President Obama‘s speech on the national debt at George Washington University wasn’t exactly a barn-burner. In fact, I think I’ve heard it before… several times. I’ll give you three guesses as to who he blamed for the debt crisis. There is so much in the speech to tear limb from limb it was hard to pick a topic (“paying” for tax cuts, bipartisanship, his warped idea of America and what makes it great, not to mention his stupid view of personal debt.) But when he lobbied for one of the worst and wasteful public programs out there, while in the same speech talking about responsibility, I nearly lost my lunch.
If the Republicans are looking for a debt-cutting target, Obama’s favorite pet project, Head Start, is a great place to begin. This program is supposed to take preschool aged children considered “at risk” who are from low-income families and give them a preschool “head start.” Like most social programs, it has become a very expensive federally funded babysitting program with no measurable value to anyone but possibly the tired mommies who need a break.
Taxpayers have put $166 billion into this program over 45 years with dismal results. Much like the government union fight, however, this one is going to be ugly, difficult and fraught with political fall-out. Never let it be said that the Left doesn’t know how to couch an issue, surrounded by adorable, chubby-cheeked cherubs who really need preschool or they’ll be disadvantaged and probably end up homeless. Obama himself has gone to the mat for “Head Start” and is going to go down fighting for it.
I don’t need another tax cut. Warren Buffett doesn’t need another tax cut. Not if we have to pay for it by making seniors pay more for Medicare. Or by cutting kids from Head Start.
Maybe you rich dudes don’t need another tax cut, but I could sure use one. Here in Illinois, everybody’s taxes went up 66% (not just rich folks) and have you seen gas prices lately? At $4.20 a gallon for regular, nobody is getting much of a head start. Maybe if we could get some tax relief, the majority of folks could pay the $100 a month for private preschool. It’s important to note that in a time of economic depression, when some states (Illinois, California) can’t even pay vendors for legitimate work, we don’t have extra funds to throw away on programs that show no difference whatsoever between those who use the program and those who don’t. Just over a year ago, Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services released a study proving the program is a colossal waste of money. The New York Post‘s Andrew Coulsen summed it up perfectly.
[N]ot a single one of the 114 tests administered to first graders — of academics, socio-emotional development, health care/health status and parenting practice — showed a reliable, statistically significant effect from participating in Head Start.
Wow. Not one.