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Democrats Block GOP Bid to Extend DC Vouchers
Newsmax ^ | 3/10/09 | AP via Newsmax

Posted on 03/11/2009 6:49:09 AM PDT by AT7Saluki

Senate Democrats have dealt a setback to a Republican-sponsored school voucher program that gives schoolchildren in the nation's capital the chance to attend private schools.

The Senate voted 50-39 along mostly party lines to reject a bid by Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign to extend the program beyond the 2009-2010 school year. That leaves in place a provision contained in a huge spending bill that requires Congress and the Washington, D.C. government to re-approve the program. Republicans say that is likely to kill it.

About 1,700 mostly low-income and minority students kids receive the $7,500 vouchers, which offer an alternative to the troubled D.C. school system.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhoeducation; charterschools; dc; democrat; publicschool; school; voucher
Why, when 90% of those in the program are black, is this not trumpeted as racist? Why, when the costs are double per student in DC public schools, is this not exposed as wasteful? Why, with Democrats in charge of the world, do I even bother?
1 posted on 03/11/2009 6:49:10 AM PDT by AT7Saluki
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To: AT7Saluki

i think it’s called a ‘double standard’


2 posted on 03/11/2009 6:51:20 AM PDT by keep your powder dry (defend the second amendment as it is the only thing that defends us....)
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To: AT7Saluki

If the RNC had any vision or cohesion, they would be putting spots out on this - exposing the evil Dims for what they are. Instead, they just roll over and play dead. If they’re not going to fight for their convictions, what good is it to have any?


3 posted on 03/11/2009 6:54:01 AM PDT by Heartland Mom ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: AT7Saluki
Gotta love it, when the RATS dictatorial education dogma skewers their own. But the public school teacher's jobs are safe whether or not they bother to teach. Better to have an unthinking, uneducated populace.

Just channeling the logical think of the RATS. Nobody with an intact brain would ever vote for a RAT.

4 posted on 03/11/2009 6:54:20 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: AT7Saluki
Why do minorities tow the Democrats line when it destroys their lives?
5 posted on 03/11/2009 6:54:49 AM PDT by animal172 (Disgusted in Tennessee)
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To: AT7Saluki
There are two poor kids that attend the same school as B-HO’s kids on those vouchers. They will now get kicked out for lack of funding!
6 posted on 03/11/2009 6:55:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: animal172

[Why do minorities tow the Democrats line when it destroys their lives? ]

Because they are ignorant. The Democrats like it that way which is why they can’t have them attending good schools.


7 posted on 03/11/2009 6:56:35 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Beagle8U

Obama doesn’t want those poor, black kids anywhere near his daughters.


8 posted on 03/11/2009 6:57:08 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: w1andsodidwe
They voted to be #1 again. The worst school district in the US.

This is all about teachers unions. Can't say you voted against them.

9 posted on 03/11/2009 6:58:38 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Obama is not my president until we see his birth certificate. A real one.)
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To: AT7Saluki
Democrats Block GOP Bid deny poor to Extend DC Vouchers children choice in education. Thousands condemned to substandard schools.

fixed

10 posted on 03/11/2009 7:01:18 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Government employment exists to provide a middle class lifestyle to otherwise, unemployable people)
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To: AGreatPer

how did the vote go, which R’s voted no or failed to vote.

Only 89 votes cast.


11 posted on 03/11/2009 7:01:48 AM PDT by DaiHuy (')
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To: AT7Saluki

Dear DC Democrats:

Next time you vote, remember who tried to keep your kids away from THEIR kids.....


12 posted on 03/11/2009 7:02:41 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: AT7Saluki
Zero doesn't want his girls punished by having to go to Sidwell Friends with "Those People."

I'll be fair... I'm sure all of the other elitist parents of DC's private schools are joyous that the gates to their little world are once again shut and locked.

Heaven forbid that their little princes and princesses had to be around children that have to deal with the harsh world outside.

13 posted on 03/11/2009 7:04:26 AM PDT by rock_lobsta (Atypical Crustacean)
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To: AT7Saluki

These vouchers allow two girls to attend school with the Obama daughters in their private school. Must be huge vouchers...

I am guessing they will get waivers.


14 posted on 03/11/2009 7:08:34 AM PDT by edcoil (Slave owners could justify themselves too. Think about it Arnold.)
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To: AT7Saluki

I’m glad to see this happen ‘cuz I am strongly opposed to the federal government being involved in education. Stop the vouchers, close the Dept. of Education, & give education back to the states, families, & churches. This is only a tiny step in what should be a long journey.

I know that the Dims would like for the government to take over education completely, & that is the reason why they oppose vouchers for private schools.


15 posted on 03/11/2009 7:10:02 AM PDT by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: Beagle8U

There are two poor kids that attend the same school as B-HO’s kids on those vouchers. They will now get kicked out for lack of funding!
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His kids are the only ones who count. Serfs do not. ;)


16 posted on 03/11/2009 7:10:34 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: AT7Saluki

D’Rats are nothing more than slaves to the unions and the abortion industry. They would rather pass damaging and deadly societal legislation than put their job on the line by angering their constituencies.


