When asked if he supports parity for increases/decreases in the budget for Non-Defense Discretionary Spending programs, like education, here is what Jim had to say:
Parity in cuts and increases just reinforces a longstanding political delusion that all discretionary programs are created equal, regardless of need or effectiveness. Instead of cutting both education and military spending equally for parity’s sake, I would definitely cut the latter but increase the former. Congress should trim the military fat and pass the savings on to Non-Defense Discretionary Spending programs, like education. The United States’ spends more on defense than the next seven highest spenders combined! We should strive to have the same ratio in education spending if we want to remain the most powerful country in the world.
Congress should reject absurd demands to match defense spending increases/decreases with like actions in non-defense spending. Lawmakers are elected to rationally prioritize spending to reflect truly national needs. And to me, having the best educated populace in the world is a true national need.