Tuesday, August 26, 2008

“50 Days, 50 Ways” Goes Back to School

Bosse targets waste in education programs

(Nashua) As New Hampshire kids prepare to go back to school next week, Republican Congressional candidate Grant Bosse today called for the elimination of three federal education programs that manage to spend more than a billion dollars a year without actually teaching anything. Bosse called for eliminating taxpayer subsidies for graduate school loans, stop paying colleges to administer financial aid programs, and close the outdated schools operating on U.S. military bases.

“Taxpayers should be forced to underwrite college students wishing to pursue advanced degrees. Loans are available for would-be doctors, lawyers, and engineers in the private sector,” Bosse said. “And why are we paying colleges to administer financial aid programs, when they are the very institutions receiving the financial aid? If these schools want to receive federal money, it’s not too much to ask that they at least handle their own paperwork.”

Bosse’s innovative “50 Days, 50 Ways to Cut Federal Spending” initiative has targeted corporate welfare and Congressional pork, but has also highlighted outdated federal programs that are no longer justified. The latest of these is the Domestic Dependant School System, under which the Defense Department administers its own schools on military bases within the United States. This systems dates from the age of segregation when children of U.S. soldiers couldn’t attend whites-only schools in some states. Closing down these unnecessary schools would save $788 million over the next decade.

“A lot of the waste in our federal budget comes from Congress trying to buy our votes, but some of it comes from good ideas whose time has past,” Bosse added. “We no longer have to operate a separate school system on our Army bases for these kids to get an education. Soldiers and their families are part of the communities where they live. They should be part of the school as well.”

To date, Bosse has saved more than $21 billion in taxpayer savings by eliminating unnecessary federal programs. To learn more about Bosse’s aggressive grassroots campaign, go to www.Bosse2008.com.

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