Obama gives kids a head start
November 8th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

Obama gives kids a head start

YEADON, PA (CNN) - While visiting a Head Start program in a suburb of Philadelphia today, President Obama took yet another step in his ongoing efforts to bypass what he views as a do-nothing Congress. As part of what he is calling the “We Can’t Wait” campaign, Obama announced new benchmarks for evaluating the effectiveness of Head Start programs and a new plan to force all low-performing Head Start programs to re-compete for their federal funding.

“We know that three-and four-year-olds who go to high-quality preschools – including our best Head Start programs – are less likely to repeat a grade; they're less likely to need special education; they're more likely to graduate from high school than the peers who did not get these services,” the president said. “And so this makes early education one of our best investments in America's future.”

Head Start and its subsidiary program Early Head Start are aimed at providing assistance in the areas of education, health, nutrition, parent involvement, and family support to low-income and at-risk communities. Funded almost entirely by the federal government – with just 20 percent comprised of “local match” or “in-kind” contributions from the communities served – Head Start and Early Head Start served more than 1 million children and pregnant women in the 2009 to 2010 program year.

The federal contribution to Head Start in fiscal year 2010 was $7.2 billion, plus an additional $2.1 billion received as part of the Recovery Act. In his remarks, the president claimed that these new initiatives are aimed at making sure that this money is well-spent.

“Under the old rules governing Head Start, there just wasn't enough accountability,” Obama said. “If a program wasn't providing kids with quality services, there was no incentive to improve. Under the new rule, programs are going to be regularly evaluated against a set of clear, high standards. If a program meets these standards - and we believe the majority of Head Start programs will - then their grants will be renewed.”

“But if a program isn't giving children the support they need to be ready for school, if classrooms are unsafe, if finances aren't in order, if kids aren't learning what they need to learn, then other organizations will be able compete for that grant. We're not just going to put money into programs that don't work. We will take money and put them into programs that do,” said the president.

Framing his announcement as a substitute for Congressional inaction, the president linked the new initiative with recent steps his administration has taken to help college graduates pay back their student loans and allow states to opt out of certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law. But he also repeated his call for Congress to move beyond his new proposals and tackle these issues head on.

“Congress still needs to fix No Child Left Behind,” the president said. “Congress still needs to put teachers back in the classroom where they belong. So Congress still needs to act. But if Congress continues to stand only for dysfunction and delay, then I'm going to move ahead without them.”


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  1. Ann Marie

    Thank you President Obama!

    Obama 2012!

    November 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Howard

      Forget the public relations spin, and the BILLION dollar reelection budget, coming out of the corrupt obama White House ... just notice the cost of groceries when you go shopping ... the cost of your health insurance ... and, the cost of putting gas in your car. Add this to America's credit rating going down, our 14 TRILLION dollar debt, 9+% unemployment ... and all all the other ways obama has degraded America, and you can see for yourself, that it's time to vote for ANYBODY else, rather than obama in 2012

      November 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually our personal health insurance has not increased during the last 3 years and our prescription costs have gone down considerably. My husband, who was popping through the doughnut hole every year, currently is a long way from even coming close. Prescriptions that were a couple hundred dollars out of pocket co-pay for a 30 or 90 day prescription, are now a $4 or $7 co-pay.
        Price of gasoline today $3.31 gallon, price of gasoline on Monday $3.02..... all time high $4.11 Sept. 2008.
        Price of most groceries I see no great noticeable difference from 3 years ago. Some changes will happen due to which crop had a bad year. The retail price of bananas from the 2007 Bureau of Labor Statistics Report was 51 cents a pound..... today I paid 52 cents a pound.

        November 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • John Young

      Head start? Mr. Obama, you failed to protect kids before birth. Millions of them dumped in trash, HEADS off. No, heads SMASHED. They never get any chance to get into you faking "head start' program.

      November 10, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • Jay in NC

      On December 12, 2007, President Bush signed Public Law 110-134 "Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007" reauthorizing the Head Start program.

      http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Head%20Start%20Program/Program%20Design%20and%20Management/Head%20Start%20Requirements/Head%20Start%20Act#638

      Barry is simply implementing this law and taking credit for President Bush's accomplishments.

      November 10, 2011 at 10:44 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Jay in NC
        Reauthorizing means just that...he was not authorizing but reauthorizing. Bush was reauthorizing a bill which was already a program signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, 1965. He was not inventing the wheel.... he was putting a serious puncture wound in it. The funding for Head Start programs have basically been frozen since 2002. From 2002-2007 Head Start programs were cut 11%. It shows where there are massive problems with our education system, why so many young people drop out of school, why we are ranked 26th in the world for education, why so many of our young are in prison instead of college. GW Bush billed himself as the education president ....something he definitely was not.
        You may want to believe it is true but it is another one of the lame myths.

