No money for D.C. voucher program in Obama’s gigantic new budget, of course; Update: Meanwhile, White House to boost subsidies for Chevy Volt

posted at 7:12 pm on February 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

He’s intent on killing this program. Remember when he tried to kill it slowly back in 2009, promising to fund it until the current participants graduated high school and then to pull the plug? We’re talking about something like $20 million in a budget of $3.8 trillion and somehow he can’t scrape together the money for scholarships for poor kids to go to private school. When you can’t get a few crumbs from a multitrillion-dollar pie, there must be a very, very important reason.

And there is. This is basically Keystone part II: Once again, some unfortunate Americans have ended up on the wrong side of a core left-wing constituency whom The One needs to help him get reelected.

The D.C. OSP has been highly successful. According to federally-mandated evaluations of the program, student achievement has increased, and graduation rates of voucher students have increased significantly. While graduation rates in D.C. Public Schools hover around 55 percent, students who used a voucher to attend private school had a 91 percent graduation rate.

And at $8,000, the vouchers are a bargain compared to the estimated $18,000 spent per child by D.C. Public Schools.

The Department of Education’s budget will increase 3.5 percent if the proposal is enacted, continuing a failed trend of spending more taxpayer dollars through Washington on a myriad of programs with a poor track record.

By contrast, the D.C. OSP has a stellar track record of increasing academic success, student safety, and parental satisfaction. And because of the nature of the District of Columbia (education in D.C. is under the jurisdiction of Congress), it is entirely appropriate for the federal government to fund the D.C. OSP.

More from the pro-voucher American Federation for Children:

Since the program’s inception in 2004, more than 10,000 families have applied to participate in the OSP. Four years of studies from Georgetown University and the University of Arkansas have shown overwhelming parental satisfaction, and 74 percent of D.C. residents polled a year ago supported reauthorization. More than 520 applications were submitted at a signup event for the program on Saturday, hosted by the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation.

Enrollment increased 60 percent last year, with parents “rushing” to sign their kids up, after the new GOP House renewed the program for five years. That’s the good news — since Congress is likely to become redder this fall, the GOP will be able to force a penny-ante budgetary matter like this on Obama even if he’s reelected. The bad news is that O is so deeply captive to public-school teachers’ unions that he’d rather risk the optics of canceling a school-choice program for poor kids knowing that it’ll end up in the budget anyway than embrace it and anger his PEU cronies. Loathsome.

If you’ve never seen it before, here’s Reason’s excellent video on the D.C. program from 2009.

Update: Priorities.

The White House intends to boost government subsidies for wealthy buyers of the Chevy Volt and other new-technology vehicles — to $10,000 per buyer.

That mammoth subsidy would cost taxpayers $100 million each year if it is approved by Congress, presuming only 10,000 new-technology autos are sold each year…

The new subsidy level represents a 33 percent jump from the current $7,500 government payout for each Volt buyer, even though the Volt’s buyers are already among the wealthiest Americans. It will be offered to buyers of any new-technology autos, including battery-powered autos and cars powered by natural gas, said a White House official.

D.C. scholarships are $12,000 per student, so this is almost (but not quite) a perfect transfer of taxpayer money from poor kids to rich environmentalists. Everyone wins! And by “everyone,” I mean Obama’s public-school-teacher friends and the green lobby. Thanks to Rory Cooper of Heritage.


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I don’t think those kids have to worry too much. This budget’s history in any case.

And then when we get a GOPer in the White House, the program will be preserved when we actually pass a budget.

KingGold on February 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

This guy is a total disgrace and a blatant liar. Middle class champion, my aching a**. He will also own $4 a gallon gas pretty soon. What a moron.

ultracon on February 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

This should be expected since for almost everything that his labor department has done to support unions, the NLRB bias and so forth.

The only thing against unions he has done is put off the pipeline to curry favor with the environment types in his base.

Teachers Unions vs kids is a sure bet with him.

