Sometimes people ask how I come up with things to write on the blog. My response, and the response of many political writers is, “I read the papers, and what angers me most is what I write about.”
I thought about that when I saw this Lincoln Journal-Star article currently FEATURED on their web page:
What’s the story?
Well, Lincoln Public Schools Board member Matt Schulte is not going to send his Kindergartner and 2nd grader to Lincoln Public Schools.
And the REASON for the top-of-the-headline, 689-word story?
When asked during the campaign if he’d send his kids to Lincoln Public Schools, he said yes. But now? He has changed his mind about where he will send his 5 and 7 year olds to school.
That’s the sum of this TOP story, on the LJS.
Now keep in mind, Schulte was asked during the campaign about this. He didn’t run on it. And he didn’t make it the focus of his race.
He and his wife made this most-important decision about THEIR TWO LITTLE KIDS. Not about ANYONE ELSE’S KIDS.
Now it’s not as if — OH I DON’T KNOW — he changed his mind on whether he was going to raise the Gas Tax for all Nebraskans!
Or — OH I DON’T KNOW — he changed his mind about how he was going to vote on abolishing the Death Penalty.
You know, things that AFFECT THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED YOU.
But you know who THIS decision affects?
Schulte, his wife, and his two little kids!
NO ONE ELSE!
(Gee, ya think I’m a little wound up about this?)
THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is the kind of CRAP that keeps people from running for office.
THIS is the GARBAGE kicked out by the “news” papers that make perfectly reasonable people figure, “why the hell would I want to get involved with that?”
But make no mistake peeps: This was an attack.
Wellllllll, for starters, Schulte and his wife are a pair of those “outliers” who have chosen to home-school their kids.
I don’t know why they made that decision. I don’t know about the value of that decision. It’s none of my business. And I don’t care.
Oh, but shouldn’t it matter to the voters if he is part of the school system he votes on???
Well, here’s some news: People have to make decisions all the time about where to send their kids. If your vote is going to be based on how a family deals with their personal life, I’d suggest you find some new criteria. Because they are going to make personal decisions — which may change — based upon their family, and not what voters think.
Can there be value of having your kids in the public school system, particularly as a Board Member? Maybe. But there are good reasons for Board members NOT having their kids there. I can think of many.
But beyond that, there is more to the idea that the LJS is trying to convey that Schulte somehow lied to his constituents. Because what sort of animal would change his mind about the best thing for his kids after he told some reporter another thing? My gawd, the deceit is practically Nixonian!!!
Oh, but then there’s this little matter:
In a recent LPS Board vote regarding the budget, there was a proposal to put $10 million into a “cash reserve”.
Schulte maintained that there was no need to put that much into cash reserve — that they could lower that amount in cash reserve and return some money to the tax payers.
Oh, and LIBA and AFP made a big push to collect signatures and encourage people to send emails to the school board about lowering the tax levy and the amount into reserve.
In the end, Schulte was the lone member to vote for the idea of a lower amount.
And then, all of a sudden, the Lincoln Journal-Star puts the focus on just what sort of home-schooling, non-public-education-using, lower cash-reserve-wanting monster Schulte really is.
See, right in the freaking middle of an article about the PROMISE Schulte made to the PEOPLE OF LINCOLN where he would send HIS OWN KIDS…
As the lone vote against the district’s proposed budget, Schulte aligned himself with fiscally conservative groups including the Lincoln Independent Business Association and Americans for Prosperity. Both groups wanted LPS to lower its tax rate in light of an 8.9 percent increase in revenue.
Wait. What does that have to do with where his 5 and 7 year old are educated?
But there you go readers.
This is your press.
This what they do.
And this crap never stops.
What say you?
Hey on this Carl Curtis Open-Comment Friday here are a few more political fragments out there…
Aaron Trost, general consultant to the Don Bacon for Congress campaign — featured on The Wheels Down Politics Show just a few weeks back — will be the State Director for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s Presidential campaign in Iowa.
Trost, you may remember, managed U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s primary campaign win over Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg, and general election win over Bob Kerrey. He also managed Attorny General Doug Peterson’s campaign last year. He hooked up with the Bacon camp this year for the Nebraska 2nd Congressional District race.
Huckabee has made a major focus on Iowa and is currently generally polling in the middle of the pack in that state.
And just to keep things snappy, Leavenworth St. received an email late last night about a NEW candidate in the #NE02 GOP race.
He is 25 year-old Dirk Arneson.
Dirk describes himself as “an everyday American with a full-time job living paycheck to paycheck to make a better life for my family.”
We need to stand United and become the United States of America Again. We Need to stand up and say Washington You are FIRED. We need to come together as working class Americans living in District 2 and end the rich get richer policies in Washington.
You can (maybe) learn more about him by going to Dirk Arneson for Congress on Facebook.