Columnist Michelle Malkin was one of the first conservative voices to raise the alarm on Common Core. Now she’s In yesterday’s blistering take down of the US Chamber of Commerce, she referred to them as “a politically entrenched synod of special interests” who no longer represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students, or Americans of any race, class or age who believe in low taxes and limited government.” And this:
If you are a parent or educator who opposes top-down federal education schemes such as Common Core that undermine local control, dumb down rigorous curricula and threaten family privacy while enriching big business and lobbying groups, the U.S. Chamber od Commerce doesn’t speak for you.
If you are a taxpayer who has had enough of crony capitalism and publicly funded bailouts of failing corporations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn’t work for you.
That’s gonna leave a mark. And so will this:
In the case of Common Core, the chamber has made common cause with the left-wing, corporate-bashing Center for American Progress in a new Baptists and Bootleggers coalition. They are seemingly strange bedfellows who both profit from increased federal government intervention. For giant corporate publishers, such as Pearson and other big-business ventures backed by the chamber, it’s all about cashing in on the public schools’ Common Core captive guinea pigs in testing, teaching, data collection and data analysis.
For big government advocacy groups, such as CAP, it’s all about diminishing state, local and parental control over local education and curricular decisions; expanding Washington’s regulatory reach into the classroom; and ensuring the perpetuation of the Fed Ed bureaucracy.
Speaking on “common cause,” much of Malkin’s stirring condemnation lines up with liberal opponents of what a Network for Public Education blogger calls “predatory ed reformers.”
Scathing Purple Musings predicted earlier this month that it would be mainstream republicans – and not the Tea Party – who would sink Common Core. Malkin isn’t the first conservative columnist to call out the Chamber. George Will did so on January 15 and drew a rebuke from Chamber CEO Tom Donahue within 24 hours. The Wall Street Journal and National Review, the two most widely read conservative publications, have also been publishing anti-Core opinions.
The Will and Malkin columns have changed the subject on Core. It’s now about who’s pushing Core and why. Writes Malkin:
When businesses get in the government handout line, it’s not a “public-private partnership.” It’s corporate welfare. Venture socialism. Whatever you call it, it stinks as much under Democrat administrations as it does under Republican ones.
Always beware of Washington business-boosters wearing false free-market facades.
Was that written by Michelle Malkin? Or Paul Krugman?