Nuance: Wendy Davis says her top priority as governor will be, er, the children

posted at 8:51 am on December 5, 2013 by Guy Benson

“Investing” in them, that is.  As MKH quipped last month, Davis is all about furnishing The Children with cradle to grave government benefits, provided they’re fortunate enough make it to the cradle before the grave:

Davis’ tweet may seem to betray a ghoulish lack of self awareness in light of her late-term abortion zealotry.  To be fair, though, she doesn’t believe sixth-month, pain-capable unborn children qualify as people.  But once they’re out of the womb (one assumes that’s her cut-off, though one never knows with extremists), it’s time for the State to spend, spend, spend on ‘em.  This attitude underscores two points about Texas Democrats’ leading nominee for governor:  First, she’s wildly out of step with her state and the broader American public on abortion.  Hell, she’s wildly out of step with the French public on abortion. Second, beyond her late-term abortion claim to fame, she’s just another run-of-the-mill tax and spend liberal.  To wit, Davis has taken to complaining about Texas’ relatively low per-pupil state education expenditures, as if that statistic is somehow dispositive:

A state senator opposed to a proposal intended to enable some children to attend private schools with government aid asserted that Texas already has a hard time keeping pace with other states. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, told Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, during an April 9, 2013, committee meeting that “we in the state of Texas are 49th in the country in what we are doing to support our per-pupil investment in education in the state.” She added that she prefers to prioritize putting dollars into the public schools.

So she’s grousing about comparatively low per-student spending levels within the context of opposing school choice legislation, natch.   It would seem Wendy Davis’ enthusiasm for “choice” doesn’t extend far beyond fetal dismemberment.  Why help empower poor kids to escape failing government schools when one could simply dump more taxpayer money into said failing government schools? Her implied logic here is that less spending must equal worse results, a common statist fallacy.  If Davis bothered to divert her attention from championing infanticide to study up on her state’s educational performance versus, say, California’s, she might discover a few confounding facts:

And then there is the puzzle of Texas. Per pupil spending in the Lone Star State is in the neighborhood of California’s, clocking in at 44th nationwide by the measure of Education Week. And yet, students in California are vastly outperformed by their peers in Texas — the nation’s second-largest state, whose demographics closely mirror those of California. (In both states, for instance, Latino students have recently become a majority population in the schools.) Eighth-graders in Texas rank 10th nationally in mathematics; their counterparts in California are at the bottom of the heap, just above Mississippi and Alabama, at 49th.

Why, it’s almost as if punitive taxation and endless spending do not automatically translate into better policy outcomes.  Weird, right?   In any case, Davis is likely to lose her gubernatorial bid next year, after which she may have some free time on her hands.  Coming soon(ish) to a vacated time-slot near you?

 


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Hello, Mcfly?

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Abortion Barbie is dumber than a box of rocks.

bw222 on December 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Just like Adam Lanza.

Murphy9 on December 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

“we in the state of Texas are 49th in the country in what we are doing to support our per-pupil investment in education in the state.”

D.C. hovers around #1 in per pupil spending. And the schools are among the worst. It does not matter how much you spend at school, it is the investment parents make in their children before they are old enough to go to school.

rbj on December 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM

To be fair, though, she doesn’t believe sixth-month, pain-capable unborn children qualify as people.

To be fair, I don’t think that abortion zealots who refuse to recognize sixth-month pain-capable unborn children as life should be called people.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Kermit Gosnell’s top priority was children, too.

Pork-Chop on December 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

And Hitler’s top priority was the Jews.

NotCoach on December 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

To be fair, I don’t think that abortion zealots who refuse to recognize sixth-month pain-capable unborn children as life should be called people.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

They are thuja’s.

Murphy9 on December 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

More money dies not equal better education. But you can’t tell that to a Liberal. And TX scores are undoubtedly impacted by its large illegal alien population.

Charlemagne on December 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

It does not matter how much you spend at school, it is the investment parents make in their children before they are old enough to go to school.

rbj on December 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Yeah, there is much more to education than dumping money on schools and, indirectly, the NEA.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Someone left the irony on.

