Cutting Our Own Throats By Cutting Education
I find myself unable to comprehend the callousness of the Republicans and their Tea Party cohorts. The very fact that they are so willing to impoverish even further those who have nothing in order to protect the wealth of a few Americans grieves me tremendously. I’ve lived long enough to become part of a society that is beyond my understanding.
Ron Paul made the statement that “education is not a right, it’s a privilege.” Have you tried allowing your child to give up that privilege by not attending school? You will find yourself answering to the local authorities via the Truant Officer and more than likely spend time in front of a judge. Attending school from the age of 6 until the age of 16 is mandatory. In order to comply with the law which requires you to send your child to school, there must be a school to attend. This, of course, requires a building, books and people trained to teach. However, in it’s infinite wisdom, the GOP feels that less money should be set aside to accomplish this. I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I see the future of the United States without education.
Where are we if we can not produce scientists, engineers, doctors or teachers? Who will fill our need for computer software engineers, database administrators or network administrators? Where will our accountants, bankers, and stock brokers come from? How will we compare with other countries in the field of educated professionals without money for education now?
Without quality education we are condemning ourselves to a lifetime of misery. We won’t find underprivileged children in the ghettos of our large cities, nor in the mountains of our coal mining states. There will be a time that we will find them on every block in nearly every city in the United States because there are people running the country who are not thinking about the people, they are lining their own pockets.
Republican Governors in many states in America are granting tax breaks to the rich and balancing their budgets by cutting services to the rest of their residents. All states are battling over extensive cuts in education budgets while they are trying to attract businesses to their states so that they can reduce their jobless rates. By reducing the education budgets they are reducing the quality of the education itself. This in turn will reduce the chances of attracting new businesses to their states.
When a business makes a decision to move to any state, they look at the quality of the available workforce. The availability of low cost energy to operate. They look at the ease with which they can comply with local regulations and in cases where more than one site might be desirable to them, they look at the quality of education. Lowering that standard means lowering the chances of attracting new businesses because it’s not all about the corporate tax rate. It is about the quality of life.