posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 11:18 PM
The General Welfare Clause would be the only possible justification for the Federal Department of Education, which has been operational since 1980,
and legislated by Congress as the Department of Education Organization Act and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. President Ronald
Regan had promised to eliminate this dubious cabinet agency, but failed to do so, and throughout the 80's and 90's it was a visible part of the
Republican Parties platform to have it eliminated. However, since the first Election of George W. Bush, who declined to ally himself with the
abolition of the Education Department, the Republican Party has seemingly dropped this issue.
There is actually precedent of an earlier version of the Education Department that was created in 1867 as a Cabinet level agency, but was quickly
relegated to an Office, rather than Cabinet level status, becoming a minor bureau in The Department of Interior, where it remained relatively
inauspicious until the controversial Education Act of 1979. According to The U.S. Department of Educations
the current budget for this bureaucratic agency is $68.6 billion, which in my humble opinion is at least $68 billion too much.
The O.P. is correct that education is a local and state issue, and the federal government has no express mandate to handle the matter of education. A
telling figure, and one that illustrates the ridiculous amounts of money the federal government spends, The Department of Education is the smallest
Cabinet level department with no more than 5,000 employees. It is a profound waste of money, and obscenely so. While education is important,
education is not the sole province of government, even on a state and local level, and arguably the private sector has done far better in the matter
of education than government has. Since the federal government has no Constitutional authority, (outside the possible interpretation of the Welfare
Clause), their involvement in educational issues is suspect, to say the very least.
[edit on 19-7-2010 by Jean Paul Zodeaux]