Anyway, at this bash, Dubya uttered this line given to him by his handlers:
"This is a Senator Kennedy I can work with."Oh, OK. Would you "work" with him in the same manner that you "worked" with Ted Kennedy on the sham "No Child Left Behind" legislation?
According to this Buzzflash commentary:
The president's key education initiative is a well-intentioned attempt to change education in the United States. It could lead to real changes, if Bush had actually funded the plan rather than treat it as a nice photo op to show he really cared.By the way, I continue to look for data on this that shows increased funding on either the federal or state level, but I'm not having any luck at the moment. If I do, I'll update this post accordingly.
According to Senator Edward Kennedy, the author of the legislation and Bush's main prop in 2001, "in the two years since the No Child Left Behind Act was passed, the Bush Administration has cut its funding, reneged on promised resources for better teachers and smaller classes, and worked to divert millions of dollars to private school vouchers... President Bush's new budget for 2005 will leave over 4.6 million children behind. Still pending before Congress is President Bush's 2004 budget which provides schools with over $7.5 billion less than promised in the No Child Left Behind Act. And there is every expectation that the President will propose again not only to cut resources for public school reform, but to divert scarce public education dollars to private schools."
I find myself just about running out of words anymore to truly communicate my loathing for Dubya's contemptible gall and arrogance. And isn't it a sight to see that he popularity has rebounded so dramatically from a dismal 37 or so percent to a slightly-less-than-mediocre 42 percent? Fa la la...
At least Dubya's predecessor called him on one of his "big lies" recently.