February 15, 2015

Rep. Dave Brat is the perfect example of what the GOP has become. A vacuous party filled with nincompoops, charlatans, right wing extremists and religious zealots. Dave Brat is Laura Ingrahams whiz kid that dethroned Eric Cantor and now he's part of the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Here's the kind of expertise he brings to the table:

Brat: The greatest thinkers in Western civ were not products of education policy. Socrates trained Plato in on a rock and then Plato trained in Aristotle, roughly speaking, on a rock. So, huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history.

Have you finished throwing up yet? WTF does that mean? His words make no sense.

Wonkette has more:

Brat: We can all do better; I think if we really want to do better, we need to get private sector folks into every single one of our schools, get the CEOs in the schools and move beyond this, this narrow policy debate, and really have a revolution … Our kids do not know what a business is when they graduate from high school. They need to know that. So we can talk skills and this, that, and the other thing, but we’re not going to have any success until we do work together at that much higher level and shoot for true success for our kids.

For one thing, the schools need to teach word salad skills a lot better. By the end of his three or so minutes, we were half ready for Rep. Brat to thank everyone for choosing him as Miss Teen South Carolina. For another, is he really sure about that business thing?

In any case, if we merely fill our high schools with CEOs, we’ll soon have a whole bunch of budding Aristotles going around starting businesses, because if there’s anything the Greek philosophers are famous for, it’s for teaching on rocks and being entrepreneurs.

Oh, also, the Republicans on the committee Brat serves on want to change the way federal funding for students living in poverty is allocated, so that even less money goes to schools in poor communities and more to middle and upper-income districts. Rep. Brat is willing to provide each urban high school with a nice rock, however.

I can't wait to see all those CEO's willing to leave their profitable corporate palaces racing to replace teachers in the classroom. Let's give Cersie Lannister of the xenophobes a big round of applause for replacing Cantor with a bigger fool.

Digby writes:

"We can talk skills and this and that and the other thing ..." but what we need is to get rid of all the teachers (waaaay to many wimmin, which is undoubtedly a BIG part of the problem) and get CEOs in the schools teaching CEO-ship to children. I don't know who will be CEOing their companies, but maybe they can ship those jobs overseas?

You have to wonder what Cantor's thinking. He was a wingnut of wingnuts but he wasn't a fool. The GOP prefers fools. But then he catered to the lowest common denominator for years for cynical political gain. What did he expect?

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