17 posted on 03/11/2009 7:11:00 AM PDT by cartervt2k
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To: Heartland Mom

They could really spin this hard against the Dems, too.

Stating the race of those most affected, and outright calling the policy RACIST.

Right back at ‘em.


18 posted on 03/11/2009 7:11:02 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: keep your powder dry; AT7Saluki

And also because Republicans won’t stand outside a DC school with a reporter or two in tow and rant and rave about the RATS being racists. Just wait, though, until the unconstitutional give DC a vote bill heats up. You know the RATS will be doing that on the hour to any Republicans who oppose it.


19 posted on 03/11/2009 7:11:21 AM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: AT7Saluki

Didn’t Obama make a general statement on education in which he seemed to support the concept of vouchers? Guess he decided to allow Congress to lead on this too?


20 posted on 03/11/2009 7:11:25 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: AT7Saluki

21 posted on 03/11/2009 7:11:32 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: animal172

Mascots. That’s what they are.

And mascot means “pet”.


22 posted on 03/11/2009 7:11:33 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: KansasGirl
True. The GOP should be running ads daily showing how the RATS kicked those poor kids out of school.

” Obama hates POOR black kids and don't want them near his children. They are TOO black for the nations first Halfrican American POTUS.”

23 posted on 03/11/2009 7:12:52 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: AT7Saluki
Related link....

Senate kills GOP's D.C. vouchers bid

24 posted on 03/11/2009 7:14:36 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: MrB

I hope it gets A LOT of airtime about this.


25 posted on 03/11/2009 7:14:40 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

The media will dutifully ignore it.

It will have to be a paid for advertisement, or something viral on youtube.


26 posted on 03/11/2009 7:16:15 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: AT7Saluki

Just where the HELL is the congressional black cacus on this one?


27 posted on 03/11/2009 7:39:21 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: MrB

“The media will dutifully ignore it.”

This is a PR gold mine for the Republicans. Pictures of Obama’s kid arriving in a limo. The voucher kids crying. Voucher kids arriving at ghetto school. Fat, rich Democrats and union officials laughing.

Gold Jerry...gold...


28 posted on 03/11/2009 7:46:40 AM PDT by y6162
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To: AT7Saluki
Never fear !

The idiot D.C. voters will be blaming the Repubs before its over.

Nam Vet

29 posted on 03/11/2009 7:49:37 AM PDT by Nam Vet (This space for rent............Hard currency only)
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To: y6162

Gold, yes,

and no one with the balls to pick it up and run with it.


30 posted on 03/11/2009 7:50:38 AM PDT by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: AT7Saluki

A better question to me is wny do blacks keep electing Democrats?


31 posted on 03/11/2009 7:54:42 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: DaiHuy
DaiHuy wrote:
how did the vote go, which R’s voted no or failed to vote. Only 89 votes cast.
Here's a place every Freeper should have in their bookmarks/favorites. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_111_1.htm.

That's the page where all the roll call votes in the Senate are posted online.

This amendment was S.A.615, "Ensign Amdt. No. 615; To strike the restrictions on the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program." The vote was vote # 94.

Going to that page, we see Crapo (R-ID), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME) and Specter (R-PA) voted against educating children and in favor of the Teachers' Unions. Johanns (R-NE) and Kennedy (D-MA) are the only Senators shown "Not Voting." Also note that Byrd (D-WV), and Warner (D-VA) voted for the amendment (to keep the program), and should be commended for this vote. Other than that, it was a party line vote, Dems agains, Republicans for. The final vote was 39 for the amendment, 58 against.

32 posted on 03/11/2009 7:58:21 AM PDT by cc2k (When less than half the voters pay taxes, it's called "taxation without representation.")
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To: cc2k

Thanks you so much for that sight, it is now in my favorites.

As for which R’s voted no, the usual suspects, Snowe and Specter, joined by Murkowski

D’s voting Yea, Byrd and Warner, with Independant Lieberman.


33 posted on 03/11/2009 8:09:02 AM PDT by DaiHuy (')
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To: sportutegrl
A better question to me is why do blacks keep electing Democrats?

Very Simple. Because the Civil Rights Movement, a great moral cause supported by Republicans, was hijacked by the Democrats and turned into a political movement. Thus the Blacks continually get shafted by the Democrats by more powerful political groups but are kept in line by the promise of power for the few elitists.

In this case, the powerful teacher unions have more influence than African Americans. So the Democrats say to the Blacks, sorry your kids lose. Hey, but we will pass affirmative action programs that, if your kids aren't first in jail after they drop out of a worthless public school, we will get your kids into college whether or not they deserve it. Then, assuming they don't wash out, we have worthless studies they can major in like Black Studies. Then when they graduate and are unemployable, they can have jobs with activist groups funded by the federal government like ACORN.

Then the few Blacks that make it out of this trap go onto cable channels and advocate democratic policies and claim Republicans are racist and don't understand the Black community.

UNDERSTAND NOW?

34 posted on 03/11/2009 8:36:28 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (United States is a NOW a Terrorist Nation- we export abortion!)
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