The Romney/Smails education plan

Florida has been great so far, but for some reason my stupid brain (which I hate) has had the exact opposite reaction to travel that everyone else’s brain seems to have. Instead of keeping my sleep schedule on Pacific Time (the best time zone, obviously) or adjusting to Central Time where we are, my brain has somehow settled on Brazil Time, meaning I am waking up at 5:30 for no good reason at all. So I decided a post would be in order.

The Obama campaign is out with this new ad that once again employs the best possible strategy for defeating Mitt Romney: just show video of him saying things, in context, and let people recoil in horror.

Shop around, kids! Good luck with getting an education, but if you aren’t currently rich or have any rich relatives, maybe set your sights a little lower, mmkay?

I can’t really think of a better illustration for why I’m a Democrat and not a Republican. This is the modern Republican party in a nutshell. If you can’t afford an education, well, Judge Smails has a plan.

Both Democrats and Republicans claim to believe in a country where everybody has an opportunity to succeed if they have the potential and the willingness to work hard. The difference is that Democrats actually mean it, and are willing to invest in things like education, Pell Grants, student loans, etc. The Republican plan is for you to shop around.

The end result of Republican policies would of course be that only rich people are able to afford higher education, further solidifying the advantages that their offspring have in this world, and keeping the riffraff out of their fancy colleges and ultimately, out of the good jobs that require those educations. I don’t think that’s what most Republicans actually want; I do think they are sincere when they talk about wanting the US to be a land of opportunity. I just think they are really bad at providing those opportunities, and don’t understand that providing opportunity requires an investment, and yes, taxes.

 

Author: Wiesman

Husband, father, video game developer, liberal, and perpetual Underdog.

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