Budget deal leaves out early education resources

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    Two things would have prevented us from getting into the mess we are in, and would help us prevent similar messes in the future.

    1) When we go to war, or keep troups in countries such as Afganistan where the war is 'finished', raise taxes across the board 25% to pay for the war. If we did this, you can bet before politicians send in the troups, they would send in the fact checkers. This would also motivate politicians to not keep us in wars forever.

    2) Make it so that if a congress person accepts any campaign funds from any business, they are not allowed to vote on any bill that affects that business in any way. Undue influence if the reason banks and investment houses were excessively deregulated by Congress allowing these banks and investment houses to destroy much of our economy. It would also need to become illegal for business to influence campaigns on their own. It is simply unacceptable that banks are allowed to gamble, where the risk is socialized but the profits are privatized. And this won't stop permanently until business is no longer allowed to bribe Congress.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 9:51 p.m.

    The trouble with this story is the trouble that infects Washington. Everyone reacts based on emotion, and demagoguery. This story, and most liberals would have us beleive that it is shameful and cruel and evil to cut a penny out of the :head start program "for the children (tm)!" These people refuse to accept facts.

    Indeed, "however, 57,000 young children lost the opportunity to join Head Start programs because of those cuts."

    Well, recent non-partisan studies have shown that Head Start kids end up no better than kids who do not participate in the program. So, unless you think free baby sitting service for welfare moms is an essential government service, what is the justification for funding Head Start?

    We are $17 trillion in debt already, and spent $1 trillion more than we took in this year, so we obviously cannot afford to keep on doing every program we have ever done, regardless of how noble sounding it may be.

    We MUST cut ineffective programs, and even some which are good, but not cost effective.
    Cut every dime from Head Start, immediately and permanently. We are broke!