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Letters: Education campaign looks scarily familiar

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Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 7:00 am

I was watching PBS’s KCET “Horizon” program (that should have been my first clue) the other night. Ted Simmons was gushing about this new “Vote 4 Arizona” campaign from the Expect More Arizona folks. It sure looked good so I started doing a little checking. Reading the leader’s bios, I noticed there were lots of Hispanic educators involved. Then, as I read more bios, I started seeing some “Save the Bay (SF)” and “Hands Across the Border” people. Hmmmm??? The slick website had a “en Espanol” click-on button on every page. Hmmmm (again)??? The campaign logo was an odd brown and “environmental” blue (Save the Whales, Green Peace, Ocean Watch, etc.), not “Old Glory” blue. Then it hit me. This campaign was modeled after Obama’s “Change” campaign (same blue) — this time targeting soccer moms and the energized (anti-SB 1070) Hispanic voters.

These groups feel that throwing more money at education will solve the problem of why Johnnie can’t learn. I am sorry, good people, but the reason he can’t learn is because half the class doesn’t understand English very well so the teacher has to dumb-down the subject matter.

This well-moneyed, slick, campaign with its website badges and social media avatars (whatever they are) is sure looking more and more like another (Tarp, Stimulus) Democat “tax and spend” program. Just like Obama’s “Change” campaign that looked so innocent at first.

“Fool me once, shame on you... Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Leon Ceniceros, Mesa

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