This is Frightening

The Montana Republican Party announced today that it wants to make sweeping changes to education in Montana.

When the party responsible for the “broken, unconstitutional school-funding system had crashed and burned” calls for sweeping changes, be afraid.  The changes they’ve pushed for in Montana seem to be more about stoking the roiling paranoia that motivates the right-wing base than anything else.

Montana Republicans have come out vigorously against evolution, public school classrooms,  teachers’ bargaining rights, the age of the Earth, student loan programs, and the entire skill of critical thinking.  

The last Republican governor in Montana poo-pooed education.  The last GOP candidate for Governor backed abolishing the Department of Education altogether.  Their candidate for U.S. Senate is listed first among the most anti-science candidates in America. 

Montana Republicans even tried formally codifying their disdain for education,  attempting to do away with all educational requirements for candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction.


25 Comments on "This is Frightening"

  1. FYI: Last winter, Rep. Nancy Ballance (R-HD 89, Victor) made a pass with some other school board allies and community supporters in Hamilton to make Hamilton a christian military acadamy (Really?? Really.)For brevity, Here’s the link on my blog where I discussed that in detail. It hasn’t gotten any better, other than she had to vacate her school board seat to become a legislator.

    Nancy is a retired vice president of Farmers’ Insurance Group, which is a wholly-owned subsidy of out-of-country inusurance behemouth Zurich Financial, which in turned raked in billions of bailout dollars when it bought up AIG’s assets (etc. etc. ad naseum) She has several bills in the drafting stage-so you can’t see the text yet–with titles “generally revise K-12 education laws” and “generally revise laws related to health care”. She doesn’t live in the Victor district, but here she is, my representative, bought and paid for, along with other Bitterroot winners like Thomas, with tens of thousands of ATP money dumped into our tiny communities for the above result. I’m getting more about it up on my blog, hopefully today. In fact I was sitting down to do just that when I checked the Cowgirl, which I always do, and said, “SH—!” and got distracted.

    We need to organize to out these suckers. Let’s talk.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 14, 2012 11:07 AM at 11:07 AM |

      COMMIE! Mr. Bill, have you now or have you ever in the past, been a godless ATHEIST? Jus’ wonderin’. For you see, I need to know so’s I can start my WHISPER campaign. I’m tryin’ to be more like my hero, Libel Man Mooreon! HEY, nuthin’ wrong with a good WHISPER campaign! Worked for McCarthy and his Tricky Dick SIDEkick!

      • Larry, after learning about the killing of all of those school kids and adults at that elementary school, I am having trouble putting one foot in front of the other.

        With flags flying at half staff, how about we all raise our game just a little and remember what is important.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 14, 2012 6:35 PM at 6:35 PM |

          Agreed. I had not heard of the shooting when I posted. I heard it at work. I nearly vomitted. I could hardly work. Those kids are the ages of my grandkids.

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 15, 2012 6:57 PM at 6:57 PM |

            Craig, if you’ve ever lived in a small town in Montana, then you know that when the siren sounds, it’s time for the volunteer first responders to act. Two for fire, three for emergency if I remember correctly. Can you even imagine what it’s like to be a first responder in a small town knowing that in a country of less than three thousand people that you will more than likely KNOW the people involved in the accident? Or even be related to them?

            It boggles my mind. Yet they do it. It’s their duty. Their courage is beyond my comprehension.

            When the siren sounds, it brings to mind one of my favorite poems by John Donne.

            “Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, for it tolls for thee”!

            Do not ask for whom the siren sounds, it sounds for thee! We are all dimished by another’s death, for we are all part of the whole. We are all part of the big fabric of life. And these tiny children were robbed from us all. We are all now sadly dimished by the senseless deaths of the most innocent among us. I’m having a hard time dealing with it. For you see, I love kids. I love teachers. And I love education.

