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March 25, 2011

WHEN THE GOP'S HOSTILITY TOWARDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS BECOMES MORE OVERT.... Just last week, Rick Santorum brought his presidential ambitions to New Hampshire, and after targeting the usual suspects, the former senator turned his fire on ... public schools.

"Just call them what they are," Santorum said. "Public schools? That's a nice way of putting it. These are government-run schools."

He's not alone. Reuters reported yesterday that several other Republicans considering presidential runs blasted public schools at a home-schooling rally in Iowa.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul told the crowd government wants "absolute control" of the "indoctrination" of children. Paul spoke along with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Georgia businessman Herman Cain.

"The public school system now is a propaganda machine," Paul said, prompting applause from the crowd of hundreds of home schooling families. "They start with our kids even in kindergarten, teaching them about family values, sexual education, gun rights, environmentalism -- and they condition them to believe in so much which is totally un-American."

Bachmann said home schooling is the "essence" of freedom and liberty. "It's about knowing our children better than the state knows our children," she said.

For his part, Cain said there should be no government involvement in education at any level. He wasn't kidding.

To be sure, Bachmann, Paul, and Cain are not exactly the top tier of the 2012 GOP field, and strange, borderline-fringe candidates can be expected to take radical positions.

But Santorum is also blasting the existence of public schools, and this talk is picking up in right-wing media. CNSNews' Terry Jeffrey argued a few weeks ago, "It is time to drive public schools out of business." Townhall columnist Chuck Norris has begun calling public schools "indoctrination camps." Townhall columnist Bill Murchison argued last week that the American middle class has pulled its support for public education.

Keep in mind, polls show that the American mainstream considers the public education system one of the nation's most cherished institutions. When asked what areas of the public sector most deserve budget cuts, schools invariably come in last.

Indeed, Republican pollsters have advised GOP candidates repeatedly in recent years to avoid calling for the end of the federal Department of Education, largely because it gives the appearance of hostility towards public education, which is thought to be an electoral loser for Republicans.

And yet, here we are. Republicans aren't just criticizing public schools, they're overtly calling for the institution's complete elimination. This isn't something they're embarrassed about; these GOP voices are stating the goal plainly, as if there's a genuine appetite among voters to scrap the entirety of the American public education system.

All of this, by the way, comes against the backdrop of Republican governors slashing funds for public schools, and even the reinvigoration of the school voucher movement, which has been largely dormant for years.

This seems like an important opportunity for Democrats -- labeling the GOP as the party that's explicitly hostile towards public schools would hurt Republicans, and it happens to be true.

Steve Benen 8:35 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (54)

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Army? No, it's a government-run militia!

Posted by: hells littlest angel on March 25, 2011 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

Post office? Hell no, it's government-run information control!

Posted by: hells littlest angel on March 25, 2011 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

Why would any conservative like public schools. They massive underperform, their unions give 100% of their money to democrats, they are expensive, and the federal government keeps taking control away from local government.

Also, the leadership of the left do not trust public schools because all of them send their children to private schools.

Liberals should ask themselves why conservatives should like public schools.

Posted by: superdestroyer on March 25, 2011 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

i wuz howm skoolet n i no im az smert az any 1.

my momy sez i hav a koleje decree.

an i hav n mba - it stanz fer min u'r own buzness asswhole!

pubic skook iz a soshlist raket 2 mak hus dummer.

im prewf dat u don kneed no pubic skool!

Posted by: c u n d gulag on March 25, 2011 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

Judging by the results, "home schooling" is guilty of child abuse.

Posted by: DAY on March 25, 2011 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

Know who else had public schools? Nazi Germany.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on March 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM | PERMALINK

Correct titles please: Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Frothy Mix)

Posted by: chi res on March 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

Hmmm, pushing "family values" - Now, companies and families such as the Johnson family which operates Diversey in Wisconsin love to promote family values, while, selling their Johnsonville sausage products. Then, they help bankroll Scott Walker and one of their richest sons, Samuel Curtis Johnson III has just been arrested for child molestation.

I believe I would prefer the family values taught in public schools instead of those pushed by Johnson.

