"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Tennessee Taliban Strikes Again

It is great to be back home and living in Nashville, which is to Tennessee what Austin is to Texas--a small blue dot surrounded by poor red counties where the majority of people who vote still vote their whiteness over their best economic interests.

And so the real regrettable part of living here has to do with state politics, which is controlled by ALEC and run by a new crop of corporate welfare dimwits who would be looking for assistant managers'  jobs at Walmart if it were not for the sponsorship of billionaires and Wall Street scumbags who buy state legislative offices for these new Brooks Bros. hillbillies.

Last week I was downtown with a few platoons of good folks protesting the continued refusal by the state legislature and our corrupt oilman governor to accept free Medicaid money that would insure 280,000 Tennesseans if it were not for carefree know-nothings who parade around the Capitol as if they owned the place.  Which I guess they do until such time as Tennesseans awaken from their tea slumber party to find their government owned by corporate interests.  See Michigan, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, etc. etc, where the deep sleep continues.

This week the Tennessee Taliban majority in the General Assembly has made news once again.  This time they have passed a school voucher bill that gives special education students a few thousand dollars to attend a privately-run school if the students' parents will give up all their rights under IDEA.   Andy Spears has the story. Read it and read it again to believe it.

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