Education Week reporter Ujifusa took a look at Jeb Bush’s emails as governor. As part of his story, he included a remarkable quote which Bush made in 2002 which still rings true today:
As he mulls a White House bid, Bush has also released thousands of emails he and his staff sent and received during his time as governor, ostensibly in an attempt to demonstrate his transparency. (Media reports quickly pointed out that the emails revealed private and sensitive information such as Social Security numbers—Bush quickly responded by saying such information would be scrubbed.) Bush has previously caused controversy over K-12 policy in an unguarded moment—during his first term, he was recorded stating that he had “devious plans” to undermine an ultimately successful amendment limiting class size in Florida schools that was on the ballot in 2002.
Here’s a Sun Sentinel story from that time:
TALLAHASSEE — Apparently unaware his words were being caught on a reporter’s tape recorder, Gov. Jeb Bush told a group of Panhandle legislators this week that he has “devious plans” to undo a popular class size amendment should it pass in November.
During a meeting with a handful of conservative legislators in his Capitol office, Bush said passage of the class size cap could ultimately pit the state’s most vulnerable residents — children and the elderly — against each other. Voters would decide whether education or nursing homes receive funding and what taxes to raise to pay for the programs.
“I’ve got a couple of devious plans if this thing passes,” Bush said. “We might consider … full cost and benefits so that voters will have the full ramifications, including which tax will go up and which programs” to cut. The meeting was recorded by a Gannett News Service reporter who wore a press badge and has covered the governor for four years.
Supporters of the class size amendment, which polls indicate is likely to pass on Nov. 5, accused Bush of showing contempt for voters and disregard for public school children.
Jeb Bush continues to have contempt for voters and a disregard for public school children. Another such go-around the class size amendment is being advanced by a Bush ally which masquerades as a taxpayer advocate.
And like with the class size amendment in which he went around the will of the voters, Bush has done similarly with his voucher scheme which side-steps the constitution. Such contempt for existing law and voters – which is documented and has a paper trail – creates serious doubt in Bush’s fitness to lead the nation.