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Abolishing the Department of Education

Getting rid of the Department of Education used to be part of the Republican platform. But when people get in power, the temptation to abuse their power becomes too great. It is extremely easy to justify certain government expansions, especially around something that sounds good, like Education. So instead of abolishing the DoE as promised, the Republicans have doubled the size of it.

Ron Paul, Republican candidate for President, often mentions that he wants to get rid of the DoE in his speeches. Indeed, getting rid of useless (or even harmful) departments such as this one are one of the primary ways of cutting government spending, getting the deficit and debt under control, lowering taxes, and improving the economy.

But many people, myself included, have no idea why the DoE should be abolished. After all, there are indeed many things the government does which we are very thankful for. So what’s wrong with the Department of Education? All he says is that we should abolish it.

Here’s what one person has said about Ron Paul’s position: “problem is he has NEVER explained why and it TURNS viewers off. Not once in a debate has he said that he wants teachers and parents to make decisions locally on what their children should be getting in the way of education.”

Another person replied, “I have heard him talk about this in interviews and speeches. Like the other candidates, Ron Paul gives a lot of ‘Readers Digest’ versions of his answers in the debates. He’s telling the truth and he’s appealing to those who favored abolishing the DOE during Reagan’s time, but that doesn’t seem to matter much to a great number of Republican voters.”

But here’s the kicker: “The problem with a lot of conservatives is that they tend to support existing institutions. If something’s been around a while, the idea of getting rid of it seems kinda nutty to them.Continue reading

Ron Paul and The Media

I like Mike Huckabee. There’s a site at IndependentPrimary.com where you can vote for a candidate. I voted Mike Huckabee. But depending on how things turn out, this could easily change to Ron Paul or John McCain. I’m currently investigating Dennis Kucinich, although he’s a Democrat, I’ll keep an eye on him. How To Vote In Primaries And Not Be An Idiot – supports Kucinich, which I don’t agree with – but I learned a lot about how primaries work.

So, Huckabee is a top choice, but Ron Paul is very intriguing as well. My mom mentioned that it’s unfortunate that we don’t have a great candidate on either side, that everyone is so split. I disagree. Votes are split because there are many great candidates. Obviously, nobody is perfect, but I seriously don’t know anyone who could do a better job than any of my current top 3 (Huckabee, Paul, McCain). So they’re all pretty good people, and I’m impressed. Just learning about them has taught me a lot, and you can really tell these are smart people.

(I never had this impression with a Bush or Clinton.) Read on for some YouTube videos… Continue reading