        Suggested Reading: Tax Cuts and Consequences: Bush Budget Plan Will Require Steep Reductions in Real Spending Over Next Decade. Economic Policy Institute March 31, 2001.

        This year 2011, is the year for review and changing the direction of G. W. Bush's poor choice in cutting funding for Head Start.

        November 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    In 2009 this president killed off the District of Columbia school voucher program. Now the wants to reinstate competition for federal education dollars, blame the Republicans, and try and convince his supporters that he is the sole reason that anyone gets an education.

    November 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Jersey Bill

      Amen. This guy is a fraud.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • 2020

      Thank God you have a president who can read and write. With all the money spent each year, the country academic fall behind. Are you kidding, money don't buy education, people have to actually work together, instead of pulling apart, make it work.

      November 9, 2011 at 1:18 am |
      • nobama2012

        from reading this I agree, "money don't buy education" LOL...

        November 9, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • Jim

      Awwww, how sweet – helping the kiddies. Too bad neither the kiddies, nor their parents give a da-n.

      November 9, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Brian in DC

      Exactly, the DC voucher program was showing success in a town that, historically, is very unsuccessful in the area of education. Obama killed the program as a nod to his union buddies that he is beholden to. Unions don't fare well when there is competition.

      November 9, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • jean2009

      @ Jay
      Suggested reading:
      Why the School Voucher Program in D.C. Has Been a Failure @svteach
      Also read: NEA-The Case Against Vouchers http://www.nea.org/home/19133.html

      November 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  3. JACKSON

    What a crock of horse-dung! This is nothing but a re-election campaign trip laid once again on the backs of us taxpayers. The program the President 'touts' was actually passed in 2007 under GWBush (yep, thats right folks, look it up), but due to the fact that program was deemed a waste of money and shelved, now Mr. Obama claims it as his own. This charade comes to an end in 12 months, thank goodness.

    November 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • FLIndependent

      Maybe you should read the article before your knee jerk reaction to slam everything our President does. He isn't taking credit for Head Start...he's redefining the qualifications for federal funding which is a good thing. This is one way to eliminate the waste that all your Repub/Tea Partiers are always screaming about. He's increasing the competition to earn the funds and that will lead to a better education for our children. We know how much you guys hate an educated populace so this probably makes you a bit nervous.

      November 9, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • jean2009

        Thank you.

        November 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Jackson
      Head Start was passed and sign by Lyndon Johnson in April 12, 1965. One of the early programs it sponsored by Head Start in 1968 was Sesame Street on Public TV.

      Read the online pdf – Heat Start History -1965 to present
      And "Head Start History" @ http://www.gopb.org/History.html

      Regardless of what you might think GW Bush did not invent this wheel all he did in 2004 and 2007 is cut funding.

      It is good to see the president is putting this valuable program back on its feet.

      November 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  4. JACKSON

    CNN, whats wrong? Is your fact-checker stuck on 'tingle' mode?

    November 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  5. Ed, South Florida

    You can sleep on it. You got my vote, President. I just can't wait to unseat all the tea baggers out of office.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • solex

      Sorry Ed, If you really are in South Florida, then a vote for Obama is literally a drop in the bucket. Florida is one of the reddest states in the Union.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Barack Obamao

      Just another Obama campaign commercial, sponsored by CNN and BIG LABOR. Can't wait for 2012 when Obama and the socialists will be VOTED OUT!!!

      November 9, 2011 at 7:42 am |
      • jean2009

        Obama-Biden 2012

        November 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  6. Jeff

    So if you poor and do not live in an "at risk" area you are out of luck ? Head start used to have another name it was called parenting.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Oy

      They ARE parenting, but most people have to actually work for a living. How can they watch their children AND work at the same time?
      Headstart is a great program. My mom was a single mom after her divorce and enrolling me in Headstart gave her the opportunity to not only work, but go back to school.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  7. swolfson929

    Go Obama!!!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Meghan

      I'm a headstart teacher and wouldn't change my job for anything.. I LOVE it! Thank you President Obama!

      November 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Barack Obamao

      GO (AWAY) OBAMA!!!

