Congress is on vacation - until mid-September. That is a very good thing. Everyday they are not in session is another day we can breathe a little easier. That means that no new taxes or regulations are going to be passed.
That all changed when they had to rush back to Washington to vote passage on a $26 billion spending bill - that they don't have the money for - to hire back teachers that have been layed off - and that is not a federal responsibility.
Supposedly some 161,000 jobs nationwide are being "saved" by the $10 billion part of this measure. If you do the math, this is over $62,000 per job saved.
I suppose next year there'll be another bill - oh, but wait. The Congress may very well be Republican next year.
Teachers are laid off. So? Over 10% of the population (9.5% officially) is out of work, and millions more are underemployed.
If states and localities can't find the money to employ teachers, that's their issue, not ours as a country. Lay off library workers or clerks or department heads. There is enough surplus employment at all levels of government to adjust the rosters if hiring back furloughed teachers is that important.
One thing I know for sure. It is not a federal issue. Education belongs to each state. Keep it that way. This also means the Department of Education is not necessary.
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