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Just A Coincidence?

August 27, 2010
tags: 2010 House, education, MS-01, Travis Childers
by Brett

The Travis Childers camp must believe they have a winning issue with education, including his vote for the $26 billion spending bill geared toward education he supported. Over the past week, we have noted that his campaign arm has sent out two press releases attacking Alan Nunnelee on the issue, while (falsely) accusing him of slashing education spending in the state.

How long Childers can or will say this remains to be seen. You may remember they use to say pretty regularly that Nunnelee supported social security privatization. That, of course, was a downright lie as Nunnelee most recently told the Jackson Free Press he does not.

In between the campaign pressers, yesterday Childers sent out an email about education in his official capacity as a Congressman (i.e., you and me paid for it). Of course he can’t attack Nunnelee in these emails, but he is certainly free to proclaim how proud he was “to vote for legislation that will create and save an estimated 2,000 education jobs in Mississippi.” (On behalf of taxpayers, we can hope those claims work out a little better than the first stimulus bill Childers supported).

You can read the entire presser here.

He was even able to get a couple supporters of his to have their pictures taken, names released, and there story about how the $26 billion just saved their life. One is proud to be a member of the Mississippi Association of Educators.

It ends with a “constituent letter.” This constituent is concerned about school funding, giving Childers another softball to “express concern regarding education funding for the state of Mississippi.” Once again, he got a plug in for the $26 billion and concluded by letting you know we “can count on him to continue to support Mississippi’s schools and educators.”

Ladies and gentlemen, just remember you paid for this. There is certainly nothing wrong with sending out emails on behalf of your office, but it is awfully fishy when they essentially mirror your campaign pieces.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan Lindsay permalink
    August 27, 2010 1:02 pm

    26 Billion Dollars @ $50,000 per year will pay for an additional 520,000 teachers. Unless of course the money is not all going to teachers but perhaps may be going to Unions and Teacher Associations and back to the Democrats through political donations.

    Fun research project for extra credit. Pick you favorite teacher’s union and find out how much the union has paid to lobbyists and political contributions and how much was paid in teacher benefits. Bonus point – Look how much money your favorite union takes in each year and the salaries, bonuses and benefits including retirement of the top executives it pays out.

  2. August 27, 2010 1:05 pm

    Here’s a good site to learn more about teachers unions. Obviously, they are virtually non-existent in MS and there is no CBA or anything.

  3. INDEPNMS permalink
    August 27, 2010 3:48 pm

    Brett: For the benefit of Dan Lindsay and others, how about posting your list of Travis Childer’s union donors. When you review this list you will clearly see that the NEA is among them. Dan has hit on the game that is afoot.You have said that unions are virtually non-existent in MS. If the liberals have their way, they will get there union foot in the door and we will loose even more local input and control over our schools. The direct relationship between parents, teachers,administrators and staff that is prominant in Mississippi schools, is probably the greatest contributor to sucess not union membership or increased federal control. As to the “stimulus II”, If I am not mistaken, only 10 billion of the 26 billion is to go to education in the states. The other 16 billion is allegedly for state medicaid/medicare programs? My chief concern is that although it is all just “Mayberry” that the US congress passed this “stimulus II” just in time for midterms, just what do they paln to do about next year? In his DCCC sponsored diatribe Childers fails to tell people that the states have the discretion to hold these funds making expenditures as late as 2012. Most states, knowing the future ill effects of Obamanomics, have elected to use these funds to “average out” the severity of budget cuts. Fortunately our state legislators are more concerned with the long term survival of education in our state than in the political expediency of “looking pretty” during this mid-term election year. How dare Childers pretend to care for our children!

    • Grizz permalink
      August 27, 2010 7:58 pm

      @Indep– Wally Pang has a detailed list of childers donors on his web site,inc. GOLDMAN SACHS!!

  4. August 27, 2010 4:34 pm

    Here are the labor donations breakdown as of May 2010-

    NEA gave Childers $5k in the 08 cycle, $1500 this cycle.
    AFT (American Federation of Teachers) gave Childers $15k in the 08 cycle.

  5. Dontreadonme permalink
    August 28, 2010 7:03 pm

    Without a strong economy, education will never see the funding needed to move our system foward. The weak economy hurts school funding, private and public. The issue is the economy, because a strong economy provides increased funding for education. Our schools have not seen the strong community support, that we saw when the economy was strong. People just can not afford it right now.

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