Monday, March 14, 2005

Interview with the Editorial Editor for the State Newspaper Brad Warthen regarding the Put Children First initiative of Gov Sandford's.:

Interview with the Editorial Editor for the State Newspaper Brad Warthen regarding the Put Children First initiative of Gov Sandfords.:

To be frank, Brad is all about FUD. Fear Uncertainty and Doubt. Foremost he is afraid that this is the Vietnam of the Culture War. This domino falls the whole system will fall. He and the whole staff are very committed to public education that much is true and it comes out in his blind support for the current system.

He explained to me that it (the whole PCF initiative) is all very complicated and the more he explained the clearer it became, there is genuine fear in his reporting. He is not just saying that the flag has to come down or that there is some problem with video gambling he is dealing with lots of his friends and their pretensions to progressive government altruism. He is genuine in his opinions; he really thinks the sky is falling. He is not being paid for his endorsement.

Unfortunately he is dealing with lots of children and their parents, my kids.

He is trying to make a tax credit proposal into an incursion on sacred ground, he is making a taboo, he is trying to turn public funded free education into a human right that only caring progressives are allowed to meddle in.

The fact that he has to play down when he makes his opinion section is that a majority of South Carolinians do not have the same warm feeling when it comes to public education. He is trying to make an apple a saw horse.

We are a conservative state, most South Carolinians do not like what has changed in public schools over the last ten years, much less the extreme difference from twenty-five or thirty. It is not that Sandford wants to get rid of the public funded education system. He wants parents to have access to schools that support their values, not the fantasyland Sesame Street values that create poor schools. The teacher and principal cannot blow smoke up the guy's -explicative- who wants to employ the student after they graduate.

This initiative will recognize that it is the family of the student that is primarily responsible for education not the state

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