Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2010

The 112th Congress should:

  • recognize it has no constitutional authority to levy taxes and appropriate funds for education
  • refuse to impose federal restrictions on the use of vouchers

Most Americans support vouchers.

Parents should have a choice. If they do not want to send their children to violent, sub-standard government-operated schools, they should be able to spend their own money on schools which honor their family's values.

Vouchers are not ultimately a solution to the failure of government to educate our children. No government funds come without strings, and private schools which accept government vouchers will eventually become failures like all other government-regulated schools.

Nevertheless, almost any voucher proposal would have immediate good effects on education by increasing competition, and should be supported as an interim measure.

A better solution is tuition tax-credits, where Americans write off the costs expended towards education. But even then, the IRS would only recognize expenditures toward education which is approved of by the IRS. This is another form of back-door regulation.

The only solution is the complete separation of school and state.

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