Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Bush's Answer For Safer Schools? "A Higher Power Than The Federal Government"

In the past few weeks, the nation has been stunned by school shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Pennyslvania. It led President Bush to convene a White House summit on school safety.

Let's be clear. The blame for the shootings is solely the shooters. But anyone looking for answers from yesterday's summit -- which Bush said he wanted to produce a concrete plan of action -- had to be disappointed.

Instead of discussing metal detectors or a ban on assault weapons, Bush offered observations that, in the wake of the Mark Foley scandal, may score points with the upset "family values" crowd -- so important to the Republicans' chances of retaining control of Congress next month.

Responding to Craig Scott, whose sister Rachel died at Columbine High School in suburban Denver, and who narrowly escaped death himself that day, Bush said:

BUSH: "(Scott) is inspiring others to continue to reach out to say to somebody who is lonely, 'I love you.' And I'm afraid this requires a higher power than the federal government to cause somebody to love somebody."

The best solution, he added, is for parents, educators and students to find the love and compassion to reach out to troubled youths before they turn to violence.

To paraphrase Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: How quaint.

Hoping for a higher power to cause people to love one another sounds like the lyrics of a song from Woodstock, not administration policy. It makes one wonder what the Bush Administration record has been regarding school safety.

The folks at the Center for American Progress have compiled that record. Some highlights:

– In 2006, Bush proposed a five percent cut for youth and crime prevention programs. Bush’s 2005 budget proposed a 40 percent drop in juvenile-crime prevention, following a 44 percent cut in 2004.

– The Bush administration has repeatedly recommended eliminating federal funding for the Safe and Drug-Free Schoolsand Communities State Grants program, which works on juvenile-crime prevention. Since 2001, Congress has voted to retain the Grants program over the administration’s objections, but at reduced levels. Funding for the program was $439.2 million in 2001 but fell to $346.5 million this year, with $310 million recommended for 2007.

– More than half the nation’s school districts receive $10,000 or less per year to fight violence and substance abuse — “too little to make a difference” according to an Education Department official.

In other words, schools have to hope for help from a "higher power," because they can't rely on any help from the Bush Administration.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoping for a higher power to cause people to love one another? That would be terrible. First off, who the hell wants world peace? Not this war monger! I don't want my tax dollars going to waste. Let the evil United States military do its job. And that's kill people we disagree with. Second, who the hell does this George Bush guy think he is come off suggesting there is a higher power that will do just that. For God's sake W, you were voted into office so you can use your evil military in order to take over the world. HA HA HA HA HA. (evil laugh) You have succeeded in taking Iraq's oil, now move on to North Korea and take their dogs. This way they will not have anything to eat. Although Kim Jong Mentally Ill will still have his lobster everyday that he can eat with his silver chopsticks. But hey, why should everyone starve?

9:43 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

so we're going the stupidity route early, huh?

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Well, that comment was long, BUT pointless.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No sense of humor unless of course it come from Bill Mahers mouth, right?

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was being funny?

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Virginia Dare said...

Too bad he doesn't take his own advice... of course, those are just words somebody wrote on a piece of paper to him, but how ironic they should come out of the mouth of the single most vilified person in the world who holds onto his power by spreading fear and hatred.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous iconoclastic cat said...

If a Higher Power causes somebody to love another, why be a homophobe? Kinda blows up the gay-bashing argument, doesn't it?

12:04 PM  
Anonymous elehhhhna said...

Kumbayah is the answer to school violence? Who knew?

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Ditto said...


I pray that little Johnny doesn't breath too deeply in his Chem class... where there is exposed, friable asbestos in the floor tiles and caulk around the windows.

I pray that he doesn't breath too deeply in his Trig class where the roof leak has caused an insurmountable environmental mold problem.

I pray that little Johnny isn't knifed by the gangbangers that hang out on the edge of the phys ed field.

I pray that his 24 year old blonde blue eyed substitute English teacher does not tempt him into fatherhood via his first sexual experience.

I pray that no one brings in a hundred lbs of legal guns and ammo and shoots him point blank in the head as he begs for his life.

And I pray he gets at least a B+ on the creative writing assignement that he worked so hard on last night.


5:37 PM  

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