by James Devine
The question is not whether we can afford to educate children …the question is whether we can afford not to.
That is why Republican Gov. Chris Christie is wrong about Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono’s education plan.
Buono wants to expand pre-K and broaden opportunities for college.
These are fundamental necessities in the modern economy and although Christie has rejected a Millionaires tax, Buono would use just that to finance her school plan.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that teachers make better job creators the the millionaires Christie has been so eager to protect.
It’s also time to reject the Republican mantra that ‘America is broke’ because its not only false it’s just plain silly.
The richest and most powerful nation in the world has money to spare when it comes to lobbing million dollar cruise missiles at Syria.
Christie has demanded –and received commitments for– billions of dollars from Washington for Sandy relief efforts.
Christie had no problem billing taxpayers 25 million dollars for ‘stronger than the storm’ TV commercials, 12 million dollars for a special election to keep Cory Booker off the same ballot as the Republican governor, and 7.5 million dollars for his political re-election campaign fund.
Oil companies are getting billions in subsidies and tax dodging corporations that have trillions of dollars stashed overseas are bilking local governments with property tax appeals or departure threats. Christie approved a new corporate welfare package just days before the lawmaker who sponsored it resigned and pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
The issue has never been whether we have the money, it’s what we’re doing with it. Christie and the Republicans are wrong about that and crooked Democrats who back corporate handouts at taxpayer expense are wrong, too.
Misplaced budget priorities and bad tax policies have weakened America and created massive inequality. Buono is right when she says we have to invest in educating our children. that is something we really cannot afford to go without.
He has been bombastic and belligerent so although the Republican has exhibited sensitivity about his weight lately we’re going to go ahead and call him a big fat liar, citing his nonsense rhetoric on this issue.
Democratic state Sen Barbara Buono is right and Republican Governor Chris Christie is wrong.
Educating children is the right thing to do and taxing millionaires to pay for it is the way to get it done.
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