Will House GOP have the courage to tackle Reagan’s unfulfilled promise as sequester looms?
The Washington Post was alarmed.
And House Republicans seem to be asleep.
On Monday’s front page was the latest Obama horror story of what lay ahead for the fifty states if the sequester went into effect. Wrote the Post:
The White House on Sunday detailed how the deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District, as President Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on a way to stop the across-the-board cuts.
…. Lawmakers instead were planning for a lengthy round of political jostling ahead of another budget showdown in late March that could determine whether the $85 billion in cuts to domestic and defense spending this fiscal year stick.
Catch the magic number? The terror is about finding “…$85 billion in cuts to domestic and defense spending…”
Somewhere Ronald Reagan is rolling his eyes.
Remember this Reagan pledge (bold emphasis mine) — as recorded in the 1980 Republican Platform?
Next to religious training and the home, education is the most important means by which families hand down to each new generation their ideals and beliefs. It is a pillar of a free society. But today, parents are losing control of their children’s schooling. The Democratic Congress and its counterparts in many states have launched one fad after another, building huge new bureaucracies to misspend our taxes. The result has been a shocking drop in student performance, lack of basics in the classroom, forced busing, teacher strikes, manipulative and sometimes amoral indoctrination.
The Republican Party is determined to restore common sense and quality to education for the sake of all students, especially those for whom learning is the highway to equal opportunity.…We understand and sympathize with the plight of America’s public school teachers, who so frequently find their time and attention diverted from their teaching responsibilities to the task of complying with federal reporting requirements. America has a great stake in maintaining standards of high quality in public education. The Republican Party recognizes that the achievement of those standards is possible only to the extent that teachers are allowed the time and freedom to teach. To that end, the Republican Party supports deregulation by the federal government of public education, and encourages the elimination of the federal Department of Education.
The President was serious.
The Congress was decidedly of another mind.
On September 24, 1981, Reagan made a televised speech to the nation in which he reiterated his proposal — and reminding of another pledge he had made about another Cabinet Department as well. Bold emphasis again mine:
As a third step, we propose to dismantle two Cabinet Departments, Energy and Education. Both Secretaries are wholly in accord with this. Some of the activities in both of these departments will, of course, be continued either independently or in other areas of government. There’s only one way to shrink the size and cost of big government, and that is by eliminating agencies that are not needed and are getting in the way of a solution.
The response from hysterical Democrats to the idea of abolishing these Jimmy Carter-created Cabinet Departments that were even then barely three years old? Here’s the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy channeling the President Barack Obama of today:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?