If you think the two Republican candidates in the race for the U.S. Senate are similar, look no further than education for a difference. As reported by Emily Wagster Pettus in the Clarion-Ledger, their viewpoints certainly diverge with respect to the role of the federal government in education.
Sen. Thad Cochran is dedicated to ensuring federal funding is available in Mississippi for education and even voted establish the U.S. Department of Education as a cabinet level agency in 1979. Chris McDaniel asserts that the federal government should have no role in education since it is not identified as a role in the U.S. Constitution and that education is a responsibility best left to the states.
Federal spending, whether on education or other federal programs, clearly marks the divide between establishment and Tea Party Republicans. The Tea Party promotes limited government, reducing the federal debt, lower taxes, and making hard decisions on cuts while accusing establishment Republicans for not being willing to cut anything.
NOTE: Most often what is heralded in the news as a “budget cut” is not a real cut (i.e. a reduction in actual dollars) but a reduction in the rate of growth.
For more information:
- Federal ed funding divides Cochran, McDaniel
- OUR OPINION: Cutting federal school funding not realistic
- Ron Paul: These purported budget cuts are not real budget cuts
NOTE: Post updated on April 24th, 2014.