public school defined Daily Kos: Hmmm...Maybe its Time to Nationalize Education! File this under “delusional” and one of the most destructive ideas to come from the left, especially when our government is about to go bankrupt. However, if Barack Obama wins reelection it is not out of the realm of possibility. He’s in the pocket of the special interest teachers unions and they will come to collect on the debt he owes them at some point. With Obama calling for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, you can see him putting the pieces in place already.

The Daily Kos, one of the leading voices for terrible ideas and dystopian fantasies recently put out a blog post entitled “Think big: Make public higher education accessible to everyone” which lays out the argument for socialized education:

“It’s obviously—to my eyes, at least, and I hope to yours—a moral problem for our country. Should this be a country where you can only have a reasonable expectation of getting a middle-class job if your parents can afford to pay tens of thousands of dollars in tuition per year? But it’s also an economic problem to have talented people unable to afford to attend or finish college and to have educated people hobbled by debt. Like having health insurance be exorbitantly expensive and tied to employment, educational debt limits the choices people can make about their work and their lives, placing more power over the lives of working people into the hands of employers.”

According to the piece, for-profit colleges and universities equate to evil corporate conglomerates that prey on stupid Americans who don’t know any better:

“These for-profit colleges aggressively advertise and have a history of making false claims about the education they provide and the job prospects of their students. If prospective students knew that the federal aid they qualified for would be enough to attend their local public college, for-profit colleges would have a harder time playing on fear and insecurity.”

So the only answer, according to the post, is to have the federal government pay for the tuition of every American that wants to go to college. The author comes to the price tag of $44.8 billion because her father said that’s how much it cost (no, seriously).

Anyone capable of rational thought knows that nothing from the federal government is free. We pay for everything with our tax dollars. But perhaps the left would at least offer some new ideas to pay for such a monstrosity you say? Of course not, liberals just recycle the same, tired ideas that won’t work:

“if free public higher education were instituted as a policy, it would cost more than $44.8 billion not just because of rising tuition costs but because more people would go to college (a good thing). But $100 billion is just a few months of the Iraq war, circa 2008. Rolling back the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest would take care of the majority of it. Of course we already have a long wish list for that money. But what if we went back a little further?”

In other words: Soak the rich and pretend the Iraq war never happened!

When will the left stop their bellyaching about destroying achievement in this country? When will they realize that punishing producers in this country will lead to businesses raising prices on the consumer or going into bankruptcy, resulting in massive layoffs? When will they get over the fact that the Iraq war happened, the world is a better place, and there’s nothing that can be done to change that?

The key to better education in this country is not more government involvement, it’s less. The states should be free to identify their own educational standards free from excessive regulation and a one size fits all national policy that will undoubtedly fail. As Pete Hoekstra pointed out in a recent white paper, money for education from the federal government rarely makes it to the classrooms. You can’t just write a check for tens of billions of dollars and expect it will be spent wisely. You create a massive bureaucracy that requires massive funding:

“More than 760 education programs, overseen by at least 39 federal agencies, cost taxpayers $100 billion a year even as schools continued to decline. Teachers and parents in neighborhood schools saw federal mandates, paperwork and red tape — not the necessary tools to help educate their children. As little as 65 to 70 cents of every dollar made it into the classroom.”

The report concludes rather sensibly:

“We should begin by reducing the mandates handed down from Washington. We also should give states and localities the flexibility to develop the programs that work best for local children. Rather than just cut budgets, we must be creative to solve real problems. For instance: Why not trim funding by 15 percent while also offering a significant reduction in paperwork and red tape?

“Most states would jump at the deal. This would remove the headaches of “compliance management,” strengthen the focus on teaching and meeting the needs of our kids, help resolve the budget crisis in Washington, and put more dollars into the classroom.

“There is no reason why the government education mess can’t become an opportunity to empower parents and teachers. Local control works. We see it every day.”

For more information on the “legacy of failure” regarding educational intervention by the federal government, I urge you to read more about it at the Heritage Foundation. Also check out the great arguments for school choice.

I don’t have hope that the left will realize the error of their ways, because unfortunately they don’t understand the nature of how the real world works. They live in an ivory tower of hatred towards anyone that disagrees with them politically, a nonexistent knowledge of basic economics, and the inability to foster new ideas. They are only capable of regurgitating the same talking points used by their idols – the leaders of the Democratic Party.

We cannot let them destroy a once proud institution that is education in this country. If we’re ever going to get back on track, we need common sense free market solutions – not a government takeover.

 Daily Kos: Hmmm...Maybe its Time to Nationalize Education!

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