Everyone loves the Head Start program. Politicians across the ideological spectrum-from former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to President George W. Bush-have praised the program and called it a success.
They should read the government's own research.
The 'Head Start Impact Study' was a report conducted by the federal government. It followed and compared underprivileged kids who went to Head Start, and underprivileged kids who didn't. The study found no difference between the two groups.
The kids who went to Head Start did better while they were in Head Start, but one year later the benefits were all gone. Not by 5th grade. Not by 3rd grade. By 1st grade, the benefits were "largely absent".
Since President Obama has pledged over and over to "eliminate programs that don't work", it seems like Head Start would be a natural to get cut.
That's not how big government works. Even after the report came out, the Obama administration has continued to massively increase spending on Head Start by more than a billion dollars.
In my Fox News special "No They Can't", I talk to Congressman Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, who in spite of the evidence insists Head Start works. When I confront him on the data, he falls back on a familiar argument: we need to spend more.
Give me a break. We've spent 180 billion dollars already, with nothing to show for it.
The government just can't do it.
For more, check out ‘No They Can't' tonight at 10pm on FNC.
- NO THEY CAN'T