“One hundred million dollars?!?” Oprah Winfrey exclaimed incredulously as her studio audience gave a standing ovation. Sitting next to her was Mark Zuckerberg, the young billionaire CEO and founder of Facebook, who had just announced he would donate $100 million to help turn the failing school system in Newark, New Jersey into a national model.
Recently stumping for his cooperative federalism model of government-funded preschool, Barack Obama claimed that more money should be spent on these programs so that, in effect, women wouldn’t have to stay at home to take care of children. They should be working as the family’s core functions should be institutionalized by the state. This, of course, confirms what many on the Right think about these types of programs. They are back-door ways to ensure government gets more time with your children and you get more time at work, which you’ll need to pay the taxes for this program and the many other progressive bureaucracies.
Taking a different tack is Indiana Governor Mike Pence who says “This is a heart issue for me” when he urges renewal of his pilot program for government-funded preschool education.
Does that mean evidence-based debate on the subject is heartless? Well we’ll see.