Senate KO's DC Voucher Program (Who Noted Nay?)
by anthony.stasi
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Mar 15, 2009 | 6216 views | 1 1 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink


Score one for typical Washington politics. The Washington DC vouchers program was defeated in the senate last week by a 58-39 vote. Last week I wrote about how important this program was to kids on the lower economic scale. I know that I benefitted from a school where education was a priority and discipline and values were always a part of the curriculum. Private schooling does not work for every child, but the kids in the Washington DC area had a chance to try something new. What’s more, if the public school system complains of overcrowding, wouldn’t they benefit with some kids going to a different school? Well the votes are in. Here are the senators that sent these kids back to a failed school system:

NAYs ---58

Akaka (D-HI)

Baucus (D-MT)

Bayh (D-IN)

Begich (D-AK)

Bennet (D-CO)

Bingaman (D-NM)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Burris (D-IL)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Conrad (D-ND)

Crapo (R-ID)

Dodd (D-CT)

Dorgan (D-ND)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feingold (D-WI)

Feinstein (D-CA) Gillibrand (D-NY)

Hagan (D-NC)

Harkin (D-IA)

Inouye (D-HI)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kaufman (D-DE)

Kerry (D-MA)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Kohl (D-WI)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

Lincoln (D-AR)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL)

Nelson (D-NE)

Pryor (D-AR)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

Sanders (I-VT)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Snowe (R-ME)

Specter (R-PA)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Tester (D-MT)

Udall (D-CO)

Udall (D-NM)

Webb (D-VA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Wyden (D-OR)

There are good arguments on both sides. I know the unions spent a lot of money trying to shut this down. But the most compelling argument for the DC Voucher program was that it was working. We’re one country – and this week we defunded a program that was working, and sent kids into another program that was not working so well. Change we can believe in?

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March 27, 2009
Our coach has some wobbly wheels so instead of changing the tires, they changed the coach into a pumpkin.

Change will be the only thing we have left in our wallets at the rate we are spiraling down.

Voters need to protest changing programs that work. If it isn't broke, don't fix it.