While Obama’s joke of a budget is certainly DOA, it is worth looking through to see what bones he threw to his various supporters and what enemies he buried. I previously mentioned some heavy cuts to NASA. Here’s another one:
President Obama’s 2013 budget request not only recklessly increases funding for the Department of Education by another 3.5 percent (taking the bloated agency’s budget to $68.9 billion), it brazenly eliminates funding for the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Not that long ago, President Obama said on the Today show that he would not send his own children to D.C. public schools. For seemingly political reasons, Obama has decided to stand in solidarity with the education special-interest groups and against this highly successful school-choice program.
1600 students are in the program and they have made substantial progress relative to their peers. Perhaps this is the reason Obama continues to target this program (it was killed in the 2009 stimulus, then resurrected by the Republicans). We simply can’t have someone competing with our Soviet-style education system. Next thing you know, teachers are teaching like they want, students are learning as they should, parents are involved and the well of ignorant Democratic voters begins to dry up.