If you google “American Jobs Act”, you will pull up 32 pages, ca 320, sites whose addresses begin with http://www.whitehouse.gov. Each of these sites promote “the bill” our president has described as non-controversial:
There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation.
The bill has 451 sections and is given with a description of each section of the bill. The description is provided by none other than, THE WHITE HOUSE.
It cannot be searched with ‘word find’. To fully understand the document, a person needs other documents at hand, but some sections are clear.
Two things I would like to note:
The beginning of the bill, Sub-section (a) has a “waiver” included:
None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States….Subsection (a) shall not apply in any case or category of cases in which the head of the Federal department or agency involved finds that—
(1) applying subsection (a) would be inconsistent with the public interest;(2) iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or 3) inclusion of iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent.
(c) If the head of a Federal department or agency determines that it is necessary to waive the application of subsection (a) based on a finding under subsection (b), the head of the department or agency shall publish in the Federal Register a detailed written justification as to why the provision is being waived.
(d) This section shall be applied in a manner consistent with United States obligations under international agreements.
Secondly I took a look at education. First look at the purpose for including education in the bill:
The purpose of this subtitle is to provide funds to States to prevent teacher layoffs and support the creation of additional jobs in public early childhood, elementary, and secondary education in the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.
The white house has designated $30,000,000,000 for this project.
There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated, $30,000,000,000 to carry out this subtitle for fiscal year 2012.
Mostly this is grant money that will go into schools whose administrators have jumped through the proper hoops and who are providing ‘early learning programs’ in their states. Only if you read to the last line will you find who is included in ‘early education’.
(d) The term “State-funded early learning program” means a program that provides educational services to children from birth to kindergarten entry and receives funding from the State.
Taking care of new-born infants through age four is what any good Nannie State does, right? Remember the Pioneer programs of the USSR.