Saturday, February 7, 2009

Why Does the GOP Hate Education?

Apparently, monies for education were summarily stripped from the Economic Stimulus Bill in order to cull three Senate Republicans into voting for it.  Three Republicans.  Zero Republicans in the House.  It's all about money for education.

Recall  the GOP's continuing attempt to dismantle the Department of Education, chastising it as wasteful bureaucracy. Why is it that Republicans don't like to support education in the United States?  European nations, on the other hand, willingly fund the education of their children through their college years.  Germany, for example,  pays the cost of every German boy or girl who is eligible for university studies.  But, here in America, our college-bound students have to scratch and borrow to afford higher education.  

It is reported that all $24 billion of the state-funding for education was slashed to accommodate these three Republicans. Additionally, Title One [disadvantaged children] and Head Start program funding was sliced in half in this GOP 'reconciliation.'  

Why education?  Does the Republican party like our children dumb and obedient so that they can serve Corporate America in low-paying, dead-end jobs all of their lives?  Sort of like their disregard for women: barefoot and pregnant?

The dumbing-down of America- sponsored by the Republican Party.

UPDATE 1 PM Saturday:

CNN has listed 'what got cut' from the stimulus plan.  Here are some education-related cut items

• $200 million for National Science Foundation

• $100 million for science

• $1 billion for Head Start/Early Start

• $600 million for Title I (NCLB)

• $16 billion for school construction

• $3.5 billion for higher education construction

• $100 for distance learning

• $98 million for school nutrition

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