Posted by: berttheclock on March 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

Hallo 1800's . This will work out great. Home schoolin' (nothing past grade 8) will create a permanent underclass of lower caste individuals who will be too uneducated to make rational choices and will work for peanuts. This will increase the profits of our Corporate Ruling Caste. The new world order...

Posted by: John R AKA Mr. Serf Man on March 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM | PERMALINK

"This seems like an important opportunity for Democrats -- labeling the GOP as the party that's explicitly hostile towards public schools would hurt Republicans, and it happens to be true."

Yes, yet one more opportunity added to the GAZILLION opportunities they've passed by over the past two years.

Except for a very few (Bernie Sanders, Andrew Weiner, Alan Grayson), our "champions" make some vague statement to "go on record," and then disappear.

Posted by: bdop4 on March 25, 2011 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

It's really quite remarkable how far the wingers are drifting from mainstream opinion. Santorum, Bachmann, et. al. are the leading edge-- positions they take now often become right-wing doctrine in the future, given that the winger motto is: No enemies to my right!

Posted by: MattF on March 25, 2011 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

........ a home-schooling rally in Iowa.

That kinda tells you everything you need right there. Another ominous warning sign to be heaped upon a nation whose 1/2 a political party structure is running warp speed from anything not white, barefoot, and pregnant.

Posted by: BetweenTheLines on March 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM | PERMALINK

I can understand why u find the threats of government shutdown, eliminating public schools. stripping workers of their rights and nuetering clean air and water regulation. But, but despite the suffering we will incur (an especially bitter pill for those of us who didn't vote for GOP candidates)it is best to let the Repubs get what they want. Too many Americans are complacent and effected by cognitive dissonance in their politic beliefs. Allowing the GOP's extremist wet dream to splash on their colective faces would be better than a dose of cold water. Then in two years e'll see. . .

Posted by: tec619 on March 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM | PERMALINK

This is Obama's fault. If he wasn't promoting education republicans wouldn't need to be against it.

Posted by: Johnny Canuck on March 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM | PERMALINK

They're going for broke on almost every level. Despite the cataclysmic results of privatization and unfettered capitalism in general--resulting from 30 years of deregulation and after having everything that they could possibly want during 8 years of BushCo--they simply want it all. Like their bankster funders. And this applies to both sides, with Democrats only less so; they are both funded by the same money machine.

And dammit if the nincompoop voters of this country might just give it to them.

Posted by: terraformer on March 25, 2011 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

Unfortunately, tec619, there were many Germans in 1933, who said, auf Deutsch, "Then in two years, e'll see".

Posted by: berttheclock on March 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

Says Steve: "This seems like an important opportunity for Democrats -- labeling the GOP as the party that's explicitly hostile towards public schools would hurt Republicans, and it happens to be true."

Good idea. Add it to the list of things Dems could do, would do, if they wanted to defeat Republicans. And since the Democrats never DO any of the things on that list, it's transparently obvious that, at least on the national level, Dems don't want to win.

Posted by: Helen Highwater on March 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM | PERMALINK

smart minorities vote Democratic. Solution: keep them dumb.

Posted by: T2 on March 25, 2011 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

"Dems don't want to win."

Dems don't want to lose their money stream from the plutocracy. As long as they get that money they are personally winning. Sorta like Charlie Sheen.

Posted by: foghorn on March 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM | PERMALINK

poor word choice.....make that "keep them uneducated"....not dumb.

Posted by: T2 on March 25, 2011 at 9:23 AM | PERMALINK

It'll be interesting to see the reaction of most Americans (if any) now that some Republicans have said it out loud. A lot of us have seen this coming since 1980, and Scott Walker's budget address a few weeks ago made it obvious that the GOP really wants to get rid of government-run schools.

I keep wondering when Mr. and Mrs. Main Street are going to realize that the target of the GOP push is Main Street High School. I hope they do soon.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on March 25, 2011 at 9:23 AM | PERMALINK

I agree, bert - we can't simply wait for the 2012 elections. (I'm waiting to see Snyder's financial czars in Michigan cancel participation in the elections, since anyone elected will just be immediately removed in favor of said czars. And elections are fiscally irresponsible - too expensive.)

