Thursday, January 31, 2013

Going Far to the Right

* What did Ohio Gov. John Kasich say now????

Gov. John Kasich said this morning that those suing him over JobsOhio “are going to have to answer to a much higher power than me” for their legal challenges against his privatized development agency.
Kasich blasted the liberal policy group and two Democratic lawmakers who originally sued over JobsOhio in April, 2011 and are still seeking answers from the courts, calling them “nihilists” whose lawsuit “is about wrecking Ohio’s economy and destroying people’s jobs.”

But Kasich, an openly religious man who often cites his faith as a reason for pursuing such initiatives as funding for the poor and job creation, said of his JobsOhio detractors: “These are people who are going to have to answer to a much higher power than me about why they have appealed and appealed and appealed.”  

Wow. Kasich thinks he is doing God's work???  That kind of language will only make him look like a far right religious loon.

* If you will be submitting questions to Gov. John Kasich's education townhall meeting tonight, you might want to look at some great questions listed at Plunderbund. Kasich and his corporate charter school owners aren't interested in speaking to people that are in schools every single day----teachers. While Kasich and the FOK (friends of Kasich) work on their master plan to destroy public schools, taxpayers will keep footing the bill for the education plan put forth by right wing donors to the Kasich campaign.

What are these groups trying to do in education? Is there really a plan to take over various state's education systems?

InThePublicInterest found some extremely valuable information on which individuals and groups are pulling the strings in some states:

Emails between the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), founded and chaired by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and state education officials show that the foundation is writing state education laws and regulations in ways that could benefit its corporate funders. The emails, obtained through public records requests, reveal that the organization, sometimes working through its Chiefs For Change affiliate, wrote and edited laws, regulations and executive orders, often in ways that improved profit opportunities for the organization's financial backers.

"Testing companies and for-profit online schools see education as big business," said In the Public Interest Chair Donald Cohen. "For-profit companies are hiding behind FEE and other business lobby organizations they fund to write laws and promote policies that enrich the companies."

The emails conclusively reveal that FEE staff acted to promote their corporate funders' priorities, and demonstrate the dangerous role that corporate money plays in shaping our education policy. Correspondence in Florida, New Mexico, Maine, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Louisiana paint a graphic picture of corporate money distorting democracy....

For a list of the emails and the disclosures, visit the InThePublicInterest link.