Does Education Trump States’ Rights?

Written By: Josh Kimbrell.

You know we’re on the verge of a political sea shift when even the Washington Post starts criticizing Democratic initiatives. That’s exactly what the Post did in an article Monday declaring that the Congress’ Education Jobs Bill “has always struck us as more of an election-year favor for teachers unions than an optimal use of public resources.” For once, I agree with the Post. In yet another election-year scam, the Democratic Congress is drumming-up favor with organized labor on the taxpayer’s dime, while trouncing states’ rights in the process.

South Carolina’s education bureaucracy rejoiced when told the bill would send an additional $143 million in federal funds to the Palmetto State. They quickly re-corked the champagne when they learned that, to obtain the funds, the government in Columbia would have to spend an additional $110 million on higher education. As a result, South Carolina would net only $33 million in new funding, after higher ed mandates are met. Furthermore, to come-up with the “seed money,” South Carolina will be faced with two equally unsettling options: draconian spending cuts to critical services, such as law enforcement and healthcare, or an unsustainable tax increase, which will drive-up unemployment. To make the dreadful package damning, the federal bill may penalize states for rejecting the funds outright.

Under this ridiculous affront to limited government and states’ rights, there’s only one group rejoicing: teachers’ unions. They’re getting a strong return on their investment of campaign dollars, at the expense of private sector folks across America. The incredible unfairness of this bill is that it seeks to save teachers’ jobs, at the expense of private-sector employees. I’ve never believed that teachers’ jobs were any more or less important than those of others. To kill thousands of private-sector jobs across the nation, to save jobs in state-run schools, is plain wrong. Trampling states’ rights to win election-year brownie points is pathetic.

I’d encourage you all to contact your respective Members of Congress, and encourage them to take a stand. Tell them to send the message to Washington that South Carolina is sick of bailouts for special interests.

Joshua B. Kimbrell
President & Chairman
CEO Round Table of South Carolina

Josh Kimbrell is President & Chairman of CEO Round Table of South Carolina. CEO stands for “Christians Empowered & Organized.” Part of the mission of CEO Round Table is “to promote a way of life that embraces faith, family, and freedom.”