The View From 1776

Subsidizing the Teachers Unions

Why does president-elect Obama propose to appropriate Federal funds to educate an additional 100,000 scientists and engineers?  A pay-off to the teachers

New York Times columnist John Tierney, one of the very few on that newspaper with his head screwed on straight, asks What Shortage of Scientists and Engineers?

His analysis supports the earlier commentary by my friend Frank Madarasz in Scientific Research: Maybe it is Salaries.

If there really is no shortage of engineers and scientists in the United States, why waste Federal funds, in the face of a staggering, inflationary budget deficit, to add capacity to an already overbuilt segment of the academic community? 

In fact, why not get the Federal government entirely out of funding education, which to an alarming extent is for the purpose of inculcating socialism?