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Teachers Unions vs. Energy Companies

Thursday, 17 May 2001 12:00 AM

So - let’s see if we have this right. Energy companies donate money to Republicans. Republicans generate official policy favorable to energy companies and (according to the Democrats) unfavorable to oil consumers. That’s bad.

Teachers unions donate money to Democrats. Democrats generate official policy favorable to teachers unions and unfavorable to education consumers. This is good.

Yeah, I think that makes sense.

When will government educators learn that throwing money at a problem isn't the solution?

The American Legislative Exchange Council has just released the eighth edition of its Report Card on American Education. The study looked at students from 1976 to 2000 and found that the amount of spending per pupil increased nationwide by 22.8 percent. Spending per student went from $5,087 in 1979 to $6,251 in 1999. Since 1978, Maine (81.7 percent) has led the nation in increased spending, followed by Connecticut (80.4 percent increase) and West Virginia (61 percent increase).

There's just one problem. All of this increased spending hasn't done anything to boost test scores. They've remained relatively stagnant. The study shows that there's no evident correlation between expenditures and standardized test scores.

I cannot stress this enough: Government CANNOT do anything right. It can't manage your tax dollars well. It doesn't give good customer service to the American public. So why should you, as a parent, think the government will do a good job of educating your child? The Department of Education has pumped increasing amounts of money into government schools ... and are American students any better off than they were 25 years ago?

Government schools are breeding a generation of subservient, government-dependent sheeple. Do you want your child to be a leader or a follower? If you want your child to have any chance of success in a free-market economy, then you know that government schools are not the answer.

The answer, of course, is no. Patrick Kennedy, the Democrat from Rhode Island, could not possibly be the dumbest member of Congress so long as Maxine Waters and Shelia Jackson-Lee haunt those halls.

I do hope you got to see this moron’s questioning of Louis Freeh yesterday. Minute after minute of incoherent babbling – all the while looking at the TV monitors to make sure he was on screen.

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