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09:42 PM on 11/16/2011
Are you going to fire deadwood faculty and stupid trailing spouses at Texas A&M? They are TOO many among us. Let's spend taxpayers money wisely! Please clean this place!
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08:24 PM on 11/16/2011
"It's narrow-minded thinking."
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Of course it is. Perry is a Republican and a less intelligent one at that.
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Stephen Stafford
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07:56 PM on 11/16/2011
Stupidity is on the rampage in our nation. People vying for office at the state and national levels are going about saying the most blatantly ignorant things. A grasp of the most basic fundamentals declares these statements to be wrong, and counter to the basic principles undergirding our democracy.

Look at these folks. Our land is crying out for national solutions so that children, wherever they live, will receive an adequate foundation to address whatever their course in life may be. Candidates routinely slaughter basic historical facts, basic concepts about governmental responsibilities and the separation of powers.

Perry's pronouncements scream that he does not know president's don't have a thing to do with congressional compensation rates. They billow that he does not know president's cannot axe departments at whim. On another story today, he had to step in and stop "citizenship checks" at an event. We have no such thing, but they happened, curiously, at his event.

It is not too much to ask that candidates for office know how the government works, and who has what constitutionally derived powers. Perry and many of his fellow contenders display rank ignorance of these basic facts, on a routine basis, again and again. Their folly should be an alarm that we need to redouble our responsibility to adequately educate all children in America.

Perry is a walking advertisement for a bolstering of the Department of Education, not any need to diminish or eliminate it.
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michelestruck
50 something hip, smart, and tired of fools
12:50 AM on 11/17/2011
Sir you are missing the big picture, by dumbing down the population the GOP can continue to minipulate them so insuring their main goal is not impeded, the advancement of the Rich. How better to run a buisness... the few lucky educated elite and the mass just happy to finally have a job. Then you trot out some boogie man i.e. gay marriage, stem cell, yada yada yada and the sheeple all jackboot in step.
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jeffbwillis
07:44 PM on 11/16/2011
Perry's education proposal is actually one of the best plans to be submitted. True, it will undermine the National Education Association. But this union is on conservative hit lists anyway. The Education Department is not only a failure, but it is unconstitutional. Those who oppose Perry's thinking need to read the 10th amendment.
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raggedhand
08:00 PM on 11/16/2011
Perry, Bachmann, et al aren't interested in reading the Constitution. They're interested in getting rid of the bits they don't like and adding bits that pander to their backers.

The 10th Amendment states "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The Dept. of Education's mission (http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/mission/mission.html) does not go against the 10th Amendment.
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Joni Halvorson
Bonne chance.
07:32 PM on 11/16/2011
He does not understand the role of Congress, does he? Kind of important....
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justitia
07:05 PM on 11/16/2011
What does a barbarian know about education?
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trespanieli
07:46 PM on 11/16/2011
More than Rick Perry, for sure.
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trespanieli
06:44 PM on 11/16/2011
Dismantling the department of Education for a GOP candidate who can't count to three. LOL! LOL! LOL!
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relians
E = Fb
06:25 PM on 11/16/2011
rich perry, he's special.
06:05 PM on 11/16/2011
Quote from the article: "The U.S. Department of Education was established in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter at the behest of the National Education Association. The nation's largest teachers union wanted a Cabinet-level advocate for increased education spending. At the time, federal education duties were handled by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare."

OK, so if it can be created that easily, how come it is so difficult to dismantle? And if it will be a bad idea, can someone show any statistics comparing to before 1979? 1979 wasn't that long ago, and it seems to me that people have only gotten dumber since the DoE. Surely, we can return to 1978 method and save a ton of tax money.
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shnboi
I've gotta clean up what I've messed up
05:52 PM on 11/16/2011
Him don't wont us to git no money from the govement so wes can all be smort like he. Him gone be presidint of tis cuntry and him dont wont us to out smart China. I got me educacion in Tesas. See how smort I is. Jest lik the govenor.
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James McGill
03:40 PM on 11/16/2011
The Department of Energy? The Department of Energy that keeps our nuclear arsenal secure? That Department of Energy? First day in office you'll order them to stop working on that?
06:08 PM on 11/16/2011
After Obama, what nuclear arsenal?
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10YearTeacher
07:37 PM on 11/16/2011
The largest one in the world
09:27 PM on 11/16/2011
? Anything?
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03:39 PM on 11/16/2011
So a governor, who has been widely criticized for not supported education, from a state that is almost dead last in every educational statistic that most people would find important, or at least well below average, is proposing something that people should find relevant is laughable. Does he really believe the things he says or is it just as I like to say polititalk? Say anything to get in the news so that you appear relevant, knowing that most people will forget what you really said by the next news cycle anyway.
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shnboi
I've gotta clean up what I've messed up
05:49 PM on 11/16/2011
And this is the man the Reboticans were really wanting to jump in the race. My, my, my.
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02:44 PM on 11/16/2011
By allowing the states sole determination for educational choices it becomes a free-for-all for special interests. Worse than now!!
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SF TKF
Cthulhu thinks you'd make a nice sandwich.
01:33 PM on 11/16/2011
I love how the GOP likes to talk about eliminating these departments as though it could be done with a swipe of the Presidential pen. Considering how little their supporters appear to know about the Constitution, I guess it’s not surprising that they’re equally gullible about this.
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James McGill
03:41 PM on 11/16/2011
The President does not have the sole authority to create or dissolve an agency, any more than he has the power to "eliminate the tax code," but candidates are promising to do that too. I wonder at what point promising (threatening) to do something that would be illegal to do, actually becomes a crime?
06:08 PM on 11/16/2011
I'm not completely gullible, so can you just list the parts of the constitution for me that give authority and instructions for creating and eliminating departments? Thank you. I'm just trying to learn.
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Stephen Stafford
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08:03 PM on 11/16/2011
No. It is best that you start from scratch. Pull up some of the basic guides on elements of our democracy and how our government works, and start there. Your comments indicate that much of your basic understandings are faulty, and a fresh start might be best.
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Tom95134
01:04 PM on 11/16/2011
What would you expect from the governor of a state that has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the United States but continues to say that '"abstinence works."
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James McGill
03:42 PM on 11/16/2011
It makes a fresh batch of taxpayers every 20 years or so.