A friend wrote a series of questions on a social media platform. My response took some time to ponder. Knowing a bit about The District of Columbia and our Federal Government, I offer this lengthy response. Thus, to properly reply to my friend’s questions and solve the need to make a post on this blog site, I write it here:
Why do we have a Federal Department of Education?
Without reading the purpose statement of its formation, I have the belief it was establish with the best intentions of the people who inhabited our governmental halls – at that time. But, as times have changed, people with “best intentions” modified the original intent. As State Legislature came into the thought process, their intentions sometimes came in conflict with Federal Regulations. Time grew the divide between what was desired at the local level; and, what was the “law of the land.” The forcing nature of the Federal Government was backed by the Supreme Court. Now, we have the “us versus them” mentality as we speak against the parties of both parts.
How many people are – we taxpayers – paying to fund this department? What does it do?
The District of Columbia (DC) has always been a territory controlled by the Federal Government. To enforce the Laws of The United States, agencies grew. Population in and around “The District” grew to support the need of the agencies headquartered in Washington, DC. The size and nature of DC cannot hold all the people who are employed – doing the work and supporting laws of the Federal Government. The flight of workers to the suburbs was in finding more-than-adequate housing. Economies grew to support the ex-filtration of Federal workers. The support of local economies in neighboring Virginia and Maryland has become the issue. The Federal Department of Education – and, other agencies doing support of and for Federal Law – perpetuated the area growth. The nation grew. It was impossible to affect, police and support the Federal Agencies started and maintained within DC. More people working for out-stations created a need for more within the District of Columbia. All agencies grew exponentially. Today we have a Federal payroll – doing work and in support of laws. With the Federal Government supporting local economies in cities such as DC – and other major metropolitan areas.
(Without fighting the political war on this blog – or, offending any friend – I offer these additional thoughts.)
Why do we have a Department of Education?
Even with the States being free to mandate the curriculum of the courses to be taught, Federal Law has become the prime law of the land. Until Congress rewrites existing law, we are stuck with what we’ve got. Pitting one Federal worker against another – in the workplace: Democrat vs Republican; Christian vs (other religion); Man vs Woman; and, Individual vs the government for whom he/she works. It is a dilemma not seen in the original intent. Or, as could be seen by the revered persons who wrote the Constitution of The United States.
Do I have a solution?
No. I do not control Congress. Or, anything else. But, I have an opinion. Bringing me into the fray. A fight I may be willing to take. Later. The fight for sanity. That fight of: National and State economic survival versus common sense.
What is your thought?