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President Bush visited Ohio to trumpet a $500 million job training/education proposal announced in his State of the Union address. But the president had earlier proposed to cut almost $700 million out of the same job training and education programs he was touting in Ohio.

As part of his new proposal, Bush said "I propose increasing our support for America's fine community colleges." In 2003, however, the president sought to cut $230 million out of vocational/community college education, along with "eliminating funding for technical education." When lawmakers tried to restore the cuts in April, Bush was adamant that the cuts be preserved, and his allies in the Senate voted down the funding. The president also recently eliminated all $225 million in funding for youth job training grants.

The other key piece of Bush's proposal involved college funding. The president said, "I propose larger Pell grants for students." But he did not mention his recent decision to "cut the Pell Grant program by $270 million" - a move his own Education Department admits cut off 84,000 students, and reduced grants for "an additional one million students."

Our young people deserve better.
George Lakoff of University of California proposes a way around this: reframe our own outlooks so that we are sensitive to the rich and powerful who ask others to fight their wars, give their lives, and submit to their wills. See: Moral Politicss - George Lakoff


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