Justice sues Louisiana to stop school voucher program – irony overwhelming

posted at 12:01 pm on August 27, 2013 by Bruce McQuain

There’s an incredible irony there, given who is Attorney General of the United States:

Give Eric Holder credit for cognitive racial dissonance. On nearly the same day the Attorney General spoke in Washington to honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, his Justice Department sued to block the educational dreams of minority children in Louisiana.

Late last week, Justice asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in the Pelican State from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public schools. Mr. Holder’s lawyers claim the voucher program appears “to impede the desegregation progress” required under federal law. Justice provides little evidence to support this claim, but there couldn’t be a clearer expression of how the civil-rights establishment is locked in a 1950s time warp.

Passed in 2012, Louisiana’s state-wide program guarantees a voucher to students from families with incomes below 250% of poverty and who attend schools graded C or below. The point is to let kids escape the segregation of failed schools, and about 90% of the beneficiaries are black.

It becomes even more ironic if one considers that the left is all about “choice”, except when it comes to anything but abortion and, a majority of blacks support vouchers, because they realize it means their child can choose a better school and receive a better education.  Louisiana’s Governor, Bobby Jindal had this to say: 

“The Obama administration thinks parents should have to seek their approval any time parents want to send their child to a school of their choice,” Jindal said in a news release. “After generations of being denied a choice, parents finally can choose a school for their child, but now the federal government is stepping in to prevent parents from exercising this right. Shame on them. Parents should have the ability to decide where to send their child to school.”

Why is the DoJ suing to stop a program that helps black children on the 50 year anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech?  Michael Leo Owens figured it out years ago:

Urban black America favors school vouchers, but its leaders don’t. Vouchers transfer authority over the use of a portion of government education funds from bureaucrats to parents, who then may use their grants to send their children to the schools, secular or religious, they believe will best educate their kids.

A simple but unacceptable loss of power, not to mention catering to an important constituency – the teachers’s unions.  So instead of doing what is best for the children involved, racially divisive leaders like Eric Holder invoke thin arguments about subverting “desegregation” if the program is allowed to happen.  Denying children the ability to improve their education and their lives in order to satisfy unions and keep power over a system that is presently failing them.

You have to wonder what MLK would have to say about that?

No, in all honesty, you really don’t.  And trust me, Eric Holder wouldn’t like his answer.

~McQ


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Well it’s only fair. Obama wasn’t able to send his daughters to….oh wait.

Doughboy on August 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM

DOJ is sue crazy…

OmahaConservative on August 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Holder and obama hate the children of the USA.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Minorities especially, obama/Holder hate you and want you stupid and poor, just so you vote for them. Wake up already and Egypt them. They s/b in prison with Morsi.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

The Dems can’t preach to the crowd that they sent someplace else. They are following the way of capitalism and maintaining their customer base. Kudos to the Dems.

Limerick on August 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

As with everything in this administration, it’s all about, and only about, control.

itsspideyman on August 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Limerick on August 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Indeed…also why the obama admin, yes the hypocrite who ran in 2008 against lobbyists, is full of…lobbyists.

They make the obamas billionaires.

The fools are always the people.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The democrats still wish to make educating blacks illegal, just like when they owned the blacks during slavery. A slave was actually more likely to learn how to read than a black person is today in a liberal school system. Holder and his people should be very proud that they carry on the democrat tradition of preventing blacks from learning.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Troll-Free thread?

Del Dolemonte on August 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Get back on the plantation!

Now!

questionmark on August 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Know this, the teachers’ unions stuff the pockets of Sharpton and Jackson to keep the status quo, so the kids remain ignorant and the race hucksters remain ‘busy’ and rich.

If the kids w/b educated they would all lose their raison d’etre.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Thug Holder enables thug obama.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

As with everything in this administration, it’s all about, and only about, control.

itsspideyman on August 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Yes. It is. A totalitarian dictatorship in the making.

hawkeye54 on August 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Wow, just wow. They really will dredge up anything to make sure their ideas are not challenged, won’t they?

Kafir on August 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Thug Holder enables thug obama.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Merely doing what they’ve been trained to and put in position to do. Thug-in-Chief and his Cohort in their Dept of Just Us.

hawkeye54 on August 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Can’t keep em on the plantation unless they are kept dumb and dependent. This is Louisiana too which is majority minority. When do these idiots start realizing they are being played? LBJ said it when the 65 civil rights law was passed they will have the n words in the Dem party for 100 years. After all any black folks who try for an education are Uncle Toms. Can’t have them getting all smart and everything.

neyney on August 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Why is the DoJ suing to stop a program that helps black children on the 50 year anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech?

Because the Fascist-Democrats want indoctrination, not education.

rbj on August 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Can’t get that public union campaign money if you don’t shore up the institutions the public unions populate. Doesn’t matter if you’re drowning the neediest children at that ‘shore’. Money talks and the bullsh** never ends.

