They can't, and they shouldn't

Federal intrusion into pre-K years can't be afforded or allowed

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If Washington boasted trillion-dollar surpluses instead of trillion-dollar deficits. If Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid weren’t on the path to insolvency. If we weren’t already leaving our children more than $16 trillion in debt. If veterans were getting the care and services they deserve.

If all those things were true and Santa Claus really did ride in a sleigh, it would still be a horrible idea for the federal government to inject itself into pre-kindergarten “education,” as the president proposed Tuesday night.

With every challenge already facing America – including as much as $100 trillion in unfunded promises to care for future retirees, who are nudging closer to their golden years with each second – President Obama in his State of the Union actually suggested the federal government help “make high-quality preschool available to every child in America.”

No nation in history facing our financial challenges – no nation ever has faced our self-imposed challenges – could simultaneously cover all that deficit and debt and aging citizens and still create a universal preschool entitlement.

But never mind the fact that no such pixie dust exists. Do we really want the federal government reaching down into every citizen’s toddler years? Is the federal bureaucracy not enough of a parent already?

What kind of a surrogate parent is the government? You think it’s a good one?

And did Washington’s attempt to become our national school board go that well? Has its increasing involvement and expense since Jimmy Carter made schools better?

Not if you look at graduation rates, test scores and comparisons to student achievement in other industrialized nations.

How much more parental responsibility will the government annex?

This idea, and a whole laundry list of other top-down government-knows-best proposals, is a left-wing fantasy that Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign trotted out – as a present to the country that she was placing under the Christmas tree.

They never say where the money is coming from, and neither does Barack Obama. After releasing his wish list including $50 billion for infrastructure work and untold amounts for speculative alternative energy sources, education and more, he promised none of it would add a dime to the deficit.

Of course, he’s said that and made other promises repeatedly over the years, most of which have never been true. He promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. He promised “not another dime” in taxes for those earning less than $250,000. He promised to take care of survivors of the Fort Hood shooting. He promised consequences for the Iranian assassination attempt of a Saudi diplomat on American soil. He promised to find those behind the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans and bring them to justice. He promised to close Guantanamo Bay. The list goes on and on and on.

Moreover, this promise that he can deliver all these things and not borrow another dime – maybe possible if he hikes taxes to ungodly levels – comes from a chief executive whose first few budgets earned not one vote in Congress from either party, and whose 2014 budget blueprint is now weeks late from its legal deadline.

Republicans noted that Obama has increased our debt in four years by 58.6 trillion dimes.

It is disgusting that this president Tuesday attempted to appropriate the word “investment” to serve as a euphemism for more spending and more power in Washington.

President Obama essentially proposed a new entitlement Tuesday, when the country’s foundation is collapsing under the weight of those we already have.

He’s right about one thing: America’s 4-year-olds had better get a quick education; they’ll have to start pulling down paychecks at age 5 just to cover all this spending.

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Darby
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Darby 02/16/13 - 05:56 pm
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In summary, if you really love your kids......

Even if you have to go into debt, KEEP THEM AS FAR AWAY FROM "GOVERNMENT EDUCATION"* AS POSSIBLE.

*INDOCTRINATION

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/16/13 - 06:44 pm
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Darby

Thanks for yelling that out. I will do everything to prevent my Grand Girl from receiving infectious government indoctrinated.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 02/16/13 - 11:09 pm
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I don't know for sure, but

I don't know for sure, but I'm kind of thinking we should subject our children to the “agenda” that drives public education and public discourse.

That's life in the United States of America. It's no different than teaching your child to deal with a bully. First hand experience is the best lesson. If you shelter you child you can only hope that critical lessons take hold. If you subject your child to real life experiences, guide them through the jungle, they're much better equipped to deal with the biases of society.

Darby
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Darby 02/16/13 - 11:40 pm
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"If you shelter your child you can only hope....

that critical lessons take hold."

Gotta disagree and disagree vehemently. Too many of the teachers in public (government) are third and fourth generation products of the liberalism which took hold of our education system in the eighties. All your kids are going to get there is a mediocre education designed to make them able to follow instructions and work for someone else.

Look to Washington. Are the John Kerrys, the Shummers, the Reids and Pelosis sending their kids to public schools? The answer is a resounding NO!

That's because they know its nothing more than a dead end. It's a way to assure that your kid never gets into a major or Ivy League school. They are taught that America is bad. If not bad, then just not that good.

That white Europeans stole this land from the Indians. That Columbus brought syphilis and other diseases here.

Sure a handful of kids escape with a decent education and make it in the real world, but thanks to good parenting more than good teaching. And most parents are far too busy trying to keep food on the table to check homework and oversee what's going on at their kid's school. Not to mention that most blue collar parents, being products of the government school system aren't qualified to check their kids homework.

If your kid can get into Davidson, or CT Walker they have a chance of a decent public education. If it's Copeland, or Butler, or Laney etc. Forget it! They are toast.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 02/17/13 - 01:17 am
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Mr. Darby,I have to

Mr. Darby,

I have to respectfully disagree and “vehemently”.

Well at least in part. I do agree 100% with your assessment of our education system, both public and so-called higher education.

But your assessment “pre-supposes” one thing. That thing is parents that allow their children to be brain-washed. If you have a good relationship with your children, and use the garbage that is shoved down their throat as a teaching tool, you've taught them something that will put them “heads and toes” above their peers.

No doubt it is not easy. Especially with kids. Pop culture tells them exactly what they WANT to hear. We teach restraint, they preach anything goes. It is not easy, but, BUT, if you have a good relationship with your children, they will learn how to cope in a twisted diseased world.

But, I hear what you're saying. Sometimes parents lose the battle...so what is one to do? Shelter or throw them in the pond and let them swim?

I guess I've been lucky, well wait... let me be honest, I've been partially lucky. Between my wife and I, we've six children... three understand, and three haven't a clue. I don't know the answer other than to point out what I see, teach my children to think critically, and hope they take my advice to heart.

I do however think it is best to let them experience life, to let them confront agendas, to confront biases, to try and resist! It doesn't take a private school or a magnet school, it takes good-ole fashion connection. It's not 100% effective, but it is all we can do!

Darby
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Darby 02/17/13 - 01:50 pm
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God bless you, Fred.....

I only wish I had your faith in the system but that's never gonna happen.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 02/17/13 - 03:34 pm
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You misunderstand me.

Darby, I believe you misunderstood my point.

I have no "faith in the system". Zero, nada, zilch!
What I do have is a understanding of the pitfalls and dangers of society and societal establishments. It is my job to prepare myself and loved ones as best I can.

"Eyes wide open"!

Darby
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Darby 02/17/13 - 06:38 pm
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From a personal viewpoint...

Fred, that makes sense. I'm more worried about the nation as a whole. I can take care of my family, but very few in this nation can, given that most parents are products of the same failed system they have to deal with to educate their own kids.

I know what you are thinking... but my wife takes care of the little things, like paying the bills and making sure that we keep our lives in order.

She allows me to handle all the major problems like keeping nukes out of the hands of Iran, solving the world's energy crisis and reforming our failed education system.

We share the load that way. It works for us.

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