September 27, 2003


DEMOCRATIC CONFUSION ON VOUCHERS (Matthew Miller, 9/24/03, Tribune Media Services)

Democrats are prepared to filibuster a Republican plan to spend $13 million to give up to 2000 children in Washington, D.C., a $7,500 school voucher. But Democrats are not planning to filibuster President Bush's plan to spend a fresh $87 biillion in Iraq without rescinding some tax cuts for the wealthy to pay for it.

There is something wrong with this picture.

To say that Democrats have a voucher problem is to understate matters. But because passions run so high on this issue, let me throw in the obligatory caveats. Even though the Democratic mayor of Washington, Anthony Williams, rightly wants this plan passed, it is not a serious test of the voucher concept. A serious test would offer more generous vouchers to most of Washington's 70,000 children, not only a tiny fraction.

Let me also stipulate that Republicans are often evil, and their claim to champion poor children is largely a hoax.

Thank goodness for the qualifiers: "often" and "largely".

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2003 11:52 AM

The last sentence gives the reader the clue that the author is useless and shouldn't waste their time reading the article.

Posted by: AWW at September 27, 2003 11:17 PM

If the Republicans truly want to be seen as evil, next October they should run ads showing small children, peering through the fences at Sidwell and St. Albans, telling voters that the Democrats are class fascists. Also helpful would be a caricatuure of Mary Landrieu, shooing the children away.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 28, 2003 11:17 AM