M240H on August 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

This is all about common core. Simple as that. No child may be allowed to escape the indoctrination program … except for the elite.

gh on August 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

From the article:

Justice claims the reduction in black students at Celilia increases “the difference between the school’s black student percentage from the district’s and reinforcing the school’s racial identity as a white school in a predominantly black school district.” Since when is 46.5% predominantly black?

What about DC itself? Dunbar High School in DC is way outside the demographics of DC, yet no outrage at a predominantly black school (97%), 20% outside the norm. It has just about zero whites, when DC has 38%, with 50% black.

Patriot Vet on August 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

We need more stupid black people infesting our once great cities. I mean, look how well Detroit is doing.

patman77 on August 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Never forget that in the last twenty years, union (public and private) campaign contributions to the Democratic Party were more than twice all campaign contributions to both parties combined. And public unions gave most of all.

M240H on August 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Five days ago:
 

Obama proposes college-rating system that could increase affordability
 
The plan, which Obama rolled out as he opened a two-day campaign-style bus tour of college campuses, would create a rating system beginning in 2015 to evaluate colleges on tuition, the percentage of low-income students, graduation rates and debt of graduates.
 
Eventually, as an incentive for schools to make improvements in these areas, federal financial aid would be awarded based on those ratings.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-propose-college-ranking-system-that-could-increase-affordability/2013/08/22/73e674c0-0b17-11e3-b87c-476db8ac34cd_story.html

rogerb on August 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Troll-Free thread?

Del Dolemonte on August 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I wouldn’t bank on it. Someone will be around to tell us what racists we are for criticizing the AG.

CurtZHP on August 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

This is all about common core. Simple as that. No child may be allowed to escape the indoctrination program … except for the elite.

gh on August 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

This is about public union campaign dollars. Simple as that. Common Core is just a scheme to inflate grades and keep crap public schools afloat … and keep the teachers unions sending that cash.

Always follow the money.

M240H on August 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

We need more stupid black people infesting our once great cities. I mean, look how well Detroit is doing.

patman77 on August 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Sadly, for that to work, they need to procreate more rapidly in greater numbers. They are not. Hence, the need for Amnesty.

hawkeye54 on August 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

…and therein lies one reason that the feds should not be involved in education. Shut down Dept of Education. Don’t redistribute our taxes to the states so they are beholden to your debt covenants.

freedomfirst on August 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM

You’ll have to pardon Eric. He just wants to keep the folks on the Democratic plantation.

GarandFan on August 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Common Core is just a scheme to inflate grades and keep crap public schools afloat
M240H on August 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

And how is that working out for NY and KY? Not too well. If this is their idea of inflating grades, I’d hate to see what their idea of dropping grades.

Common Core is common crap.

Patriot Vet on August 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

The point is to let kids escape the segregation of failed schools, and about 90% of the beneficiaries are black.

Why do Holder and Obama hate poor black children?

Racist.

Hayabusa on August 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Eric Holder doesn’t care about black people.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Holder should take that huge ring on his spindly finger and stick it up Obama’s bunghole before sticking it up his own.

I guess that was succinct enough.

Sherman1864 on August 27, 2013 at 12:37 PM

M240H on August 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The unions are useful idiots. Common core stems from the programs Obama and Ayers were administering in Chicago. Turning schools into indoctrination centres for the left.

gh on August 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Actually, this could be the start of some very good news concerning vouchers. Should Louisiana prevail, then other states could follow suit. B-bye, teachers union.

HiJack on August 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Holder and obama hate the children of the USA.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Mostly just the black ones. Mostly

HotAirian on August 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

The children must not escape the education camps….how else will they be able to produce more Liberal slaves? They have a good thing going, ( lol, look who’s President) they will not give it up that easily.

It wasn’t always so though, no matter what lies liberals love to tell you…

Old Deluder Satan Law

Alinsky on August 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Mr. Holder’s lawyers claim the voucher program appears “to impede the desegregation progress” required under federal law.

I, for one, would be interested to know just how they hope to show this. Seems to me to be the reverse.

Bitter Clinger on August 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Can’t have them getting all smart and everything.

neyney on August 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

The word you’re looking for is ‘uppity.’

James on August 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Is that Harris from Barney Miller?

Buttercup on August 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Those schools are doing what the left designed them to do. Make uneducated, America hating, White hating, democrat voters….that is why they will fight to keep those poor kids stuck in there.

Redstone357 on August 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

The nation hopes and prays that there is strong pushback on this dumb move by Holder/Obama.

Amazingoly on August 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

‘Impedes the desegregation process’? That…doesn’t even make sense. If anything, it’s desegregating them further.

This is one of those issues where I cannot understand the objection. At all. If the gov’t is spending X amount of dollars per student anyway, why can’t they decide to allow students to use it to pursue a better education elsewhere? Unless, of course, you don’t give a damn if they’re stuck in a bad school because teachers unions and gov’t control take precedence.

