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8 Reasons The Ryan-Romney Combo Is Bad For Our Children’s Future

8 Reasons The Ryan-Romney Combo Is Bad For Our Children’s Future

By now you know that Mitt Romney has selected Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential pick.

That’s the same Paul Ryan who has proposed a budget that would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system costing seniors thousands in out-of-pocket expenses, while at the same time awarding huge tax cuts to billionaires.

Democrats wasted little time in responding:

“Like Mitt Romney, Ryan’s severely conservative positions are out of touch with most Americans’ values,” the Obama campaign said. “He would take us backward on women’s health and equal rights.”

Unsurprisingly, Ryan’s vision and his unflagging commitment to catering to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans at the expense of the remaining 98 percent also extends to education and children’s rights.

Here are eight of Ryan’s approaches to education:

*  Early Childhood Education: As chair of the House Budget Committee, Ryan was the architect of a budget proposing to cut $1.1 billion from early childhood education, which would deny more than 2 million poor children the opportunity for high-quality early education.

*  K-12 Education: During his 13 years in Congress, Ryan has repeatedly supported cuts to education funding, including blocking support intended to help avoid educator layoffs and prevent ballooning class sizes. In fact, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the budget could have “disastrous consequences for America’s children.

*  Title 1 And Special Education: Back in March, Duncan told the House Appropriations panel that oversees education spending that the Ryan budget could cut Title I grants to districts, which right now total $14.5 billion, by as much as $2.7 billion, while special education could be cut by as much as $2.2 billion. Special education state grants are currently funded at $11.6 billion.

*  Pell Grants: Ryan has voted repeatedly against increasing Pell Grants, which provide need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post-baccalaureate students to promote access to post-secondary education.

*  School Vouchers: The Wisconsin representative has also cast votes during his seven terms in the House that show, among other things, support for school vouchers.  His running mate, Mitt Romney, has called for a more expansive policy of school vouchers, which give public money to families to attend private and religious schools.

*  For-profit Colleges: Ryan has often shown his support for for-profit colleges, and earlier this year he voted for a measure that sought to stop the Education Department from implementing regulations intended to stop deceptive marketing by for-profit colleges, the focus of a 2010 Government Accountability Office investigation.

*  Teachers: Paul Ryan voted against the conference report of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which included billions of dollars to help prevent widespread teacher layoffs and included $1 billion to support the early childhood program Head Start.

*  Class Size: Along with Governor Romney, Ryan apparently believes that class size does not matter.

By selecting Ryan, Romney has found a natural ally in his plan to destroy the foundations of American education and turn our children’s schooling over to the private sector. Or, as Romney himself put it, “Opportunity in America means people get as much education as they can afford.”

What do you think?

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5:59AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Of course they would like to cut education funds. An ignorant population is easier to control.

8:33PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Wisconsin needs to vote for Rob Zerban for the 1st Congressional District, and Obama/Biden for president/veep!

11:36AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

To Su H.: You are correct.
Not only does the middle class make our nation great, they, in fact, are the ones who make these exetremely wealthy people, WEALTHY.

9:14AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

two devils in person

7:36PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Why limit the danger of this duo, to children?

It's no wonder, this bombardment of negative politicing is turning people off.
The problem is, this is exactly what the Tea Party Republican GOP is hoping will happen. They realize that the racists will come to the polls in droves. If they can keep the independents, the elderly and poor from voting, they have a better chance of winning.

Heaven help this nation, if we are unable to get our reasonable voters to the polls

3:18PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

not interested in killing the middle class, they make us great!!!

12:40PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

with out government interference
The same as you have the freedom not to believe.]

The 1st Amendment guarantees one to believe and worship as one sees fit, but forbids any attempt to enshrine those beliefs in the secular commons of law and government.

As with any rights , they END at that point where they would attempt to limit the rights of others.

As to your comments of those who might be in disagreement with you being "sheep" it's interesting that you would support that with but republican photoshop-ed crackers that have been provided you.

There is a reason that from here the voting registration is that of "independent" , so that there is no allegiance owed to any party's material, including yours.

5:07AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Anne, you self-riteous twit. Who gave you the right to judge me. Go ahead and follow the hateful Tea Party...they deserve hipocrits like you.

11:57PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Education is seen as a roadway to a 'better' life, providing advanced opportunities. If those with lower incomes are blocked out of a decent education, then rising above the poverty level is that much more difficult, if not downright impossible. Ryan and Romney need to be shown the unemployment line.

Vote Democratic 2012!!!!! Vote Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

11:13PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

S Paul Ryannever built anything beyond a budget that would end Medicare as we know it, leave 22 million kids hungry, attack Social Security, and cut Pell Grants for a million students. And the government paid him to come up with that.

He modeled himself after an atheist, and Romney thinks all christians go to hell (because they are not Mormons)

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