Sunday, October 22, 2006

It Figures

I know that the announcement pasted below from Sunday's LA Times will not be shocking in the least bit. And that, in and of itself, is a dismal statement about the connection between politics and big business.

The lesson: If you are fortunate enough to snag a political seat of some substantial authority in our government, you can make serious sums of cash for you and yours by constructing new policy. "Make hay while the sun shines," they say. But ethically, this cuts across the moral grain straight to the heart of the rotten moral core of the US Government.
A company headed by President Bush's brother and partly owned by his parents is benefiting from Republican connections and federal dollars targeted for economically disadvantaged students under the No Child Left Behind Act.

With investments from his parents, George H.W. and Barbara Bush, and other backers, Neil Bush's company, Ignite! Learning, has placed its products in 40 U.S. school districts and now plans to market internationally.

At least 13 U.S. school districts have used federal funds available through the president's signature education reform, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, to buy Ignite's portable learning centers at $3,800 apiece.


isabelita said...

Yup, worser and worser it grows, and all Repubs can say is, oh, look at Nancy Pelosi, she'a all rich!!!
The Iraq meatgrinder is the worst horror, but this throttling of public education and the GOPers' profitmaking off it is unconscionable as well.

sumo said...


Frederick said...

Is are children being exploited?

Kvatch said...

U.S. school districts and now plans to market internationally.

There we go. Bring US children up to world standards by lowering the standard!