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“Majorities, as such, afford no guarantees for justice… They [are] … likely to be equally — perhaps more than equally, because more boldly — rapacious, tyrannical and unprincipled, if entrusted with power. There is no more reason, then, why a man should either sustain, or submit to, the rule of the majority, than of a minority.”     Lysander Spooner

September 5, 2007

School Choice For Me, But Not For Thee

by Doug Mataconis

That, it appears, is the attitude shared by a sizable plurality of Senators and Members of Congress who choose to send their children to private schools rather than public schools:

Many Members of Congress value the opportunity to choose a safe and effective school for their own children, yet many of these same Members consis­tently oppose school choice legislation that would give the same opportunity to other families. For example, Senators Edward Kennedy (D–MA) and Hil­lary Clinton (D–NY) have been outspoken opponents of school choice initiatives even though both have sent their children to private schools.

Since 2000, The Heritage Foundation has con­ducted several surveys of Members of Congress to determine how many Senators and Representatives practice school choice by sending their children to private school. In 2007, The Heritage Foundation updated this survey and found that 37 percent of Representatives and 45 percent of Senators in the 110th Congress sent their children to private schools—almost four times the rate of the general population.

Based on the survey results, if all of the Members who exercised school choice for their own children had supported school choice in policy, every major legislative effort in recent years to give parents school choice would have passed. Congress should support policies that give all families the opportunity to choose the best school options for their children.

I don’t begrudge the efforts of Congressman and Senators who want to do better for the children, and who wish to give them an education better than what’s offered in a public school. The question is why they, and the rich people they often talk about taxing to death, should be the only ones able to do make this choice.


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  1. They don’t want to give anyone else a choice, especially in education, because once someone knows that they don’t need the government to survive and they will actually thrive outside the gov’t system our whole socialist system could come falling down.

    These people love having power and control over others. The only choice that the democrat leadership want you to have is if you want an abortion or not. The republican leadership has gotten to the point where I don’t think they want you to have any choices at all. Both the republicans and democrats want to dictate exactly how you will live your life and what better way to do it then start at school where you are learning about life and how to live within it.

    Comment by TerryP — September 6, 2007 @ 2:37 pm
  2. They are basically saying (in my opinion) is that what is good for the goose ISN’T good for the gander.

    Comment by Aimee — September 6, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

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