DethMetalCookieMonst on December 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Ya

Rode Werk on December 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM

To be fair, I don’t think that abortion zealots who refuse to recognize sixth-month pain-capable unborn children as life should be called people.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

They are thuja’s.

Murphy9 on December 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I’m surprised thuja hasn’t turned up on this thread yet.

gryphon202 on December 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Is she proposing a Valley of Hinnom in every township?

Murphy9 on December 5, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

What’s she’s really saying is “Give more money to the Unions”, and let it trickle down.

JimK on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

And TX scores are undoubtedly impacted by its large illegal alien population.

Charlemagne on December 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Davis says: I’ll always make investing in our Texas children my first priority.

TEXAS children. At best it is an odd qualifier. Why not just say “I’ll make investing in our children….”? What other kind of children do they have in Texas? And do Texas children include the illegals?

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Of course. Free to kill babies so you can defend yourself against their evil little minds.

NotCoach on December 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Davis and Debbie Downer – a match made in heaven.

GarandFan on December 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

As governor, I’ll always make investing in our Texas children my first priority if they happen to make it out of the womb in one piece. #TeamWendy

iceman1960 on December 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

It’s rumored she was once a pole dancer.The Houston paper released her tax returns this week showing her income.One of the commentors said it was all in dollar bills.

docflash on December 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

And killing as many as possible.

Ward Cleaver on December 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

In the GOP, yes. Find me a pro-abortion Democrat at the national level who supports free markets and a strong defense. And I don’t mean talks about it(even Obama pays lip service). I mean actually walks the walk.

Doughboy on December 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Well her campaign slogan is:

Abortion – It’s for the children.

Fallon on December 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Just a touch creepy.

Voyager on December 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

This is straight from the Protocols of the Elders of Lyin’.

Flange on December 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

The more of them that are murdered in the womb, the more resources available to each one that survives! Yeah, yeah, that is the ticket.

astonerii on December 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

OT-

Today, on day nine of an eight-day holiday, the White House is finally having a Hannukkah event. But the record shows that they’ve never missed celebrating Ramadan in a timely manner.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

It’s rumored she was once a pole dancer.The Houston paper released her tax returns this week showing her income.One of the commentors said it was all in dollar bills.

docflash on December 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

I don’t buy it. If she was a pole dancer, she’d be paid in quarters at best.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

“I believe that children are our future. Unless we stop them now.”
-Wendy Davis.

Gatsu on December 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

I couldn’t be in the same room with this ghoul for longer than 5 minutes without having my skin crawl to the point of physical pain, what sort of beta metrosexual must she be married to.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Not every pro-abortion “person” (and I use the term loosely) believes in killing children in the third trimester either. What’s your point?

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Her tax returns show she has a high income but gives little to charity. I guess she’d rather tax others to pick up her slack.

juliesa on December 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

OT, linked from Ace’s

Base jump gone bad.

Murphy9 on December 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Her tax returns show she has a high income but gives little to charity. I guess she’d rather tax others to pick up her slack.

juliesa on December 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

She is a Democrat. Being stingy with one’s own money is a requirement. The Bidens gave something like $35 to charity one year. Bill Clinton took a deduction for donating his underwear to charity. Democrats simply see charity as something that should come from the state.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Cradles, graves, etc.

Bmore on December 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

The survivors, eh?

thebrokenrattle on December 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

HN….
Figures

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

I still bet she won’t even be the final (D) nominee. Hope she is, though.

Marcus on December 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

what sort of beta metrosexual must she be married to.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

There isn’t one. Part of her “story” is being a divorced mom living in a trailer park. I’d say something snarky but it would only besmirch single moms living in Texas trailer parks.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Will someone from Texas help me here? Are candidates there allowed to keep campaign donations and use them for their personal expenses after they lose? Because I can’t see any reason she’s running otherwise.

kcewa on December 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Like Abbott, Davis didn’t report substantial charitable giving. She claimed $950 in charitable deductions in 2012,

On $150,000+ earnings?

What a fking reprobate. I donated more than that earning $22,000.

Typical libtard.

