Obama defends education spending plans
March 8th, 2011
05:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama defends education spending plans

Dorchester, Massachusetts (CNN) – President Barack Obama insisted Tuesday that education spending needs to be spared from the growing drive for fiscal austerity, telling an audience of students and teachers in Massachusetts that cutbacks would ultimately prove self-defeating.

"We need to come up with a budget that forces government to live within its means," Obama said. But we "cannot cut back on job-creating investments like education."

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  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Republicans are so fast to cut education programs, yet so stubborn when it comes to cutting an order for 50 new F-35 planes in half...

    Believe me that those F/A-18C & D are just as good and even better than the new crappy F-35's

    March 8, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. sara

    Of course, with Education there's no ignorance for the Republicans to pander to.

    March 8, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    The president praised the school - which has a longer academic year and strict academic requirements - as a model for the rest of the country.
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    Hey, there's an idea right in front of you! Instead of just throwing money at the problem and measuring that as your 'commitment to education", why not make the academic year longer and institute stricter academic requirements? Apparently that works. It doesn't say a thing about higher cost here.

    March 8, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Oh, and BTW, the Dept of Labor study was ordered by Bush...so hold your tongue on the predictable claim that the studies were jsut a liberal plot to convert us into communists, Captain TinfoilHat.

    March 8, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. terry, va

    I have no problem supporting education. The problem I have is the multiple duplicate federal programs we have. Their is at least 50% waste in all the big government programs. The federal dept of education should be eliminated and the states should run education programs.

    March 8, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Kara

    If you keep people in school for longer, it's going to cost more.

    March 8, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Kara

    Republicans keep talking about tightening their belts as a family. What kind of family has financial trouble and stops sending their kids to school?
    You'd be broke forever if you did that.

    March 8, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Can you read this post ?

    thank a teacher.

    By the way, since when did villifying teachers become a popular political position? G.O.P. hari-kari?

    March 8, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    I think we should have a LONGER academic year and strict academic requirements – start it YOUNG – embed it – force the parents to contribute and be a part of the training!!

    I am so glad that our President is taking this DRIVE to Win the Future!!! While the RIGHT bicker among themselves to find their place – we're moving forward!!!!

    @Darth Vadik, CA – The reason why RepubliCAN'Ts want to CUT EDUCATION is because they don't like the LEFT living their so-call VALUES. Only the RIGHT can educate their kids and get somewhere. Once it spreads to the less unfortunate and they catch on – it threatens the RIGHT!!! (Just my opinion)!!

    March 8, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |