Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Barack Obama: "No" to Giving Kids the "Same Chance" He Had

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The 'Same Chance' Obama Had?

Outlining his educational policy yesterday, President Barack Obama said:
“And I want every child in this country to have the same chance that my mother gave me, that my teachers gave me, that my college professors gave me, that America gave me.”
These are wonderful words, but unless President Obama vetoes the $410 billion omnibus spending bill heading towards his desk, he will fall far short of living up to them.

Inserted into the omnibus’ 1,132 pages is language dictated to Congress by teachers’ unions killing 1,700 scholarships that enable kindergarten through 12th grade students from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend private schools. Conservatives in the Senate fought to strip the provision from the bill last night, but were defeated by the liberal majority.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program was passed by Congress in January 2004 and approximately 7,200 children have applied for the 1,700 spots in the program. A 2008 Department of Education study found that after just 19 months of instruction, scholarship students realized slightly higher academic achievement than those students who applied but were not lucky enough to secure a spot in the program. A more recent University of Arkansas study has shown that parents are overwhelmingly satisfied with their children’s experience in the program. Common reasons for this higher level of satisfaction included appreciation for the ability to choose their child’s school and the success their children are having in their new school environments.

President Obama and his administration are very familiar with the empowering benefits school choice brings to families struggling to educate their children.

Growing up in Chicago, Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attended a private school. Growing up in Hawaii, President Obama attended a private school. Growing up first in Chicago, and now in Washington, Obama’s two daughters attended and still attend private schools. In fact, two of Obama’s daughter’s classmates are able to attend Sidwell Friends thanks to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.

By signing the omnibus spending bill, Obama will be denying these children the “same chance” he had as a child.

Some in the media are portraying Obama’s speech as “tough talk on teachers” since the president said he wanted to spend additional money on “effective” teachers. But the teachers unions were in no way disappointed with what Obama actually said. National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel said: “I think people are putting words in his mouth and jumping to conclusions about what he supports.” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten added: “The devil is in the details, and it is important that teachers’ voices are heard when we implement the president’s vision.”

Well, the voices of teachers unions are already being heard, and unless President Obama does something about it, those voices will cost 1,700 children the “same chance” President Obama had to school choice.

20 Comments:

Blogger Red S Tater said...

Imagine Republicans fighting for the poor in DC and Democrats taking "choices" away from the poor in DC... led by Obama Himself. Well, you don't have to imagine it.

How many more years, decades, centuries before average Americans wake up to the fact that it is the Democrats who keep the poor in poverty and Democrats who keep racism alive by being the racists?

Without poverty and racism, the Democrat party is out of business, they can't afford to end either.

12:24 PM  
OpenID cripsyduck said...

Oh 'Roid.

It's always the lefties. Not the "starve the beast" righties. Not the "you're on your own" policies of greedy hypocrites like Newt and DeLay and your fantasy date Rush.

Take some credit, and maybe the blame will start to fall where it's actually deserved.

Oh, and poll some Klansmen. I'll bet I can guess which party they voted for these last 40 years.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

One commenter (whom unfortunately I couldn't publish due to bad language and ad hominem attacks) did want to bet which party had the most kkk members, he makes a good point.
No contest there, the Democrat party wins hands down in every category including the last elected KKK member in legislative existence, and only known former kkk member in the last 40+years in congress is KKK Grand Wizard and Obama pal Robert C Byrd (D).

SO that particular commenter would lose that bet he was proposing... too bad he can't post a comment without losing control of his emotions and words.

One of many unfortunately it goes with the territory.
-red

12:49 PM  
OpenID cripsyduck said...

Awww... I hurt your feelings again? I'm sorry. You started the name calling with all that sparky crunchy crud. If that's too harsh for your P.C. blog, I'm sorry. The FCC didn't even have to come and tell you to tone it down and you did it anyway. What a good little coward, er... soldier you are.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to thank you for pissing off my buddy cripsyduck. I have been debating him, from the conservitive point of view, for years. I stopped when he got so irrationally angery and it was impossiable to have a debate without him imploding. He is a true believer that the "Freemenites" are out to destroy the country and screw everybody. That being said you should put his post up. Camille Paglia has a great piece today that applies, http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/03/11/mercury/ . Let the duck rant in all its anger and entirty. Yea the langue may be offensive but he like all of us has the right to express himself. Why would a concervitive condone censorship in anyway? His veiw is instructive and their maybe someone who could comment and engage him in level headed debate with facts that are harder to dispute than my half remembered facts. You also have to admit that more than likly he will find it not as much fun after getting it handed back the way it was delivered after awhile. Just a thought.

Fester

1:50 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

The pleasure is all mine fester. It most fun when they start foaming at the mouth and keyboard.

His original comment on another thread began by calling me an idiot and going on a rambling attack with virtually nothing to do with the post he was commenting on.

I have treated the "duck" with more respect than he has given and warned him that his comments will not be published if they contain profanity and are off subject and are merely a baseless attack.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But thats the point! Let it roll. He just will continue to discredit his position, get hammered by your readers, and eventally lose intrest cause eventually people will not respond to his post and thus he will have no one to attack. What fun is it if you attack someone and they ignore you. The left is hell bent on shutting up views that don't conform to thier world view. Why should or would we stoop to thier level. Rush puts libs at the front of the line, why would you not do like wise. Ask him to use explitives in this kind of form, s@#t or @#*k, in his comments if you are afaid of somebody being affended, if you must, but thats just the start of the politically correct slippery slope that we all agree is a pathetic way to live.