CommentGuy on February 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

he will put it back in exchange for something from Boehner, this is about something else.

rob verdi on February 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Just a shoe shiner for the NEA.

Hummer53 on February 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Obama is against anything that helps people.

Rose on February 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Well it looks like it’s back to room 101 at the re-education camp for some.

roflmao

donabernathy on February 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Kids can’t vote, union members can…

d1carter on February 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Surprise!!

Now hurry along to your dilapidated schools staffed with socialist , un-fireable, union-hacks who are each backed up by fifty “administrators”….also union hacks and un-fireable…..and eat your Moochelle approved meals.

Obama’s girls go to private school.

It Rocks to be king.

Tim_CA on February 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

This site looks like a good place to rally lots of people to oppose Obama and his mad dog attack on the First Amendment of the Costitution.

http://www.foramerica.org/

Pass it on.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I loathe this man.

JPeterman on February 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

And at $8,000, the vouchers are a bargain compared to the estimated $18,000 spent per child by D.C. Public Schools.

New budget cutting idea: turn DC into the first all voucher school district.

Count to 10 on February 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Yea. How dare he pull a program built on ideology and cynically targeted to the people least represented in the country.

‘Hey, you can’t get what you want, but here try this.’

What? You mean giving a few kids cash in a cash strapped system with no representation actually improves results for those few kids?

You don’t say.

freshface on February 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

They need the poor to be poorer.

forest on February 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Well SEIU and the UAW need the money more, dontcha know! I mean, who cares about kids in the ghetto? They’re not voters!
/sarc

RadioAngel on February 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Lefties these days view education in America simply as employment for adults. Check their track record.

Other citizens (including conservatives) view education as teaching children and helping people, especially the less fortunate.

It’s really that simple.

Reason #435034 why I could never bring myself to vote for anyone in the modern Democrat party. They’re too far gone.

visions on February 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Per Samuel Jackson, Obama’s policy don’t matter. Just his skin color. Identity politics at its finest. Racism by another skin color.

chickasaw42 on February 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

oh come on. obama’s too busy relaxing in the jacuzzi with union bosses to do silly little things like help kids get a better education and stuff like that.

what a great president!!

Sachiko on February 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Keep em dumb and poor and you will have a dependent class.

CW on February 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Yet, the citizens of DC will vote for Him….because, like Mr. S. Jackson said.

Tango Sierra DC Citizens…..you helped cause it.

Dingbat63 on February 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Loathsome.

Ding, ding, ding!!! We have a winner, and it’s AP. A single word that describes Obama the man, his politics, his life and his entire presidency. Loathsome, it slides like maple syrup over the tongue. Thanks, Allah!

TXUS on February 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

This site looks like a good place to rally lots of people to oppose Obama and his mad dog attack on the First Amendment of the Costitution.

http://www.foramerica.org/

Pass it on.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

that looks great, i am definitely sharing!

Sachiko on February 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

He’s going to pander to every far left loony group out there simply because he is certain he will beat a weak GOP candidate. So he might as well hand out cheese to his homies. S’all good.

CorporatePiggy on February 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

How is this program NOT redistribution of wealth?

Boomer_Sooner on February 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Update: Meanwhile, White House to boost subsidies for Chevy Volt

D.C. scholarships are $12,000 per student, so this is almost (but not quite) a perfect transfer of taxpayer money from poor kids to rich environmentalists.

those darn conservatives, always helping the rich at the expense of the poor. good thing liberals are totally not like that.

Sachiko on February 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Anyone who knows anything about Obamanomics realizes that a 55% graduation rate is better than a 91% rate. If 91% of the poor are educated, they will become self-sufficient and won’t need government assistence, which eliminates the need for state control of their lives.

bw222 on February 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Keep em dumb and poor and you will have a dependent class.

CW on February 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Mission accomplished

BierManVA on February 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

This cynical son of a gun will deny school vouchers in his phony budget while he and his self-righteous wife spend some brief time for a photo op in a DC school on a contrived day of service.

onlineanalyst on February 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

This site looks like a good place to rally lots of people to oppose Obama and his mad dog attack on the First Amendment of the Costitution.

http://www.foramerica.org/

Pass it on.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

OH i just remembered!! those are the people who made “super mariobama!!” i loved those videos!!! now they have something about “angry voters” (angry birds) lol

Sachiko on February 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM

“if it is approved by Congress” Boehner and crew will “cry like babies” until the lobbyists start paying out more bribe money.

RADIOONE on February 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Just wait till gas hits $4.50 per gallon and the Lyin kING takes over the oil companies!
Repunks gonna stop this guy evah?

ConcealedKerry on February 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Besides, those damn Catholics are involved and they are probably teaching the kids about the sancity of life as well as to read, write and learn about dumb things like math and science. Betcha they don’t learn important things like who Harvey Milk and Huey Newton were.

bw222 on February 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM

The people in D.C. don’t care about this either. If they did, they wouldn’t vote for Obama by 95%-5% margins like they in 2008. So if they don’t care, why should I care?

The people in DC are FAR left drones. They deserve everything they get.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Update: Meanwhile, White House to boost subsidies for Chevy Volt

D.C. scholarships are $12,000 per student, so this is almost (but not quite) a perfect transfer of taxpayer money from poor kids to rich environmentalists.

When will the GOP grow a spine and actually cut off subsidies for this “fireplace on wheels” Chevy Volt?

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

It also take 300 billion out of medicare!

Zcat on February 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

10,00 Volt subsidy! Wow! Maybe I’ll..
wait,
that’s what the sprinkler system for the garage will cost.

katy the mean old lady on February 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Ignorance is liberal heaven.

Roy Rogers on February 13, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Will I get reported to Attack Watch er, I mean the Truth Team if I say this budget is re-Volting?

Flange on February 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Let’s face it, the liberal elite really don’t like these programs because they want their little dears in private schools, well insulated from the lower classes. Little Bammie doesn’t want his kids associating with riff-raff, why they might even become friends. Perish the thought!

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Q: What’s the difference between Obama and the Chevy Volt?

A: One’s a multi-billion dollar, taxpayer-funded boondoggle that nobody likes, and the other is a car.

arik1969 on February 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Little Bammie: Subsidies will increase until you buy the UAW’s tiny clown cars from my car company. Take that!

Little Bammie also takes this as proof that gasoline is still too cheap.

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Meanwhile, White House to boost subsidies for Chevy Volt

But…but…Clint Eastwood told us all that GM was doing just fine….

BigWyo on February 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

The President doesn’t send his own brother .25c, vouchers?

Speakup on February 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

God help us if he ever “invests” in something with some actual ROI beyond replenishing his campaign coffers.

The Count on February 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Will I get reported to Attack Watch er, I mean the Truth Team if I say this budget is re-Volting?

Flange on February 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

BooYaaa!

Roy Rogers on February 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I loathe this man.

JPeterman on February 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Man? Man!? This guy is no man. He is freaking Satan himself. I’m usually all for hyperbole to make a point, but I’m really starting to believe myself on this one.

mapper on February 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Present-dunce Orwell offers more pretzel logic: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-not-raising-taxes-form-government-spending

onlineanalyst on February 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Lefties these days view education in America simply as employment for adults. ………

visions on February 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

That sums it up. Nice shootin’, there, Tex.

iurockhead on February 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

http://www.obamavolt2012.com

redguy on February 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Barry has his priorities. Besides, his kids go to private school. If you don’t keep ‘em on the plantation, you can kiss off the “guaranteed” votes.

See? It does pay to keep people stupid.

GarandFan on February 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

And the liberal 1% gets richer.

CHANGE!

Good Lt on February 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Somebody set the dc OSP as a charitable organization, go by the White House and get Obama to put in a big check from his personal money that he says he doesn’t need.

You don’t have to wait for government to help kids out of the D.C. public schools, you can give a chartiy the money to do it, and even have more of a say when it’s your money.

