How to fund education in America…the condensed version


 

It doesn’t really seem that hard to figure out how to fund education.  This article from The Hill describes two failed bills in the Senate that would extend low-interest federal student loans.   The voting and issues involved with the two bills are completely down partisan lines.  The Dem-backed bill failed because they couldn’t get 60 votes – only 51-43 majority.  The Repub-backed bill was rejected 34-62.   Okay, so the money source for the funding is where the two parties disagree…nothing new there.  From the same article:

Both sides agree the low interest rates should be extended, but the two parties disagree over how to cover the nearly $6 billion cost.

I have an idea…

…let’s take it from the $1.3 TRILLION in Pentagon war appropriations.  I hardly think they will miss it.  We need to start investing in our own country instead of blowing everybody else’s up.

 

War cost data from here.

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4 responses to “How to fund education in America…the condensed version”

  1. eideard says :

    With 700 or 800 military bases stretched around the world, with the cost of simply maintaining a member of the military abroad at $100K+ per year – the question is moot.

    Bring the troops home! No jobs? They can still be supported at a fraction of the cost outside our borders – and ancillary support then comes from employing Americans.

    Put the troops to work doing what China discovered they could do with the PLA after the revolution in 1949 – building and repairing infrastructure. Something that needs to be done and ignored as thoroughly as education by the Congressional Cold Warriors.

    We would gain respect in qualitative measure from the rest of the world. Our nation would be better off. Our future will have gained in capability.

    • thejumbledmind says :

      “We would gain respect in qualitative measure from the rest of the world.” — Absolutely and respect for the U.S. is waning considerably globally. Thanks for commenting.

  2. fatherkane says :

    Just 6 months ago, ‘everything was on the table including defense spending’. Those were the words even form the Republican leadership.
    Their actions? Vote after vote after vote is anything BUT defense spending is on the table.
    To solve our economic problems all we have to do is downsize our military to just defend us, not control the World.
    That alone would balance the budget, free up money for infrastructure, health care, education where the jobs created would bring added revenue to support and build on needed social programs.

    • thejumbledmind says :

      “To solve our economic problems all we have to do is downsize our military to just defend us, not control the World.” — I agree completely! Thanks for commenting!

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