The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
It sounds like parody, but it's not: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week announced a four-year program of US scholarships and "opportunity grants" for "disadvantaged young Palestinians" to attend universities. What next? Mortgage-refinancing seminars for Somali warlords? Universal health-care for at-risk children of homeless (caveless?) al Qaeda refugees?
America may have voted last November for diplomacy over war, but Team Obama's taking this outreach thing a bit far.
Clinton's scholarships come on the heels of her promise for a $900 million cash-bath for Gaza, that terrorist haven by the sea ruled by militant Hamas.
OK, not all Palestinians are terrorists. But Israel's demise is a lot higher on many Palestinians' priority lists than truth-based secular education.
The step to provide college grants to foreign students, in general, might be a good idea. Exposing America to impressionable youth might lead to increased ties when the return to their homelands, assuming that follows their college years. Unfortunately, that has not been the case when Arab students attend college in America. All too often they engage in political behavior on college campuses that has nothing to do with taking advantage of college scholarships to learn but has everything to do with getting a free subsidy to propagandize on campus. Sometimes these students choose to use their education to become college professors in Middle East Studies. They then further politicize the classrooms in colleges across America.
Shouldn't we focus on reaching them when they are younger-even opening up well-monitored schools in their neighborhoods, including grade schools?
How much money will America keep spending; I thought we had an educational funding crisis in our own schools.( Our schools don't count, only to increase the size of the Teacher's unions, which is ,of course, where the majority of education money went.)
Hattip: Ed Lasky, article from American Thinker
"The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys. ... The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife. ... We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. ... The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. ... If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy. ... I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." ... Thomas Jefferson