Union Lobbyist Goes Down Hard

The unions talk tough. So did Michael Spinks.

(Guest post by Greg Forster)

Collin Hitt of the Illinois Policy Institute just sent me this wonderful nugget, pulled off the official recording of the proceedings of the Illinois House Executive Committee last week.

Dramatis personae: Illinois Education Association thug lobbyist Jim Reed, and Rep. Daniel Burke.

Reed: I think the question to the downside [of the school voucher bill] is the fact that while you may think that you’re helping these 24,000 kids, the fact that you’re diverting funds from public schools means that the kids who are left in those existing public schools are going to have fewer resources. So there is a downside in terms of those students who are actually left in our public school system. That’s the downside.

Burke: Could they do any worse than what they are doing now, whether they’re funded or not?

Reed: You mean our public schools generally?

Burke: No. These schools that we are discussing, that are going to be affected by this legislation.

Reed: Probably not. They are the lowest of the lowest.

Wow! I bet Reed is still digging his teeth out of the carpet.

That’s quite a trick – I’ve never seen checkmate in one move before.

Unofficial transcript of what Rep. Burke said next

4 Responses to Union Lobbyist Goes Down Hard

  1. Burke: Could they do any worse than what they are doing now, whether they’re funded or not?

    Reed: Probably not. They are the lowest of the lowest.

    You have to admire his honesty, though, given the plausible deniability of the situation. Reed could have said something like “Every dollar lost to voucher schemes hurts students who remain behind.” That’s false, of course, but it takes an involved argument to show that.

  2. Is this an indication that the cartel’s defenders are losing their nerve? That they no longer expect a brave front to succeed politically?

    About time. November cannot come soon enough.

  3. allen says:

    More likely Reed’s probably unconcerned that his surprise admission’ll go anywhere or that it’ll have repercussions that are at all serious.

  4. GGW says:

    Hilarious!

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