Awright, it’s no secret that I hate Bush.
Actually, I don’t even really hate the man. Mostly, I just really, really want him to go somewhere and clip his coupons and get the fuck out of my government and justice system and go be rich and annoying somewhere where I don’t have to listen to him, much less ponder what kind of insane shit he’s done and will continue to do to my country.
But now it’s getting worse. Now his Education head has gone batshit.
Monday, the guy – Education Secretary Rod Paige – described the NEA, a national teachers’ union, as a “terrorist organization.” The upshot is that the NEA thinks that No Child Left Behind can’t work the way it’s written, and even if it could, expecting it to without some sort of funding is insane.
Apparently, Rod Paige really doesn’t like hearing this, and has been wailing about how the NEA does not actually represent the will of American teachers, and the REAL teachers don’t agree with NEA, and blah, blah, blah.
Tuesday, he issued an “apology” that was damn near as insulting as the thing he was apologizing for:
“It was an inappropriate choice of words to describe the obstructionist scare tactics the NEA’s Washington lobbyists have employed against No Child Left Behind’s historic education reforms. I also said, as I have repeatedly, that our nation’s teachers, who have dedicated their lives to service in the classroom, are the real soldiers of democracy, whereas the NEA’s high-priced Washington lobbyists have made no secret that they will fight against bringing real, rock-solid improvements in the way we educate all our children regardless of skin color, accent or where they live. But, as one who grew up on the receiving end of insensitive remarks, I should have chosen my words better.”
So now the NEA is demanding his head on a plate for being an asshole. Oh, sorry, that’s hyperbolic and uninformative. My bad. I should have said, “The NEA is squawking at Bush to fire Paige or press him to resign.”
I wouldn’t normally think Bush would, you know, like, honor the wishes of the people or do the sensible thing instead of protecting his political cronies, but it IS an election year. Wonder what he’ll do?
Y’know, this is starting to approach the surreal idiocy of the Reagan Administration’s James Watt crisis. And we let these people run things WHY?