Murphy9 on December 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

D.C. hovers around #1 in per pupil spending. And the schools are among the worst. It does not matter how much you spend at school, it is the investment parents make in their children before they are old enough to go to school.

rbj on December 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM

An interesting thing about schools is that American schools in the 19th century were quite good and I doubt that the per pupil spending was 10% of what it is in Texas today–even after adjusting for inflation.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

OT, linked from Ace’s

Base jump gone bad.

Murphy9 on December 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Still less painful than trying to use the DeathCare website.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Still less painful than trying to use the DeathCare website.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Less painful and the cliff won’t try to steal your identity either.

Gatsu on December 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

There isn’t one. Part of her “story” is being a divorced mom living in a trailer park. I’d say something snarky but it would only besmirch single moms living in Texas trailer parks.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

In other words a few men test drove her for a week or two and discovered she’s a ghoulish harridan, so they ran for it, the only choices she has left are the wild-eyed Bill Ayers types.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Just like Stalin’s top priority was the Kulaks. For a while.

Akzed on December 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

There isn’t one. Part of her “story” is being a divorced mom living in a trailer park. I’d say something snarky but it would only besmirch single moms living in Texas trailer parks.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

So when can we expect Bill Clinton to come down here and start “campaigning” for her?

Flange on December 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

And Hitler’s top priority was the Jews.
NotCoach on December 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

You’re a genius.

Akzed on December 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Aside from her abortion stance, Wendy’s going to have to decide whether or not to tie herself closely to the national Democratic Party on other domestic issues as well, including, and especially, energy.

Her rich, liberal campaign donors from outside Texas aren’t just those backing unlimited abortion rights — they’re also the ones who from the most part are maniacally opposed to hydraulic fracking for oil and natural gas exploration, along with coal-fired power plants and coal mining (Texas has coal? Yes, Texas has coal). Davis has to keep them happy to have any chance of having a campaign warchest to match Greg Abbott’s, but if she keeps them happy she’s likely to turn off hundreds of thousands of voters in the state, especially the Hispanic Catholic population south of San Antonio, where the Eagle Ford shale fracking has doubled the average incomes in many counties.

jon1979 on December 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Vacuity, thy name is Wendy Davis

Pqlyur1 on December 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense. thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Oh well, if you put it that way, go chop up all the babies you want.

Akzed on December 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM

To be fair, I don’t think that abortion zealots who refuse to recognize sixth-month pain-capable unborn children as life should be called people.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

This

mankai on December 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Her actual beliefs don’t matter to the low information public… she’s an attractive, media-approved women who supports women’s health/rights and loves children. She’s a future VP candidate for sure.

MT on December 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Not every pro-abortion person Klan supporter is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

Not every pro-abortion person Axe murderer supporter is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

Not every pro-abortion person child molester supporter is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

The former kinda makes the latter seem a bit irrelevant. Dontcha think?

mankai on December 5, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense. thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

People needing help rely on their family or on the state. If you’re pro-abortion you’re anti-family and therefore pro-state.

kcewa on December 5, 2013 at 9:42 AM

In the Houston comments all the trolls compared her $285,000 2012 earnings to Abbotts $200,000 and declared her a better attorney based on that.

His is state paid as attorney general. To give you an idea of what we think of legislators we paid her $7,200.

DanMan on December 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I can see the campaign slogan now…

“Vote for Wendy “Pink Shoes” Davis! No fetus beat us yet!”

Wyznowski on December 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Rank hypocrisy and abject cluelessness should both be automatic disqualifiers for leadership positions. Sadly, they are not.

natasha333 on December 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

DanMan on December 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM

So how’s she dealing with her stance on killing babies viable outside the womb? That can’t be a very popular stand in a lot of Texas and you can only get away with calling it reproductive rights for so long.

And, while the role of governor is somewhat limited, how do you run an entire campaign based on female reproductive organs?

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Here in Tejas, the cost of living is low, and unions are more under control.This accounts for the low spending. Most of that spending gap with other states is in overinflated union salaries.

Sekhmet on December 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I think she misunderstands the phrase “from cradle to grave”.

