Would you rather have your tax money help someone get through school or would you rather fund dropouts? I would have thought the answer would be easy - unless Democrats are trying to solidify their position as the party of welfare.
If President Bush gets his way... 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts will lose their monthly [Social Security] survivor payments.
Not, however, if Democrats get their way...
"Children who have lost a parent need every assistance and encouragement we can provide, and everything the federal government can do to encourage them to stay in school and get an education makes it that much more likely that they can succeed," said Scott Milburn, a spokesman at the Office of Management and Budget.
"Linking benefits to school attendance provides that encouragement and is, in fact, currently the rule for 19-year-olds. We think more children can be helped by lowering that age to 16," he said.
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