The Nevada Democratic leadership has adopted as gospel a strange faith, rather like the politicians who pushed homesteading laws before the Dust Bowl. Their faith was that rain would follow the plow.
According to an AP story, Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled education plans for the upcoming legislative session. They call for early development programs for at-risk students and expansion of all-day kindergarten.
New Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick was quoted as saying: “Early education translates to a strong workforce, better jobs and a community we can all be proud of.”
How early education can translate into a strong workforce defies any semblance to logic, since most studies show any benefits of early education have completely dissipated by the fourth grade.
Rain doesn’t follow the plow and jobs don’t follow education. You can have the most educated populace on the planet, but, if entrepreneurs are saddled with excessive taxes and regulations, jobs will not sprout.
Of course, entrepreneurs can’t succeed without educated workers, but you must push both tracks and not load up on the education side — taxing businesses to fund it while they layoff current workers — and then wait a generation to see if your ideas flourish or create a Dust Bowl.