To explain how and why, I will refer to George Will’s column, which will appear in the March 9th, 2009 issue of Newsweek:
“In one wee particular, congressional Democrats want to shrink government. At the behest of the teachers’ unions, the $410 billion omnibus spending bill dooms a $14 million (a rounding error on GM’s bailout) scholarship program that enables 1,800 children, mostly low-income and minorities, to escape the District of Columbia’s catastrophic public schools. But sinking this lifeboat for the poor serves liberalism’s dependency agenda: No poor child left outside the government’s education plantation.
Addressing Congress last week, the president said he is strengthening government “not because I believe in bigger government—I don’t.” Chant it, everybody: Yes you do.
Senator Dick Durbin inserted language into the omnibus spending bill that would abandon poor inner-city poor children who, thanks to this scholarship, have a serious chance to break the cycle of poverty. In the eyes Durbin and other Democrats who support this provision, however, the federal government needs to control the school system in order to help create a permanent poor voting block.
This is disgusting. President Obama must not sign this bill unless the Durbin language is yanked.
For more info on the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, visit VoicesOfSchoolChoice.org.