It’s really impolite in Washington to say you want to eliminate the Department of Education and slash education spending. Because it only goes to show THAT YOU HATE CHILDREN.
As President Obama looks for this or that to cut, one of those sacrosanct things that not only won’t get touched, but will get INCREASED, are INVESTMENTS in our children.
And many Republicans will nod their heads and say, as if hypnotized by Spongebob Squarepants, “The children, the children.”
But as the Solyndra case shows, the government doesn’t necessarily do INVESTMENTS very well. It does SPENDING very well.
Take a look at this chart constructed by the conservative think tank CATO.
Gosh, it doesn’t look like all this “investment” is getting much of a return. That’s why WHEN GOD INVENTED INVESTMENTS, he commanded the private sector to make them.
When He invented school choice and vouchers, He intended them for the government, but the government doesn’t take these things seriously enough.
Consider this chart from the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics showing spending on education by developed countries.
We spend a lot, right? Now look at the result.
Nothing special, right?
Doug Ross, who ran the CATO chart on his blog, makes some good arguments for abolishing the Department of Education. They are worth considering. Politics won’t allow it, but as Doug says, it might be worth it “for the children.”