It’s a tough contest, but in the race to the bottom Holder’s Justice is the most god awful part of this admin.

changer1701 on August 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I can’t make this stuff up myself.

gerrym51 on August 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Holder and obama hate the children of the USA.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Fixed it for clarity.
Also, Holder and obama don’t give a rat’s a$$ about the children. All they care about is what can help them politically and idealogically.

NOMOBO on August 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Idiot Democrats . . . but then why be redundant?

rplat on August 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Another state that didn’t vote for Obama.His crew will punish every state that didn’t before he’s out.

docflash on August 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

This issue pisses me off to no end (as, I imagine, it does for other tax-payers as well). The school district I live in is not bad but it’s not the best education my kids can get. Because I have means, I can send my kids to a local charter school in the same area where the educational programs and curricula are top-notch. But, the penalty I pay comes out of the property taxes I pay for a “resource” I do not use, the local public school.

This is so damn galling!! Why the hell should I be forced to spend my hard-earned money on something I do not want to use!?!?! Why should anyone be forced into a choice that the bureaucrats know harms the children?!?!

And Barack O-Dumbo and the Dim-wit-o-crats wonder why the hell people HATE the federal and local government!?!?! It’s because of crap like this!!!

powerpickle on August 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Al Shanker, President of the United Federation of Teachers, 1964-1985; President of the American Federation of Teachers, 1974-1997: “When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Time for the GOP to go on an outreach offensive to the African American community. There’s so many conservative positions that they would naturally support if presented to them appropriately (e.g., school choice and amnesty).

blammm on August 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Desegregation– Really? WTF, are we living in the frickin 50′s?

melle1228 on August 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

racially divisive leaders like Eric Holder

This language may be a little too edgy for this site!

SirGawain on August 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

From Wikipedia:

“Holder grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens, and attended public school until the age of 10. When entering the 4th grade he was selected to participate in a program for intellectually gifted students.”

Good for me, but not for thee.

Special Forces Grunt on August 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

If I am Louisiana I would tell the feds to pound sand. State we fail to recognize your jurisdiction in this case and will not comply with any federal court ruling in the matter.

Zomcon JEM on August 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

From Wikipedia:

“Holder grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens, and attended public school until the age of 10. When entering the 4th grade he was selected to participate in a program for intellectually gifted students.”

Good for me, but not for thee.

Special Forces Grunt on August 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Something tragic must have happened subsequent to that, maybe glue-sniffing or multiple hits to the head, because he’s as dumb as a sack of rocks.

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Something tragic must have happened subsequent to that, maybe glue-sniffing or multiple hits to the head, because he’s as dumb as a sack of rocks.

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Hold on, it said he was ‘selected to participate,’ not that he actually qualified for the program.

James on August 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Just ignore the DoJ and do what is right.

GardenGnome on August 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Another state that didn’t vote for Obama.His crew will punish every state that didn’t before he’s out.

docflash on August 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Also a preemptive race-card toss at Bobby Jindal prior to 2016. “Don’t vote for that guy with the brown skin, he was sued by the Obama Justice Department for opposing desegregation.” I can just hear the robocalls on the Obamaphones already.

rockmom on August 27, 2013 at 2:19 PM

If I am Louisiana I would tell the feds to pound sand. State we fail to recognize your jurisdiction in this case and will not comply with any federal court ruling in the matter.

Zomcon JEM on August 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Well that would certainly play into the Left’s hands.

“Nullification!” they will cry. “George Wallace standing in the doorway!”

Don’t think they will not do this. We haven’t seen anything yet. There won’t be a black man on the Democratic ticket in 2016 to drive turnout, so there are going to be racial attacks on every Republican who has even hinted of running for President, and every Red state is going to be portrayed as part of the New Confederacy.

I look for many more bogus suits like this to be filed in the next 3 years.

rockmom on August 27, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Yes – but on this point the public is with us – in response to their nullification crap you claim governmental over-reach – none of DCs business.

Part of anything is timing. Timing is right. You have to choose when the time is right to go after DC. And it is now. And force Landreau to pick sides. Just another nail in her coffin.

Zomcon JEM on August 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Late last week, Justice asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in the Pelican State from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public schools

Those votes from the Teachers union are much more important than educating poor kids. After all poor uneducated kids are tomorrows base for O and co.

Herb on August 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM

In other words, Holder (and Obama) are siding with the slave owners (teachers’ unions and administrations) in opposition to freeing the slaves (the students).

Fascinating.

IndieDogg on August 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Upwardly mobile constituencies, of ANY race, are less likely to vote Democrat. Keep them down and keep them dependent.

That’s the REAL “chains” of today.

Impoverished America needs an Awakening!

Maybe more actions like this from the Obama/Holder regime will be a start of shedding some light upon the truth.

Carnac on August 27, 2013 at 3:42 PM

This will just be another court loss for Holder.

sadatoni on August 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

I can’t make this stuff up myself.

gerrym51 on August 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

What up proud Mittbot?

cptacek on August 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM