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Anti-Bush Groups Want Education Secretary Fired
CNSNEWS.COM ^ | March 8, 2004 | Susan Jones

Posted on 03/08/2004 3:44:22 PM PST by yoe

Liberal groups on Monday plan to launch a petition drive, urging President Bush to fire Education Secretary Rod Paige.

Paige recently apologized for a remark in which he described the National Education Association as a "terrorist organization."

But MoveOn.org and another group called Campaign for America's Future are not accepting Paige's apology.

"Parents, teachers and students across the country are outraged that the Bush administration is attacking teachers instead of listening to them to ensure a high-quality public education to every child," the groups said in a joint press release announcing the launch of Monday's petition drive.

Paige made the "terrorist" remark in a private meeting with governors on Feb. 23. He later apologized, saying, "It was an inappropriate choice of words to describe the obstructionist scare tactics the NEA's Washington lobbyists have employed against No Child Left Behind's historic education reforms."

Paige also said, "I have nothing but the highest esteem for teachers and the teaching profession."

But MoveOn.org and Campaign for America's Future are spreading the word that Paige referred to teachers -- not union leaders -- as terrorists: "Education Secretary Rod Paige last week called millions of teachers part of a 'terrorist' group," the press release said.

Robert Borosage, co-director of Campaign for America's Future, and Peter Schurman of MoveOn.org said they will join Houston area parents and teachers on Monday in a "media conference call regarding the Bush Administration's wartime tactics and education policies."

They're all "banding together to launch a major petition drive...to call on President Bush to fire Secretary Paige and start listening to teachers," the announcement said.

In an unrelated development, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has accused MoveOn.org of breaking campaign finance rules by paying for recent anti-Bush political ads with "soft money" - unlimited donations from individuals.


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Ron Paige spoke the truth when he called the NEA a terrorist organization - many teachers will not join that socialist group just because they do nothing about e-d-u-c-a-t-i-n-g; they can't because they aren't!

Parents, teachers and student across the country are Cheering the Education Secretary on! These people are from some other planet...........

1 posted on 03/08/2004 3:44:23 PM PST by yoe
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To: yoe
Ditto that!!
2 posted on 03/08/2004 3:49:40 PM PST by Russ
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To: yoe
WAH-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H-H!

Seems like they are trying to come up with daily "issues" that affect the President so that he spends all his time "defending" himself.

President Bush....go on the offensive...NOW!
3 posted on 03/08/2004 3:50:34 PM PST by BushisTheMan
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To: yoe
Teacher's in this country are giving high quality education to our children? LOL
4 posted on 03/08/2004 3:50:39 PM PST by Arpege92 (This will be a monumental struggle of GOOD -vs- evil, but GOOD will prevail. - - George W. Bush)
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To: Russ
And ditto this!
5 posted on 03/08/2004 3:50:41 PM PST by nobody_knows (<a href="http://http://www.michaelmoore.com/" target="_blank">moral coward)
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To: yoe
But MoveOn.org and another group called Campaign for America's Future are not accepting Paige's apology.

Does anyone care what a bunch of angry, out-of-tune college students think?

6 posted on 03/08/2004 3:51:58 PM PST by MegaSilver
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To: yoe
you mean the same moveon.org that labeled Bush a Nazi, among other names?
7 posted on 03/08/2004 3:52:06 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: yoe
Hell, these people have wanted him fired since the day he was nominated.
8 posted on 03/08/2004 3:52:21 PM PST by squidly (I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosity he excites among his opponents)
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To: yoe
Rod Paige is a good man. Can't a black man enjoy real power in this country without being torn down ?

RACIST liberals.

9 posted on 03/08/2004 3:52:50 PM PST by ChadGore ("Maybe they thought Saddam would lose the next Iraqi election")
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To: yoe
Liberal groups on Monday plan to launch a petition drive, urging President Bush to fire Education Secretary Rod Paige.

I don't recall them complaining when NAACP leader Julian Bond called Republicans and Aschroft the "Taliban wing of the Republican Party."

The liberals are always calling for someone to be fired. First, they chum the waters with calls for a firing. If it happens, then they'll complain that Bush fired a black man.

-PJ

10 posted on 03/08/2004 3:53:06 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: yoe
This does not raise to the level of dismissal. Censure and move on... < /sarcasm >
11 posted on 03/08/2004 3:57:53 PM PST by weegee (Election 2004: Re-elect President Bush... Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
I don't recall them complaining when NAACP leader Julian Bond called Republicans and Aschroft the "Taliban wing of the Republican Party."

If it happens, then they'll complain that Bush fired a black man.

Exactly. Liberal lie. Always.

12 posted on 03/08/2004 3:59:16 PM PST by weegee (Election 2004: Re-elect President Bush... Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
No mention of Dasshole's calling conservative Christians "America's Taliban", either. This should be quickly thrown into the argument. Hypocrites.
13 posted on 03/08/2004 3:59:39 PM PST by RightthinkinAmerican (You can have my gun when I'm done shooting your cold, dead body with it.)
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To: yoe
BRING IT ON.

I don't think most Americans favor the NEA, and are incensed about the poor state of public education. Bush can say it was a dumb thing to say and turn it into a debate about the strangehold the union has, keeping effective teaching from taking place. It is a winning position if they want to take the time to make it so.

Plus, MoveOn.org's time is running out. Raise their prominence to ensure they can't scurry away out of sight.

14 posted on 03/08/2004 4:02:39 PM PST by atomicpossum (Fun pics in my profile)
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To: RightthinkinAmerican
Reminding people that Nina Totenberg wished AIDS on Jesse Helms and his grandchildren didn't cost her the NPR job or help Michael Savage keep his cable gig.

The media is biased left and they protect their own. You won't see any consistancy in the rules.

15 posted on 03/08/2004 4:02:45 PM PST by weegee (Election 2004: Re-elect President Bush... Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: yoe
MoveOn.org has become a terrorist organization
16 posted on 03/08/2004 4:03:26 PM PST by raloxk
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To: raloxk
Not kidding. In the next Liberal DEM adminstration. MoveOn.org will be like the Storm Troopers
17 posted on 03/08/2004 4:04:28 PM PST by raloxk
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To: yoe
Can't we put together an equally fake group of Indians (dot, not feather) to pretend outrage over Hille's racial slur and demand her resignation?

And, the teachers' unions are terrorists in that they are intentionally destroying the public education system where ever they can for their own personal dogmatic reasons.

18 posted on 03/08/2004 4:11:05 PM PST by Tacis
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To: yoe
RACISTS!!! alert.
19 posted on 03/08/2004 4:12:00 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper (Michael <a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/index_real.php">miserable failure</a>Moore)
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To: BushisTheMan
Bush has got to go on the offensive. This is an organized
hijacking of the election. Every thing "Left" is working from the same page and the responses from the White House are weak and defensive. The entire Kerry campaign is one big lie after lie, but the Bush campaign seems unwilling to finish Kerry early; the longer he stays in the game the tougher it will be to beat him. We made the mistake in 96 and got killed. Dick Morris is correct when he urges Bush to go after Kerry Now.
20 posted on 03/08/2004 4:12:54 PM PST by scamsam
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To: yoe
Paige is the last best hope for the children of this country to get the education they deserve.
21 posted on 03/08/2004 4:13:11 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: yoe
Paige should amend his statement to, "Terrorist supporting organization. Then it would be educatedly precise.
22 posted on 03/08/2004 4:36:54 PM PST by onedoug
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To: yoe
MoveOn: are you beginning to realize how silly choosing that name was?
23 posted on 03/08/2004 5:04:47 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Despise not the jester. Often he is the only one telling the truth)
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To: yoe
Personally, I'd like to see him lose the job too. Right along with elimination of the rest of the Dept of Education. I don't think this is what his critics have in mind though.
24 posted on 03/08/2004 5:11:24 PM PST by templar
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To: raloxk
Bump! - ping for research, I think there is some truth here!
25 posted on 03/08/2004 5:19:58 PM PST by yoe (The worse it is the better it is!!)
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To: yoe
How can we support Paige and counter the commies?
26 posted on 03/08/2004 7:08:44 PM PST by manic4organic (An organic conservative)
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To: yoe
I agree, go ahead and fire him...as part of the abolishment of the Dept. of Education.
27 posted on 03/08/2004 7:37:19 PM PST by chickenlips
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To: Political Junkie Too
I don't recall them complaining when NAACP leader Julian Bond called Republicans and Aschroft the "Taliban wing of the Republican Party."

That's because libs can say anything they want. Only Republicans are to be held accountable to any moral standards.
Standards the libs don't even believe in or adhere to. Hypocrites.

28 posted on 03/08/2004 8:55:38 PM PST by Jorge
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