Star Parker

Yet, a good portion of President Obama’s State of the Union focused on proposed new government energy programs. The Energy Department will spend about $40 billion in 2010, up 70% from 2009.

Since 1970, federal government education spending per student has tripled with hardly any impact on test scores.

Since inception, the Department of Education has spent almost a trillion dollars with negligible impact on improving our children’s education. It spent $100 billion in 2010, up 67% from 2009.

Yet, central to the President’s education message is more federal dollars.

Republicans must stand firm on their proposed minimum of $100 billion in spending cuts – a paltry 3% of the federal budget - before agreeing to raise the debt ceiling. This could be easily pulled from the Energy and Education Departments alone.

We’ve got to decide if the center of gravity of our nation has shifted to government and bureaucrats or if we can get it back to individuals and families.

This is the choice Republicans need to make clear.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.