As hard as Obama, Duncan, and Durbin try to minimize media attention to their efforts to kill D.C. vouchers with language slipped into an omnibus spending bill and Friday afternoon sneaky political tricks, the story just won’t go away.
Since our latest summary of greatest hits, I have an op-ed in the WSJ. Greg has a new piece in Pajamas Media. Shikha Dalmia has a piece in Forbes. Glenn Beck has devoted a segment of his Fox TV show to the issue. Senator Ensign gave a speech describing his fight for D.C. vouchers and vowing to expand federal voucher programs to include special education nationwide. Senator Lieberman will begin holding hearings on the re-authorization of D.C. vouchers next month.
If D.C. vouchers go down, they won’t go down quietly. Politicians who break their word to abide by the evidence, who would deny to others the choices and opportunities they enjoy, and who try to get away with sneaky Friday afternoon political tricks will have to account for their actions.
Greg put it best in his PM piece:
“Vouchers may lose in D.C., but that doesn’t mean they’re not winning in the long term. Every successful movement loses some battles. Indeed, the more important the cause, the more we should expect the entrenched interests of the status quo to invest in fighting it off. That will inevitably mean some setbacks alongside the victories.
Where would we be today if Martin Luther King’s letter from the Birmingham jail had just said, ‘Well, here I am in jail — I guess I’ve lost the fight’? King knew he wasn’t in jail because he was losing. He was in jail because he was winning.
And the cowards who put him in jail knew it just as well as he did.”