Dnf - have you noticed that the things you hold up as the ideals coincidentally have declined as the "nanny state" grew?
That as we threw more and more federal dollars and give up more and more control to the "depts of" the results got worse & worse?
For instance, just sticking to education - the President failed to mention that the school in Denver CO, Bruce Randolph School, that he held up as doing so well, with the 97% senior grad rate, operates autonomously from the DPS district. http://randolph.dpsk12.org/about.asp#history This started in 2007, the 3 year period that PBO referred to, and now look at what it's doing. So if "That’s what good schools can do, and we want good schools all across the country." why would we want increased federal command & control?
But isn't that what "Race to the Top" is?
“If you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, (and if it meets with our agenda and the teacher's unions approval) we’ll show you the money.”
And if "the question is whether all of us –- as citizens, and as parents –- are willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed. That responsibility begins not in our classrooms, but in our homes and communities. It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child." it makes little sense why the President and the Democratic Congress cut funding for the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), when the Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After One Year, (emphasis mine) concluded that "The program had a consistently positive impact on parent satisfaction and their perceptions of school safety".
We don't want to throw out the baby, but the bathwater that they are immersed in is SO polluted with all the "accessory education" that has been mandated by boards, associations etc that there is no time for the kids to learn the basics.
What good is emphasizing science & technology if the kids can't read the books because they're too busy learning about how "Johnny has two daddys" ?
You question "anti govt hatred" and where it stops but you DON"T question love of bad govt.
That's where it stops, imo.