On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.
Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.
Why would he propose shutting it down on that specific date? Oh, right, so Republicans running for the House and Senate can then use the issue as a campaign promise. “Vote for us or the closing of the DOE which we promised will be stopped by evil Democrats!”
If Massie really believed that closing the DOE was a good idea, he would just propose doing it effective immediately. Instead, he pushes it off far enough that he can get one more election out of it.
As I always ask, what does that tell you?