The problems I see with this massive attack on education is that the 'money' people are diminishing their own 'intellectual' capital. You have a grown disconnect between the vital information industry that requires a strong math/science foundation and we're not moving to maintain much less grow that foundation. We are ignoring 'native resources' and pulling outside 'intellectual capital' to fill the current shortfall. As the 'education implosion' of the US continues, we're leaving ourselves vulnerable. Sooner or later, these 'intellectual resources' , such as the MASSIVE IT support/Call Center/Data Processing networks in India that has been a source of outsourcing for both low paying call center jobs but accounting, programing, IT work, and such will diminish as the people involved start withdrawing and looking for ways to better their own personal conditions. That doesn't cover national interests changing, what will happen when your economic interests run counter to those of the country that is supporting your infrastructure?
Consider this.. IF the current outsourcing of some elements of IT and White Collar jobs continue because the 'shrinking' of the world allows companies to outsource things like accounting, elements of IT and such overseas to locations like China, India and so forth. China is one of the fastest growing technological countries.. India has a MASSIVE educated worker base that we rely on for a lot of business elements.
Why not grow your own tech base by supporting education? Well that is where American Industry and Businesses have failed. The success of American Business has been so long and so continuing that hubris has set in. Short term gains are largely the business of the day. We're, as a country are teetering on AA+ to AA credit rating, and without looking at our debt and infrastructure (HERE) issues we'll be continuing to fail.
Bluntly put, we need to tell business interests to stay out of government. At least to reduce the current level of influence, and accept that the rich and powerful will have to pay a bit more. Not the hideously massive 90%+ of some countries overseas but more than we are now. Downsizing government isn't the answer. The reduction of regulation has made a fairly self evident case against that. The energy industries in the 90s. The current and ongoing bank issues with the massive cases of fraud that CONTINUE to make a few well placed bankers money and everyone else hurts from it.
America is eating itself in a way, working to produce more and more profit from paperwork than actual production of services and/or goods. We have to break this incestuous hold between big money business and the governing structure. Appointing a man from Monsanto to run the FDA isn't perhaps the best idea, but here in the US it's 'good government'.
To enact the changes, we need to change the political culture of the parties. Right now that means we have to participate and interact. With the internet, it's easier to find information about the politicians. When I first started voting, back in the post-death of the fairness doctrine era of Ronald Reagan, you had to rely on the papers and tv stations.
Today.. you can google 'fact check politicians' and get 1.64 MILLION hits in less than a second. Politifact.com and Factcheck.org (the top 2 sites when I did that) both provide resources and links to back up a lot of their claims. Wikipedia provides a good.. (relative) timeline of how a lot of the signifigant figures do things.. typically with references as well.
You can find out the how, who and what of your local races with a few keystrokes. Most state governments provide online sites to tell you how to register, when the votes are being taken, and where. Some states are better than others (My personal experience with Florida and North Carolina has provided vastly different levels of ease)
Now granted my own PERSONAL outlook is that we need to build a level of separation between government and business. That has come from asking this question: 'What is could go wrong with letting the big people in a business community set the rules?' and then looking at what has happened. A good example of how this has screwed the public at large is the repeal of Glass-Steagall Act. The firewall between commercial and investment banks.
Without an active voter base looking, listening and VOTING, none of the changes we need will occur. Mark Twain made numerous comments about the (lack of) honesty of politicians. My take is this.. an honest politician is a WATCHED politician.
Growing up one of the books that had an impact on MY outlook on voting was Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. I took away this about voting. Voting is both a privilege and a DUTY. If you do a modicum reading and research, you can become better informed. Informing yourself is (in my opinion) part of that duty. Of course half my Apple TV queue is a lot of things like the Albright Center and Global Security forum lectures, so I know I'm not a 'typical voter'.
It, the political situation, will not change tomorrow. Or next year. Or the year after that. There is a lack of inertia in the system at the moment but if you (and everyone you can convince) continue to look, listen, communicate to your representatives, and MOST IMPORTANTLY VOTE.
Sitting around and bemoaning that 'my vote doesn't work' only reinforces the situation.