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On the Chopping Block – Radical Changes in the Federal Government

January 5, 2011

Is this what the newbie Tea Partyists voted for? How naive could they be.

This morning House Representative Ron Paul and his son, newly elected Senator, Rand Paul, spoke on GMA of their proposed $500 billion in cuts to the Federal Budget. While House Republican leaders are estimating $100 billion in proposed budget cuts, the faux-Libertarian Tea Partyists father and son are seeking something more substantial plus this — what Ron Paul called, “a philosophical change” in government. Meaning, making structural changes to the Federal government.

Both are proponents of ‘smaller government,’ which I have on this blog explained as code for concentrating power in the hands of the select few who promote a specific ideology, or slant on what our Constitution means. It would be only their interpretation that would stand. Let’s take a look at what they want to change.

1. Rep. Ron Paul is on the record to dismantle the Federal Reserve and abolish the current monetary system, stating its power is unconstitutional. He will be Chair of the House Sub-Committee on Domestic Monetary Policy wielding much influence. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes domestic monetary policy, and agencies which directly or indirectly affect domestic monetary policy, multilateral development lending institutions such as the World Bank, coins and currency including operations of the Bureau of the Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and international trade and finance including all matters pertaining to the International Monetary Fund and the Export-Import Bank. In December 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that incoming Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner, was considering ways to prevent Ron Paul, who has long been a critic of Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve System, from becoming chair of the subcommittee or restrict his authority.

See also CNN report: Bernanke’s worst nightmare: Ron Paul

2. Senator Rand Paul is on the record to eliminate the Department of Education.

Depart of Education Budget

ED currently administers a budget of $63.7 billion in FY 2010 discretionary appropriations (including discretionary Pell Grant funding) and $96.8 billion in discretionary funding provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009—and operates programs that touch on every area and level of education. The Department’s elementary and secondary programs annually serve nearly 14,000 school districts and approximately 56 million students attending some 99,000 public schools and 34,000 private schools. Department programs also provide grant, loan, and work-study assistance to more than 14 million post-secondary students.

The Department of Education is interconnected with all forms of education here in the United States:

* College and Career Ready Students (ESEA Title I Grants to LEAs)
* School Turnaround Grants (School Improvement Grants)
* Even Start
* State Agency Program—Migrant
* State Agency Program—Neglected and Delinquent
* Improving Teacher Quality State Grants
* Mathematics and Science Partnerships
* Educational Technology State Grants
* 21st Century Community Learning Centers
* Assessing Achievement (State Assessments)
* Rural and Low-Income Schools Program
* Small, Rural School Achievement Program
* Indian Education—Grants to Local Educational Agencies
* English Learner Education (Language Acquisition State Grants)
* Homeless Children and Youth Education
* Byrd Honors Scholarships
* College Access Challenge Grants
* Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants
* Client Assistance State Grants
* Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights
* Services for Older Blind Individuals
* Assistive Technology State Grants
* Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
* Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants
* English Literacy and Civics Education State Grants
* State Grants for Workplace and Community Transition Training for Incarcerated Individuals

Established in 1979, the U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department’s mission is to serve America’s students—to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

What many Americans fail to understand is there is a real power struggle going on within our country. We have Liberal-Progressives who are representative of the middle class, working class, unions, equal pay, equal opportunity, protecting the environment, promoting public education, Social Security, Medicare – basically addressing the issues of everyday Americans and not the 2% who hold 90% of the wealth.

We have the Right-wing conservatives who align themselves with the Christian Right and the banking oligarchy which just facilitated the largest transfer of wealth and brought the nation to its knees. Oligarchy is a fundamental threat to open democracy. They are for low taxes, elimination of funding for National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, defunding of Medicare and Obama-care, privatization of Social Security, anti-union, no food stamps, no social programs of any kind which they believe are socialistic.

We have Tea Partyists like the Pauls, who are aligned with the billionaire Koch Brothers and John Birch Society. JBS advocates the abolition of income tax, repeal of civil rights legislation, which it sees as being Communist in inspiration. They want to eliminate the Federal Reserve and Department of Education.

Here is MSNBC Rachel Maddox doing an expose on the Birchers. Their history is anti-civil rights, segregationists, anti-progressive,

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