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The end-of-year break from daily preoccupations as well as from the larger issues of war peace and national security gave me the opportunity to ruminate on what some are calling perhaps too optimistically the decline of liberalism Education and health care are two of governments most important and most expensive responsibilities Those whose unbounded belief in the capabilities of government and whose basic convictions oppose turning to the private sector or any other alternative to government for solutions to problems plaguing education and health care in the US these people are usually called liberals have dominated the agenda in these areas for many years Their distrust of nongovernmental solutions has led to their active and continued opposition to measures that would lessen the governments domination in these sectors Education The most glaring example of this vis--vis education is the visceral opposition of public school advocates to any school choicevoucher plans offering the children of low-income inner-city families an opportunity to attend better schools than the failing public schools to which many are now condemned In the District of Columbia government funding for public schools is at a higher level per pupil than it is in most states in the US yet Washingtons schools are by common agreement among the worst in the nation Here various experiments that would give parents the right to receive a voucher equivalent to the cost of their childrens public school education that they could then use at any other public or nonpublic school have been fought tooth and nail by the liberal public school establishment especially the teachers unions and the National Education Association The liberals say they are opposed to voucher programs because they violate the Constitution public funds cannot be used to pay for education at parochial or other nonpublic schools Recent rulings by the Supreme Court and other tribunals however have increasingly supported such choice programs Currently public schools receive funding
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