Thursday, March 15, 2007

Ignorance Sticker

Walking to work a few days ago, I saw a car with this bumper sticker:


First off, I'm against making a statement with a car other than "look at my car." Putting something potentially offensive something worth $20,000 is just stupid.

Medium aside, I applaud both the car owner and the sticker's creator for addressing one of Bush's policies, not treating him as the the embodiment of what liberals stand against--a catalyst unifying liberals (I'm looking at you, Rock Against Bush/Punk Voter).

Onto my actual point: ignoring the fact that all spending bills originate from the House of Representatives, the federal government has absolutely no duty to give money to students. According to this government web site,
The U.S. Constitution leaves the responsibility for public K-12 education with the states.
a statement echoing the Tenth Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or to the people.

Lesson of the day: educate yourself on the issues before publicly presenting them. Yes, schools get federal funding, but it isn't required; all the responsibility lies with the states.

It always bugs me that newspapers and organizations endorse candidates (and in the case of Punk Voter, protest one). People should educate themselves on the candidates and issues, then decided for themselves. If you aren't informed on either a topics or candidates, don't vote for or against them (strange things can happen when a park ranger runs against an "educator" for the school board), and don't display a bumper sticker that advertises not only your political beliefs, but advertises just how informed you really are.

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