President Obama took time out of his hectic campaign schedule this week for a visit with the ladies of The View.
Host Barbara Walters asked him, “What do you say to people who say you’re trying to redistribute the wealth?” Obama responded that he and his wife Michelle pay taxes so other people’s public-school children can have “great teachers and can succeed.” And to what public schooling system was the president referring? Why our national treasure, the D.C.Public School system.
Here’s what Obama told Ms. Walters: “You know, listen, neither of our kids are going to a public school right now in Washington,D.C.” He went on to explain that “we pay taxes so that kids who are going to public schools can have good teachers and can succeed. Now, I’m not doing that just for charity. I’m doing it because I think the economy is going to get better if every kid out there is getting the kind of education that allows them to be great workers and to help grow the economy.”
Really? Less than 2 out of 10 DCPS students are functionally literate in reading and math. Yet DCPS get nearly $30,000 per student. With results like that, DCPS may be good at growing its own budget—which it did last year by overestimating its student count by more than 2,000 students, costing taxpayers about $18 million for students who never showed up—but the economy? Please.
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