The Corner

Re: Head Start


Thanks for the memories, Mona! I worked with conservatives on Capitol Hill, for a dozen years, on this and other issues, and I used to try to imagine what would be the most appropriate form of Hell for a right-wing social scientist condemned to the nether regions. And the best I could ever come up with was a punishment that would impress even Sisyphus: The right-wing social scientist would be the guy who has to write the new 286-page footnoted study every year proving Head Start doesn’t work, only to get the confidential response memo from God — every year — saying “Yeah, OK, but I’d look like a jerk if I de-funded it. See you same time next year.”


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