In many ways, we as a country are neglecting the resources that elevated this country to its preeminent position in the world today. In particular, the cuts in education spending seem to me to be shortsighted at best. From a purely economic standpoint, it isn't justifiable. For example, do we understand the cost of a poor education? McKinsey recently studied the issue and determined that the cost of the educational divide between blacks and whites alone amounted to nearly half a trillion dollars a year. But let's put faces to the problem and ask ourselves what the costs of a bad education are in terms of more people incarcerated, more unwanted pregnancies, more welfare and healthcare spending, not to mention lost economic production.
For economic reasons alone, I cannot understand the Tea Party's support of budget cuts that weaken our country's infrastructure. It's bad for our future. Instead, why can't we reduce our military budget that drains resources from the private sector and encourages us to do boneheaded things like invade Iraq? But more than this, what's happening to funding for our children is unconscionable and should be contrary to a truly Christian agenda.
After all, Jesus said, "Let the children come unto me."