At the national level one of the areas of biggest concern for Republicans is the cost of education. Based on the measures that have been pushed through many state legislatures it appears that Republicans believe one of the biggest problems we face as a country is that we spend too much money on education.
But if we apply the spending logic that Republicans have for other areas of government, improvements to education will require more spending, not less.
For example, the U.S. spends as much on national defense as the next eleven countries combined. But try and cut defense spending and Republicans throw a fit. Many, like former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, even argued for an increase in defense spending.
The U.S. spends nearly twice as much on health care as the next country on the list. But try and change it and Republicans will stand at the bully pulpit and claim the U.S. health care system is the “greatest health care system the world has ever known.”
We also spend more to incarcerate our citizens than any other country in the world. According to Fox News the U.S. spends almost 4 times as much on inmates as it does educating students. But Republicans will tell you that this spending is needed because prisons play a key role in providing a safe society for U.S. citizens.
When it comes to their priorities Republicans have no problem outspending the rest of the world. And while we spend nearly 50 percent more on health care than the next country, and a 310 percent more on defense than the second country on the list, we actually spend 44 percent less on education than the highest-spending country.
Given the fact that, for Republicans, outspending other countries is a requirement for the U.S. to maintain it superior performance in defense, health care, and public safety it follows that the biggest problem in education is the lack of commitment the government has to achieving greatness or in Republican terms – outspending every other nation by at least 50 percent.