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May 07, 2004

After the Public Education Forum

The press release says it best...

Haines Blasts Republicans on Education

Doug Haines, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 12th district, assailed the Bush administration and incumbent Congressman Max Burns as he listened to concerns of local educators Wednesday night at a public education forum in Athens.

Haines attacked the No Child Left Behind act for “setting up our public schools to fail,” and labeled the act as “a cynical attempt by social conservatives to advance their position on school vouchers.” “George Bush and the Republicans consider public education a nuisance and a failure,” said Haines. “The real failures here are the failures of leadership shown by George Bush and Max Burns. Public education has always been what makes our nation succeed, and it is the best investment we can make in our future. It is time for a real change in Washington, and we need a Congressman who will stand up to George W. Bush on these issues.”

Haines listened as local educators, administrators, and parents voiced concerns about funding for public education, increasing access to Head Start, and cuts in arts education. He presented parts of his legislative agenda on public education, highlighting proposals to provide universal early learning opportunities, raise teacher salaries, and lower classroom sizes.

“We must show our teachers the respect that they deserve,” said Haines. “It’s a sad situation when the professionals that hold our future in their hands are being paid so poorly.”

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Would the republicans just paint you as a tax and spend liberal for these ideas, dont get me wrong I love them, but they have an evil way of painting Democrats as evil.

Posted by: Jerry at May 9, 2004 11:24:45 PM

If you look at the political tactics that the GOP employs, you can see that they love to use the rhetoric and invective against Democrats, in the hopes that strong words can cover up the truth behind their agenda.
I'm not a "tax and spend" Democrat. What I am is an "invest and grow" Democrat. Consider this: According to the Center for American Progress, for less than 10% more funding than we currently spend on education, we could give every teacher in the country a 10% raise. (http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=41367)

Is that an investment? You bet it is.

One thing you can say about the GOP is that they are not "tax and spend" politicians. They prefer to cut taxes on the wealthy, and spend money on corporate tax breaks, a war that we didn't need to be in, and trips to Mars. If the President wants to go to Mars, that's fine. But we can't afford it right now. Invest in our children and our public education system - that will take us farther than Mars.

Posted by: Doug Haines at May 10, 2004 9:14:39 AM