January 9, 2016

The Jack Kemp Foundation, which claims their mission is to develop, engage and recognize exceptional leaders who champion the American Idea is actually just a cavalcade of GOP liars spewing their disgustingly deleterious and delusional talking points. The forum is happening now in South Carolina, where the candidates are telling the American people who watch C-Span how they'd do things so much better than the current leaderless Obama Administration.

The segment begins with Paul Ryan proclaiming that the devolution of education in Federalism has destroyed our education system. This is why he's such a fan of state-run vouchers for just about everything, and he asks the brain surgeon what he'd like to do at the federal level to address this "problem." Ben begins by droning on about the taxes and stifling regulations on corporations that supposedly cost the poor, and how laundry detergent will cost an additional .10 because of regulations; which has exactly what to do with education? Oh, yes, let's get back to the question at hand, he must have remembered, waking up a bit more, and said,

The best education, we have found, and I like to base things on evidence and not ideology, the best educated: homeschoolers, next best, are going to be private schoolers, and then charter schoolers and then public schoolers. That's not to say all public schools are bad, some are outstanding, but we have so many that are not. And I think the only way to solve this problem is to provide school choice, and I think school choice is done through vouchers that are mediated through the states and not the federal government...'

Ben Carson claimed that he's a big proponent of evidence. That's right, the medical doctor who rejects the theory of evolution is the evidence guy, and he thinks that's why the solution to all our education woes is homeschooling! He also thinks that crime and violence cost society more, that's why we need to stop helping poor people, because that will lower crime.

How can a single parent homeschool their kids? Leave the six year old at home to fend for himself and use the computer that they can't afford and the internet that they don't have? Great thinking Ben. Don't worry, the N.J. Governor has some more bad ideas, this isn't over yet.

CHRISTIE: The single most destructive force in education, is the Teachers' Union.

This claim has been backed up by zero statistics. New Jersey's education system ranks in the top three in the country behind Massachusetts and Connecticut. These union-less, voucher-based ideas will do exactly what to N.J.? It'll turn a good system into Nevada or Mississippi, where education is ranked near the bottom of the country's public schools, which are the only option for working-class people and the poor.

Of course, Christie has an equally preposterous solution. He's said, in the past, that every kid should just use their iPads. Let's stop using old books and give kids iPads, isn't that a magical idea? The only problem is that we need to cut taxes on the super rich, so where are these magical iPads coming from? Will the profit-driven corporate CEOs at Apple just donate them? Simply preposterous.

Bad ideas, worse human beings. That's your 2016 GOP field.

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