“Starve the Beast”, Part II

I previously wrote about the Republican Party’s plan to “Starve the Beast” which they believe to be big government.  They hope to cut taxes and the federal budget in order to reduce the size of government and bankrupt the so-called “entitlements” of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

But this conservative nonsense goes farther.

They also want to significantly cut funding for education.  If you aren’t already familiar with the notion, here’s the Republican line of “thinking” (I use the word loosely):  By cutting funds for public schools, the schools will be forced to increase class sizes.  With larger class sizes, the performance numbers of public schools will be worse.  The lower performance numbers will make government-funded school vouchers for private schools, parochial schools and home-schooling more attractive.  We will then be raising generations as dumb or dumber than the current pack of Republicans. 

If that fails to frighten you, imagine a whole generation of children being home-schooled by the likes of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, or their followers. 

Of course, this “Starve the Beast” mentality extends to other areas as well, most especially social services.  The Republican “thinking” is based on the belief that those unfortunates who are poor or sick are in those predicaments as a result of their own actions.  They didn’t follow the Republican philosophies of independence and personal responsibility.  If they had only worked harder and prayed more, the “thinking” goes, they wouldn’t require help.  Don’t concern yourselves with them.  When these downtrodden finally discover religion and Republican values, God will take care of them.

Now, I ask you, what is the real beast?  Big government?  Or the Republican Party?