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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Shill lies under Sheep’s Clothing

Bruce Dixon calls out privatizer dressed up as public education champion
Editing, brief comment by Carolyn Bennett

Another fraud

Sounds like a shill in Sheep’s Clothing. “…Why does Donna Brazile’s ‘Democrats for Public Education’ (DFPE) exist?” Black Agenda Report managing editor Bruce Dixon asks, and answers, “Apart from possible interference in next year’s Chicago mayoral contest, [DFPE’s] only conceivable purpose is an utterly cynical one.”  It “will house surrogates for Hillary Clinton’s … campaign who will give the gullible an excuse to believe that [the stepping-stone senator-become-foreign-affairs disaster] -- unlike [candidate and president Obama] -- is not on the side of the privatizers and charter school sugar daddies, the same way that [candidate] Obama had unofficial spokespeople everywhere assuring those who wanted to believe that he was for net neutrality, against the USA Patriot Act and the Iraq war and torture; and wanted to renegotiate NAFTA and whatever else some people wanted to hear.”

Alas, “Democrats for Public Education” is no more than “the cynical sound bite that some self-deceiving Democrats need to hear.”

The shill’s president gave away – correction, sold – to the highest private bidder an American cultural tradition intended to ensure every child a fair chance and a hope of contributing to American society: public education.

   ruce Dixon calls out Brazile and he calls out Brazile's president and his co-conspirators in disestablishing nonsectarian U.S. education. The president’s education secretary and member of the president’s cabinet was former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan who “ravaged, savaged and privatized” that city’s schools. Duncan “fired thousands of mostly-black teachers with little or no due process, and handed big chunks of public resources over to the operators of private charter schools.” As FOP (friend of the president), Duncan was handed a seat at the president’s table as head of the U.S. Department of Education. And in six years in the position, Dixon recounts, the president, his education secretary, and the department set out on a mission of destruction.

[They] have let representatives of private charter schools, testing companies and consultants from the Walton Family, Eli Broad, Bill & Melinda Gates and other foundations ideologically committed to running schools like businesses and education like a market write the federal guidelines school districts must follow to receive federal funds – something they call ‘Race To The Top’.

The same consultants have been allowed to embed themselves deeply into the supposedly impartial private institutions officially recognized by the Department of Education that evaluate schools, school districts [sounds like weighting the market, ensuring profits for themselves; foxing the hen house].

Keeping up the bait-and-switch--what prompts Dixon’s commentary –is Democrats-toward-the-White House-shill Donna Brazile announcing the founding of something called  “Democrats for Public Education” when the destroyer in chief she serves is in reality, Dixon says, “the chief pusher of school privatization.” The breakdown of U.S. education. 

It is interesting how this regime's domestic ethos parallels its foreign relations ethos in the singular characteristic of destructiveness. 

he lie is in a shill (of course shill is itself the personification of liar) claiming advocacy for a cause that directly opposes her cronies who are footing the bill of her ascendancy. They own her. And as they own her, she knows full well that she will not oppose them. No matter what they do, she is theirs, their shill. 

Entrenching ascendancy

Louisiana-born American political insider, pundit, and television personality Donna Brazile is vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and has worked in several Democratic Party presidential and other campaigns and offices. 

These include contenders Jimmy Carter–Walter Mondale (1976, 1980), Jesse Jackson (1984), Walter Mondale/Geraldine Ferraro (1984), Richard Gephardt (1988 primary). She was deputy field director of the Michael Dukakis general election campaign (1988) and in the 1990s, Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to District of Columbia Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, advisor for the Bill Clinton initial and reelection presidential campaigns (1992, 1996). In 2000, she was campaign manager for the Al Gore presidential campaign.

Sources and notes

“Is ‘Democrats For Public Education’ Just a Toothless, Cynical Sound [Bite]?”
Bruce A. Dixon, August 13, 2014, http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/democrats-public-education-just-toothless-cynical-sound-byte

Donna Brazile bio note, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Brazile

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