Picking Up Steam

The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait chimes in on the Obey Amendment.  Great point here:

Obviously, the priority is to prevent education cuts. But Obey’s plan does not prevent education cuts. It simply sloshes money from one pool of education funding into another, with the net effect being to hamper reform efforts.

There’s a perfect symmetry here. The right is using the pretext of education reform to oppose sensible fiscal policy, and the left is using the pretext of sensible fiscal policy to oppose education reform. There’s no reason why we can’t continue to encourage education reform and also prevent mindless education cutbacks in the meantime.”

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