A Tea Party candidate for Idaho's House of Representatives defended himself against allegations of hypocrisy following an NBC News article in which he admitted to signing his entire family up for Medicaid while running on a platform that calls for the dismantling of all government programs.
"I don’t think that the government should be involved in health care or health insurance," Greg Collett, 41, of Caldwell told NBC News earlier this month.
Collett, a self-employed software developer by trade, went on to note that his ten children — two biological, eight adopted — are all recipients of health insurance through the government's Medicaid program, and acknowledged that "there are a lot of people out there that’ll cry foul" over the dissonance.
He homeschools this crowd, naturally, or his unmentioned wife does. He doesn't want his kids contaminated by contact with our corrupt public educational system.
The important thing to notice here is that this man thinks that it is up to us to support his degenerate way of life. It's OK because he and his are the good people and they are white. I won't even mention that he is a Mormon. Ooops!
Years ago we had one of these wacko characters working up at the prison. He sold himself to my kind and gullible boss as a computer expert. The way he conducted a class was to set each student in front of a computer, give a few instructions, maybe a handout, and then read the newspaper. Sounds kind of like home schooling, doesn't it. He knew nothing about computers anyway.
He ran for office as a Republican here and got a few votes. (In our state, Republican is a protest vote, because Democrats are in the overwhelming majority.) He lived in a shack in Puna with his wife and children. The kids were, in my recollection, home schooled. Everyone said his wife was great and could not understand how she ended up with him.
He said they were taking the earned income tax credit, even though he did not believe it was a good thing. For him it was good but not for anyone else; that was his reasoning, I suppose. Yes, he was white and a godbag, so whatever he could get us to pay for out of our tax money was a good thing.And of course his salary was paid by the state as well, but that was different too, because it was going to him instead of to some unworthy person.
Well, my boss gave him a lot of slack but finally had to fire him. He left the state for some New England enclave, where I read a while ago that he was running for office again. He did not fool me for a second. Why would that be? He seemed OK, at least for a while, if you didn't look too closely. I think it's my higher education.
And Colin Diver, ex president of Reed College has this to say:
What lesson can be derived from the fact that Reed continues to thrive despite its refusal to cooperate with the U.S. News rankings? Some of my peers speculate that Reed's success has little application to their schools. Only a college as iconoclastic and distinctive as Reed, they argue, could pursue such a strategy and survive. I disagree. To me, our success says something important about the market for higher education as well as about Reed College. Participants in the higher-education marketplace are still looking primarily for academic integrity and quality, not the superficial prestige conferred by commercial rankings. They understand that higher education is not a mass-produced commodity but an artisan-produced, interactive, and individually tailored service of remarkable complexity.
Yes, complexity. Why reduce any person't higher education experience to a set of statistics? It's too bad that Diver has to resort to the rhetoric of the marketplace to make his point, though. A hand made vs. machine made educational product? Well, the critical skills I learned that enable me to make this comment come straight out of the Reed classrooms!
Reed does not reveal grades except by request, and I never did find out what my grades were. They had to be good enough, though. (Humble brag, forgive me.) It was a tough program, but the fine education I got at Portland State University carried me through. I'll never forget being directly confronted by a Reed professor in class to back up what I was saying. This was Darius Rejali in a course called comparative revolutions.
All those know it all Tea Party blowhards should have the experience of being challenged in their beliefs the way Reed students are challenged. No one there would ever cater to silly ideas or bombast. Baggers might even shape up and start making sense. (Now there is a hypothetical for you!)
I'm sure glad I spent my late 40s and early 50s getting more education. It has made all the difference to me in my old age, sparing me from the narrow viewpoints and lazy thinking that seem to provide easy answers to the questions of the day. Too many of my peers let their critical skills lapse (presuming they ever had them), but Reedies will question and analyze all their lives.