Today's OneNewsNow makes an ardent appeal to their readers' penchant for localism - the idea that the federal government should keep their damn hands off of local matters (of course, the feds can always step in and make laws banning abortion, flag burning and mary-juwanna smoking, but that's DIFFERENT). Here we go...
On Tuesday, voters in Utah defeated the school voucher initiative, thanks -- say supporters of the measure -- to more than $3 million in union funds from mainly out-of-state voucher opponents. Robert Enlow, executive director of the Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation, says it is a tragedy that public school teacher's unions sabotaged the program and denied true school choice in order to further their own agenda, and to ensure job security for thousands of public school teachers.
"In fact, this bill would have provided more money to Utah public schools, while at the same time offering more choices to Utah children and families," argues Enlow. "This is an example of where you can have an out-of-state teacher's union -- a national teacher's union -- thwart a local effort, and do it successfully by putting out a bunch of misinformation and lies. And frankly, that's unfortunate for the children of Utah."
But Enlow says the national school-choice movement is strong and will continue to gain momentum. He says such a large group of disaffected people cannot be disregarded forever.
Did you catch that? Let me lay it out for you:
National Teachers Union = BAD
National School Choice Movement = GOOD
But hey, at least this "National School Choice Movement" is a grassroots effort on the part of millions of individuals, all pooling together to make an impact locally, right? And of course, the spokesman in this article is a representative of local interests, right?
Robert Enlow, executive director of the Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation
The Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation
One American Square, Suite 2420
Indianapolis, Indiana 46282
Is Indiana close to Utah? Maybe some hoosierkids could take their vouchers and go to Brigham Young University.