Congress And President Stop School Voucher Funding
Democrats in Congress with President Obama's support have ended automatic future funding for the District's school voucher program.
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#1 Mar 15, 2009
The action of the Congress in this matter crosses the border that separates political self- interest and pure evil. The persistent poverty of African Americans is arguably one of the largest preventable causes of human misery in our nation today. This economic underperformance is merely a continuation of the scholastic underperformance that is endemic in urban schools. The evil here can be found in the answer to the question: Why are they de-funding this program? Is it because it costs too much? It appears to be saving $11,050,000. Is it because the voucher students actually receive an education that is inferior to that provided in the D.C. public schools? Of course not. Both the demand for openings in the program and numerous studies that compare the performance of students who win the lottery and those who enter the lottery but lose, show that the program is a smashing success. No, the reason the Democratic Party needs to kill this program is precisely because it is working.
This highly visible demonstration of the success of the voucher system threatens the immediate interests of the NEA and the long term interest of the Democratic Party as success in DC will lead to demands for similar programs in other cities. The 1700 D.C. students are a very tiny fraction of the lives that will be negatively affected by Congress actions. Imagine how a politician would be treated who, upon hearing that a new drug under testing showed significant hope in curing sickle cell anemia, endeavored, at the behest of a major campaign contributor who currently produced a less effective treatment, to influence the FDA to deny permission for a clinical trial of the new drug. Such a politician would deservedly face criminal penalties and a social status normally reserved for war criminals and Klansmen.
Why is it that when a political party does something that is thousands of times worse, in terms of its contribution to human misery, that it is considered progressive?
I suppose it depends on what your definition of progress is.
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