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Rand Paul Doesn’t Want Parents To Know About Unequal Access To Education

Yesterday, I noted Rand Paul’s vote to preserve discrimination in public schools against GLBT students. This morning, we have news of yet another troubling vote by the Republican U.S. senator and presidential candidate.

rand paul inequality in educationRand Paul voted against a legislative amendment that would have ensured that state governments measure disparities between school districts in terms of student access to school libraries, health and wellness programs, qualified educational assistants, early childhood education, and instruction in fundamental academic skills.

The amendment wasn’t the brainchild of a liberal. It was written and introduced by Senator Mark Kirk – a Republican.

The amendment simply sought to lift the veil that hide inequalities in access to education. Rand Paul voted to bring that veil back down – not to end inequality in access to good education, but simply to cover it up.

As a U.S. senator, Rand Paul is pursuing a policy of willful ignorance in government. He doesn’t want citizens to know about inequality in the educational system as it exists. He doesn’t offer any alternative plan for addressing educational inequalities. Rand Paul would just rather that we don’t have this information in our hands.

Why should we allow a person with animosity to learning to become President of the United States?

One thought on “Rand Paul Doesn’t Want Parents To Know About Unequal Access To Education”

  1. Tom says:

    Of course Rand Paul sucks! The Republicans are easy to discern – corporate whores. But politicians are slimy creatures. All of them. The reason it’s all of them is because you’ll never HEAR of a candidate that doesn’t tow the line. Oh Bernie Sanders, he’s our new saviour!

    Chris Hedges on Bernie Sanders’ role within the corporate Democrats


    Bernie Sanders is the only major party candidate for President who favors a single payer national health insurance system.

    What’s not to like?

    That was the question Ralph Nader asked Chris Hedges on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour.

    “Bernie Sanders wants to break up the New York banks, he wants to impose a Wall Street transaction tax, he wants to regulate drug prices, he’s for full Medicare for all — everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital — he wants to get rid of these corporate tax havens, he’s pushing for a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage, he wants to stronger labor unions. What’s not to like?” Nader asked Hedges.

    “Because he did it within the Democratic establishment,” Hedges said. “He’s lending credibility to a party that is completely corporatized. He has agreed that he will endorse the candidate, which, unless there is some miracle, will probably be Hillary Clinton.”

    “So what he does is he takes all of that energy, he raises all of these legitimate issues and he funnels it back into a dead political system so that by April it’s over.”

    “That was the role of Van Jones in the last election,” Hedges said. “He was running around, using the language of Occupy — Occupy the Vote — and that is what Bernie has done. I don’t understand. He fought the Democratic establishment in Vermont his entire career. Now he has sold out to it.”

    “Bernie has also not confronted the military industrial complex at all,” Hedges said. “On a personal level, having spent seven years in the Middle East, I’m just not willing to forgive him for abandoning the Palestinians and giving carte blanche to Israel. He was one of 100 Senators who stood up like AIPAC wind up dolls and approved Israel’s 51-day slaughter last summer of Palestinians in Gaza — the Palestinians who have no army, no navy, artillery, mechanized units, command and control.” [read the rest if you’re interested]

    There won’t be any political solution to the predicament we’ve created for humanity.

    No one can solve the many wicked problems (system theory term meaning the problems involve so many variables that doing any one thing to change course likely ends up making the original problem worse in the process) that we face now, from climate change to resource extraction to food security. Corporations continue to make matters worse DAILY by continuing business as usual.

    Halfway to 2 C — According to NASA, We Just Blew Past an Ominous Milestone


    2 C.

    It’s the amount of warming past pre-industrial times that the IPCC says we should try to avoid this Century in order to prevent the worst consequences of human-caused climate change. It’s the so-called safe limit, even though there’s nothing really safe about it and we should probably be aiming more for a below 1.5 C target.

    1 C.

    It’s the amount of warming between pre-industrial times and, according to the latest data from NASA, the first half of 2015. In other words, temperatures during the first six months of 2015 are now at least halfway toward freeing some of the nastiest climate monsters in the closet. [read it all]

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