| Originally Posted by Janet |
Morgan, I used to work for a group called Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and we argued just what you said: if you invest in kids early, you cut crime later. And when you reduce crime, you save money. For every dollar spent now on quality early education, you can save $17 down the road in decreased crime, welfare, law enforcement, and increased tax revenues. So really it's fiscally conservative!
Obama has pledged to make early education one of his top priorities.
Sorry to get off topic! I couldn't help myself since I worked on that issue for 4 straight years...
Learning more about programs like that is how I went from fiscally conservative/ socially liberal to full on liberal. I don't want a big government running everything. but there are things that I think are very important for government to handle. and by working more in preventitive measures, we can save tax dollars down the road. not just with education, but healthcare, the environment & other issues. The more I've learned about policy, the more I've seen that my old views on how things should be done do not work.
If you haven't read it already, I think you'd really enjoy the book i just finished. it's by paul tough.