By Mona Charen – October 19, 2012 –
President Obama has declined to outline a second term agenda. He doesn’t say what he would do about the fiscal cliff that looms in just a couple of months. He hasn’t addressed the glaring challenge of an aging population and entitlement spending that is careening toward insolvency. (On the contrary, he has significantly hastened the emergency by piling on new entitlement spending.) He hasn’t proposed policies to improve the economy. He promises nothing more on Iran than to maintain ineffective sanctions.
We can glean this much: He’d like to hire 100,000 new teachers and he wants to raise taxes on “millionaires and billionaires.” That’s a flimsy agenda for a great nation. Does it even make sense?
Let’s start with the teachers. This may be an old-fashioned idea, but shouldn’t states and localities decide how many teachers they need? Isn’t it just possible that Bangor, Me. might need fewer teachers and Yuma, Ariz. might need more?