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Editorial Response to: Let’s start earlier to stop falling behind
(May 5th, 2006)

We can’t afford Full-Day Kindergarten
(May 5th, 2006)

The Truth About ANWAR
(March 19, 2005)

A Whale of a Restart for New Zealand
(August 13, 2004)

Wasted Money on Education
Indianapolis Star
(July 8th, 2004)

“we’re (the United States) bad team players”
Indianapolis Star
(July 17, 2004)

Where are the Replacements?
(March 28, 2004)

My Day in the Senate
(February 11, 2004)

An Interesting Quotation
(January 22, 2004)

The edRoundtable
(January 15, 2004)

Response to "Catching up to do on education front"
(November 11, 2003)





16 July 2004

To the Editor
Indianapolis Star Newspaper
307 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, In. 46204

Dear Sir: In his recent article published 9 July 04, Cal Thomas wrote about “Wasted money on education”.

Unfortunately, his figures were entirely wrong. He wrote in millions when the true figures spent by the top six federal government agencies is in the Billions. They are, as compared between 1965 and 2002:

Health and Human Services: $1 Billion vs $22.9 Billion

Education: $1 Billion vs $46.32 Billion

Agriculture: $769 Million vs $11.9 Billion

Defense: $587 Million vs $4.7 Billion

Energy: $442 Million vs $3.6 Billion

Labor: $230 Million vs $6.4 Billion.

These figures are from the Cato Institute in a study released by Neal McCluskey and are available at www.cato.org or can be linked directly on my Internet site www.edalert.com.


Ed Sparks