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"First family that comes and says 'I want to send my daughter to St. Peter's Catholic ' and you say 'Great, wonderful school, here's your voucher,’… Next parent that comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the school of the Church of the White Supremacist ...' The parent says, 'The way that I read Genesis, Cain was marked, therefore I believe in white supremacy. ... You gave it to a Catholic parent, you gave it to a Jewish parent, under the Constitution, you can't discriminate against me….So what if the next parent comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the School of the Jihad? ... I won't stand for it." The whole story here
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The former First Lady went on to speculate about "what [happens] if the next parent comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the School of the Jihad?'" Declared Mrs. Clinton: "I won't stand for it."
This is absurdist demagoguery. Federal law prohibits the transfer of any funds to organizations that advocate hatred or violence against any group. Beyond that, federal Pell grants have long financed college students at many private and religious schools with little controversy. Last time anyone checked, none of the money had gone to colleges advocating white supremacy, though admittedly some schools do harbor some incredibly narrow-minded liberal faculty.
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[...]Now new government data show just how skewed its priorities have been.
Last year, unions were for the first time required to file more detailed reports on their expenditures and internal operations to comply with the 1959 Landrum-Griffin Act, which until recently had been largely ignored or circumvented. The new data are eye-opening. They showed that in 2005, the AFL-CIO spent $49 million on direct political activity, a whopping 27% of its budget. At the same time, it spent only $30 million, or 16.5% of its budget, to represent workers in contract negotiations and to protect their collective bargaining rights.
Don't expect these revelations to embarrass the giant labor federation into changing its priorities. Rather than pledge to reorient its activities more towards the daily needs of members, the AFL-CIO is announcing at its annual convention in San Diego this week that it will become a partner with the National Education Association, the most politicized union of all. The NEA is set to allow its local affiliates to join the AFL-CIO, although a merger at the national level isn't in the cards yet.
The AFL-CIO's John Sweeney, who called the deal the group's most important step "since the merger of the AFL and CIO in 1955," is obviously trying to combat the impression of a union in decline. Despite the loss of dues income from the departing affiliates, the AFL-CIO announced plans to spend $40 million on the mid-term elections this year, all but a small pittance of which will go to Democratic candidates.
Given the rate at which it's abandoning the traditional role of organized labor in favor of political activism, the AFL-CIO might as well drop the pretense and merge with the Democrats to form an honest-to-goodness Labor Party. At least that would represent truth in advertising. Wall Street Journal Political Diary, Paid Sub Only