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NOTE TO ROMNEY: The Federal Government Does Fund Teachers, Firefighters, And Police

Posted by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM
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NOTE TO ROMNEY: The Federal Government Does Fund Teachers, Firefighters, And Police

Mitt Romney dismissed criticisms that he does not want to hire more teachers, firefighters, and police officers as “absurd” on Tuesday morning, telling Fox News Channel that if elected president, he would not have the ability to control the hiring decisions of local governments:

ROMNEY: Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd.

But Romney’s comment demonstrates a disturbing lack of understanding of both federal funding and his own published plans. While it is true that teachers, firefighters, and police are hired at the local level, a significant portion of their funding, recruiting, and training comes from the federal government.

Here are just some of the ways the federal government funds:

Teachers

Firefighters

Police

by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM
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nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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Damn he was a governor.He should know better than that.I just though he was stupid.Now I think he is an idiot.

NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Jun. 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I happen to notice that several of those funding sources for the teachers and one for police support service high needs areas and tribal lands...Isn't that part of the evil "entitlement" handouts to the "takers" they are always complaining about? Why wouldn't the current GOP NOT support cutting these programs so we could give more tax breaks to corporations and the 1%?

SMH at our loss of altruism on the way to valuing greed as a virtue in this country

National Woman's Party


mehamil1
by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

They can't know everything. 

It's a wonder they don't talk themselves insane. Or do they? 

You'd think we'd hear more about politicians who suffer nervous breakdowns from campaigning so much. But I don't think I've ever read about that happening. How do they fuel these people? How does one keep their head on straight? I'm guessing they'd already have to be an extroverted Type A personality to begin with. I know Clinton definitely was. 

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