If you follow Gail Collins in the New York Times Opinion page, then you, like me, enjoy good humor. Today she talks about the importance of funding preschool education. President Obama’s proposal is to pay for that with a tax on cigarettes. Two good things done at once! Decrease cigarette smoking, increase preschool education.
Some in the Senate are considering other funding mechanisms as well. But I do like the idea of a cigarette tax.
Why do it? Give the young children a boost up, get them ready for kindergarten, increase the stimulation that they get during the day, even improve the nutrition (if that is part of some programs).
Why not do it? Protect the tobacco industry? Puleeze!!!
Let me know what you think. Is funding preschool education important to you? Do you think we should do this? What funding mechanisms do you think should be considered for funding preschool education?