Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Be on your guard people....

Liberals in Washington are coming after you and your parental choice.

I was talking to a friend the other day and she asked if I was in favor of vouchers or not. Honestly, I don't think vouchers are going to severely damage our public schools. I do think that the Utah voucher program is seriously flawed. If you claim to want to give parents a choice in education, make sure that the vouchers go to people who because of finances, don't currently have a "choice" not to people who can already afford to send their kids to private schools.

The radio ads that warn us of liberals in Washington make me simultaneously feel like laughing and screaming. They'd be hilarious if I didn't think that way too many people believe them.

Anyway, I told my friend what I thought about vouchers and she said that she felt like the anti-voucher group was telling people what to think instead of presenting reasons and letting people think for themselves. My comment was, "and how are the pro-voucher ads any better?"

So, this election, lets all remember to get past the rhetoric and scare tactics and use our brains when we decide how to vote. Or, if you don't have a brain, borrow mine.


rmwarnick said...

For me, there is one issue concerning the PCE voucher plan. Democracy is threatened.

I hate it when Utah gets picked as the laboratory for a national right-wing policy experiment at our own expense. Our legislature passed a law that's unconstitutional, will cause tax increases, and was OPPOSED BY TWO-THIRDS OF UTAHNS.

I was thrilled at the opportunity to sign a petition against this, and I am counting the days until I get to veto vouchers on my ballot.

Allie said...

I agree, I hate having things shoved down our throats (cough, walmart in centerville, cough).

I just hope that enough people recognize how poorly designed this voucher system is and vote against it.

I have a hard time imagining that vouchers will survive a vote, but my faith in the ability of a large percentage of Utahn's to overcome the idea of siding with "liberals in washington" is not as great as it once was.

Cliff said...

Hi Allie,

When you say, "They'd be hilarious if I didn't think that way too many people believe them."

What things do you think we believe as in "believe them"?

Please be specific. I am so curious.


Allie said...

"Them" as in the PCE ads.

It seems like vouchers should be voted down fairly easily, but a few too many people that I've talked to recently either love vouchers or are undecided, so that coupled with those stupid ads have me a little nervous (plus I'm not used to having people/things that I vote for win).