Date: August 26, 2004
When it comes to education, we're all liberals now. It started when President Bush had a "what's wrong with this picture?" moment when he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the second-most liberal Senator, Ted Kennedy, at the rollout of the reauthorization of the mammoth federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a.k.a. No Child Left Behind. President Bush's 2005 budget requests:
Subject: We're all liberals now
- $37 billion for K-12 education, a $12 billion (49%) increase since 2001
- $13 billion for Title I funding, a $4.6 billion (52%) increase since 2001
- $11 billion for Special Education funding, a $4.7 billion (75%) increase since 2001
And the federal government is not even Constitutionally chartered to provide K-12 public education, the states are.
It used to be a rule of thumb that the Republicans will never outspend the Democrats. For John Kerry's fuzzy math on education funding, see The Kerry Spot on National Review Online.