“Kids start going to private schools, kids start working out at private clubs instead of the public parks, an anti-government ideology then disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together.”Let's look at some evidence. The first two charts from the US Department of Education and the last from the OECD and all via Powerline.
Education expenditures up about 300% in constant dollars over the past 50 years.
Enrollment is up only about 35%.
Per pupil expenditures for selected countries. U.S. does well comparatively.
As mentioned yesterday, these same types of charts were used in the healthcare debate to argue that the United States was spending too much.
THC has seen this same argument about more spending made for decades regardless of the evidence. It's getting a little tiring.
William Voegeli's 2010 book, Never Enough, had as its thesis that there is no limiting principle in today's liberalism. Its only constant is that whatever is being spent on a social program is Never Enough, a war cry reflecting the bizarre mindset of the Washington political world where increases in spending are denounced as "cuts" and "slashing budgets"; for more see The Fiscal Uncliff.
Isn't it time for some people to become reality-based?