By Kevin “Coach” Collins
In February 2008, while gearing up for his run at the presidency, Barack Obama told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “I will not allow my predispositions [to oppose vouchers] to stand in the way of making sure that our kids can learn. We’re losing several generations of kids, and something has to be done.” To those who did not understand who and what Obama was this was a surprising remark.
His union masters
Democrats serve at the pleasure of unions and among the more powerful unions are the Teachers Unions across the country. In separate questionnaires submitted to both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, Obama had affirmed his opposition to vouchers which are government scholarships provided to poor families so their children can go to private schools thereby escaping the dysfunctional public school systems. Obama’s hollow praise for vouchers should have been noticed by those who support vouchers, but deluded themselves into thinking Obama was actually open to allowing their use. He never was.
In late November of 2008, once he was safely elected, Obama selected Sidwell Friends School a private Washington DC institution known as a place where pious liberals like Bill Clinton and Joe Biden send their children or grandchildren. There was to be no public schooling for Obama’s girls.
On February 26, 2009 barely a month after being sworn in, Obama admitted that while he was campaigning with education as a leading issue in his administration, he had his fingers crossed. He had made his choice between taking care of his Teachers Union supporters and his poor voters. Clearly, the unions won.
Elections make a difference
Obama’s recent State of the Union speech was laced with talk about education. Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Independent Senator Joe Lieberman have taken him at his word. They have announced their intention to introduce a new bill which will restore the voucher system to the District of Columbia’s poor families, called the Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act.
Republican John Boehner is giving these poor families back the hope for change taken away from them by Obama and his Democrats. He is giving Obama a chance to make good on his stated intention to “do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.” Elections make a difference.
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This day in history January 31
1865: The Republican controlled House of Representatives approved the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which abolished slavery in the United States.
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