      November 9, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  8. HorstThormann

    Money down a sink-hole.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Oy

      Oh, really? You would probably also complain if these people weren't working. You can't have it both ways. Headstart is a wonderful program and it allows parents to give their children a quality education while going to school and/or working.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  9. george of the jungle

    classy president. Not so classy comments from Repo morons. One more repo candidate bites the dust ol piggy Cain, Now that is disgusting.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Barack Obamao

      Ugh. That's the pot calling the kettle (half) black.

      November 9, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  10. Lynda

    You know it's always the people who are doing alright that complain about the government giving those in need a hand. But wait until a tornado or flood destroys their houses, then they are the first ones holding out their hands for government help. Maybe there should be a box you can check on a Medicare form that says "we choose to pay for ourselves and accept no money from the government."

    November 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Oy

      Yep!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • bsmart

      you are so right. You hit the nail on the spot.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • jean2009

      Thank you for stating the truth.
      Example: Those complaining the loudest about The Affordable Care Act of 2010 are the very people that can afford to purchase health insurance, but choose to NOT purchase it because they can go into any emergency room and be treated on the dime of those who do buy insurance coverage.

      They don't give a rat's fanny those those who have insurance are paying higher premiums to cover the expense of those who are not covered.

      People who actually can't afford it need help...but they are not the ones screaming loudest.

      November 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Yes Jean, those people should be told to go to a lower cost clinic. Why is the Liberal answer always to spend more money, not solve the cost issue?

        November 10, 2011 at 10:19 am |
      • jean2009

        @Jay I assume you are one of the ones I pointed out.

        November 10, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Lizzie43

      So do we get the money back that we pay every month into medicare, and pay the seniors their money back thats been taken out of SS, which the have payed into all their working life.

      November 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Social Security is not a savings account. The money comes in, the government borrows more, then the money goes back out.

        November 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  11. Mama Judy

    YES...Headstart is great if run right.....I worked in a program for 25 years and helped many families I see thriving today ...BUT if in the wrong hands must be taken away...Good JOB...Mr President...keep trying ...hopefully Congress will join you soon and make our country strong once again.....

    November 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  12. Dee

    Great Job.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  13. ryan

    My sister-in-law can't even utilize Head Start, and she is low income. He low life husband won't work (he is in construction and won't go back to work after his injury even though his boss says he has a job waiting.) My sis-in-law doesn't have a high school diploma, works nights, and has to basically raise my neices on her own. My little neice is 2 and would qualify but they were turned away for some reason. They quailfy for Medicaid but not Head Start? Heck, my daughter went to Head Start when she was little and my wife and I both worked and made good money. And notice that the picture is of him and Black children? Are they saying that Black use Head Start more than Whites, or Hispanics?

    November 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Maurice

      Hi Ryan, I want to let you know that all children are eligible for Head Start services, however; the neediest of the needy are placed first based on priorty points. Dealing with a two year old which is early Head Start, early Head Start children require a subsidy to help pay for full day services, since Head Start services are funded for 3.5 hours a day. A famliy will not be eligible for these services if a parent is at home or not working at time of services. If you have any questions please email me at taylor_boyz04@yahoo.com.

      November 9, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  14. Scott

    The idea of Head Start is very admirable but it has been an utter failure. According to the Head Start Impact Study: “the benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by 1st grade for the program population as a whole.” That quote is taken from a government study published in 2010. Its findings match previous evaluations of the program that have come to the same conclusion. No amount of extra funds will fix this program. I agree with the previous posts concerning the DC voucher program which had a significant positive effect on the participants but was dumped due to pressure from the DC teachers union.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  15. mtta

    Since when Obama is interested in education? When American citizens were losing their jobs in millions, we had difficulty going back to school to acquire new skills because colleges and universities across the United States were cutting classes and raising tuition fees. Instead of funding these colleges and universities, he spent billions "renovating" schools with his misguided stimulus plan. His apparent disconnect with reality on the ground and his increasing use of "executive power" for his self-serving agenda do not really inspire confidence in the American citizens. He should stop wasting public money with his misguided policies and numerous campaign trips to cling on to his job. If he has any human decency, hee needs to step down and give way to another qualified candidate in the party to run for the election.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • Oy

      It's not up to the Federal gov't to fund private or state institutions, esp. when they don't NEED funding. They are raising tuition b/c they CAN, not because they have to.
      Why do you put "renovate" in quotes? Are they pretend renovations? Have you actually SEEN some of the schools down South (SC) or in inner cities? They definitely need renovations. Kids can't learn in a school that is falling apart and NO child should have to learn in a trailer outside the school.
      Self-serving agenda? You are nuts.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • bsmart

      President Obama has always been interested in Education. Check-it-oot.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • 2020

      ha, since his mother got him up 5am to learn read and write. What is your grade? I wonder

      November 9, 2011 at 1:20 am |
      • Barack Obamao

        His mother??? She was too busy cavorting with African and SE Asian COMMUNISTS to care about poor little Barry Soetoro – pawned him off on his "typical white woman" grandma...

