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Attorney General Eric Holder Tries to Kill a TV ad for School Vouchers.

The Weekly Standard 29 October 2009 27 Comments
President Obama isn’t taking kindly to a television ad that criticizes his opposition to a popular scholarship program for poor children, and his administration wants the ad pulled.
Former D.C. Councilmember Kevin Chavous of D.C. Children First said October 16 that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had recently approached him and told him to kill the ad.
The 30-second ad, which has been airing on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and News Channel 8 to viewers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, urges the president to reauthorize the federally-funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program that provides vouchers of up to $7,500 for D.C. students to attend private schools.
The ad features Chavous and a young boy–one of 216 students whose scholarships were rescinded by the Department of Education earlier this year when the agency announced no new students would be allowed into the program. The ad also includes an excerpt taken from one of Obama’s campaign statements.

President Obama isn’t taking kindly to a television ad that criticizes his opposition to a popular scholarship program for poor children, and his administration wants the ad pulled.

Former D.C. Councilmember Kevin Chavous of D.C. Children First said October 16 that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had recently approached him and told him to kill the ad.

The 30-second ad, which has been airing on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and News Channel 8 to viewers in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, urges the president to reauthorize the federally-funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program that provides vouchers of up to $7,500 for D.C. students to attend private schools.

The ad features Chavous and a young boy–one of 216 students whose scholarships were rescinded by the Department of Education earlier this year when the agency announced no new students would be allowed into the program. The ad also includes an excerpt taken from one of Obama’s campaign statements.

“I saw [Holder] at an event,” said Chavous. “He did ask me in front of others to pull the ad. My response was, ‘No, and I tell you what, if the president does the right thing, not only will we pull it but we will celebrate him.’ ”

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  • Daniel said:

    Our President must choose between the best interests of the children and the money he gets from the teachers’ unions, the leadership of which adamantly oppose school choice.
    I hope he does the right thing.
    It will tell us all what he is really made of.

  • J said:

    It’s hard to keep it nice and clean on this. But I will just say that everywhere I look I see union influence. And not for the best.

  • Mark Well said:

    What is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States doing intervening in a purely policy decision? Have these people no sense of right and wrong? For shame.

  • kjackman said:

    On what legal grounds could the attorney general – the nation’s #1 law enforcement official – conceivably demand the ad’s removal? Or is this just raw, naked bullying?

  • jr said:

    The teachers who fund the teachers’ unions with their dues are not very smart. If vouchers were allowed then there’d be a lot of competition among private schools bidding for teachers. They would be a lot better off and could get much better pay and control over their jobs with many schools bidding for their talents than just one monopoly government school in each area. What is wrong with them?

    Why don’t they throw out their union bosses and help themselves?

  • Brother J said:

    @kjackman

    The answers to your questions are:
    1 None whatsoever and;
    2 Yes.

  • Concerned Citizen said:

    Jr.said “If vouchers were allowed then there’d be a lot of competition among private schools bidding for teachers. They would be a lot better off and could get much better pay and control over their jobs with many schools bidding for their talents than just one monopoly government school in each area. What is wrong with them?”

    Jr., that’s not the way unions think and act, or even why they exist. What you are suggesting is that teachers would be better off without the unions and while that is certainly true for many teachers, it isn’t true for all of them.

    With a union, there is no bidding, there is the Union Rate. Everyone gets paid the same based on how long they have had the job. If parents had vouchers, they would be free to choose where to send their kids to school – union or non-union (since not every school would be unionized). The only reason schools would “bid” for anyone is if a teacher did a better job than others. Under the union, there is no incentive to do a better job than anyone else. You get paid the same, so why work harder? If you are good, you should leave the union environment immediately because you will get exactly the same thing that incompetent parasites do.

    That’s why unions have destroyed every business they have touched. Autos, airlines, most manufacturing, shipyards, education, government…there are few exceptions to this rule.

  • someguy said:

    You should have punched him back twice as hard.

  • Paul A'Barge said:

    They bring a knife, you bring a gun.

    That’s how they do it in Chicago.

  • 5th Level Fighter said:

    Ah, the irony of the nation’s first black president blocking poor black children from getting a decent education.

    Hope™ & Change™. Catch the fever.

  • Conor said:

    I can remember Janet Reno on television threatening mortage with prosecution if they didn’t make home loans to higher risk populations.

    Look where that got us.

    When is somebody going to rise up against Holder? He doesn’t prosecute Black Panthers who intimidate voters, but he tells a private citizen to pull an ad that makes the President look bad?

    And who said Obama wasn’t a socialist?

  • Da Coyote said:

    From an earlier post, “…It will tell us all what he is really made of”

    I can tell you with one four letter word what he is made of.

  • Fred said:

    Can you see your freedom of speech disappearing?

  • Liberty Jane said:

    I want school choice — and I want it now.

  • James said:

    Um, what part of the First Amendment do Obama and Holder not understand?

  • Punkindrublic said:

    Now, where or where’d I leave that danged torch and pitchfork? For that matter, where’d I leave that danged noose, tar, and feathers?

    We’re coming. At a time and place of our choosin’.

  • Michael Reed said:

    There’s a two-word response to the clips of pre-president Obama: YOU LIE! Again and again and again. And this from a man who’s had only the best, private education (paid for by his white, upper-middle class, bank vice president grandmother) in his life, and provides the same to his children. All the while pandering to poor people (of all colors), and blaming GWB & Republicans and pretty much anyone but himself and his bumbling minions. Tell me again, which party has had the majority in the legislative branch for the last several years? And the Presidency for the last 10 months? Powerless are they?
    And Holder? What can you say about a man who says everyone in the US is a coward about race but him & the President?… then refuses to prosecute an open/close case against voter bullies from the New Black Panthers with absolutely no explanation. Or claims that a black student-scholar, beaten to death by black thugs, in a primarily black community in Chicago isn’t a racial issue? Is he blind? Stupid? Or just a self-serving political hack of the Jackson & Sharpton school of race-baiting hate. All our children deserve better than what the Obama Party is serving up.

  • John C. Randolph said:

    Our President must choose between the best interests of the children and the money he gets from the teachers’ unions

    He already made that choice, years ago. Sorry, kids.

    -jcr

  • Jeannie said:

    For anyone, anywhere to want to stay in power at the expense of keeping children ignorant and thus exploited for life is beyond belief!

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  • NS said:

    For anyone, anywhere to want to stay in power at the expense of keeping children ignorant and thus exploited for life is beyond belief!

    @Jeannie

    You better believe it.Dem Pols will and have already done far worse.

  • Leanne said:

    We can’t go on like this. It has to stop.

    We have to act.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    Kids,

    Long time School Reform Isolationist James Meeks has now seen the light! Vouchers are the way – the only way to real and genuine Reform.

    Senator James Meeks has been the Joseph P. Kennedy Ambassador to School Reform Isolationism and a powerful voice for tossing more tax dollars to the Chicago Teachers Union and hapless Public Schools. Now he has experienced the Great Awakening. Vouchers!

    http://hickeysite.blogspot.com/2009/10/sen-meeks-no-longer-isolationist-on.html

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