Record Number of Waivers for Ted Kennedy’s Signature Legislation

Posted by on Feb 09, 2012 at 8:19 am
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This morning we are greeted with news of waivers being granted to 10 states to exempt them from the provisions of the No Child Left Behind legislation. It has been fun to watch the changing narrative on this abysmal piece of legislation as it has moved from a historic piece of lawmaking championed by then Sen. Ted Kennedy to just another failed policy of former president George Bush.

President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.

The first 10 states to receive the waivers are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. NBC News confirmed the report.

The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP.

In the AP article in fact they don’t even mention the booze-swilling, girlfriend-killing senator at all. No. They know exactly who to blame because the SCOAMF oxygen thief in the White House told them.

In September, Obama called President George W. Bush’s most hyped domestic accomplishment an admirable but flawed effort that hurt students instead of helping them.

Let’s step into the wayback machine for just a bit though.

There’s probably not a better example of Ted Kennedy’s skills as a legislator than his work on No Child Left Behind, the law that Sen. Kennedy, Democratic Rep. George Miller, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg and GOP Rep. John Boehner worked on with the Bush administration in 2001.

Recall the context of those times. President Bush had won reelection after the nightmarish Florida recount and Supreme Court decision and many Democrats wanted nothing to do with him. The president nevertheless extended his right hand to Democrats, and one who took it was the biggest Democrat of all, Ted Kennedy. He came to dinner with the Bushes, watched a movie at the White House and generally started to work with Bush on reforming federal education law.

Oh, and folks, according to Ted Kennedy in his own words, back when the bill was signed into law:

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., shared the president’s enthusiasm. “This is a defining issue about the future of our nation and about the future of democracy, the future of liberty, and the future of the United States in leading the free world,” the legislative icon had proclaimed on the Senate floor. “No piece of legislation will have a greater impact or influence on that.”

So does that mean Obama has now doomed the future of our nation, democracy, liberty and indeed our role in being a leader in the free world? Oh wait, he’s already accomplished all of that.

Those first ten waivers, by the way, are just the tip of the iceberg.

A total of 28 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have signaled that they, too, plan to seek waivers — a sign of just how vast the law’s burdens have become as a big deadline nears.

This administration sure does love to hand out those waivers don’t they. It’s only fair, after all. Right.

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3 Responses to “Record Number of Waivers for Ted Kennedy’s Signature Legislation”

  1. Questionman on 13/13/12 at 5:11 am

    I assume you are using the term “Marxist” as hyperbole to emphasize your point, and it’s not meant to be factual, correct? Karl Marx would very much disagree with President Obama’s capitalist ways.

    Karl Rove’s breaking new ground came within 100 votes of losing the election for Bush – both times. It created a President who did NOT have a popular mandate to govern, and put him into the history books as the worst Presidents in history, and set the stage for a black man to be elected, which is the worst thing possible from the Republicans point of view.

    I don’t mean to be flippant but the vitriol spewing from the right these days is as sound as the juvenile statement above. Now, if any progressive or person of color brings up the fact that the lot of GOP candidates is racist. We get the, “they’re playing the race card argument”. The implication is that it is better not to bring up race, after all we wouldn’t want people of color to adopt a victim’s mentality.

    In the following 8 years, under Bush, not Obama, America ran it’s first trillion dollar deficit. Two endless wars, tax cuts favoring the ultra wealthy and unpaid entitlement programs such as Medicare Part D were the primary culprits. Fiscal irresponsibility of the highest order by the republicans in taking a budget surplus to a trillion dollar deficit. Bush’s last years, he left us with the worst economy since the Great Depression. Job losses of half a million or more per month. No job creation, just massive job losses. TARP. Think of September, 2008 when John McCain told us the economy and Wall Street were fine. His people called Americans “whiners” and it was just a mental recession. Ever wonder why the 8 GOP candidates never mention Bush in all their blathering? President Obama took the GOP disaster and has led America forward, although with GOP intransigence, much slower than all of us would like.

    Wall Street reform. Health reform that keeps kids covered, that keeps insurance companies from cutting sick folk off their paid for benefits. Saved millions of manufacturing jobs in the auto industry. Supports GOP ideas like cap and trade (McCain/Palin ran on it in 2008!), personal responsibility such as Newt and Mitt supported mandates, and other policies in a bipartisan fashion. But the GOP abandons their own ideas once he agrees to compromise. The GOP won the House in 2010 and promised JOBS JOBS JOBS. Nary a Jobs Bill in sight, but they voted on abortion 7 times. They vote on an existing national motto. That sure saved us, didn’t it? But no help on jobs. We have much, much more work to dig out of this Second Great Republican Depression.

    We have gone from continuous months of half million job losses to 23 months of private sector job growth. Job growth of 200,000 per month versus Bush’s astounding job loss record. Much more to go. Americans generally pay lower taxes now than ever before, especially the wealthiest Americans. As has been asked on other thread: when was the last time the ultra rich paid significantly lower taxes? Mitt paid 13% of his $42 million income. Again: when was the last time the ultra rich paid significantly lower taxes than they do now? I do not support Occupy. To link President Obama to communists and black panthers is a pathetic Fox fantasy. Nor do I support giving the car keys back to the political hacks that drove our economy into a ditch.

    Republicans almost killed the economy and the middle class a few short years ago.
    They have done and said NOTHING to “earn” the chance to destroy our country any further. So hide from facts and scare folks with the story of two jerks in Philly 3 years ago resurrecting the panthers. Your fear and lies don’t play anymore. It’s halftime, America. We have work to do.