When you hear the Electric-Koolaid Taxcutters telling us we don't need to guarantee the education of the next generation, remember Mr Jefferson.
"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." -- Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820
If, under the influence of this Kool-aid, we stop funding adequate education for our children -- and our neighbors' children -- we condemn this country to second-class economic status and to the worst kind of governance: government by a stupid mob.
Shoot, some days I think we're almost there now.
Next time you're behind some idiot on the highway remember this: they're allowed to vote. The same idiot drinking coffee, talking on his cell phone, and reading the paper while navigating rush hour traffic -- the same idiot who hasn't figured out turn signals yet -- that guy is allowed to vote for president.
Can you hear Mr. Jefferson now?