As President Obama calls for more math and science education for Americans, his Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is proving that even the administration isn’t very educated themselves in math.
Obama, along with the former President George W. Bush, set a course for America after the credit crisis of bailouts and stimulus. Over the past two years however, record deficits and failed stimulus packages have brought no jobs to the American people, and instead have brought our economy and government to the brink.
This past week, Congressional Republicans have sought to find ways to cut spending, and even to this date, their preliminary overtures have been limited in scope. However, even the paltry amount of $61 Billion cut from the budget is enough to send Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner into apoplexy.
In an article yesterday from the Singapore Straits Times, Secretary Geithner spoke in a panic that should Congress cut even the small sum of $61 Billion from the projected $3.75 Trillion dollar budget, it would have devasting effects on the economy.
The US$61 billion (S$77.7 billion) in budget cuts approved by the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives would damage the country’s economy, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Saturday.
The budget cuts ‘as passed by the House would undermine and damage our capacity to create jobs and expand the economy,’ Mr Geithner said after a meeting G-20 finance ministers here in Paris.
The approved cuts included measures to deny funds for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating industries that are emitting greenhouse gases and limit the government’s role in education.
As you can see by the Treasury Secretaries comments, the need for better education in math stops right at the financial czar’s doorstep. Each of these programs, healthcare, the EPA, and cuts in education have nothing to do with the economy, yet Geithner equates them to inflicting damage to our financial system.
Ignorance is bless, but in politics ignorance is an art form.
President Obama’s quest for education unfortunately proves his ignorance in math and science as well, since over the past 10 years the amount of money spent by the federal governmemt on education has increased 155%, but our overall literacy in math and science has fallen outside the world’s top 20.
Money doesn’t equate to education, good instruction and sound teaching does, which is the primary thing that needs to be changed in our schools.
President Obama’s plan to budget money we don’t have to further education for improved math and science shows that indeed, as the leadership goes, so to goes the populace. Failed literacy in math by Obama’s own cabinet and in the Treasury Secretary shows that those who can’t do, think they can tell you how to do it.