This week, Donald Trump offered America a bit of a “good news/bad news” scenario for if he is elected president.
Discussing the outrageously-expensive and indoctrination-prone Department of Education on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump revealed that upon ascending to the Oval Office, he would eliminate the Department of Education.
“I’m not cutting services, but I’m cutting spending. But I may cut Department of Education,” Trump told Chris Wallace.
“I believe Common Core is a very bad thing. I believe that we should be — you know, educating our children from Iowa, from New Hampshire, from South Carolina, from California, from New York. I think that it should be local education.”
“So the Department of Education is one,” Trump continues. “Environmental Protection [Agency], what they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations.”
Wallace claimed that without the EPA, there would be no means of protecting the environment- an assertion that appears to presuppose that the environment failed to exist prior to the creation of the bloated government bureaucracy. Trump casually replied, “We’ll be fine with the environment.”
The Department of Education is actually quite small- employing roughly 5,000 people. Still, the small bureaucracy eats-up around $68 billion a year.
Most importantly, the Department of Education has become hyper-partisan. While the Common Core curriculum is a federally-created endeavor, states have individually signed-on for the curriculum.
However, as is the case with many federal issues, states have had their arms twisted with budgetary considerations to acquiesce to the federal government. In this sense, it’s like saying that shopkeepers “voluntarily” pay “protection” money to the mafia. Yes, they have a choice: go along with the program, or deal with the consequences.
The “bad news” portion of Trump’s quest to eradicate the Department of Education is an erroneous assertion that he would have the power to do so.
The president should have a say in politics. He can stress the importance of certain issues and coordinate with lawmakers. However, just as it would be wrong for President Obama to unilaterally create law, it would be similarly wrong for Trump- even if his ideas are infinitely better and more-conducive to American principles.