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Letters: Super committee looking to save pennies, not billions

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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:15 pm

There is an old saying about being "penny wise and pound foolish." This saying certainly applies to the Congressional budget super committee. The time is rapidly running out for this committee to come out with $1.2 trillion of budget cuts in the next 10 years. If they cannot, then automatic cuts kick in with half of them coming out of the Pentagon budget and other national security programs. My guess is we will get the automatic cuts.

More than a trillion dollars of cuts in the next 10 years may sound like a lot, but let's consider the budget of just one federal department, the Department of Education.

This department consumes $105 billion per year. If the department were abolished it would mean a savings of more than $1 trillion in the next 10 years.

This department was established without constitutional authority, the word "education" appears nowhere in the constitution.

It was promoted to cabinet level status under President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

It does nothing to further the education of our kids, but merely serves to feed a bloated federal bureaucracy. The guys who sent men to the moon were educated before there was a Department of Education. Now we don't even have the means to get an American into space, We have to hitch a ride with the Russians. We get no benefit from this department, but the super committee will not even consider eliminating it. They are too busy grasping for pennies to save.

Steve Ball



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