January 2, 2004

Fool me again...

From today's Best of the Web

Vote for Me, I'm a Chump--II."Five Democratic Presidential candidates voted for the No Child Left Behind Act as members of Congress," reports the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader. "Now they complain they were victims of a legislative bait and switch, tricked into supporting a sweeping reform bill they say is underfunded by the Bush administration."

Hmm, this sounds an awful lot like John Kerry's explanation of why he voted for war in Iraq. President Bush "misled every one of us," the haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way served in Vietnam, said in June. To paraphrase the first Republican president, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but President Bush can fool all of these guys all of the time.

Too too delightful. Remember guys, when the magician solemnly waves the wand, watch the other hand.

The poor saps have to focus on the side-issue of funding, because they can't say what they really want to say, which is: "Schools should not be held to standards, because the teacher's unions are the biggest contributors to our Party."

Or: "Parents shouldn't have any choice in their children's educations, because the Democrat voter base is almost entirely people who derive their self-image from being superior to ordinary folk, who need to be "guided" by wise Liberals."

And on the same subject, here's a good article, Education follies, by Mona Charen:

...Florida's "A+" program provides that students in schools performing poorly in two out of four years get a voucher to attend a different public school or a private school. When the Manhattan Institute studied the effect of the program, it found that schools facing the lash of competition made much greater gains than schools permitted to plod on in the old way. A Harvard study of schools in Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin has found the same thing. Amazing! Competition works better than monopoly. Adam Smith: Call your office...

Posted by John Weidner at January 2, 2004 1:23 PM
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