            “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a
            piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea,
            Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of
            thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me because I am
            involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
            it tolls for thee. . . .”
            from Meditation 17
            by John Donne

  2. Educate them underclasses and they gets all uppity. Keep the poor down and illiterate and it makes it easier for the rich to rule.


  3. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 14, 2012 10:22 AM at 10:22 AM |

    HEY, at LEAST we’ll save on textbooks! For all them young’ins NEED is the Bible and the Ten Commandments! Yippers! Oh, and maybe Huckleberry Finn!

    You see, the Tenth Commandment is SO important for these young folks now days who just don’t understand. The Tenth Commandment SAYS specifically that Thou Shalt Not Covet the Big Kockhs! Thas right. RICH assholes deserve what they have, and poor people must understand that they are poor in money but RICH in religeeous bullshit! It’s their PLACE in life! God says so! It’s a win/win situation! The Big Kockhs get bigger, and you get peons get holier! It’s what God wants!

    And in Huck Finn, Pap specifically states that HE never learnt how to read, and he got along just fine in life. Hence, Huck don’t need no learnin neither! It’s a good lesson in obedience, aNOTHER of them commandments, Honor thy Father and Mother! If’n your father is an inbred teatard moron, why should YOU be any different?!

    And it’s economic development at its finest too. The SOONER we become Mississippi, the SOONER will have more jobs! Pluckin’ chickens! At Tysons! And really, when you think about it, how just how MUCH education does one NEED to pluck chickens??

    And the truth be told, I’d lay you money that ALL these teatarders proposing this shit are ALL chicken pluckers! I’ll lay you money that when no one’s lookin’, and they think they’re alone, in the privacy of their homes, they pull out a rubber chicken and they pluck that sucker! For fun! I mean, just LOOK at them! Have you EVER seen a more fowl-lookin’ bunch of chicken pluckers?? Me neither!

    So, all in all, the changes might not be so bad, unLESS your a commie liebrul who thinks your snot-nosed kid is so special that he needs to RISE above chicken pluckin’ as an occupation! Next thing you know, you’ll want him to covet a Big Kockh! And God ain’t a’gonna LIKE that one little bit!

    Hopes this helps explain things!

  4. I hope these nuts don’t have a veto-proof majority. I’m really, really glad we elected Bullock.

    • I believe it’s not veto-proof. Therefore, they might choose to put the issue to the voters through a legislative referendum.

      I’m withholding comment until the bill’s text is available.

      • If I understand it correctly, you only need a veto proof margin in one chamber. It takes 2/3 of each house to overturn a veto. That means Dems need more than 1/3 of one house. I don’t think we have this in the Senate–especially with Windy Boy, but we do in the house. That means dems can sustain vetos in the house.

        • I mean Repubs don’t have a veto-proof majority in both houses – only in the Senate do they have it. We can hold the house!

          • It’s not a veto proof majority unless the democrats can hold all their caucus together to sustain the veto. If they can, then we’ll be ok. If not, we’re in trouble.

          • The House and Senate must each produce a 2/3 vote or more to override a veto. That means 67 and 34, respectively, must both be gotten. To send a statute to the ballot, only a simple majority is required from each house. To send constitutional amendment to ballot, 100 votes total, regardless of where they come from, are required. The two silver linings of the 2012 legislative elections are that the GOP legislature will be incapable of amending the constitution by ballot (unless they get 10 democrats to go along, which I doubt will happen), and that a veto override will only be possible if 6 House democrats become traitors. (House is now 61-39, as dems picked up 7 seats).

      • Seems the people voted by a wide margin to pass the legislative referendums in November. Perhaps the Governor was out of touch with what the people really wanted.

        The legislative referendum is very simple way for a legislative majority to bypass the Governor. But they should be cautioned to keep the number of referendums to minimum – 20 or so is way too many. But if they pick 5, it’s pretty simple.

    • It takes just 17 senators voting to keep the veto for a veto override to fail. Simple math. They can lose 4 of the 21.

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