The Daily Camera published my comments on Obama’s school choice hypocrisy couple weeks ago:
“We need to focus on fixing and improving our public schools; not throwing our hands up and walking away from them,” said President-elect Barack Obama to a teachers’ union convention. But when it comes to his own daughter’s education, he and Michelle Obama have walked away.
Obama’s daughters will attend the Sidwell Friends School, which the Washington Post describes as “a rigorous school where many of Washington’s most prominent and moneyed families have sent their children.” “The Obamas selected the school that was the best fit for what their daughters need right now,” said Michelle Obama’s spokeswoman.
But when ABC News asked him about giving inner-city parents a similar choice to opt out of government-run schools, Obama said “it would be overall bad for most kids.” Most kids, but not his own daughters, of course.
Instead, Obama wants to “foster competition within the public school system.” That is, he wants to maintain what is effectively a government monopoly on schools. If this would be good, then why not do the same for, say, cars? As Neal McCluskey, the author of Feds in the Classroom suggests: “While we’re at it, let’s not allow multiple auto producers; let’s just foster competition within General Motors and see how that works.”
(Thanks to the Advocates for Self Government for the post title.)