Here's the Reuter's report on the finding by a Judge in New Jersey which says that Governor Christies cuts in education "fail to meet constitutional standards for education."
What Reuters left out of the story is this nugget from the Judge's finding:
"Despite spending levels that meet or exceed virtually every state in the country, and that saw a significant increase in spending levels from 2000 to 2008, our 'at risk' children are now moving further from proficiency,"So, all of a sudden, spending that "meet[s] or exceed virtually every state in the country" is suddenly not enough. No wonder Reuters left that part out of the story. It doesn't fit with the idea that Christies cuts are somehow unfair and disproportionate.
Same Game Plan Nationwide
But the same game plan will be played out nationwide as Democrats in Congress try to paint Republican budget cuts to the federal budget as "draconian" (the word used by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-NV). If anything, the cuts proposed by Republicans have been TOO SMALL. Six billion in one bill out of a budget of $3.8 TRILLION. At Powerline, John Hinderaker compared the GOP proposal to a dieter reducing his caloric intake by one third of a french fry in a Big Mac supersize meal.
Federal spending exploded in the last two years but when Republican try to trim around the edges we can expect the Democrats to trot out the usual parade of victims whose lives would be made miserable (they claim) were it not for hyper-inflated federal spending.
Were the poor dying in the streets when Bush was president? No, but you can expect Democrats to suggest they will if the budget is cut!