Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The shaft

Great op-ed from Boston Globe columnist Steven Z. Jackson this morning. Money quote:

Bush is about to ask Congress for between $80 billion and $100 billion in new funds for his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If approved, that will shoot the costs to this point over $200 billion, a figure once sneered at by the administration in the days they all but promised a quick blitz and early exit. President Johnson proved four decades ago that you cannot conduct a wasteful war and fund social programs at the same time. There is nothing Bush can offer to the contrary, not when he also wants to make his trillion-dollar tax cut permanent. (emphasis mine)

This is still the biggest problem with NCLB. It is extremely expensive to implement. And though it is true that the Bushies have vastly increased education funding, the current funding levels are nowhere near where they need to be.

Jackson hit the nail on the head: You cannot prosecute a major war -- much less two -- ramp up domestic spending, and cut taxes at the same time. Something's gotta get the shaft. I'm guessing it's not tax cuts or the wars. On standardized tests you're supposed to use process of elimination to find the right answer. Anybody know what's left?


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