A "Modest Proposal for Chuck Hagel: Eliminate Pre-K and Ninth Grade

David Lawrence



A “Modest Proposal” for Chuck Hagel: Eliminate Pre-K and Ninth Grade

Chuck Hagel recommends shrinking the Army to its smallest troop levels since before World War II as part of his newly eviscerated Defense Department budget.

With the military in danger in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Russia, China and North Korea his decision seems a bit counterproductive.

I think we should deal with Hagel’s silly, dangerous suggestion in Jonathan Swift’s language. In “A Modest Proposal” Swift suggests that we can solve problems by eating the children.  

I think eating children is a bit of an extreme solution for our budget shortfall with regard to the military. We would be far better off eliminating de Blasio’s utopian Pre-K plan and saving money there.  If that’s not enough we can eliminate ninth grade.  Who needs ninth grade anyhow?  It is neither here nor there, somewhere between junior high school and high school.

While getting rid of Pre-K might make the lives of parents more difficult, it will not affect the number of geniuses or super-productive youths in our society. Ninth grade doesn’t matter.  The crème de la crème will still rise to the top.

Most of our students are not particularly bright vis-à-vis other nations and a year more or less from their arbitrary schedule would not harm us as a nation.  We don’t necessarily have to get rid of ninth grade.  Tenth will do but ninth is more bridgeable between junior high school and high school.  This plus getting rid of pre K will allow us the ability to maintain our military and not become the slaves of other countries who have better financed their armies.

Eliminating pre-K and ninth or tenth grade will enable us to maintain our military. Better that we protect our country than that we attempt to educate the uneducable. 

Hagel, as Secretary of Defense, should know that.  Perhaps we should switch him to a job as a principle in the Bronx.  He is ill equipped to be a Secretary of Defense. Perhaps he would do better fighting the Crips and the Bloods uptown.


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Comment by George Jones on March 3, 2014 at 7:37pm

Tracking the news and events on people like Hillary, John Kerry (O'l Horseface), Obozo at WHIWIC (White House Idiots Who In Charge), John McCain, Graham, Boehner (especially the white flag guy), Dirty harry Reid is tiresome and exhaustipated.

Comment by Steve Merkel on March 3, 2014 at 6:42pm

Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; Note that following that first paragraph is a semicolon, not a period. Therefore "general welfare" does not stand alone, it is an antecedent of the Enumerated Powers that follow. Not one of those Enumerated Powers allows Congress to take money from some citizens and bestow it upon others.

Two famous presidential vetoes of welfare bills:

"The question presented, therefore, clearly is upon the constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation, namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those among the people of the United States who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy." --Franklin Pierce

"I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not
believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of
individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit." --Grover Cleveland

Comment by Gerald V. Todd on March 3, 2014 at 3:51pm

There are three areas the Federal Government has no competence or business in - Health, Education and Welfare! As Dr. Carpenter tells us of the lack of value for PreK - my 50 years of education wife says they aren't ready. They need Mommy and they need to play in and out of their very fertile imaginations.

Their long term involvement is a gross violation of subsidiarity - the opposite of entitlement. Besides the spiritual and corporal works of mercy are best applied at the point of need by those closest to the challenge. This includes educating children, caring for the sick and the helpless.

Er're all a bit needy, which makes us easily victimized by the politically correct "progressive" noimrods. They've run the costs up so much, they set the tone for the coming rise of euthanasia - projected and hoped for from Margaret Sanger to Zeke Emanuel.

It's the helpless - both short and long term that are best and most economically served close to home.

Comment by Janis Eisenstark on March 3, 2014 at 3:42pm
First, they want to extend high school due to illiteracy, now they want to decrease high school to foster illiteracy. They should make up their minds and also realize that not all of the American public will accept the frigid, sterile and stupid club without a fight.
Comment by Dr. Arthur W. Carpenter on March 3, 2014 at 3:28pm

Pre-K like so many other leftist ideas has been proven to be without value.  Children without Pre-K do just as well as children upon whom our scarce educational resources are lavished vis-a-vis Pre-K.

Comment by Martha Conner on March 3, 2014 at 3:27pm

He appears to have made an inasane and illogical remark about education which will never happen.  Is he STUPID or just crazy????

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on March 3, 2014 at 3:17pm

Hagel is a Muslim. That is his problem.

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