More on the Big Lie of the "Texas Miracle"... from Barbara Bush!

Allow me to add a point to my piece on the front, courtesy of non other than Barbara Bush, of all people. 

Writing of proposed cuts of around $10 billion for Texas education spending in the Houston Chronicle, Bush seems to have stumbled upon the fact that "limited government" is only appealing in the abstract:

The education of our children is a partnership — a partnership among the schools, the parents, businesses, churches and the rest of the community.

Right now that partnership is failing. Our schools are in crises:

•  We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma.

•  We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores.

•  We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

•  Despite our outstanding universities and colleges, we also lag behind in several critical higher education criteria. For example, California has nine nationally recognized research institutions, New York has seven and Pennsylvania has four. With the University of Houston's recent designation by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research institution, Texas, the second largest state, has four.

In light of these statistics, can we afford to cut the number of teachers, increase class sizes, eliminate scholarships for underprivileged students and close several community colleges?

At a time when the United Way estimates that the price tag for dropouts to Texas taxpayers is $9.6 billion every year, can we really afford to cut state funding for our students?

The answer is a resounding "no."

These Tea Party types -- I include Rick Perry in that category -- are making the Bushes appear moderate and reasonable, just as the presidency of George W. Bush made Reagan appear so.

[HT:Andrew Leonard at Salon]


AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at June 17, 2011, 10:55am

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