Way back during the campaign of 2008, “Joe, the whoever” attempted to corner candidate Obama by accusing Obama of wanting to spread the wealth around by using taxes.  The incident led to national recognition for Joe,  interviews, and hero status.

Now, in 2011, Daniels is saying the same thing, and his Republican cronies are eating it up.  Daniels and Bennett want to “give” up to $4500 per child from taxpayer funds to low to moderate income families so that they can send their children to private schools so  that “students who don’t come from wealthy families should have the same opportunity to attend private schools as those who do.”

Pardon me if I am somewhat confused at this point.  Why such a sudden charitable attitude by Daniels and the Republicans?  If the Democrats had come up with a plan like this, they would have been crucified for wasting taxpayer funds.  I guess the fact that it is coming from the public school system’s funds takes them off the proverbial “hook.”

Mitch Daniels- Who me? Spread the wealth?

But, regardless of how it is explained by Daniels and his group, this is a “spreading” of the wealth that so many fear-ridden Republicans and right-wingers called “socialism” when the issue was raised against Obama.   The Republicans even note that taking these tax dollars will give poorer families the same opportunities for their children as wealthy families enjoy.

But, hey, they aren’t “raising” taxes – yet – they are just robbing from Peter to pay Paul and doing a little “smoke and mirrors” two-step to transfer wealth.



About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Jeff Pruitt says:

    That amount of money still makes it extremely difficult for parents to enroll their kids in private school. And even then you’re only cherry-picking away the best students because there’s no way in hell the private schools are going to let in average kids, let alone the below average. It’s just going to compound the problem for urban school districts. Having said that, the union needs to address the problems in these districts as well and quit pretending that the status quo will work…

  2. Jim says:

    Hi there, Jeff!

    Nice to see someone with a bit of common sense, other than Charlotte, weighing in. You couldn’t be more correct.

    Vouchers are all smoke & mirrors. Most voucher programs I have investigated don’t provide nearly enough relief to enable to truly poor to afford private education. Poor people are left in the cycle of crippling despair that the plutocrats want them to be in. Do vouchers help anyone afford private schooling? Sure. Some middle class and lots of upper middle class folks get a nifty little break on the private school tuition they are already paying. A comprehensive study by Arizona State University proved this beyond any rational doubt. Poor people end up screwed by the voucher heist. Knock a couple hundred bucks off private school tuition and it’s still drastically out of reach. Poor kids are left in their public schools. Only now, less money is available to help public schools.


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