        November 9, 2011 at 7:46 am |
      • Russell Brown

        anyone in this room using nefarious statements should know that is ,,,
        the old america your narcissism is duely noted.

        November 9, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  16. Mslaural

    President and First Lady Obama have been pro Education from day one. Yes we can blame the repubs for only looking out for the top 1%. Hes not claiming this program for himself hes trying to save and improve it!

    November 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • Lizzie43

      Right, so he right away stops the voucher program in DC, can't have his daughter go to school with poor kids.

      November 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  17. Dan

    I see a lot of little tax burdens in that picture.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      Go ahead, claim you're not a racist either...

      November 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        as long as america people hates china and others will
        beat america
        racist /hate are smoke sreens
        learn to get along for G-D Sake he loves us all.

        November 9, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Mario De Kauwe

      you guys are a confused bunch. You want jobs, you want healthcare insurance, you want free education, you want your elders and parents and veterans to be looked after, but non of you want to pay for it.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:11 am |
  18. Basedbot

    You realize everything costs money right?? Private sector sure as hell isn't going to pay for it. Everyone has gotten so caught up on cutting spending that anything being done they say blah blah but my taxes...quit so selfish and realize if you want this country to go anywhere we all have to give something up. And the people who are too poor to do anything shouldn't be chastised and labeled as lazy or free loaders. You complain the president doesn't do anything and when he does try to do things you complain about him doing things. Get over yourselves please

    November 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Leslie

    Yay Obama is doing something to help us.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  20. tamara reina

    The president has made a investment in the minds of the small ones that has made his reelection a plus for him. Granted that the program works if it did under the old laws with the implentation of the new law he has made a great stand. The program works it did for me in 70's. under the old program. Good Mr. President!!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Barack Obamao

      "Um, um, um. Barack H U S S E I N Obama. Um, um, um." Now, do you feel better?

      November 9, 2011 at 7:47 am |
      • FLIndependent

        Maybe you should have had a Head Start program available to you? What utter ignorance.

        November 9, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  21. John Young

    However, for kids survived abortion, he, Mr. Obama, stripped their human right.
    Not to mention millions of unborn babies.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  22. nobama2012

    Yeah, give them a head start, after 4 years of you in office there gonna need it.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  23. Jerry

    Hypocrisy knows no bounds for this clueless president. Using these children as pawns for his reelection bid is really despicable. Where was he on education two-three years ago?

    And, can you believe how over his head this president is; badmouthing our only "REAL" ally that the USA has in the Middle East. America, don't be fooled, again!!! No matter what his butt kissing unions and other minions tell you.

    Stand your grond and be unafraid!

    November 9, 2011 at 5:55 am |
    • Lizzie43

      Joe went to fourth graders to explain the jobsbill to them, he had a problem of sane people listen to him.

      November 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  24. sunsudo

    The democrats held both houses of congress from 2006-2010. So his "do nothing congress" campaign isn't working for me. What did he do when he had a super majority? Nothing. This guy is a joke and needs to be impeached

    November 9, 2011 at 6:29 am |
    • Barack Obamao

      I disagree – Obama is a CRIMINAL and must be impeached.

      November 9, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  25. sunsudo

    I can't wait for Odummer to debate any gop. They only have to ask one question to win. What have you done for the American peoploe not he the corps you bailed out but the people since you've been in office? And please don't bring up "you have to pass it to find out whats in it" health care thats still in the courts as unconstitutional.

    November 9, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  26. volksmaniac

    Finally , a decent picture of King Obama , surrounded by his peer group . The only thing missing is the worlds new favorite dancing cow , Michele . All Hail King Obama !!!!!

    November 9, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • steveo

      That is just real sad of you

      November 9, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  27. legacyaustin

    Thank you Mr President for the investment in early childhood education

    November 9, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • John Young

      Early? He failed to protect kids before birth. Millions of them dumped in trash.

      November 10, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  28. Dave

    Hilarious. This was a law signed into effect by President Bush. I swear, the bleating sheep of the left must be awfully tired from the mental gymnastics it takes to try and craft this Presidency into something successful. Ridiculous. What's even better is all the "Oh thank you, President Obama." Ridiculous.

    November 9, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • jean2009

      The Head Start program was originally signed into law April 11, 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson as part of the War on Poverty. It was originally managed under the Office of Economic Development and one of the first grants was for Sesame Street on Public TV. see: Head Start a Historical Perspective @ http://www.ilheadstart.org/historical.html

      The Program is currently administered under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) it is managed through grants to public and private non-profit agencies. It was Reauthorized in 1998 again in 2004, and again in 2007 by George W. Bush. The legislation has to be reviewed, reauthorized with budgetary funding every few years to make sure it is meeting its objectives with necessary funding.

      I would suggest also reading HeadStarHistory,pdf – A Brief History of the Head Start Program 1965 – 2007....technically you are trying to claim G. W. Bush invented the wheel....when all he was doing was making changes to an already existing program...and preparing it for a future with static funding.

      November 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
      • John Young

        Head start? He failed to protect kids before birth. Millions of them dumped in trash, heads off. No, heads smashed.

        November 10, 2011 at 1:35 am |
      • jean2009

        @John Young...No one is a kid before birth.

        November 10, 2011 at 11:40 am |
      • steveo

        jean2009

        No one is a kid before birth
        ---------
        Strongly, strongly disagree! While they may not be viable, they are still developing human beings even while in the womb.

        November 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • jean2009

        @steveo
        When you have eggs for breakfast do you claim you had chicken?

        November 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
      • steveo

        Are you suggesting unborn children are the equal to unfertilized chicken eggs? I am suprised as I expected much better from you.

        November 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  29. legacyaustin

    Thank you Mr President for the investment in early childhood education.

    November 9, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  30. Dave

    Hey, you are obviously all aware of the fact that every single bit of research into Head Start programs prove that the initial gains all disappear by third grade, right?

    November 9, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • jean2009

      Obviously you are in over your head....come back when you know more about the subject. All George W. Bush did for 8 years was cut funding...cut funding...cut funding.

      I am glad to see President Obama come at this issue head-on and try to fix it. It might not be enough, but it is a start in the right direction.

      November 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  31. Russell Brown

    can you name the article
    and the admendments to the constitution
    that have been broken
    without that the claim is baseless,

    November 9, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  32. partysstink

    Just wait when someone else is elected all this stuff will be repeted again about them.

    November 9, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  33. New York Resident

    It must really give you naysayers something to feel good about to have someone that u can hate all in the name of politics! I just wonder how many of you dead beats that are doing all the complaining and criticizing about the President and his wife actually voted at all! Generally, the ones that never voted have the most to say. He is not God, and there is no way he could have performed a miracle out of what was dropped in his lap from day one. The Government just needed a fall guy and unfortunately he's the one! People are really pathetic. Can't help but wonder how this would have played out had he not been black...things that make you go ummm!

    November 9, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  34. Miguel

    If he really wanted to give these kids a head start why not "spread the wealth" and write a few checks to them? Instaed he teaches that the gov't owes them a life style they can't afford, that socialism really works and its ok to be violent when you don't get your way.

    November 9, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  35. atypical

    To Dan– and the like:
    You can see children as tax burdens. You can realize that what we all do for children now may make a very big difference in what they do for society later. You may not even have children, but as you get older, you will undoubtedly need medical care of some kind, perhaps a lawyer, etc. . .
    It does take a village and the quality of care and nurturing children receive when they are young makes a difference in how they view themselves and the contributions they end up making to the world. think beyond the horizon. . . . .maybe?

    November 9, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  36. larvadog

    This is not a responsibility of the federal government. Let the states do it.

    November 9, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • jean2009

      To Dan and the like:
      I would suggest reading the Scott Wilson piece in Nov. 8, 2011 Washington Post.- Obama to Change Head Start Program which gives a lot more in depth details.

      Also read: Tax Cuts For Wealthy Cost Treasury $11.6 Million every hour.

      Head Start is a valuable program especially for children in disadvantaged situations. The money should be spent, and it is better that it be spend wisely so as to provide the most benefit.

      This country needs to work for everyone no just those who are rich....and with that being said...... No one is a greater tax burden to America, at the present, than the top 5% wage earners reaping the greatest tax breaks.
      Tax breaks for the wealthiest 5% of Americans costs the U. S. Treasury $11.6 Million dollars every hour.
      The cost for the tax cuts for the upper income wage earners is the same as the Social Security shortfall for the next 75 years. Report from the National Priorities Project.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm |