Our Bankrupt Nation Must End the Department of Education

Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States clearly enumerates the powers that should be granted by the states and the people to the Federal Government. No where is the power granted to the Federal Government to meddle in the education of its citizens or in the educations systems of the states. For this reason alone the Federal Government should close the Department of Education.

Many would argue that the Department of Education has done very little with the gargantuan budgets it spends each year beyond promoting socialism, promoting extremist environmentalism, and keeping the teachers unions voting for those who support this largess.

Our country is essentially bankrupt. Much of the federal budget goes to pay for interest on the $16 trillion of debt each year. As deficits skyrocket, monetary inflation rages, prices climb, and the Federal Government’s credit rating drops we can expect to see interest rates on that debt eventually climb. Then interest will eat an ever larger portion of the Federal budget. We can no longer afford the unnecessary cost of the Department of Education, a department that has done little, if anything to improve the education of the children of our great nation. In fact, it has taken money from taxpayers and states to pay for its bloated overhead, money that might otherwise have been used by those citizens and states to pay for education. We must end the Department of Education.

The tens of millions spent on Pell grants and other education subsidies through the Department of Education have caused a spike in the cost of higher education to the point where college students have been forced to take on outrageous debts in order to finish a university eduction. Previous generations could work a part time job or a summer job and afford a college education. Today this is near impossible and we’ve watched our nation’s young adults graduate from college with tremendous debt making it hard to afford to start a family and/or buy a home. This forced government expropriation of taxpayer dollars to fund an unnecessary department distorts what should be a free market in higher education (but never has been). We must end the Department of Education.

The president’s 2012 budget for the Department of Education was $68,023,391. Since the creation of this unnecessary department we have watched as tens of millions of dollars are flushed down this rat hole every year. Close the department, reduce this deficit spending, allow the states and the citizens to manage education themselves at a state and/or local level. We must close the Department of Education.

The JBS has been suggesting this idea for some time. Please read their excellent article on the subject here: http://www.thenewamerican.com/component/k2/item/10690-why-the-federal-government-should-get-out-of-education?Itemid=660 and this is very timely as well: http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/330-obamas-common-core-of-standards-final-step-in-phony-school-reform

Perhaps the best thing we can hope for is that some day government will get out of education and allow it to be run as a private enterprise allowing maximum freedom in education and maximum choice while driving costs down, and driving results and quality up through the competitive forces of the free enterprise system. This free enterprise, competitive system is hardly allowed to function in today’s government run educational systems. See also: https://www.area-info.net/articles/show.php?cty=Salt%20Lake%20City&st=Utah&article_id=1079

And see also: https://www.area-info.net/articles/show.php?cty=Providence&st=Utah&article_id=1825

Be part of the solution by writing to and/or calling your Senators and Representatives and demanding that they initiate an effort to end the Department of Education. Make them accountable to you the people. Take back your power and your freedom.

Become a thought leader and send this article to all of your friends.

Here is a list from the internet of other cuts that might be made that don’t even touch Social Security: PAUL RYAN’S PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS A List of Republican Budget Cuts Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list. These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. Read to the end. * Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings. * Save America ‘s Treasures Program — $25 million annual saving International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings. * Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings. * National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings. * National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings. * Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings. * Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings. * Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually. * U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings. * Woodrow WilsonCenter Subsidy — $20 million annual savings. * Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings. * JohnC.StennisCenter Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings. * Community Development Fun — $4.5 billion annual savings. * Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings. * Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings * Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings. * Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings. * Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings. * Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings.. * Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings. * Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings. * New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings ???? Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts .. $9 million annual savings * Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings. * Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings. * Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings. * Economic Development Administration- $293 million annual savings. * Programs under the National and community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings. * Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings. * Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings.. * Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings. *Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually. * U.S.Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings. *General Assistance to District of Columbia … 210 Million annual savings * Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings. *Presidential Campaign Fund – $775 million savings over ten years. * No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings. * End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services. * Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually. * IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years. *Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings. * Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years. * Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings. *Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. * Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings. *Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings * Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings. * USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings . * Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operationand Development (OECD) – $93 million annual savings. * Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings *Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs– $900 million savings. * Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings.. * HUD Ph.D. Program. * Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act. *TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years


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