Reading First and Nathan Sproul
By Joseph Rhee
May 10, 2007, ABC News
A scathing report issued today documents ‘substantial
financial ties’ between key advisors of Reading First, a
controversial federal reading grant program, and publishers
who benefited from the program.
The report, issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman
of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,
called the findings ‘troublesome because they diminish the
integrity of the Reading First program.’
Reading First is a multi-billion-dollar program meant to boost
literacy among low-income children that was adopted as part of
No Child Left Behind in 2001.
At 12:47 PM, saidâ€¦
Hmmm. “The single example that the Democrats brought forward … was unable to offer any evidence,” eh?
Well, that may be true, whatever it means. The fact is that there’s abundant evidence, on the public record, that Sproul’s people tossed out Democratic registrations. They also stealthily registered non-Republicans as members of the GOP (as it was always useful to inflate the party’s membership), and otherwise conducted their fake “voter registration” drives” under false pretenses.
It’s true that a few Democrats were prosecuted nationwide for “voter fraud,” and there was indeed a case of vandalism in Milwaukee. So what? First of all, that they were prosecutedâ€”as guilty parties ought to beâ€”means that they didn’t get away with it. And in no case was there any link at all between the crimes in question and the Democratic Party.
Those who committed “voter fraud” were motivated by the need for money; and that kid in Milwaukee was the angry son of a local Democratic candidate.
On the other hand, most of the Bush Republicans who worked to disenfranchise the majority did not pay any price, because the system, by and large, is in their hands. (The US Attorney scandal makes that pretty clear.) And those cases that WERE prosecuted made it crystal-clear that the fraud was ordered and/or managed byâ€”and benefitedâ€” the Republicans. The GOP ran the phone-jamming operation in New Hampshire in 2002, and directed the obstructive moves by those convicted recently in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. And federal records show that Sproul was paid millions by the RNC for his prodigious efforts in 2004.
Those few cases are the least of it. The Bush Republicans resort to systematic fraud because they cannot win elections fairly. This is not just because their candidates are “crappy” but, primarily, because they’re pushing an agenda that no sane American would tolerate.
And when they’re called on what they’re doing, they simply lie about it, claiming that the facts are all “disproven allegations.” Also, they accuse their victims of the very crimes that they themselves have perpetrated.
In other words, “Kevin,” they do exactly as you did right here.