Youth and inexperience aren’t the worst things in the world

Young Artie White is looking better all the time.

I just got this winpop (sort of an internal instant message) from a colleague:

Kenny Bingham is up arguing IN FAVOR of the revised Edge amendment (revised, I think, to match the bill he introduced earlier this year).

… which is to say, he was arguing in favor of the merely horrendously awful version of Put Parents in Charge, rather than the worse-than-you-could-have-imagined version that Tracy Edge briefly had up.

I asked Cindi — that is, my colleague — whether she was sure. You know that I stop at nothing to ensure the accuracy of anything I put on this blog. Her answer:

yes, he was; I heard only the end of it. he’s done now and we’re on to shirley hinson, who is giving the most BIZARRE speech in defense of the amendment. i think the supporters must be filibustering.

If you hurry, you can go watch it yourself. It’s not every day that you get to see representatives, in real time, deliberately going out of their way to undermine public education. I mean, at least not this obviously.

One thought on “Youth and inexperience aren’t the worst things in the world

  1. Brad Warthen

    I just sent a winpop BACK to my colleague saying:
    “Kenny Bingham is NOT a sellout! He’s NOT!”
    I had just returned a phone message to Kenny, who wanted to make sure I understood that we missed 15 minutes in which he “didn’t do anything but praise public education.” He said he was looking for middle ground on the issue, and was frustrated that neither side seemed interested.
    He said he had been attacked for an amendment he had introduced that he thought was a better way to pay for educating autistic kids, and it was mistakenly regarded as a “back-door voucher,” and that’s what got him started.
    He said he had bragged on what a great job the schools do in Lexington 2 (his district and mine), and how well PUBLIC school choice, which I believe was initiated during his tenure on the school board, was doing in the district.
    But he said there were some poor, small districts where he thought a private school option might be the only way to help kids out. And THAT was what he was saying.
    Anyway, he’s coming in for his regular interview on Monday, and we can hash it out further then.

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