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Monday, January 23, 2006

Make government clean up its act before asking it to do more!

Here in my home state of Vermont there's a movement to add two pre-kindergarten grades to the already-stressed, government K-12 system. There's also a movement to "reform" healthcare by instituting a "single payer" system.

In response to the first movement, FreedomWorks-Vermont (http://www.freedomworks.org/vermont/) has launched a state-wide campaign to urge legislators to "Fix K-12 First".

It strikes me as a great idea for Vermonters to insist that government fix what's wrong with K-12 before asking government to do more.

But why stop at just education? Wouldn't it also be a good idea to insist that government "Fix K-12 First" before asking government to take control of healthcare in Vermont?

Some might respond that government financing of healthcare need not mean government control. But when has this ever happened in the real world? Government control has always followed government financing, because financing has always been accompanied by calls for "accountability".

So let's put all of the proposals for government pre-K education, single-payer healthcare, etc. on hold. In short, let's insist that government "Fix K-12 First"!


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