Let’s take a quick look at the views on education / the Dept. of Education between President Obama and the GOP presidential candidates and their fan base:
Obama Says Better Public School System Key to Economic Recovery | Bloomberg
President Barack Obama said improving the nation’s public schools is crucial to the U.S.’s economic recovery as he highlighted his decision to let states sidestep the No Child Left Behind law by raising education standards.
“Education is an essential part of this economic agenda,” the president said today in a weekly radio and Internet address that urged Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs plan that includes money for teachers and schools. “It is an undeniable fact that countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow. Businesses will hire wherever the highly skilled, highly trained workers are located.”
If the U.S. is “serious about building an economy that lasts” and strengthening the middle class, “we had better be serious about education,” Obama said. “We have to pick up our game and raise our standards.”
Now compare the ideas from the Fox “News” GOP debate this past week:
Abolish the Education Department? Abandoned Idea Gets New Life | Fox “News”
“I am going to promise to advocate the abolishment of the federal Department of Education.” — former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.
“What I would do as president of the United States is pass the mother of all repeal bills on education. Then I would go over to the Department of Education, I’d turn off the lights, I would lock the door and I would spend all the money back to the states and localities.” — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann
“You need to dramatically shrink the federal Department of Education, get rid of virtually all of its regulations.” — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
“In 1980, when the Republican Party ran, part of the platform was to get rid of the Department of Education. By the year 2000, (that issue) was eliminated, and we fed on to it. Then … Republicans added No Child Left Behind.” — complained Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas
While Herman Cain said he would eliminate the EPA on TV, online viewers answered the same question on the YouTube.com/FoxNews channel, and they overwhelmingly favored eliminating the Department of Education (by 47%!!). Via: Google Public Sector blogspot
The result of [Roger Ailes] concerted campaign of disinformation is a viewership that knows almost nothing about what’s going on in the world. According to recent polls, Fox News viewers are the most misinformed of all news consumers. They are 12 percentage points more likely to believe the stimulus package caused job losses, 17 points more likely to believe Muslims want to establish Shariah law in America, 30 points more likely to say that scientists dispute global warming, and 31 points more likely to doubt President Obama’s citizenship. In fact, a study by the University of Maryland reveals, ignorance of Fox viewers actually increases the longer they watch the network. That’s because Ailes isn’t interested in providing people with information, or even a balanced range of perspectives. Like his political mentor, Richard Nixon, Ailes traffics in the emotions of victimization. — Tim Dickinson | Rolling Stone
JUST TO CLEAR UP THIS DELUDED THOUGHT PROCESS: There’s no difference between Republicans and Democrats! Just like Bush! Doesn’t matter IF you vote or who you vote for!