Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Profiting from pain

Sick. Disgusting. Unbelievable. Attorneys general are lining up to fine and/or imprison those who sought to profit off of the pain of the hurricane victims. But no one will prosecute Senator (and presidential hopeful -- yuch!) George Allen from using the hurricane to advance his far right political agenda:

Republican Senator George Allen of Virginia said the hurricane recovery may be an opportunity to push through parts of the Republican agenda, such as school vouchers and tax cuts.

For example, he said, children displaced by the storm could be giving vouchers to use at private or public schools where they've been relocated, and businesses along the Gulf Coast would benefit from tax breaks. (via Bloomberg)


That's right. Rather than talking about helping out victims he's talking about tax cuts and school vouchers. Conservative idealogues are amazing, aren't they?

3 Comments:

Blogger Joe Thomas said...

I read an article today about how a for-profit charter group is pushing an idea to Congress and Ms Spellings to create a nationwide virtual charter school, give all of the displaced kids computers, and let them do their work via the 'Net.

I guess they could get counseling via www.thecounselors.com and visit the nurse at www.webmd.com.

What are these people thinking?

9:01 PM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

They're thinking that America is up for sale to the highest bidder. And they're not far from the truth.

My brother in law lives in Canada, and I think more seriously of going there every day. Hopefully, we're not worldwide trendsetters.

4:15 PM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

Oh, and read Paul Krugman today. That's just what he wrote about.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/16/opinion/16krugman.html?hp

4:16 PM  

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