July 22, 2010
THE PARTY EXISTS TO PROTECT THE TEACHERS, NOT EDUCATE THE STUDENTS:
The Liberal Dilemma: The Democratic Party's capture by public unions and professional politicians is strangling much of liberalism's agenda. (DANIEL HENNINGER, 7/22/10, WSJ)
In the distant future, some U.S. historian in kindergarten today will write about Congressman David Obey's contribution to the splitting apart of American liberalism's assumptions about the purpose of government. Mr. Obey of Wisconsin is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the spenders. People have said for years that government robs Peter to pay Paul. Now brother is ripping off brother. Mr. Obey plans to send $10 billion to school districts to avoid teacher layoffs and will pay for it in part by taking money from several school reform programs, such as Race to the Top.
President Obama has threatened a veto. Keep an eye on it. If this Democratic president stops that Democratic congressman from knee-capping school reform to protect unionized teachers from the world the rest of us live in, you can mark down August 2010 as a first step back from the crack-up. That would be the kind of change Mr. Obama's admirers thought they were getting.
The bottom line is he has to move Right to save himself and all he cares about is himself. Posted by Orrin Judd at July 22, 2010 5:42 AM