Detractors critical of President Obama’s decision to depart for Latin America while the situations in Libya and Japan deteriorated have not been paying attention. The president has been on the road a lot lately, with March stumping appearances in Boston, Miami, and Arlington promoting a federal takeover of education in the guise of fixing No Child Left Behind.
Angry mobs protesting in Madison, Wisconsin showed what happens when government cedes its responsibility to manage public employees. There are consequences for forgetting that governments must retain control of the resources needed to carry out public services paid for by taxpayers, whether those functions are fighting fires, arresting lawbreakers, or making sure that teachers are standing in front of our classrooms.
The recession did not make American students stupid. It did not make taxpaying parents stupid, either, though the latest talk from Washington warns that we are on track to become a nation of dullards. The label will be deserved if we swallow the latest crisis dreamed up by the president and spending happy congressional Democrats.
President Obama is actively promoting discontent with our education system as he advocates continued spending for public sector employment.
Children and senior citizens are wonderful political tools whose needs can be manipulated as an excuse to spend more, or as a reason to refuse to spend less. The politician has yet to be born whose goal is to run on a record of saying “no” to kids or the elderly. The president’s 2012 budget request reflected that prejudice, sparing Medicare and Social Security while getting behind aggressive education initiatives.
If the United States is to meet the President’s goal of once again having the highest college attainment rate in the world by 2020, community colleges must lead the way.
President Barack Obama 
Proclamations from Washington containing the words “if” and “must” are never a good thing. They precede wars, massive spending bills, and tax increases.
While finessing his $4 billion revamp of No Child Left Behind, President Obama mentioned our unfortunate millions of children “consigned to a lesser future” because they are falling behind their foreign contemporaries. The president failed to mention that high-achieving foreign pupils dream of coming here once their superior educations are complete, because we have jobs and opportunities lacking in their countries.