Money, war, and the true cost of poor civic education
Rep. Sam Johnson: "We must not cut funding for our troops. We must stick by them."But how are they able to make this case straight-faced? After all, the intent of limiting or blocking war funds is hardly to deprive soldiers in the field of needed resources. Rather, cutting funding for the war would ultimately force the U.S. to scale back its operations in Iraq and bring troops home.
House Minority Leader John Boehner: "..after their Iraq resolution passes, Democrats will begin moving legislation to systematically cut off funding for America’s troops."
The fact that this frame around "cutting funding to the troops" gets any traction whatsoever suggests a few things about the state of civic awareness in America today. It really only works if we assume that many Americans do not understand that the power of the purse is one of the key tools available to Congress to balance executive power.
Can we assume that? You be the judge.
- American Civic Literacy Board report: "More than half of college seniors did not know that the Bill of Rights explicitly prohibits the establishment of an official religion for the United States."
- National Association of Secretaries of State youth survey: "A majority (55%) of the young people agree with the statement that schools do not do a very good job of giving young people the information they need to vote."