Trump’s Education Cuts Are Smart


Dr. Ron Paul, author of The School Revolution, commented on Trump’s proposed education cuts:

The School RevolutionPresident Trump proposes cutting the budget of the Department of Education by $9 billion: from $68 billion to $59 billion.

The department should be shut down, just as candidate Ronald Reagan promised he would do, but never mentioned again as soon as he was elected.

Candidate Jimmy Carter promised to create the new department in 1976, and he kept his promise. It is a shame that Ronald Reagan did not keep his.

The Establishment is outraged at Trump, calling these cuts destructive for education. These cuts will be destructive for high-paid administrators of federal programs that don’t work. This is welfare for the upper middle class.

This assumes that Congress goes along with these cuts. Don’t count on it.

(Source: Email from

The Independent Institute wrote:

Total SIG program funding under the Bush administration was less than $126 million. Regular annual appropriations skyrocketed during Obama’s presidency, starting at $526 million. They remained near or north of a half billion dollars throughout his administration, totaling more than $7 billion to date—including a one-time infusion of $3 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

The Obama administration publicly revealed the SIG program’s colossal failure on Jan. 18, 2017, just hours before President Obama’s appointees departed. According to the final evaluation by the American Institutes for Research and Mathematica Policy Research for the Education Department, SIG had “no significant impacts” on math achievement, reading achievement, high school graduation, or college enrollment across school and student subgroups.


About Jonathan Lankford

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Jonathan has provided education and training services to organizations and individuals in Vietnam since 2007.
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