Thursday, December 16, 2010

Elections have consequences

When Gov.-elect Rick Scott stood in a church last week and dropped a policy bomb on the education establishment -- a plan to essentially give vouchers to any family that wants one -- 900 voucher kids in the audience cheered. But from South Florida to Tallahassee, apocalyptic thoughts began raining on traditional public education advocates.

Vouchers for everybody?

Not even former Gov. Jeb Bush went there.

The teachers' unions, and teachers generally, put all their eggs in the Democratic Party's basket, with endorsements, donations and campaign volunteers. In exchange, the original stimulus bill gave them raises at the height of the recession, when more than 10% of their fellow Americans were losing their jobs.

Republicans know they have nothing to lose from offending teachers. Expect to see more payback.

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