Fester

2:34 PM  
OpenID cripsyduck said...

Hey, I never called you an idiot. I called you red staters wackos. That's different. Below the belt, perhaps, but after 30 years of righties demonizing liberality, taking no credit for the downfall of the Great American Way, it's a little difficult to put up with another yappity megaphone without a little invective.

I appreciate your kooky blog, I really do. Lets me know what common sense is up against.

And I never cussed. Unless hemorrhoid is a bad word.

Thanks for having me back.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

I smell what you're cookin' fester... I just don't have time to debate fantasy or against lies. Either he is intellectually honest or not and we can see which way that went.

Duck- Do you agree with Obama's taking away choice and opportunity for kids in DC to go to better schools or not?

If you want to keep those kids going to poor schools that under-perform instead of giving them the opportunity to attend a better school (like Obama says he did) just say so... but try and focus and stay on the point of the thread.

Try to answer without blaming Bush or attacking Republicans who have nothing to do with this bill.

Let's see if you can play nice or not.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I just don't have time to debate fantasy or against lies"- come on. If Rush can do it for twenty year surly you can. Or just let others comment when you don't feel like it.

Fester

3:09 PM  
OpenID cripsyduck said...

Hey, I went to a private high school - on a scholarship. They still have those.

My original comment noted that you are defending a government handout for DC school children. Kinda out of character, I'd say.

No, I don't support school vouchers, I support improving public schools. Why not improve everyone's lot? If the schools where I grew up had been any good, I'd have gone to one. Most of my friends transferred out of our private high school to their public ones, because they lived over the state line, where education was properly funded and the schools were excellent.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

DC... "a city where Democrats out-number Republicans 10-1"... (but blame Republicans 100% for their problems.)

5:33 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

Okay... duck I will mark you down with Obama as people who went to private school but oppose other kids having that choice.

5:38 PM  
OpenID cripsyduck said...

I'm sorry? I'm pretty sure the President went to private school long before 2004, when your 1700 vouchers went into effect.

No use for the scholarship idea? Go ahead and cherry-pick your reality, we'll still be here, man.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

It doesn't matter if he went to school in 1776... he went to a private school. Private schools are better.. thats why he went to one, he just prevented kids in a depressed area from having that choice...
Focus duck, focus.

6:15 PM  
OpenID cripsyduck said...

You condescend a little too freely for a guy who keeps ignoring what I'm saying.

In my comment, I pointed out that many of my fellow private schoolers transferred in high school to their local public schools, which were equal in quality to our private school. (And way more fun, to boot.)

Additionally, I had to go to a private school because the schools on my side of the state line were underfunded, useless, garbage.

And further, I got a SCHOLARSHIP. Presumably, qualified applicants in crummy school districts still have this option.

Hear me yet, oh self-righteous one?

6:44 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

I got your point that you didn't like your high-school because it wasn't as much "fun" as the schools on the other side of the fence... and you got a scholarship like the ones Obama is taking away from kids to go to a private highschool and now you feel guilty and want to throw money at public schools, drive private schools out of business and limit the choices parents make about their children's education. Does that about wrap up your point?

btw-Does the highschool make the person or can a person with the desire get a good education at a "crummy" highschool?

Okay, I responded to your point. Now it's your turn... to the original question I've been asking you.

Washington DC is known as a "crummy" school district... you know about those and wnt to a private school, so why are you are defending Obama's decision to take the very "choice" you took advantage of away from 1700 inner city kids?

Remember, Obama has not proposed any increased federal spending for DC schools so don't bother going down that road.

Don't you agree that it's just plain hypocritical and a little bit cruel on Obama's part...
OR would you say it's more ironic?

9:17 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

Actually I gave you too much credit and too much benefit of the doubt.

You see folks, we are dealing with liars. Playing a sort of lame perverted good-cop/bad-cop type roles, crispyduck and his Bevus and Butthead buddy "Fester" were scamming me. While calling for me to be civil and considerate they posted THIS with following comments proving this fact here
In case it accidentally gets deleted....
"I let Fester out of the cage for a moment with instructions to guilt the guy into letting you rip ‘em up. We will see if it works. did you read this. http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/03/11/mercury/
Its all about the freedom to piss someone off with your words people."

and
"BTW… it worked with old ‘Roid. He posted a couple of my thoughts."

Busted butthead.

3:02 PM  
OpenID cripsyduck said...

Yeah, you got me. Though Fester is a real, Limbaugh Koolaid drinking conservative, he is also a friend of mine who came here on his own volition.

I don't agree with him, but at least he got off his soap box when he recognized how horribly wrong the repugs had steered us these last 8 years.

You never did post my comment that my scholarship came from the school I went to, not the federal government. Too much reality for balloon camp over here?

1:43 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

right... real conservative, doing your dirty work for ya'.

Prolly got deleted during your namecalling phase.. you can call me anything you want over at your blog as you have done without my interference, the same is not true here.

It matters not from where your and Obama's sholorships came, what matters is that you deny the same to others who were getting that opportunity or what we like to call "choice"... theirs came from the government... the one Obama is running... you know, your government is everything, socialist buddy Obama.

7:21 PM  

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