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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

#WeCantWait to get the Word Out about "Everything You Need to Know about Public School Spending"

Did you hear about the White House's new campaign strategy? Attackwatch.com and @attackwatch on Twitter didn't fare too well, so the administration is rolling out "we can't wait", the President's new campaign slogan to pass parts of his jobs bill via executive orders since Congress passed on his ideas. From HotAir:

Remember when President Barack Obama said many Americans just “can’t wait” for the next election, implying that Congress better pass his American Jobs Act instantly or face the wrath of the American people? Since then, the prez ingeniously decided to promote “We can’t wait” as a slogan. He wants to hear from those Americans who just can’t bear the thought of allowing another minute to pass without passage of the AJA! Obligingly, impatient people the nation over have taken to Twitter to express just what they can’t wait for … and it’s not the president’s jobs plan:

WeCantWait to suggest you spread the word on Twitter (#WeCantWait) to spread the truth on public education spending as graphed by Cato in the article below. Why does the President insist on spending more money on public school buildings and teachers to ensure a "great education"? Spending is already at all all time high and hasn't created better test scores. Maybe money isn't the answer.

From Cato and "Everything You Need to Know About Public School Spending in 2 1/2 Minutes or Less":


Neal McCluskey gutted the President’s new “Save the Teachers” American Jobs Act sales pitch a good while back, as did Andrew Coulson here. Thankfully, it seems a lot of senators agree it’s a bad idea.

Last week, a $35 Billion piece of the president’s new “stimulus” plan, which included $30 Billion to bail out government schools—againwent down in the Senate:

Our public education problem is huge; we’re spending far too much and getting way too little. But most people don’t know the basic details. They still think we need to spend more on education.

So, for all of you who want to get the details but don’t have much time, or have family and friends who need to be introduced to reality, I present to you . . . Everything you need to know about public school spending in less than 2½ minutes.

Watch it, “like” it, post it on Facebook, email it around, comment, and generally get the word out . . . because we really do need to get the word out.

(From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDr7-_5Ulz0&feature=player_embedded)

1 comment:

  1. I often correct the non-education-field public about school budgets; they gripe about, say, RIFing 10 teachers yet building a new gym. They haven't a clue about categorical funding. But that is a spin off if your post, sorry, but it just came to mind, that the public is clueless all around.


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