If republicans don’t set up this charity, maybe some democrat can do it. Their relatives will all be on the board.

Fleuries on February 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

This is the budget that is going no where, right? I heard he took a huge chunk of money from Medicare providers to spend somewhere else. I guess the doctors have reached the point where they have made enough money.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Maybe if the Catholic church promised to teach the kids birth control, abortion and gay rights at an early age then the voucher program would be reinstated.

Smedley on February 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Of course! He is anti-choice. That is, he’s anti-choice for poor kids to go to better schools because that would upset his union donors.

He’s still pro-choice on the legal right to crush and dismember the next generation of kids while they are in the womb.

eMatters on February 13, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I would not buy a Chevy Volt or anything Chevrolet produces until they pay off their debt to American taxpayers and get off the Obama teet (yes, it’s true, the Metrosexual President does have two incredibly unattractive teets). And even then … a Volt? How much horsepower is there in A volt?

minnesoter on February 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I updated my fb status with a link to this story, and added the comment, “Why does President Obama hate poor children?” 3 times I added the comment, and all three times it went poof. What is the deal with that?

surrounded on February 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM

surrounded

Que?

minnesoter on February 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Keep em dumb and poor and you will have a dependent class.

CW on February 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Freshface being a shining example of this. Oh, she might pop in to tell us how much money she makes, but she’s still dumber than a sack of doorknobs.

CurtZHP on February 13, 2012 at 9:25 PM

And yet, the District of Columbia will vote overwhelmingly for Barry in November. Paging Samuel L. Jackson…

DavidW on February 13, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Thanks to Rory Cooper, Heritage, and yourself, AP. It’s not a story the MSM can ever be expected to cover. A goodly number of these kids will have a much brighter future as a direct result of participation in the program.

wolfsDad on February 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM

And even then … a Volt? How much horsepower is there in A volt?

minnesoter on February 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Surely you mean: How much unicorn power is there in a Volt? :)

NapaConservative on February 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The Volt?

An unsafe vehicle.

More unsafe than the old Corvair.

Both Chevy’s, by the way.

Time for a re-write of “Unsafe at Any Speed.”

Where’s Nader?

Can’t fund vouchers, which are proven to help kids get out of the grip of failed school systems. But gubmint has plenty of money to finance a proven failed project?

Thank you, Prezdit Obama.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2012 at 5:42 AM

Well SEIU and the UAW need the money more, dontcha know! I mean, who cares about kids in the ghetto? They’re not voters!
/sarc
They are all black and will vote Democrat no matter how hard I whip them!

RadioAngel on February 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Fixed that for you.

Jaibones on February 14, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Public schools are a life support system for teachers’ unions. Education has nothing to do with it.

petefrt on February 14, 2012 at 6:49 AM

These are the kids who escaped the abortion mills.

jus’ sayin’.

franksalterego on February 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM

“That mammoth subsidy would cost taxpayers $100 million each year if it is approved by Congress, presuming only 10,000 new-technology autos are sold each year…” – The Daily Caller
http://tinyurl.com/7ndgnqg

Chebby dealers all over Michigan have told Gubmint Motors to STOP sending them that POS Volt. They can’t sell them and who knows where the potential for liability shakes out from the shoddy engineering?
Speaking of “shoddy engineering”, way ta go D.C., you got your guy in office and now he’s bending you and your kids over.

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Karl Magnus on February 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

These are the kids who escaped the abortion mills.

jus’ sayin’.

franksalterego on February 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Not in the Black “community”. As has been the subject of innumerable studies, “urban” women view having a child as both a cash cow AND “something they can call their own”. Not necessarily in that order.

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Karl Magnus on February 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

No surprise here – follow the money and look where it’s going. School vouchers take money away from public schools and the teacher’s unions – can’t have that. Subsidies for a car nobody wants go to the auto worker’s unions. Both sides of this mean more money for the unions – and therefore more campaign cash for Obummer.

dentarthurdent on February 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM