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  •  Education (none)
    How about treating our teachers like human beings?  Paying them a decent salary, protecting them from frivolous lawsuits, giving them a little more academic freedom so that the religious right can't raise hell when a bio teacher teaches the truth...

    Something a little more politically savvy would be treating the TROOPS like human beings too: decent pay, benefits, NOT closing VAs...

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. -John Stuart Mill

    by Kaushansky on Sat Jan 03, 2004 at 06:41:26 PM PST

    •  Re: Education (none)
      Tie troop benefits to repealing the Bush tax "cuts" and you're insulated.

      Bush: "He'll raise your taxes"

      Me: "Why aren't you willing to support our troops?"

    •  Re: Education (4.00)
      Education is a good issue for Dems to take hold of.  It reaches fence-sitters on a couple of fronts:

      (1) the whole evil, punitive silliness of "No Child Left Behind" will start to hit the fan as more and more perfectly good schools get labeled as "failures" and serious sanctions start to kick in. Plenty of parent fence-sitters who get their info from Faux News will comfortably assert the cognitively dissonant belief "public schools are bad--b-a-a-a-ad," just not their local schools (with which they actually have some experience). When the local soccer mom and NASCAR dad hear about how their perfectly good local school has to hold back some federal $$ because the school is "failing," that's when the Dems should have a positive alternative to NCLB to offer. (Someday soon I'll write a diary about this one if anybody is interested.)

      (2) Higher education is the great hope for some fence-sitting families, but as state resources have dwindled thanks to the Bush tax cut, college looks hopelessly out of reach for many.

      Proposals for how to support public K-12 schools, and how to make college more attainable for folks, would be a great positive issue for the Dems IMO.  (And yes, I know about and generally like Dean's positions and proposals in these areas, tho they certainly don't belong to him alone as issues.)

      Of course, bear in mind that I'm an elementary school principal, so I might be a wee bit too close to the trees to see the forest on this one.... :)

      Thoughts?

      There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. --Benjamin Disraeli, cited by Mark Twain

      by sheba on Sat Jan 03, 2004 at 06:59:07 PM PST

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      •  Re: Education (none)
        You're absolutely right on. I have a lot of relatives in Illinois and people's heads are spinning there, now that the state standards are being lowered so that hundreds of schools don't get labeled as failing. They, like the rest of us, want to know how lowering standards is going to help kids get smarter.

        Education's going to be a winner for us.

      •  Re: Education (none)
        I like this, although they could always pass a bill that they say would fix it.  I think it would also help if it were attached to what it is about Bush and his administration that actually thought it was a good act when they passed it.  That it was clearly absurd from the start - they can't be allowed to spin it as just something that "didn't take" or misbehaved in unexpected ways.

        We have to frame our arguments to build new support in 2004.

        by tunesmith on Sat Jan 03, 2004 at 07:07:28 PM PST

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