If you ever wondered why Montana Democrats have made strides in the state in the past few elections, you don’t need to look any farther than people like Scott Sales and Roy Brown, who’ve helped put the ‘con’ in conservative. Their latest con job? Rhetoric about education that shows their fundamental hypocrisy.
While Governor Schweitzer has been suggesting, quite reasonably, this week that the school and university system need to temper their funding expectations, Mr. Sales is back to his old tricks, demonizing the schools:
Sales was also critical of the university system officials for proposing budget initiatives worth $74.7 million and of K-12 officials for requesting more.
“They’re groups of people that continually want more and more,” Sales said. “You couldn’t write a check big enough to satisfy higher education.”
But it gets better. Roy Brown, presumably in the same meeting, criticized Governor Schweitzer for not making enough money available for schools:
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Roy Brown also criticized the governor.
Brown says more money would be available for education spending if more coal were developed in the state. He says Schweitzer has set up roadblocks.
So, the principled conservative position on education is basically this: schools are rapacious, wasteful institutions that a new Republican governor would give more money to. Maybe Scott and Roy should get their anti-schools rhetoric together before they issue their press statements.
In an unrelated note, would it kill Charles Johnson to provide some context for this story? Was it a press conference? One press release? Two of them?