By Seth Richardson
Back when the Colorado legislature was drooling over the prospect of “winning” free money from the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” education reform charade, I opined that it would be a bad idea to rush into law changes that would empower the central-planning efforts of the Obama Department of Education in return for a vacant promise of reward.
Well, I told you so.
Not only did we lose the competition (which was a rigged to begin with) but now we’re stuck with the fiscal consequences of pandering to our federal overlord, who has accepted our gift of obedience to his Progressive agenda but has ignored the actual costs to the taxpayers of Colorado that are the result of our obsequious groveling before his mightiness.
Like other loser states, Colorado hastily and imprudently enacted education reforms on the mere chance that we would get the federal funding to implement them, and now we’re going to have to pay for the reforms out of our own pocket.
Meanwhile, Obama and the educrats at the Department of Education are laughing their asses off at the credulity and stupidity of the 39 states that didn’t “win.”
The point was never to provide substantial additional funding to serve actual children. The whole point of the exercise was to entice states into making statutory changes that the Progressives wanted without having to pay for most of them.
That’s why it was a “contest.” It’s no different than a “contest” that offers one big prize to millions of people who do nothing but send in their name and address information.
Such “contests” are nothing more than marketing campaigns to harvest personal information, which in aggregate is worth far more to the marketers than the cost of one car or refrigerator. Such schemes depend upon the avarice and credulity of an ignorant public, who will give up their privacy for the infinitesimal chance they will win something.
Well, Obama did exactly the same thing, except this time the stakes were considerably higher. The educrats get more power and control over the education of our children, and we get nothing, and worse than nothing. We actually put ourselves into greater government debt by enacting laws that mandate further state spending, all for nothing.
I told you so.
Even Democrat state Senator Evie Hudak admits that we were snookered. “We’re stuck now. The mandates are all there, but we don’t have the money. The whole thing was poorly thought out,” she’s quoted as saying in an Associated Press story by Kristen Wyatt in Monday’s Gazette.
“Poorly thought out?” Ya think? You should, because I told you so.
But who shall we blame? How about Hudak herself, who voted to pass HB09-1065 bill on May 5, 2009? Where were her concerns then, pray tell?
Sounds to me like she’s headed for Dante’s Bolgia Six of the Eighth Circle of Hell, which is reserved for hypocrites, who wander listlessly for eternity cloaked in gilded lead, which represents the falsity of their actions. Or perhaps she and all of the other legislators who voted for the scam will land in the Eighth Circle’s Fifth Bolgia’s lake of boiling pitch, reserved for corrupt politicians, or perhaps Bolgia Two, filled with human excrement and reserved for flatterers. After all, their obsequious flattery and groveling before the Mighty Obama ought to qualify them for that eternal punishment.
So, here we are. We allowed our legislature to pander to Obama and now we’re going to pay the price for our cupidity and blind ignorance from our own pockets. Fitting punishment I suppose. Perhaps this will teach us never to believe the promises of Washington, and to choose more carefully than people like Hudak when selecting our state representatives.
Somehow I doubt it though.
I told you so.
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