Posted by: blondie on March 25, 2011 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Unlike Dems, Repubs plan for the long run. The first step towards getting rid of public schools is to take the public out of public schools, hence: "Government Schools." Pound on that for a few years, complementing their greatest hit motto "Government is bad" and the public (ie the fringe needed for the Repubs to win) no longer supports public schools and the Repubs get their wish.

Government Schools! It's the new "Death Tax."

Posted by: martin on March 25, 2011 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

And they are surprised when teachers overwhelmingly vote Democratic. The Democrats don't make them out to be money starved cancerous slugs that are a drag on our economy and a sponge of all our taxes.

Posted by: mikefromArlington on March 25, 2011 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK

I have to wonder how many calling for the elimination of public schools attended them. My recollections are of the teachers and the overall experience are on the whole positive, and I suspect that is the way it is for most people.

Posted by: david1234 on March 25, 2011 at 9:27 AM | PERMALINK

How many times do I have to tell you idiot progressives?

If we, the wealthy wing of the republican party, need to have any of the offspring of the masses educated; we will select which ones and provide for their education.

Otherwise, public education is a waste of OUR money. The damn children of the browns and the blacks and the white trailer trash need to be out in the fields picking cotton or lettuce or in a factory. Put them where they can provide some economic benefit to the real deserving wealthy white Americans.

As we move to deconstruct the middle class in this country, we will select and provide for the few we need to provide for our needs. Otherwise, you working class peons and ex-middle class serfs need to learn your place in OUR society.

Posted by: RepublicanPointOfView on March 25, 2011 at 9:28 AM | PERMALINK

It's all about business. Just think how much profit there is to be made if we privatize our entire educational system the way the states are privatizing the prison systems. Corporations are always looking for big piles of cash to wrap their greedy paws around. The biggest piles of cash left in this country are in our educational system, our highway system and Social Security. Privatize these three and our corporate masters will lead us to a golden age. No need to privatize the military; it's already a corporate cash cow.

Posted by: sparky on March 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

@Sparky Agreed.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on March 25, 2011 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

Bachmann et al. are welcome to homeschool their children; I have no problem with that. However, to claim that this is the essence of liberty is total nonsense. Home schooling is and will remain an alternative for a very small segment of the population. In the first place, most American families have two working parents and can't afford to devote the time to home schooling. In the second place, large numbers of American families--perhaps most-don't have the skill or educational background to properly educate their children at home. In other words, home schooling is only an option for a relatively small number of families, elites, who have the financial wherwithal and skill to do this. Public education has been a hallmark of this country almost from inception, and was widely viewed by those Founding Fathers that Bachmann is so fond of citing as being critical to the Republic.

From a political perspective, the GOP attack on public education seems to me to be a disaster for them. When public education is discussed publicly, we often assume the subject is the troubled urban school systems. But, in fact, millions of American children go to public schools in suburband and exurban communities and their parents have absolutely no interest in any scheme to defund their schools. This sort of attack, if carried forward into the general election in 2012, could easily be the single biggest factor driving independents and non-crazy Republicans to vote for Obama and other Democrats.

Posted by: DRF on March 25, 2011 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

It's often pointed out that facts have a well-known liberal bias. It makes it MUCH harder for right-wingers to raise their children if the kids go off every day and get exposed to all those liberal facts, and stuff like "science", "math" and "history".

The right-wing movement has been working hard to maintain their right to their own "facts", and the problem with public schools is that they keep teaching regular facts, not the right wing "facts".

Posted by: biggerbox on March 25, 2011 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

There are liberals homeschooling, too. And, no, my kids are NOT ignorant. The oldest is now in college. The second has been accepted into a ballet company. And we have two more still working on their educations at home. I don't believe that their mother (M.S. in psychology) or I (Ph.D. in chemistry) can be reasonably accused of abusing them.

