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Photo of George W. Bush and John McCain from Progressive Media USA. This photo is used in the recent National Education Association mailer: “The Book on John McCain and Public Schools”

I’m a member of two unions and proud of both of them. Today I received a mailer from the National Education Association (NEA), of which I am a member, titled “The Book on John McCain and Public Schools”. This piece alone was worth my yearly membership dues – I know the NEA isn’t afraid to try and make a difference in this presidential election. My union isn’t afraid to speak out. That makes me very proud of them.

The NEA web site has a comparison of the positions of the current active presidential candidates. There’s an interesting disclaimer, a footnote really, on John McCain:

All three Presidential candidates were asked to complete an NEA presidential candidate questionnaire. Senators Clinton and Obama completed the questionnaire but Senator McCain did not.

Back to the NEA mailer. Underneath the photo (above) is a quote:

“Competition is the key to success in education in America. That means charter schools, that means homeschooling, it means vouchers…” – John McCain, Republican Presidential Debate, 12/9/07

Vouchers? Not in Missouri.

Missouri Constitution

Article I


Section 6

Practice and support of religion not compulsory–contracts therefor enforceable.

Section 6. That no person can be compelled to erect, support or attend any place or system of worship, or to maintain or support any priest, minister, preacher or teacher of any sect, church, creed or denomination of religion; but if any person shall voluntarily make a contract for any such object, he shall be held to the performance of the same.

Missouri Constitution

Article IX


Section 8

Prohibition of public aid for religious purposes and institutions.

Section 8. Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other municipal corporation, shall ever make an appropriation or pay from any public fund whatever, anything in aid of any religious creed, church or sectarian purpose, or to help to support or sustain any private or public school, academy, seminary, college, university, or other institution of learning controlled by any religious creed, church or sectarian denomination whatever; nor shall any grant or donation of personal property or real estate ever be made by the state, or any county, city, town, or other municipal corporation, for any religious creed, church, or sectarian purpose whatever.

In two places of the Missouri Constitution, no less.

What else did the NEA say about McSame in their mailer?:

We need to turn the page on George Bush’s failed policies, but John McCain is more of the same…

…John McCain supports Bush’s No Child Left Behind but voted to kill efforts to fully fund mandates in the law (CNN, 11/3/05; Associated Press, 4/13/07; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #114, 4/28/05; S. Con. Res. 18, Vote #68, 3/17/05)

John McCain voted against five billion dollars in public school funding while voting for Bush’s seventy billion dollars in tax cuts for millionaires (FY 2006 Budget Resolution; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #114, 4/28/05; S. Con. Res. 18, Vote #68, 3/17/05)…

Yep, those priorities just get you right here. He’d starve public education of funding and then transfer revenue to private schools through vouchers. That ‘s some education agenda, eh?

A public school teacher who votes for John McCain is voting to make their job a lot harder and their life more miserable. If you’ve liked the last 8 years, you’re gonna love the next 100…