Today, in fact right as I post this, D.C. Parents for School Choice and DC Children First, in a city where the student population is 90% black, are holding the DC School Choice Rally in the Freedom Plaza of Washington, DC (details here). Perhaps you should know why it was necessary.....
Says the Black Alliance for Educational Options:
Congress is poised to do away with one of former President George W. Bush's signature initiatives in education: the taxpayer-funded vouchers that enable students from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend private schools. About 1,700 children in kindergarten through 12th grade receive the $7,500 annual scholarships. Four times as many apply.
The District of Columbia spends more per pupil than any school district in the nation, but still is plagued by low test scores, high dropout rates and underperforming schools. The voucher program was passed by Congress as a five-year pilot program. But it has been on House Democrats' hit list for some time......
White House spokesman Thomas Vietor said Tuesday that Obama supports allowing the current students to remain in the program until they graduate from high school but not permitting the addition of new students.
How would you like your daughter to be the student number 1701? The one who will never escape the underperforming public schools, who was not permitted to pursue her dreams for which she is perfectly willing to work hard for?
Dear American Blacks:
Sometimes the very best act of friendship I could do is tell you that the person you think is your best friend actually works against you behind your back, laughing at you, mocking your hardships, secure in the knowledge that you need him too much to ever leave him.
Sometimes -- no, actually always -- the true friend is the one who tells you what you don't want to hear. The one who does not indulge you, the one who will neither promise you nor give you candy and other bennies. Instead he tells you to sit down and eat your green beans and spinach -- and if you want that nice car, then quit whining, get an education, earn a good job, and earn that nice car.
The really ironic thing is that the slick, good-time "friend" will tell you what a jerk your true friend is. And you will believe him. You will believe him, that is, until you grow up, or until your good-time friend sells you up the river so far that your life is wrecked, and your future is ruined. Your wisdom will have been gained at a steep price.
But your true friend will still be there. And eating your green beans, securing an education, and working hard are still the path to success.
American Blacks, the Democratic Party is that good-time, lying, back-stabbing excuse for a "friend". The DC Voucher story is an illustration -- hardly a unique story -- of how Democrats continually seek to set you up as a permanent underclass, so that you'll depend on them to throw you scraps and believe their lies, in order to secure your votes to keep them in power.
In Jan 2004, the Republican-run Congress passed the DC School Voucher program as part of the fiscal year 2004 budget. The measure was proposed by Democrat DC Mayor Anthony Williams, and championed by President George W Bush. It included money for the school district itself to dedicate to more teacher training and recruitment (i.e., it was designed to improve the district as well, not just punish them). The entire 5-year program cost $40 million - 1/20,000th the size of the Democrat-passed "stimulus" bill passed 2 months ago.
So why did the Democrats kill the DC Voucher Program, a year before the 5-year pilot program expired, over the loud objections of Republicans? It's not because the Democrats don't enjoy spending money! Good Lord. In this year's Democrat-passed spending bill, they found room for $5.8 million for the "Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate, Boston, MA" and $6.6 million for "Formosan Subterranean Termites Research" (and over 9000 other special earmarked projects)
Why has the school voucher program been on the House Democrat hit list? I suppose it's subject to interpretation, but I'll offer these notes:
- Teacher unions, the NEA and the AFT, detest voucher programs.
- Teacher unions are a very powerful Democrat Party constituent, donating many millions in campaign contributions to Democrat candidates, not to mention spending more money on lobbying than the top 4 oil companies combined.
- Meanwhile, the DC Mayor and the DC School Superintendent lobbied for the program, and lobbied to keep it.
- The voucher program accepts 1700 students, while about 7,000 students applied.
- over 60% of the private schools in DC cost less than $7500 per year, meaning the families of the 1700 students are not burdened with paying any tuition at all.
I leave it to you to decide why the Democrats would cancel a wildly successful, much sought after program that merely seeks to give children a chance at success. In a school district so rife with corruption and waste that the per-pupil spending is the highest in the nation, while producing some of the lowest test scores, some parents want better for their kids.
Democrats stripped spending from the program this year. Republican Senator John Ensign brought Amendment 615 to the spending bill to restore the spending. It was voted down 58-39, with 2 Democrats voting for it,and 56 voting against it. Not only that, but Democrats withheld this official report (executive summary, and full report) showing the success of the program until after debate was over.
So while the Democrats toss your children's hopes and dreams aside, secure in the knowledge that you'll always vote for them, remember that your true friend is still here.
I ask you to consider, why is it that you hate Republicans so much? This DC School Voucher was brought in 2004 by Republicans at the request of a Democratic mayor who desperately cared about the future of DC students. It was killed in 2009 by Democrats for reasons that appear cynical and political.
Republicans do not know how to approach you. Democrats and the Democrat-dominated press have misled you and stoked up your wrath to the point that you will not listen to us.
So I propose this: how about listening? How about listening to what Republicans have to say, instead of what the Democrats say we say? How about listening to what we have to say before booing us out of the building?
You may find that we make sense, not just for rich white people, but for everybody. To wit:
- Republicans stand, as much as anything, for equality of freedom, equality of opportunity. We do NOT stand for equality of outcome. Hard work is rewarded, laziness is not.
- Want a good job? Get an education.
- Want special treatment? Tough.
- Want the opportunity to escape poverty, crime, and poor schools? Then quit voting for the Democrats that put you there.
- Tired of 15% unemployment in your areas? Then quit supporting the Democrats who raise taxes and force increase regulations on employers. [oh yeah, the Democrats call them the 'rich', but when was the last time a poor man gave you a job?]
Eat your green beans! Do the thing that frees you!
It's tough love, but I assure you, friend, it's love. That's why we fought like hell to restore the DC School Vouchers. That's why we fought like hell to lower taxes on businesses, so employers could hire more people and create more success for everybody.
We received not one ounce of gratitude from you, but we did it anyway. And we will continue to do what is right for America, for whites, for blacks, for Latinos, for Republicans, for Democrats, for today, and for the future.
Join us. Consider it, anyway.
E Pluribus Unum