Posted by: Daryl P Cobranchi on March 25, 2011 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

I followed the link and stopped dead when I realized the Chuck Norris, regular columnist at Townhall, the link mentioned was THAT Chuck Norris. The arrogant wretch that had me me cheering on the cartoonish villains whenever they fought in his movies.

I'm going to lie down and maybe I'll wake up in a sane reality. Sane reality would never allow Chuck Norris to do anything but infomercials; and relegate those to the traditional witching hours with other walking nightmares.

Posted by: OKDem on March 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Recently, PA ran a thread about the Koch toadie from the 4th District of Kansas. The US Rep is a member of a Koch run think tank in Kansas. One of the main functions of that think tank is to push both charter schooling and for-profit institutions. Much of this has far more to do with breaking teacher unions than any desire to improve education. Reminds me of the many attempts to defund inner city schools, move the money into white flight districts, then, cry out for the ending of Affirmative Action programs, as, the Right, suddenly, falls in love with the selected words of Dr Martin Luther King about having a "color blind" society. "Let all of our students be as one", they cry, as the underfunded inner city student attempts to compete for enrolling at a state university against a heavily funded white flight school student.

Posted by: berttheclock on March 25, 2011 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Another example where the wild ruminations of the nut jobs will soon become mainstream dogma because the left refuses to stand up for what's right.

Chris Hedges is right. It's not the right that's killing us, it's the failure of the left.

Posted by: Jim Pharo on March 25, 2011 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

Agree with everything that's been said.

But another interesting angle to this is that it's more evidence of the Confederatization of the Republican party. Whites in the deep South abandoned public schools once it became clear the Federal government would force them to let African-American children attend the same schools as their children. Instead they set up private "academies", embraced home schooling, etc etc.

In most of the country, public schools (for good or ill) are widely used and well respected community institutions. The main exceptions are among the urban elites (regardless of political affiliation), and the South.

Unfortunately, we have a political system where the dominant forces are urban elites (not surprisingly) and southern whites (for reasons that are harder to explain). So, at least at the federal level, public education get screwed. It's a real shame.

Posted by: Basilisc on March 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

When GWBush pushed "No Child Left Behind" I wondered why conservatives, the self-identified champions of local control, had suddenly embraced a federal government approach to public education.

I figured at the time that it was the first tactical step in an attack on public schools. First conservatives set the curriculum and standards and punish schools that fail to meet them. Now the second stage is emerging. Conservatives start calling schools government-run indoctrination camps, and attack teachers. And, given that schools are failing to narrow the achievement gap, conservatives can accuse them of being ineffective, a waste of taxpayer money.

It is an ambitious goal, attacking public education. And it all was provoked, I believe, from the federal government's decision to force school integration, and end prayer in classrooms and Christmas celebrations. These offenses will never be forgiven by right-wing citizens for whom Freedom and Patriotism are synonymous with white skin and Christianity.

Posted by: PTate in Mn on March 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Yet another part of the story is the aging of the population - many or most of the baby boomers no longer have school-age kids so, being baby boomers, they don't give a s--t about people who do. IGMFY.

And sure enough the elderly are the main audience for Fox News and, increasingly, the primary voting base of the GOP. Defunding the schools while lowering the taxes is an electorally winning combination, at least in off-year elections when younger people don't vote.

Posted by: Basilisc on March 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

When I was in grade school, we had to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Is that the gov't indoctrination the Republicans want to end?

Posted by: golack on March 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

One more thing.

In Saint Paul, our property taxes have gone up something like 50% since Tim Pawlenty became governor with his No-New-Taxes pledge. He has refused to raise income taxes and ended a system where the state government subsidized schools throughout the state. So the burden of funding education has fallen back on the cities and local property taxes.

Frankly the tax burden hurts. An additional factor is demographic. The percentage of people who have children in the public schools is only 20-30%, and the majority of students in our public schools are non-white. So I am afraid that the Republican assault on public education will fall on receptive ears.