CycloneCDB on December 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Isn’t it always “for the children” when in reality they wish they had been destroyed before the child had a chance to live. Typical DemocRAT doublespeak.

generouse on December 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM

We could use all those dead babies as sandbags in our defensive fortifications.

See, there really is a nice confluence of abortion and national defense.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM

jon1979 on December 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Yes, and another problem for any Dem running for statewide office in TX is that they have to trash talk Texas in order to campaign. Texans don’t like that, especially since things really are going well here, compared to most of the country. “Texas sucks” is a real loser of a campaign message.

Not that everything is perfect of course, but there aren’t major problems that fit in the Dem wheelhouse. No Dem has any chance to win next year, and certainly not a late abortion advocate. Her supporters are now denying the late abortion thing, btw. They’re pretending that famous filibuster was over something else, even though it’s her one claim to fame and higher office.

juliesa on December 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets and a strong defense.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

BUT, Wendy Davis is a tax and spend liberal, which is why obama and national democrats have thrown their support behind her – they officially “Stand with Wendy”.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-I2X0h2He5Eg/UdAvm5BalwI/AAAAAAAAH5I/djVb8i62s6k/s541/ObamaTexas.png

Davis is obama’s/DNC’s/Planned Parenthood’s/Code Pink’s candidate – she is a raging liberal.

Pork-Chop on December 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

If Davis promised to rid Texas of its man-eating spiders she might just have a chance.

There is nothing to fear but fear itself. And spiders.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

“Texas sucks” is a real loser of a campaign message.

juliesa on December 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Oh I don’t know seems that Davis could work it into her campaign pretty easily. Texas sucks and I stood up so that your abortionist can suck too.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

People needing help rely on their family or on the state. If you’re pro-abortion you’re anti-family and therefore pro-state.

kcewa on December 5, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The evidence of history is against you. Many infanticidal cultures were strongly family cultures. Consider traditional Chinese and Japanese culture.
And any if we avoid the relying on the state, you need more than just the family. You need civic institutions like churches, brotherhoods, sports clubs and so forth.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

juliesa on December 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM

The irony is that being from a Fort Worth swing district, Davis was extremely cautious in the Texas Senate not to let her full liberal freak flag fly … until 6/25/13 and the abortion filibuster. Because of that, whatever effort she had made to portray herself as a ‘moderate’ Democrat has been completely offset not just by the filibuster, but by her new out-of-state BFFs in the Democratic Party’s big donor class and the big media.

They’re orgasming over the idea of not just turning Texas Blue, but doing it with a liberal who shares the same ideals of New York, Washington, D.C. and California — they want to believe they’re going to put the equivalent of Nancy Pelosi or Bill de Blasio in the governor’s mansion. Wendy’s actually be laying low the past six weeks to try and allow voters to forget about the abortion kerfuffle, but her bi-coastal liberal backers won’t let Texans forget about it every time Davis pops her head up.

jon1979 on December 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM

As governor, I’ll always make aborting investing in our Texas children my first priority

rhombus on December 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM

The evidence of history is against you. Many infanticidal cultures were strongly family cultures. Consider traditional Chinese and Japanese culture.
And any if we avoid the relying on the state, you need more than just the family. You need civic institutions like churches, brotherhoods, sports clubs and so forth.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

At least you admit it’s infanticide.

kcewa on December 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM

…and I doubt that the per pupil spending was 10% of what it is in Texas today–even after adjusting for inflation.
thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Adjusting for inflation would be completely unnecessary anyway since you’re using percentages.

anuts on December 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

At least you admit it’s infanticide.

kcewa on December 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Strange and creepy isn’t it.

How do you kill something that isn’t alive.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Not every pro-abortion person is a tax and spend liberal. Some support free markets abortions and a strong defense against babies.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

FIFY

DethMetalCookieMonst on December 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Detroit Public Schools spends $15,570 per pupil. They graduate 23% from high school. This fact is ignored by unions & Democrats (I repeat myself). This stat needs repeating. 77% of DPS students either drop out or flat out fail high school.

