Oh, the horror! The Imperial Department of Education faces a 10% funding cut in President Trump’s proposed 2020 budget! Excerpt:
The plan, titled “A Budget for a Better America, ” requests $62 billion for the Department of Education, or $7.1 billion less than the agency’s allowance in 2019.
The budget eliminates subsidized student debt, in which interest doesn’t accrue on the loans while borrowers are in school or in economic hardship. It also reduces the number of repayment plans for borrowers and scratches the popular, if challenged, public service loan forgiveness program.
“We have also reaffirmed our commitment to spending taxpayer dollars wisely and efficiently by consolidating or eliminating duplicative and ineffective federal programs,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
The plan would narrow the numerous income-driven repayment plans, which caps people’s bills at a percentage of their income, to just one. Under that option, students’ monthly payments would be limited to 12.5 percent of their discretionary income, compared with 10 percent now.
Any remaining debt would be cancelled after 15 years for undergraduate students, and 30 years for graduate students.
I’ve got a better idea: Reduce their budget to zero.
Here is the Constitution of the United States; you know, the highest law in the land? That Constitution? Well, have a read through that, and tell me where it says that the Imperial government is allowed to meddle in education at any level.
Now, here is the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
In other words, if the Constitution doesn’t specifically allow the Imperial government to do a thing, then they are actually prohibited from doing that thing. Not that that hasn’t stopped the Imperial Congress from wiping their asses with the Constitution since about 1860.
To President Trump, were he to listen to me, I would have the following advice: Grow a pair, Mr. President! Defund the lot, and a bunch more extra-Constitutional agencies into the bargain. Swing that axe! You’ve talked a lot about Imperial debt; do something about it it! Cut spending!