Democrats in Congress and the President are calling for a special spending package to save teaching jobs
We know that economic prosperity and educational success go hand in hand, which is why the Obama Administration is concerned by looming state and local budget cuts that threaten the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers across the country. As the President has said, we live in a global economy where the greatest job qualification isn’t what you can do but what you know. Our teachers are vital to our nation’s success and if we don’t act now and act boldly, we will not only endanger the future of tens of millions of students but threaten to undermine the recovery of our economy.
Most of us know that education equals income. It is, or should be, a bipartisan goal to get every American a good education. Low and behold House Minorty Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) states the conservative view on saving jobs and education,
“The American people recognize that Washington’s out-of-control spending is hurting our economy and stifling job creation, and they’re asking their elected leaders to make tough choices on fiscal responsibility. Unfortunately, the Administration’s call for another $23 billion to pad the education bureaucracy will only make state governments more dependent on the federal government and more vulnerable when the federal funding explosion disappears. […]
“Giving states another $23 billion in federal education money simply throws more money into taxpayer-funded bailouts when we should be discussing why we aren’t seeing the results we need from the billions in federal dollars that are already being spent.”
If Boehner would spend less time in tanning booths and more time representing the best interests of the American people he would know TARP and the Recovery Act saved and created jobs – Democrats in fact have saved more jobs than Bush and Republicans created with their tax cuts for the wealthy between 2000 and 2008. One of the reason we all most of us know this is because Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Bob Bennett (R – voted for the original TARP) and John McCain(R-AZ) all hedge a bit, but grant TARP and the stimulus did keep the economy from crashing far worse than it did – Their Dirty Little Secret: GOP Senators Say Bailouts Worked — Just Please Don’t Tell Anyone! . Boehner (R-Ohio) is a perfect representative of what is wrong with conservative thinking and taxes. We had the Bush/Republican tax cuts – which made the rich richer and not only did not create jobs they left us in a very poor position to deal with an economic collapse. Republicans such as Boehner are asking America not to believe it’s lying eyes.