Today, Martha Roby, the Republican nominee for Alabama's Second Congressional District issued the following statement regarding the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's latest deceitful attack ad:
"I've made it very clear throughout this campaign that we need to find areas to reduce wasteful spending and cut inefficiency and duplication out of the federal government. The Department of Education is just one example of a place we can start to reduce the size of government. I believe the best ideas on education come from places like Deatsville and Dothan, not from Washington. Bureaucrats sitting in an office thousands of miles away do not know what's best for the child sitting in an Alabama classroom: teachers and parents do. I believe in reforming the education system by increasing local control and flexibility and making sure our federal taxpayer dollars are spent effectively in the classroom. Right now that is not happening.
Over the last 25 years, federal education spending has increased 138%, yet achievement and graduation rates have remained the same. We can do better. Bobby Bright, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats defend the education status quo of bloated bureaucracy and failing schools by saying we should just throw more money at the problem. I say we serve our children better by putting reform and local innovation ahead of bureaucratic turf wars."