Drayton's Gazette discusses social and political issues happening around the globe through the eyes of the African American, minority and disaffected communities.

The Education of Romney

Mitt Romney doesn’t care about the poor and middle class, he doesn’t care about their education. He has made that abundantly clear on every level. He has made it clear through his ignorance of the issues in public schools and those that face the people who are trapped in a cycle of poverty in particular those in the inner city schools. He has made it clear in his prior words, but more importantly he has proven it with his support of the slashes in the budget for education as well as grants to pay for higher education by cutting funding by 170 Billion dollar which is proposed by Paul Ryan’s Budget Plan. This includes his recommendation to those students who want to go to college to ask your parents for a loan, you know that parent who is struggling to put food on the table, to keep the roof over their families head, who raised a child to dream bigger and to pursue those dreams through education after all that is the pathway to freedom and power. His advice to those who desire to get a college education, an education that his FIVE SONS who have ALREADY been given a 100 million dollars take for granted (after all it is their entitlement) to get a loan from their impoverished family to attend college because the ROMNEY GOVERNMENT would not subsidize them cause there just isn’t enough money for that. However in Mitts world there is enough money to subsidize the OIL CONGLOMERATES, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES and to allow the wealthy to not pay a bit more top the nation that gave them their opportunities to grow wealthy through the very subsidies they deny others.

Romney thinks blacks are stupid and I can just imagine him and his campaign staff wondering how they were going to get those blacks to vote for him…and someone screaming out photo op, kill two birds with one stone, shake hands with a bunch of blah kids at a school. Just not at an inner city public school cause we don’t want the voters to see how run down those facilities are, or how destitute some of those children are, or how hungry for a way out of poverty those kids are, or how bright those children are, besides he no more to  his hands dirty than Bush did when he held that small black baby.

Romneys current pandering for the black and minority vote to me is truly “nauseating”.

Fortunately on a recent trip to a black Charter school those teachers and administrators did what the Press so often won’t do… They held him to task.

Here is a story from NewsMax.Com that illustrates Mitt Romney hasn’t a clue and really other than possibly chipping a small slice of the black vote Frankly my dear he doesn’t give a damn.

Breaking from Newsmax.comBlack Leaders Reject Romney’s School ReformsPHILADELPHIA— Mitt Romney struggled to find support for his education proposals while campaigning at an inner-city school Thursday, one day after declaring education the “civil rights issue of our era.”The visit, the first by the likely Republican presidential nominee to such a school, came as he begins to court a broader cross-section of the electorate he needs to defeat President Barack Obamain November. In a speech Wednesday, Romney proposed expanding charter schools, which are privately run but funded by taxpayers, and creating a voucher-like system in which poor and disabled students could attend private schools, also using public money.But if praise was what he was looking for, Romney had a hard time finding any at the Universal Bluford Charter School in West Philadelphia, a largely African-American neighborhoodfacing economic, educational and social challenges. Romney wants to deny a second term to the nation’s first black president, whose photograph hung in one of the school’s hallways.During a round-table discussion, teachers and local education leaders rejected some of Romney’s education prescriptions, including his assertion that class size doesn’t matter. Romney also identified two-parent families as one of three keys to educational success, along with good teachers and strong leadership.Local education leader Abdur-Rahim Islam pushed back, telling Romney that two-parent families are unrealistic in the community. “We will never get to that second part described about having a two-parent situation, parent support, as a key component,” Rahim said.

Steven Morris, a music teacher at the school, disputed Romney’s assertion on class size.

“I can’t think of any teacher in the whole time I’ve been teaching, over 10 years — 13 years — who would say that more students would benefit them. And I can’t think of a parent that would say ‘I would like my kid to be in a room with a lot of kids,'” Morris said. “So I’m kind of wondering where this research comes from.”

In response, Romney cited a study by the McKinsey consulting firm, which he said examined education systems in foreign countries and concluded that class size wasn’t a significant issue.

While he struggled to win over the group, Romney does not necessarily expect to do well in Philadelphia, a Democratic stronghold. Nor does the campaign expect to steal a significant block of the African-American vote from Obama in what is shaping up to be a close election.

Black voters, who four years ago helped expand the electoral map in places like North Carolina and Virginia and lifted Obama to victory in those states, remain solidly behind him. An Associated Press-GfK poll this month found that 90 percent of blacks would vote for Obama in November and just 5 percent would support Romney. At the same time, just 3 percent of blacks said Romney “understands the problems of people like you” better than Obama does.

But coming off a divisive Republican primary that was dominated by staunch conservatives, Romney is eager to expand his appeal to independents and moderate voters in swing states like Pennsylvania, where Obama defeated his Republican opponent by 10 points in 2008. The school visit was in line with the “passionate conservative” push that Republican George W. Bush used to soften his image and win over moderate voters when he was elected president in 2000.

Outside the school, Philadelphia’s Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter, an Obama supporter, lashed out at Romney’s visit.

“It’s nice that he decided this late in his time to see what a city like Philadelphia is about,” Nutter said. “I don’t know that a one-day experience in the heart of West Philadelphia is enough to get you ready to run the United States of America.”

© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


3 responses

  1. Romney will ruin this country if he were elected president. Ruin it!

    May 25, 2012 at 3:43 am

    • I agree. The very thought of him being elected President sends shivers down my spine.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      • Mine, too.

        May 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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