Congressman Steve Womack, In his ongoing efforts to be seen as the perpetual “good soldier” of the Grand Old Army of the Potomac, has taken up up the battle against America’s college students, opining that the government should not be responsible for funding education after a confrontation with Northwest Arkansas resident Kelly Eubanks, who has had the temerity to pay close attention to Womack’s voting record (something most media outlets up here don’t do), and she told The Scowling One, “The Pell Grant is important to me because it is one of many ways I pay for college. Without it, though, I wouldn’t be able to attend.”
Womack’s response? Other than asking some of his aides to remove her from the microphone – would he have done that to a Tea Party member? – he said that that he “paid” for his education by joining the National Guard.
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Yes, I believe that members of the military have a right to an education, but there is an issue which TSO is ignoring. At a time when the rest of the world is, quite frankly, kicking our butts, maybe the federal government does, indeed, have a role to play in funding education in this country.
An educated America is a strong America. An uneducated America is . . Well, aside from politicians like Steve Womack, who benefits from folks not being terribly well-educated?
Well, certain industries, I suppose, who would benefit from a work force which doesn’t know an awful lot about an awful lot, and the our competitors around the world, of course.
Following the example of Kelly Eubanks
It would be a nice fantasy to imagine that media outlets in Northwest Arkansas might drop their sycophantic attitudes towards The Scowling One, and actually pay attention to how he votes, but that ain’t gonna happen.
Put a camera on this man!
Every time The Scowling One makes a public appearance, someone should be there with a camera, so that they can record incidents like the above, and either put them on public access television or YouTube.
Or hell, both.
Quote of the Day
Silence, if deliberate, is artificial and irritating; but silence that is unconscious gives human companionship without human boredom. – Stephen Leacock