- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 15, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With the U.S. Conference of Mayors scheduled to hold its annual confab in the nation’s capital this week, domestic issues finally will begin to get the attention they deserve.

Pick a topic — education or immigration, public safety or homelessness and housing, jobs or infrastructure, the environment, cost of living, health care, hunger, war or transportation — and the truth is inescapable: Americans are at a crossroads because our mayors and chief executives hitch their wagons to Washington.

So, although Election Day 2012 remains months away, now is the time to pose the only real question that matters:

Will voters again pin the tail on the donkey?

Unfortunately, the mayors’ conference is at the ready with top officials in the Obama administration scheduled to tow the liberal big-government line this week.

Arne Duncan, our secretary of education, and Kathleen Sebelius, who oversees health and human services, surely will push the president’s one-size-fits-all education policies and health-care agenda, thereby giving new meaning to the term “nanny state.”

This is not to say Republicans have all the answers. Just like Democrats, members of the GOP are already in office as well as our latest crop of presidential hopefuls shouldn’t be given high marks on the domestic front either.

There’s no talk of continuing welfare reform.

Will they push true immigration reform on behalf of mayors who want federal enforcement stepped up?

And what about hope for humanity?

Why is it OK to use public dollars on universal pre-kindergarten schooling but not OK to use public dollars so houses of worship can, if need be, force-feed parents and their children?

That’s right. I said force-feed, and you know why the faith community needs to forcibly insert itself?

Bloodletting.

Mayors across the country deal with it daily, but only one has had the sense to lay blame where it truly belongs — on perpetrators and parents.

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