Monday, February 23, 2004

The new definition of "terrorist" 

Rod Paige has surely stepped in it. Ankle deep. Via atrios:

Paige Denounces Teachers' Union

Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union a "terrorist organization" Monday, taking on the 2.7-million-member National Education Association early in the presidential election year.

Paige's comments, made to the nation's governors at a private White House meeting, were denounced by union president Reg Weaver as well as prominent Democrats.

The education secretary's words were "pathetic and they are not a laughing matter," said Weaver, whose union has said it plans to sue the Bush administration over lack of funding for demands included in the "No Child Left Behind" schools law.

Paige said later in an Associated Press interview that his comment was "a bad joke; it was an inappropriate choice of words." President Bush was not present at the time he made the remark.

"As one who grew up on the receiving end of insensitive remarks, I should have chosen my words better," said Paige, the first black education secretary.

So...that makes it all right, sort of. He DID apologize...right?


He said he had made clear to the governors that he was referring to the Washington-based union organization, not the teachers it represents.

Oh! Thanks for clearing that up.

It's the UNION that kills innocent civilians to pursue their political aims, not the TEACHERS. The TEACHERS are different from the UNION.

Yeah. Right.


Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, a Democrat, said the comments were made in the context of "we can't be supportive of the status quo and they're the status quo. But whatever the context, it is inappropriate — I know he wasn't calling teachers terrorists — but to ever suggest that the organization they belong to was a terrorist organization is uncalled for."


Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said that during the private meeting, Bush took only two questions, leaving little time for a full exploration of issues.

"It would have been helpful for him to have heard the discussions about 'No Child Left Behind' because there may be a disconnect between what he thinks and what we know," Vilsack said.

A disconnect...between what he THINKS he knows...and what WE know...

Now that's genius. I couldn't have put it better myself. And I doubt Governor Vilsack was even trying.

Hey, my wife is an NEA member, and a reading specialist. F*CK Rod Paige and his anti-union fascist comments.


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