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Saturday, August 14, 2010

"These states don't need a bailout--they need a boot up the backside"

This is a great discussion regarding the $26 Billion school bailout:


Stimulus packages don't work. They are debt ridden and unsustainable. They are bribes with strings attached. When the Federal government sends a state money, it tells the state how to spend it. It rewards bad fiscal behavior and creates more strings. The "daddy state" wants Missouri to roll over and become so dependent on the Federal government we'll never be able to sever this unhealthy and unconstitutional relationship.

This is NOT what the founders intended. The Federal government was NEVER given educational control. With control comes power. And with power comes more control. Government growth and control. Now where else are we seeing this in action? Perhaps in health care? Does anyone else sense a pattern? Take the health care issues in respect to consitutionality and unfunded mandates, substitute the word "education" and it's the same Washington vision. It's government control, overreach, more regulation, and bigger spending. It has NOTHING to do with education. It's to protect the NEA. It will NOT increase student achievement.

Missouri needs a boot to the backside to stand up and act fiscally and constitutionally responsible in this education bailout. Contact your legislator and tell him/her "no more funding from the Federal government." In fact, email this post to your legislator. The judge and Palin explain the issue quite eloquently.

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