Government Testimonies

On Hard Times in These Times

Brian Michael Jenkins

open quote icon Hard times increase hostility. But this time, the discontents may transcend eventual economic recovery. Technological advance and increased global competition, combined with failures in the education system, have caused a significant group of Americans without advanced education to face bleak economic futures. They confront the prospect of permanent unemployment or low-paying jobs at best. This economic decline of a significant portion of the population coincides with the immense accumulation of wealth by a few, creating a deep divide, with what many see as a corrupt government clearly on the side of big finance.close quote icon

Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the RAND president, in testimony presented before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, July 11, 2012

On Early Childhood Education Programs

Lynn A. Karoly

open quote icon Although public sector investments in early learning programs are growing, access to such programs is uneven. Nationally representative data show that at age four, 55 percent of children whose mother is a high school dropout are in a preschool compared with 87 percent of their counterparts whose mother has a college degree. Even more important is that the quality of existing programs is often uneven. Nationally, just over one in three four-year-olds in a center-based care or education program is in a setting that would be rated as ‘high quality.’close quote icon

Lynn A. Karoly, RAND senior economist, in testimony presented before the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee of the Whole, on February 16, 2012

On Afghan Security Forces

Olga Oliker

open quote icon Iraq’s energy wealth means that Iraq will be able to sustain its own forces. Afghanistan quite simply cannot afford the security forces it needs, even at a very minimal level. This means that if Afghanistan is to continue to maintain and develop its security forces, it will need continuing financial and security aid. The question is whether or not they will have that resourcing.close quote icon

— Olga Oliker, associate director of RAND’s International Security and Defense Policy Center, in testimony presented before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, July 18, 2012