Attorney General Eric Holder asked former DC Councilman Kevin Chavous to kill this ad, according to Chavous. An odd request from the Attorney General one would think. However, I can appreciate the concern of the AG about this ad. DC public schools are some of the worst in the country, chaotic and violent. This school voucher program, which I discussed in a prior post here, gives a few kids a chance to get out of this mess. Who could be against the program? Obama of course. He, and most Democrat elected officials, are owned body and soul by the teachers’ union, the NEA, and Obama and his colleagues would sooner eat ground glass rather than allow kids through vouchers to escape from the dysfunctional and dangerous public schools that infest much of inner city urban America. I am sure they regret that kids suffer as a result, but such is their political reality. Needless to say, Obama of course would never send his daughters to public schools in DC, and I applaud his parental decision while I condemn his heartlessness in preventing other, less wealthy, parents from having the same option for their kids.
It has become an oft repeated trope of Catholics who are on the left or the self-consciously-unclassifiable portions of the American political spectrum that the pro-life movement has suffered a catastrophic loss of credibility because of its association with the Republican Party, and thence with the Iraq War and the use of torture on Al Qaeda detainees. Until the pro-life movement distances itself from the Republican Party and all of the pro-life leadership who have defended the Iraq War and/or the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on detainees, the argument goes, the pro-life movement will have no moral authority and will be the laughing stock of enlightened Catholics everywhere.
Regardless of what one thinks about the Iraq War and torture (myself, I continue to support the former but oppose the latter) I’m not sure that this claim works very well. Further, I think that those who make it often fail to recognize the extent to which it cuts both ways.
Obama’s pledges to reform schools and stand up to teacher’s unions are sounding pretty hollow. Via MOJ:
In the spending bill that President Obama will sign today, the D.C. voucher program will be effectively killed, as Democratic leaders in the House had desired. A proposed amendment in the Senate to strip this measure from the bill was defeated on a vote of 39-58 (you can check here to see how your Senators voted on school choice for the disadvantaged in Washington, D.C.). This is not an auspicious beginning for educational reform and opportunity in the new administration.