Unions in Michigan are rabidly against vouchers. Detroit proves that unions are about their paycheck, not the children. DPS routinely lack toilet paper in the restrooms. Money spent there goes directly into the pay checks of teachers & administrators.

I want to scream at all clueless liberals: It is not how much per pupil you spend to get better results! Look at Detroit.

Conservative4Ever on December 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

D.C. hovers around #1 in per pupil spending. And the schools are among the worst. It does not matter how much you spend at school, it is the investment parents make in their children before they are old enough to go to school.

rbj on December 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Actually, it is what you spend the money on.

One estimate says if you could just replace the worst 3% of bad teachers with Average Teachers you’d see a Major Improvement overall that could move the United States up from 26th to 15th to 17th worldwide.

jaydee_007 on December 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I don’t get all the fuss about late term abortion. They’re just killing little democrats before they get a chance to vote.

L. E. Light on December 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

The evidence of history is against you. Many infanticidal cultures were strongly family cultures. Consider traditional Chinese and Japanese culture.
And any if we avoid the relying on the state, you need more than just the family. You need civic institutions like churches, brotherhoods, sports clubs and so forth.
thuja on December 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

These were, and are not so much strong family cultures as they were and are very hierarchical, and recognize that inculcating that attitude is necessary first within the family structure.

However, the overall goal is to develop a system that demands strict obedience up the line, starting with parents.

The ostensible ending is in ancestor worship-but is in reality fealty to the emperor, which may, and often does, require the ultimate sacrifice.

They worship false gods, place their trust in men, and are therefore easily misled into offering up even their children on the altar of those gods.

In the west ancestors and emperors have been replaced by convenience.

Natural consequences have been called “punishments.”
The unrepentant and foolish desire to escape obvious consequences and learn from them leads to more devastating consequences.

questionmark on December 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I think cozmo may have covered this a few times but basically Wendy Davis is running statewide because she can’t win in Tarrant County. All large Texas cities are run by liberal democrat mayors except Ft. Worth where she hails from. All of these cities also have booming suburbs that snuff the votes of the liberals and that for now is keeping them pretty well shut out of statewide office.

I hope with the developments in Detroit and Illinois the big cities get their union locks picked because every one of them is up to their eye teeth in pension debt created recently by SEIU moving in.

Wendy’s best chance would have been to run against Cornyn IMO.

DanMan on December 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

How do you kill something that isn’t alive.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Depends. If it’s a zombie you shoot it in the head. A vampire you drive a stake through it’s heart. A liberal/progressive brain you make it listen to Rush Limbaugh for 3 hours a day.

Oldnuke on December 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

In the west ancestors and emperors have been replaced by convenience.

questionmark on December 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

.

I hope the Pro-Life continues it war on convenience.

The coolest kitchen gadget I have is a pressure cooker. It cooks quickly. It is so handy.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I love how this chick claims to be “for the children” when her own children live with their father.

Priorities.

Maddie on December 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I hope the Pro-Life continues it war on convenience.

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Sometimes convenience can be deadly. Like drinking from the nearest stream because you are thirsty.

I hope the pro-life movement continues to fight against death too.

questionmark on December 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I love how this chick claims to be “for the children” when her own children live with their father.
Priorities.
Maddie on December 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Well, your own children… they don’t listen to you, and there’s that pain-in-the-butt parental responsibility thing.

Now, OTHER PEOPLES’ CHILDREN, on the other hand… we can armchair-quarterback and pontificate on those all day long. And, if we get some governmental exec branch and bully pulpit power, we can do a LOT more than that too!

/s

Marcola on December 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Funny thing – everyone screams for more money “for the children” but there always seems to be plenty to hire wildly overpaid Superintendents and for them to steal. These aren’t the exceptions, but the rule since there is relatively no oversite of school district expenditures and the auditing mechanisms are pretty weak.

This guy was earning a yearly salary of over $200K plus expenses and oversaw an annual budget in the neighborhood of $4 Billion.