Posted by: PTate in MN on March 25, 2011 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

Why is any of this a surprise? Over the past few years, Republicans have been running on the theory that a lie told often enough becomes the truth. There are a frightening number of people - registered voters - who believe Obama is a Kenyan Muslim and is thus not legally the President. Nothing will dissaude them from this notion, in part because certain politicians and reality show stars keep the "question" alive. BTW, this is how Republicans like the public, thinking that nothing can be done no matter how pissed off they might be about it. And they'll count on that complacency next time they run all three branches of government (cue the peanut gallery saying "they don't run them all now?").

Remember when Obama was first elected, and healthcare insurance reform was considered to be one of the most important things the Administration could do? Now, Dems have to run away from that accomplishment as voters, engorged on lies about "death panels" and how health care reform inevitably leads to socialism, and will cost jobs and break the budget (debunked by the CBO but who cares?), now just a little over a third are grateful to this new law that is already benefiting certain Americans. Though, to be fair, a good chunk of Americans who don't like the reform we have want it to be more progressive. Put those two groups together, instead of lumping "like it" in one group and "don't like it, regardless of reason" in another group, and a razor thin majority are more for than against reform. Razor. Thin.

Formerly somewhat-sane Republicans who believed that global warming is at least IN PART man made are screaming like little girls about the evils of cap-and-trade legislation they used to champion.

And in 2010, they won back tremendous ground in the midterms.

So now the Republicans are emboldened. Keep lying, and the public eventually catches on. So why WOULDN'T they start attacking public schools, and public teachers, and public unions the way they have? Will the media call them out on it? Is J6P going to be able to find sources of info that proves this lie wrong? The only hope we have, quite frankly, is a barely-there middle class that knows their teachers and school administrators because they're as much a part of the community as anyone else. Much of the public knows that teachers don't get rich sucking off the government teat, and that their jobs are much longer than harder than 8-to-3 and off all summer. Really, the only hope is that those people can reject what Fox News and Newt and Rush et al are feeding them and for once trust their lying eyes.

Oh, and @Daryl P Cobranchi, right on. I have a sister who used to teach, living near farmland in PA, home schooling her two kids, but in a sort-of collective with other parents home schooling their kids. They arrange "field trips" together, as well as organized play time (what the public school kids call "recess") and some lunches together. My sister has become more spiritual/religious as she's gotten older, but doesn't indoctrinate her kids into that sort of learning during class time. They believe in evolution, they know global warming is man made, they're too young to pick a political side but I'm gonna say they're currently Democrats if only because they're compassionate, play fair and are inquisitive. All of us on the left need to be REEEEEALLLLLLY careful not to paint all home schoolers as products of small ignorant minds desperate to keep their children from learning things they don't want to believe are true.

Posted by: slappy magoo on March 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

Geez, golack, when I was a youngin' I had to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, however, without the words "under God". Just think we fought successful wars in both of the WWs with military leaders, soldiers, sailors and marines, of both sexes, who had never had to recite said pledge with "under God" included. I wonder why "God let us" win said wars?

Posted by: berttheclock on March 25, 2011 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

"Just call them what they are," Santorum said. "Public schools? That's a nice way of putting it. These are government-run schools."

So can the Dems now refer to Wall Streeters as "Publicly-Financed Private Corporations"?

Posted by: Moxo on March 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

"There are liberals homeschooling, too. And, no, my kids are NOT ignorant. The oldest is now in college. The second has been accepted into a ballet company. And we have two more still working on their educations at home. I don't believe that their mother (M.S. in psychology) or I (Ph.D. in chemistry) can be reasonably accused of abusing them."

That's exactly the point. You are not by any means typical. You and your wife obviously have the educational background and, presumably, the time to give your kids a decent education at home. Most home schoolers will be far less qualified, and I strongly suspect that a large percentage of them are mainly interested in protecting their kids from liberal influences rather than ensuring that they get a good education.

Free public schools have been one of the great levelers in American society. The right is essentially pining for a highly-stratified aristrocratic society, and this is another step down that path.

Posted by: wvmcl2 on March 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

Daryl, I'm glad home schooling has worked out well for your children. Good for you. But a large number of home-schooled children end up having to do years of remedial work (at taxpayer expense, need you ask) because they cannot pass the tests for high school graduation.

