Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Of all federal expenditures in the USA, the only one the Marxocrat Party ever seeks to cut is the smallest, and the only one with a Constitutional mandate, which is, of course, National Defense. The largest portion of our national budget – entitlements and “social” programs – has no Constitutional mandate, and it thus may be argued that the federal government should not be involving itself in them in any way.
Education is not listed in Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution as a constituted activity of the federal government. Therefore, any action of the federal government involving directing, regulating or otherwise controlling or in any way affecting education is an un-constitutional activity.
Furthermore, it is an un-constitutional activity of the federal government that is projected to expend some $77 billion this year alone, and that has involved and promises to involve a continually growing cost, every single year of its existence. In return for this massive expenditure we have a measurably declining educational ranking among American students, since the creation of the department of education. Public school students consistently score significantly lower than private and parochial school students, even though public school teachers have radically higher pay and benefits than private and parochial school teachers, and that higher pay and benefit package comes straight from the tax payers. That means that private and parochial school teachers join the rest of us in directly paying the salaries and the benefits of the public school administrators and teachers who are doing a measurably inferior job of teaching, across the board.
“Education” began life in 1980 under President Carter, and American primary education scholastics have been in radical decline since then. If you think we could not do without the giant bureaucracy of the department of education, you need to ask yourself exactly how America managed to do without it before 1980.
If you can find a copy, look at the Declaration of Independence, paying particular attention to the signatures at the end. I have one hanging on my wall. I occasionally marvel at the beautiful penmanship of all the signers. How did they all manage to learn that level of cursive penmanship in the absence of a department of education? If you ever get the chance to look at old civil war era correspondence between soldiers and sailors and their families, you might similarly marvel at the penmanship, the extensive vocabulary and good grammar, and wonder how they manages to achieve all that in the absence of a department of education.
We might wonder how Abraham Lincoln managed to become a lawyer without going to any law school, or any other school other than the smallest and humblest, and his home, in the complete absence of any department of education. Or at how it might have come to pass that President Reagan gained such a remarkable insight into the American ideal, and into the nature of this ephemeral thing called Liberty that we all take for granted, with no department of education during his formative years.
I argued to privatize public schools a long time ago in the Argument Opposing Public Education page on this site. In my neighborhood, and I think in most neighborhoods across America, these public schools are supported by local property taxes. I recommended a method of privatizing these schools, facilities and properties by use of a voucher system, but I have since changed my mind.
The whole notion at that time was predicated upon fast-tracking the Fair Tax as an absolute replacement for all current forms of taxation, and computing the appropriate amount, per pupil, that was currently brought in to the local school districts. That amount would then be distributed to parents through a school voucher system. I now think that would be a bad idea, because of complexity, and multiple possibilities of fraud and corruption. It would give a segment of government power over a potentially complex voucher system.
It might be simpler to just take the amount local school districts used to make from property taxes, which would in the future be coming in from the Fair Tax, and distribute it to all tax payers as an increase in the Fair Tax Pre-bate annual payment. Very simple; nothing to it; no bureaucrats in control of it. See the Argument Opposing Public Education page for how public schools would go private overnight, and begin competing with parochial and private schools for tuition dollars from parents.
All schools should depend on what parochial and private schools depend on right now – tuition, alumni support, endowments and charitable contributions, but no government money from any level of government. Home schoolers should be given free reign. We were a much better educated nation before “public” schools and before the department of education. Truancy laws should be abolished, when and where local politics permits it to be done. People should be free to seek education, and those who don’t really want to be in school should not be made to be there to disrupt everybody else. Everyone should be able to make his own decisions, enjoy the benefits of good ones, and suffer the consequences of bad ones.
If any part of education is to be supported by government, it should be the lowest level of government, not the highest. If a local area wants to support education, so be it. But there is no way the federal government has any business involving itself in education. The budget is never going to be balanced unless we begin cutting whole government departments, and the department of education is the perfect place to begin.
That’s my opinion; what’s yours?
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Date: Tue Mar 01 19:04:50 2011
From: Bev (for Robert)
I printed off your latest Catholic American Thinker email and took it over to Robert. He’s doing better, but still can’t get on-line; he’s probably going to have to get a new computer.
You’re just whistling in the wind. Even if the House did it, it would never get past the Senate, and if it did, Obama would never sign it.
Date: Wed Mar 02 05:50:54 2010
From: Vic Biorseth
Bob (and Bev):
Glad to hear your recovery is going well; hope you have an electronic recovery too.
We have to keep pushing Obama until he does something really stupid and irretrievable; he needs to be pushed into a corner from which there is no escape, other than to show his true colors and come out fighting.
Nearly everything he’s done so far is un-constitutional or illegal in some way, and he keeps getting away with it. If the dept of education (or any other big dept) is shut down by legislation and it doesn’t get past the Senate, or he vetoes it, then the House needs to de-fund it and shut it down that way. Then, when and if he continues to operate it (spend money on it) in the face of the House, perhaps some Democrat Senators will cross the aisle and vote for impeachment.
Obama has already amply demonstrated that he doesn’t give a damn about the Constitution or his oath of office, and that he’s just going to do whatever the hell he wants to do. He has put himself above the law. That fact needs to be highlighted and emphasized in public, in every way possible. He needs to be continuously pushed. This has got to end.
Date: Tue Apr 24 14:21:46 2012
Location: Saint Paul, MN
The info in the 1st paragraph is wrong. The most money spent from the national budget IS ON Defense a whopping 60%. The percent is much lower for "social programs" IS 6.2 % . (ourdime.com) Please get your facts right.
Date: Fri Apr 27 20:03:29 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
The statement that Defense is 60% of our national budget, and that the most money spent in the US budget is spent on defense is just a flagrant categorical lie. It’s so often repeated that everybody seems to believe it, but it’s just another false “talking point” of our Communist Party. I mean Democrat. In point of fact, we haven’t even had a budget passed since Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) took office, so we currently don’t really have any official insight into what is being spent on what. But here’s the quasi-official breakdown on 2009 expenditures:
Total: $4 Trillion
Defense: $724 Billion
HHS: $818 Billion
Social Security: $725 Billion
Treasury: $640 Billion
All other Departments: $709 Billion
Interest on Debt: $392 Billion
Note that whatever isn’t in HHS is in “All Other Departments,” almost all of which are social programs. Social Programs, which are not even listed in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, make up practically all of the spending, Dwarfing defense. They are un-constitutional, and we spend more on them than on defense, which is constitutional. So don’t just stand there with your bare face hanging out and claim that defense costs more than even Social Security costs, because it just isn’t true.
Date: Thu Aug 23 12:33:33 2012
The Department of Education was created as a favor to teacher unions under the Carter administration. The DOE tries to say that because of its existence that Civil Rights and rights for students with disabilities have gotten better but that is an all out lie! The Civil Rights Movement started in the 1960's and so did integration. Disability Acts began long before, 1980. I am a multi-ethnic American and I just do not see the usefulness of the DOE under the race or economic argument. The DOE consists of a bunch of over paid cushiony jobs that we don't need. They don't accomplish anything. Every year there is a new curriculum that students and teachers panic over because with the new materials comes a new exam. This year over 56% of all Texas public schools failed to make AYP(Annual Yearly Progress). The exams are bogus and we just need to return power back to the States and local boards. Teachers and principals need more power not strange hidden forces in D.C. Just my opinion. Also, the DOE waste 77 billion a year and they pay billions out to student loan servicers instead of simply forgiving students debt and jumpstarting the economy.
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