I keep seeing homeschoolers falling all over themselves for Ron Paul, because he likes homeschoolers. Honestly, I don’t like Ron Paul’s stance on the war on terror, and his record on education is shaky to me. Has anyone even looked at Tom Tancredo?? Here’s a quote from him:
“Having served as a public school teacher in Colorado and as the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Regional Representative, I have earned real world knowledge of how to best educate America’s children. Control over the education of our children must be in the hands of the parents. I believe in the ability of parents to choose the educational path best suited for their children. I support tax credits for families who choose to allow their children to attend any other institution whether it be a private, parochial, or home school. I oppose increased federal involvement in education, and broke ranks with my party to oppose the No Child Left Behind Act for that reason.”
Do you see where he says that control over education choices should be “in the hands of the parents”? And that he wants to give homeschoolers tax credits?
Have you looked at Ron Paul’s record on Education as a whole?? Did you see that he voted against letting low-income folks in DC have vouchers? His homeschool platform does not say that he would make life easy on homeschoolers. It says he would “veto any legislation that would require federal testing.” Huh? Wait, is this even an issue before congress right now? How come the community hasn’t been in an uproar about it if it is? Paul also wants to get rid of the No Child Left Behind. Newsflash: So does Tancredo! Paul is rated a 68% by the NEA, whose mission statement is:
“To fulfill the promise of a democratic society, the National Education Association shall promote the cause of quality public education and advance the profession of education; expand the rights and further the interest of educational employees; and advocate human, civil, and economic rights for all.”
Meanwhile, Tancredo is only rated a 8% by the same NEA… an Association out to maintain the public schools.
Ron Paul says that the War on Terror is bad, and has voted to pull our guys out. On the surface that sounds good, BUT we are winning! In a time when the worst news out of Iraq is that the low death toll is affecting the Iraqi funeral business (see story here) and people who are there say we can win this, the surge is working… talking about pulling out is giving aid and comfort to the enemy, and proving that when the going gets tough, America turns tail and run.
Tancredo on the other hand, truly supports our military. He supports the mission, and understands who we are fighting.
Also, check out Tancredo’s stance on immigration. Here’s a guy who gets it.
Honestly, Tancredo is more in line with everything I believe. He is a Christian, rated 100% by the Christian Coalition, and I really like the guy. Just like Ron Paul though, he is considered “second tier” and therefore has a hard time getting any press to get his views out there. He’s been pegged as the “immigration guy” but he’s so much more than that.
What do you think? Who do you like? Leave a comment and let’s talk politics – Just remember to keep it civil. Save the drama for your mama, ok?
*Note: this is cross-posted from Random Thoughts of a Young Mother, because I can. Feel free to join the conversation there also. *S*