some point, some morons decided that education funding="pork." And besides, it's not like education has any tangible economic stimulus benefits. (Nor will I mention that undereducation has the added benefit of making most of the American public docile and easily governed... Well, I guess I just did mention it.)

Here's hoping some of that education funding makes it back into the bill in conference.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Here's hoping some of that education funding makes it back into the bill in conference"???

The projects you list put a mere $21.4 billion dent in the $600 billion earmarked for education in the original senate bill.

And how much is $600 billion? It's more than the entire Education Department spent a mere 10 years ago and is on top of the doubling it received under President Bush.

And if you think the intention here is to help kids learn, the House declares on page 257 that "No recipient...shall use such funds to provide financial assistance to students to attend private elementary or secondary schools." Horrors: Some money might go to nonunion teachers.

Perhaps these projects deserve to be looked at under the light of day in an education bill, and not tucked away in a partisan debacle of a "stimulus" program.

The BeeMaster