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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

IndyStar Blasts Fleebagger Democrats

Posted by iusbvision on March 18, 2011

By the way, some of these Democrats do not have the funds to live in a hotel for a month on the road, so someone is donating the money and since this is out of state travel it means that the money is almost certainly illegal.


Although the Republican right-to-work proposal prompted the walkout, the protest was expanded to include education reforms.

The protesting Democrats have objected to charter school expansion in House Bill 1002, as well as a proposal to allow low-income parents to have scholarships for private school tuition.

Amid the ongoing controversy, local education reform leaders are offering the first local showing of the film, “The Cartel,” Tuesday at the Indiana Historical Society. The film shows the practical effects of the status quo in education as well as corruption in the current system. Sponsored by the Freedom Foundation for Educational Choice, this film is just one of several pleas to put children first in education.

An earlier movie, “Waiting for Superman,” offered moving accounts of children longing for a better school.

One of those better schools locally is Herron High, which state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has cited for its gains on Advanced Placement tests. The percentage of the Indianapolis charter school’s students who passed an AP exam increased from 5 percent to 38 percent last school year. With its college prep emphasis, Herron also has seen a 78 percent increase in students who take AP exams.

It’s hard to tell why the House Democrats mixed up worker rights with opposition to education reform. In staying out to protest charters, Indiana Democrats have put themselves at odds with national Democratic leaders such as President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

State Democrats also object to private school choice for low-income families. Yet that idea originated in Milwaukee with a Democratic mayor, John Norquist. A Democratic candidate for mayor of Indianapolis, Louis Mahern, advocated the idea in his campaign 20 years ago.

Where were these Democrats when Mahern was running for mayor? Where are they now when one of their own, former Mayor Bart Peterson, has helped lead the charge for charter schools?

“There’s a schism in the Democratic Party around education reform,” notes David Harris, founder and CEO of a local reform group, The Mind Trust. “A new generation of Democrats, led by the president and Secretary Duncan, is demanding we remake public education even though that means upsetting the teacher unions. But we don’t have enough Obama/Duncan-style Democrats in Indiana.”

House Minority Leader Pat Bauer has identified the reform legislation as part of a war against the middle class.

What will really hurt the middle class is killing these education reform initiatives.




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