Posted by: T-Rex on March 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

"Unfortunately, tec619, there were many Germans in 1933, who said, auf Deutsch, 'Then in two years, e'll see'".

berttheclock: I feel your pain, but the U.S. isn't the Weimar Republic and Third Reich. Yes, I know, extraordinary rendition, Gitmo, the lies that got us into Iraq redux (unlike the cheney and the neocon coward assholes,I served in that war. But then I'm not a physical coward nor subscribe to the despicable neocon war-monger dictum of "war is the answer everywhere and at all time--as long as I don't risk my own life"), and warrantless wiretapping makes you wonder. But in a democracy,to somne extent,we must take the good with the bad. Worse, the people who are sworn to enforce, interpret, or otherwise uphold the law are as either unprincipled or craven. (Just like the supremes who handled the Japanese interment case.)

Americans, need to taste the bitter fruit of their hypocrisy. At least for a little while.

Posted by: tec619 on March 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

I am so tired of my generation being such a bunch of d-bags. Has anybody done a study on how many of THEM went to private school? Homeschooling wasn't much of an option 20-30 years ago so either they've 'see the light' since becoming a right wing fanatic or they are lying aholes. I really hope they don't start drooling in their old age and expect the current crop of students to vote to HELP them...because there will be whole generations of undereducated kids that will STILL be angry and STILL be able to vote. I'll bet they hate those 'despots' in the midEast these days too...you know, those ones they keep emulating...

Posted by: SYSPROG on March 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

The cons' attack on public schools serves as a proxy fight against Brown v Board. Pure and simple it's a fight to get around integration.

Posted by: CDW on March 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

Moxo: "So can the Dems now refer to Wall Streeters as "Publicly-Financed Private Corporations"?"

That's a brilliant suggestion. How about "job-killing-freedom-wrecking-public-bailout-corporations?"

Posted by: PTate in MN on March 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM | PERMALINK

Bachmann said home schooling is the "essence" of freedom and liberty. "It's about knowing our children better than the state knows our children," she said.

I run screaming from the thought of a country filled with the "home school(ed)".

Too bad Bachmann wasn't home schooled.
She'd be saying "you want frys with that" all day at a nice job somewhere

Posted by: cwolf on March 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

@ cwolf on March 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Maybe Bachmann was Home Schooled!

After all - she's has Lexington & Concord in New Hampshire,,,
...And where did she drop Plymouth Rock.

Posted by: cwolf on March 25, 2011 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

"Allowing the GOP's extremist wet dream to splash on their colective faces would be better than a dose of cold water."
Posted by: tec619 on March 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Oh, my.
I don't know whether it's ultimately a good thing or a bad thing that you apparently didn't notice the literal meaning of what you wrote here.
(At least I hope you didn't; if it was intentional, that's a bit disturbing.)
But if this isn't an isolated instance, may I most humbly and respectfully suggest that you have someone else -- preferably someone female -- vet your posts before you send them?

Posted by: smartalek on March 25, 2011 at 2:07 PM | PERMALINK

This crap about "government schools" has been around for years.

Back in the 1950s you'd read stuff in Readers' Digest about how Russian school children were being indoctrinated and trained to spy on their own parents on behalf of the government. Teachers would supposedly ask the children if there was a portrait of Comrade Stalin displayed in their homes, and if the answer was no, the family would be "reported".

Funnily enough, it was Stalin who said, "Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed". It's amazing just how similar the American right-wing freakshow is to the other authoritarian regimes.

I'm sure they'd be much happier if school prayer and creationism classes were allowed in public schools, but would that be enough?

Posted by: Squeaky McCrinkle on March 25, 2011 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

moxo ... "Publicly-Financed Private Corporations"?"

Wouldn't it be "Government Funded Private Corporations"?
Bah. Shame on me. We have that already. It's called subsidized corporations.

Posted by: Schtick on March 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

Medicare? Hell no, its Govermenticare or Govicare.... its GOVERNMENT... and that means its bad.

Same goes for the military, the roads... public works? More like Government [dosent] works. Food Safety inspectors? Hah you wish.

Posted by: Mike on March 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM | PERMALINK



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