Former EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo García gets 42 months, offers no apologies for scandal
“García pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in the test rigging. He also pleaded guilty to steering a $450,000 no-bid contract for school materials to one of his mistresses.”
http://www.elpasotimes.com/episd/ci_21707413/former-episd-superintendent-lorenzo-garcia-sentenced-3-1?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com
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Meanwhile down the road, this guy was making upwards of $120K in a genuinely poor district with less than 1000 students. His wife was also on the payroll at $80K.

Tornillo ISD superintendent had a separate bank account
“A forensic audit of the Tornillo Independent School District found that former Superintendent Paul Vranish kept a second school district bank account that board members and some district officials did not know about. The fund contained more than $500,000 and was used to pay for travel, equipment and other items, according to the audit which was released Wednesday. According to the Lauterbach audit, expenses paid from the account included transportation, hotel, meals, entertainment, rentals, equipment and other purchases. Purchases of computer equipment were also made by Vranish. According to the audit, after making these purchases, Vranish was reimbursed by the district. However, about $315,226 from the account lacked receipts and other supporting documentation, according to the forensic audit. In numerous instances Vranish initiated and approved purchase orders for reimbursements, according to the audit. Purchase orders were also approved on the same date or after the date of purchase. One purchase order included a computer and other equipment that was delivered to Vranish’s home address.”

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_24383517/tornillo-isd-superintendent-had-separate-bank-account?IADID=Search-www.elpasotimes.com-www.elpasotimes.com
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Then there is the CSCOPE scandal operated by the heads of Texas several state education agencies that formed a private business to sell state developed curriculum paid for with taxpayer dollars back to Texas school districts for millions of dollars – and we don’t even know where that money trail leads yet.

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I couldn’t be in the same room with this ghoul for longer than 5 minutes without having my skin crawl to the point of physical pain, what sort of beta metrosexual must she be married to.
Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

DURACELL

ToddPA on December 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I hope the pro-life movement continues to fight against death too.

questionmark on December 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Fighting against death?

Title of a biography of Jim Morrison: No One Here Get Out Alive

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Fighting against death?

Title of a biography of Jim Morrison: No One Here Get Out Alive

thuja on December 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

That was a good book.

ToddPA on December 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I just keep hearing the Beach Boys “Wendy, Wendy, \What went wrong??? It’s her new campaign song ..

dugbru on December 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Fighting against death?
thuja on December 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Oh, good catch!

I hope the pro-life movement continues to fight against the wholesale slaughter of children through abortion, which is done, mostly, in the name of convenience.

There, that’s better.

questionmark on December 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Adjusting for inflation would be completely unnecessary anyway since you’re using percentages.

anuts on December 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Not true at all.

GWB on December 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I hope the Pro-Life continues it war on convenience.

At least he’s being honest in what abortion is mainly about.

DethMetalCookieMonst on December 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

good start you have there. The superintendent preceding the current one at HISD was Abe Savedra. We plucked that jewel from the unemployment line after CCISD ran him off for running up credit cards in strip clubs IIRC. He was probably bringing in close to $300,000/year when he stepped down here.

DanMan on December 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I’m too late. All the good snark has been snarked.

Meremortal on December 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

A new meta-analysis of studies concludes that a single abortion raises the risk of breast cancer for a woman by an astonishing 44 percent.

Akzed on December 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

By “the children” is suppose she means only those who make it through to full term birth.

Old Country Boy on December 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Abortion Barbie is dumber than a box of rocks.

bw222 on December 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Good one.
All kidding aside. She’s a good looking woman. I bet she is really hot looking in a pair of pink sneakers.

Dr. Frank Enstine on December 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

A new meta-analysis of studies concludes that a single abortion raises the risk of breast cancer for a woman by an astonishing 44 percent.

Akzed on December 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

BOcare has that covered. BOcare cares about woman and provides free birth control, free abortions and free cancer treatment. I’m sure it also provides mental health treatment for those stricken with the disillusion that monogamy, abstinence and adoption for unwanted children are viable.

As an aside my daughter had a “Health” class and she said that they wanted to make it very clear that abstinence was not a viable birth control method nor did it protect from STDs.

Dr. Frank Enstine on December 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

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