Trump will propose combining the Education and Labor Departments
The American Thinker ^ | 06/21/18 | Rick Moran
Posted on 6/21/2018, 11:00:08 AM by pgkdan
Now according to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration is looking to eliminate a lot of duplication of programs by combining the Departments of Education and Labor.
Looks good on paper. But the impetus of the bureaucracy to aggrandize itself by expanding, rather than shrinking their departments may doom the well meaning effort to failure.
The initial 1980 budget for the Department of Education was about $6 billion. The 2019 budget request from Trump is about $62 billion, down from the $68 billion spent in the last Obama budget. What started as an effort to reform government ended up creating a monstrous bureaucracy. What’s more, during that period, American kids lost ground to their international competition as scores in reading, math and science fell.
So despite the massive increase in spending, the education of our children has suffered. Whatever the combined education and labor departments will be called, it’s hard to imagine things improving dramatically.
Similarly, it’s an open question whether combining government welfare programs under the auspices of one government department will improve their efficiency or save the taxpayer some money. Any such effort is welcome, however, and who knows? Perhaps the right cabinet secretary can realize the savings envision by the Trump administration.**
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