Bicycle and alternative transportation advocates gave temporary raves to the Bush Administration's TEA-LU follow-on to the TEA-21 Act, not noticing that the $375 billion plan was to be funded through a federal gas tax, a revenue source unlikely to produce more than $265 billion. It is unlikely this group will raise a fuss until the bill has been passed, once again successfully averting implementation of the liberal agenda.
Brian Riedl, the Grover M. Hermann fellow in federal budgetary issues at the Heritage Foundation, applauded the administration's move. "Clearly, the Bush administration is taking clear and courageous action on reducing the projected budget deficit by promising sop to liberals and funding it inadequately."
The No Child Left Behind Act, 3 years after its tentative embrace by America-hating liberals, is slowly revealing itself as having outflanked them. Funds that were supposed to create "accountability" in education and counter "the soft bigotry of low expectations" were simply never allocated, cleverly undercutting the liberal ideal of a public education system.
NOW president Kim Ganty was totally flumoxed. "Congress is all set to pass a bill that would give working mothers a guarantee of additional job training. Let's see him underfund that."