Why do Democrats Hate Our Soldier’s Kids?


By: Warner Todd Huston

Last Friday the Wall Street Journal once again excoriated the president and his henchmen in that mis-educational system so larded with self-interested union thugs (and other Democrats) by pointing out how these ne’er-do-wells are attempting to kill the D.C. school voucher program that has done so much good for so many minority, inner city kids in the Nation’s capitol.

But the end of the editorial also pointed to the fact that Obama wants to perpetrate the same misdeeds against the educational opportunities of our soldier’s kids. It turns out that because the D.C. voucher program is such a success, military families are asking for a similar program. Democrats and Obama are desperate to head this idea off and kill it before it is fairly born — and Democrats have a lot of experience killing things before they are born, we all know.

As far as parents and kids that have had the benefit of the soon to end voucher program, the whole thing is one they don’t want to lose.

But, what parents and kids want does not interest unions and Obama. In fact, as the WSJ so ably points out, the NEA has even taken to lying to get its way. The Journal quotes the craven union as saying:

“The DC voucher pilot program, which is set to expire this year, has been a failure,” the NEA’s letter fibs. “Over its five year span, the pilot program has yielded no evidence of positive impact on student achievement.”

“That must be news to the voucher students who are reading almost a half-grade level ahead of their peers,” the Journal retorts.

It’s bad enough that Democrats want to place these successful kids back in the failing, inner city schools that plague D.C., but they want to similarly hamper the education of our soldier’s kids. The end of the Journal piece gives us a quick mention of this fact.

The NEA’s letter was a pre-emptive strike against the possibility that 750,000 students in military families would benefit from vouchers. That idea was raised in a Senate hearing this month, when military families explained that frequent moves and inconsistent schooling was harmful to their children. “The creation of a school voucher program should be considered,” Air Force wife Patricia Davis dared to say.

President Obama pledged to support whatever works in schools, ideology notwithstanding. But neither he nor Mr. Duncan have dared to speak truth to the power of the NEA. Military families can join urban parents on the list of those who matter less to the NEA than does maintaining the failed status quo.

This is no less than an Obama/union thug preventive strike to kill any possibility that the D.C. plan could be used to brighten the hopes of our military families who wish for better educational opportunities for their own children. The unions and the anti-kid Obama administration want to stop dead any chance of headway concerning the possible military voucher ideas floated on June 6 by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) in a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

So, one has to wonder, why do unions, Democrats and President Obama so hate the idea that our children, both in the private sector and in our armed forces, might find a better education? Why do these Democrats want our children to fail?

Well, of course the only reason is money. Unions and Obama would rather have full control of the money that is education that they willingly turn a blind eye to the very children they claim to want to help. Yes, it’s all about the cash.

Obama and his Democrats are telling the inner city kids in D.C. as well as the kids of our soldiers to pound sand all the while smiling their wide, toothy grins and pretending that they “care.”

Can we take away every advantage these inner city kids worked so hard to achieve? Why, “yes we can.”

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