During Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called for a variety of big government initiatives to boost the middle class. One such initiative that took many politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle by surprise was Obama's insistence that working families ought to be provided access to early education. Translation: Get ready for a universal preschool push.
Despite the shock and awe response, this initiative is not unprecedented. In 2009, Obama stated that: In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity, it is a pre-requisite. That is why it will be the goal of this Administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education -- from the day they are born to the day they begin a career.