American (Re)Education

The highly excitable and sometimes brilliant Steve Sailer gets the universal pre-K hoax half right in his post here.

Sailer posits the universal pre-K push is (1) a racist scheme to take poor, black children from their parent(s) and (2) a government power grab. ‘Puter thinks it is certainly the latter, but not the former. As in all things political, ‘Puter asks cui bono? Whom does universal pre-K benefit?

Universal pre-K benefits, first and foremost, unions. Forcing Americans to turn over their kids to government control a full year earlier will create tens of thousands of new unionized jobs. President Obama and his union henchmen want nothing more than to return the unions to the halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s.

And, if the unions benefit, the Democrat party also benefits. Unions nearly universally support Democrat candidates. With the increase in union jobs comes an increase in union dues, and a commensurate increase in the amount of union funds available to elect Democrats.

Tangentially, parents who treat public schooling as day care also benefit. Universal pre-K permits middle class parents to shift day care costs to the taxpayers a full year earlier than now. In New York, the state and the unions have been trying to cram universal pre-K down local districts’ throats for years. Only recently, with middle and upper class parents realizing that they can get the government to pay for their day care, has the idea started to catch on.

Who loses? Children. Universal pre-K has not been conclusively shown to offer a lasting benefit to children. In fact, Head Start (i.e., universal pre-K for the poor) studies have shown that any initial program benefit quickly evaporates over time. And, money wasted on repackaging a failed idea is unavailable for new, promising programs. Like non-unionized charter schools and voucher programs, for example.

So, to recap: (1) Sailer is half right; (2) unions are screwing the kids again; (3) Democrats are screwing kids again to benefit their union henchmen; (4) selfish parents are complicit in selling out their kids; and (5) kids are worse off than before.

Nice job, Obama Administration!

About 'Puter

Always right, unless he isn’t, the infallible Ghettoputer F. X. Gormogons claims to be an in-law of the Volgi, although no one really believes this. ’Puter carefully follows economic and financial trends, legal affairs, and serves as the Gormogons’ financial and legal advisor. He successfully defended us against a lawsuit from a liquor distributor worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid deliveries of bootleg shandies. The Geep has an IQ so high it is untestable and attempts to measure it have resulted in dangerously unstable results as well as injuries to researchers. Coincidentally, he publishes intelligence tests as a side gig. His sarcasm is so highly developed it borders on the psychic, and he is often able to insult a person even before meeting them. ’Puter enjoys hunting small game with 000 slugs and punt guns, correcting homilies in real time at Mass, and undermining unions. ’Puter likes to wear a hockey mask and carry an axe into public campgrounds, where he bursts into people’s tents and screams. As you might expect, he has been shot several times but remains completely undeterred. He assures us that his obsessive fawning over news stories involving women teachers sleeping with young students is not Freudian in any way, although he admits something similar once happened to him. Uniquely, ’Puter is unable to speak, read, or write Russian, but he is able to sing it fluently. Geep joined the order in the mid-1980s. He arrived at the Castle door with dozens of steamer trunks and an inarticulate hissing creature of astonishingly low intelligence he calls “Sleestak.” Ghettoputer appears to make his wishes known to Sleestak, although no one is sure whether this is the result of complex sign language, expert body posture reading, or simply beating Sleestak with a rubber mallet. 'Puter suggests the Czar suck it.