Federal education involvement seems to be all sweetness and light, focused on helping the most innocent and needy of Americans. But as “sequestration” is bearing out, reality is often quite the opposite: It’s about exploiting “the children” for political gain.
For evidence, look no further than the doomsaying of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. A few days ago, while blaming Congress (read: Republicans) for the sequester his boss proposed, Secretary Duncan declared that “no one in their right mind … would say this is good for kids and good for the country, yet somehow it becomes tenable in Washington. I just think people don’t spend enough time in the real world. And if we spent more time in the real world, we wouldn’t have this kind of intransigence here.”
Such a pronouncement is in keeping with the overwrought rhetoric of the entire Obama administration, which makes it seem as if an $85 billion reduction to a $3.6 trillion budget would cut us back to the Stone Age. Especially when it comes to education, there’s simply no basis for such talk.