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Should we spend more on education?

Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that "an economic recovery has begun," we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the economy isn't cratering either.

Still, you can bet that if the economy continues to contract, Obama will propose the same remedy he always has: more "investments" in education, infrastructure and various industries of the future. It seems that whatever the ailment, Dr. Obama always writes the same prescription.

This is hardly shocking: Building roads and schools is a big reason why God created Democrats in the first place. And identifying the Next Big Thing — and taking credit for it — is something of a vocation for many liberal policymakers. But are these really the drivers of economic growth?


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The Great Depression was the longest and weakest recovery in American history. This, as the second worse recession, is actually a much quicker recovery so far.

And we only recovered from the Great Depression when we began investing. This is how you get out of a recession, by re-investing in things which create jobs and improve the country.

Countries in Europe which are doing the opposite, instead of investing cutting back on their investments, are not recovering at all, often even getting into more trouble and they will not recover until they do as we did after the Great Depression, invest.

That is what works.

When we begin investing more we will recover faster. That's how large economies work. Why the right wants to go the route of Europe I have no idea.

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Why shouldn't we?

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The #1 priority should be Education. Many students are falling behind in Math and Science skills compared to European and Asian countries.

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Even if we spend more money is the money we have spent right now being used efficiently? More money is trivial if the subject matter in our schools keep getting dumbed down. Kids are in school for 12 total years. They spend up to or more depending 40 hours a week on work and our public education system is so bad that a high school graduate means nothing now. But with a simple four years, two of which are nothing but general ed which is most likely repetitive, you are more likely to get a high paying job. Investing isn't in just throwing more money at things. You have to make it so your dollar gives you back three. That is real investment strategy not a dollar for a dollar.

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