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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Future Farmers of America Curriculum: The ONLY Appropriate Place for Pork in Education

Dear Readers: Here is your reading assignment (and mine) for the week! Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has released a 98 page document entitled "Pork 101: How Education Earmarks School Taxpayers". I haven't had a chance to read through most of it yet, but my interest was heightened in just reading the first paragraph:

Dear Taxpayers:
The U.S. Constitution provides no role to the federal government in education – and for good reason. Greater federal expenditures have not proven effective, efficient means of improving American schools. To the contrary, federal involvement has led to a loss of individual control and an increased bureaucracy that stifles innovation and increases burdens on school teachers and administrators.

Bingo! He understands the proper role for the Federal government in education (none) and the disastrous results of the mandates imposed by Washington. Senator Coburn furthers the discussion into a realm we haven't even begun to touch on this site--the issue of pork barrel spending in education.

A press release from his office gives a summary of what he has uncovered. Try to put his report on your reading list for the week. We'll talk about the crisis in education in terms of pork spending discovered by Senator Coburn sometime next week.

The senator is correct:

I encourage my fellow Americans to carefully examine how Congress spends their money and to hold
Washington lawmakers accountable. Future generations‘ quality of life depends on it.

(ht to a watchdog for Senator Coburn's press release)

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