By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog
Consternatives are the primary advocates for school vouchers, which can be used to pay for private school when parents can’t afford the tuition but don’t want their kids in public school. Florida Republicant gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott recently expressed his support for expanding vouchers, which were sharply limited here after a 2006 court ruling.
The contradiction lies in consternatives ostensibly wanting to fund education for the disadvantaged with taxpayer dollars, while deriding the notion of providing food, shelter and health care for the very same class of people by the same means. The terms “big government,” “out-of-control spending,” “taxing people to death” and “welfare queens” are often bandied angrily about. Why this selective concern for the underprivileged?
Some voucher critics don’t want to help pay for religious schools, and I can understand that. For me, the issue is that vouchers create a barrier to fixing the real problem: failing public schools. (I use similar logic in opposing the drilling of new oil wells in the U.S. – it doesn’t encourage companies to seek the non-polluting, renewable energy sources we should be pursuing.)
Whatever I may think on the topic, I know support for school vouchers is yet another glaring example of consternative hypocrisy.