Columnist George Will’s latest opinion piece demands cuts in education funding. This from a man who was duped by Bush and Cheney into writing pro-war columns for the pre-emptive attack on Iraq in 2003. Will writes, “Just 16 months ago, in the stimulus legislation, Congress shoveled about $100 billion to education, including $48 billion in direct aid to states.”
Apparently, one hundred billion dollars to educate the children of this nation is way too much of a burden on the tax-payers. What is the Pentagon budget? That’s $664 billion. For what? Two useless wars and 5000 dead American soldiers.
It seems that Mr. Will has his priorities screwed up, but it wouldn’t be the first time nor, sadly, the last time. He has been criticized by the science community for stating in many columns that climate change is not man-made and, further, that he uses specious climate ‘data’ to bolster his point. As mentioned, he believed the WMD claims and mushroom cloud propaganda put out by the Bush Administration. In 2008 he wrote that the Chinese were drilling for oil off of the coast of Cuba- a scare tactic to excite the reactionary right. He had to retract that ‘inaccuracy’ a few weeks later.
What’s that line about being entitled to one’s own facts?
While bashing education funding, Will is a strong proponent of tax cuts. Except for the military. I know that there is some axiom out there about a nation which feeds its military better than its own children.
Perhaps Mr. Will wishes to completely dumb-down the citizenry of our nation so that his 18th century political agenda can more easily be wrought upon us. After all, ignorant masses don’t know what they don’t know.