McCain’s idea of real bi-partisan reform

Damn this is rich. Today McCain made a point about bi-partisanship and reform andused this to illustrate that point…

That isn’t just my opinion; it is the conviction of parents in poor
neighborhoods across this nation who want better lives for their
children.

Just ask the families in New Orleans who will soon have the chance
to remove their sons and daughters from failing schools, and enroll
them instead in a school-choice scholarship program. That program in
Louisiana was proposed by Democratic state legislators and signed into
law by Governor Bobby Jindal. Just three years after Katrina, they are
bringing real hope to poor neighborhoods, and showing how much can be
achieved when both parties work together for real reform.

OK for a different perspective and history on this please read Oyster’s post–Sabludowsky confirms that Jindal traded pay raises for vouchers.” From Oyster’s post:

 

Steven Sabludowsky ofBayou Buzz confirms what Clancy DuBosreported, and whatRyan at the Daily Kingfish suspected back in June: Jindal traded pay raises for school vouchers. Sabludowsky writes:

Recently, I had a long talk with a legislator, who I will label as “Legislator X”. Legislator X told me (off the record) thatthe deal for the pay raise was the “vouchers” legislation.
In other words, Jindal wanted success with his school voucher
legislation and so he let the legislature do what they wanted to do
regarding the pay raise. Were there other deals? We do not know. But,
this one legislator identified the vouchers and I believe this
legislator would be in a very good position to have a good idea what
was occurring behind the scenes. Bobby Jindal, if he really wanted
transparency in government should tell the public what occurred… The
public deserves an answer.

Since
political pressure forced Jindal to renege on his end of the pay
raise/voucher deal, the pertinent question at this point is: What new
“deals” (if any) did Jindal make with the Leges he shafted?

Yeah Jindalvetoed the pay raise. Nothing says “real reform” like double-dealing back-room deals.

5 thoughts on “McCain’s idea of real bi-partisan reform

  1. still trying to destroy PUBLIC UNIONIZED SCHOOLS.
    yes reform. but don’t destroy.
    fucking same old anti-union.

  2. Anytime a right-winger says “reform” theymean “destroy.” (See also “welfare reform.”)
    It’s not just that they’re anti-union, they’re also anti-public schooling (for a more extreme version of the same point of view, see Ron Paul’s views on abolishing public schools) and anything else the government provides that works at least marginally well. Right-wingers are in government not to govern, but to prove, as Ronald Reagan said, that “government is the problem.”

  3. Dumb Question: As the rebuilding of parts of NOLA is still far behind, can I assume that many of the public schools don’t exist? (I believe Scout had some pictures of destroyed schools).
    And if the public schools aren’t fully rebuilt, can I assume that the private schools are also missing some of their schools and therefore don’t have places for all these voucher-paying folk?
    Oh, and about Unions. I can’t speak for other states, but the newspapers here are reporting that Wal-Mart had a mandatory meeting of all its folks (I would like to assume that this didn’t include the lower echelon, but i don’t know). Reportedly, in the meeting they told folks that they aren’t telling anyone who to vote for, but if demos get elected, then the climate will be more favorable to unions which will mean that they will be forced to pay union dues and not get anything for it.
    Oh, and should I add, I’m sure it would be curtains for the free world and the world will run out of coffee.

  4. “As the rebuilding of parts of NOLA is still far behind, can I assume that many of the public schools don’t exist? (I believe Scout had some pictures of destroyed schools).”
    Yes, a lot of the public school facilities are either gone or awaiting demolition (which seems to be the trend here – don’t try to remediate it, just pull it down after letting it sit for the past three years). The schools themselves, however, are still functioning, though the students have to attend in large trailers that share the grounds of the flooded buildings or they are sharing facilities with students of other schools whose buildings were either not affected or were not as badly affected.
    “And if the public schools aren’t fully rebuilt, can I assume that the private schools are also missing some of their schools and therefore don’t have places for all these voucher-paying folk?”
    The private schools, for the most part, made out much better facility-wise. The trick with them is going to be that of how they can accept these kids under THEIR standards and be accountable to the STATE’s standards all at the same time. There was controversial talk of having only the voucher kids taking the public school-required LEAP test, and according to Jarvis DeBerry, that has become part of the new bill:
    http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories/index.ssf?/base/News/1216963252145000.xml&coll=1
    Another part of this is that something sneaky, education-wise, that will affect the whole state also got passed by Guv’nor PBJ:
    http://liprapslament-theline.blogspot.com/2008/07/straight-from-my-dad.html
    In other words, people, STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THE DAMNED REPUBLICAN HORDES! McCain is a schmuck for supporting what is happening to education in this state. And I wouldn’t trust state senator Ann Duplessis, a big vouchers supporter here, any further than I could throw her.

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