Trump tweets about Tennessee voucher bill

A tweet from President Donald Trump is something voucher supporters were desperate for in the run-up to yesterday’s House floor vote. As it turned out, the tweet came after the chamber voted 50-48 to pass the contentious measure (but not until after 40 minutes of arm-twisting and cajoling holdouts while the voting board was kept open).

But Trump finally did take to Twitter on the eve of a vote on the Senate version.

Given that the bill is believed to have cleared it’s toughest hurdle in the House, it’s unclear what — if any — effect the presidential tweet will have. But it certainly gives some backing to lawmakers who went out on a limb to vote for a bill opposed by their home school districts.

32 Responses to Trump tweets about Tennessee voucher bill

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Now that we have the explicit support of the President of the United States I hope all of the naysayers will rethink their opposition.

    • Leslie Parsley says:

      Hardly. I’d also wager that citizens who have recently relocated to Tennessee from states with a higher level of public education, which is about 97% of them, are appalled. The same can probably be said for people who actually know how to read and perform objective research. Now that “we have the president’s support”, those without blinders who have school age children or want to start a family are probably already looking for jobs in other states. And guess what. It isn’t just the poor and middle class who are getting screwed to the wall. Wait until these kids try to get into a first rate college. Even daddy’s deep pockets won’t be able to buy their way in and they won’t be able to find anyone to cheat for them. They’ll have to find a new scheme. What a legacy.

      • Michael Lottman says:

        Ditto the foregoing. If this monstrosity really passes, we are all going to pay dearly for an ill-considered exercise in pandering to somewhat well-off, largely non-minority families who think they are too good for the public schools or for the children who will continue to attend them. As Ms. Parsley writes, the “winners” in this demagogic effort will find themselves just as badly served as everyone else, and just as surely excluded from a first-class college education and all it has to offer.

  • James White says:

    The only solution is to get GOVERNMENT out of the Education business.

    • Leslie Parsley says:

      Or to elect half-way intelligent people to office who have the sense to appoint equally intelligent people and not a bunch of goose stepping morons.

      • Silence Dogood says:

        Since neither of those things are going to happen, Leslie, what is your backup plan? Leadership at the government level changes so frequently, that the Unions are controlling our education system. I agree with James. The ESA program is a start to officially moving the responsibility of education to the private sector in Tennessee.

  • MarLE says:

    For someone who calls himself a great negotiator and we are still in the worse immigration mess EVER…..stay out out of this and get busy on the border. Ditto that for N Korea, the stupid tariff mess (take a look at US Steel’s (ticker X ) stock price after the euphoria of what this President could do vs what he has actually done. also check STLD), and Iranian oil sanctions. I thought all this tariff crap was to Help steel!

    And I am NOT impressed with your tax plan…totally lacking in any fairness and certainly nothing like Reagan’s tax cuts which is how you and Mnuchin sold it. And btw I’d like to see your tax returns to see of this tax plan didn’t help you, Not One Penny, as you claimed.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I hope you don’t let Trump aggravate you to the extent that you become incapable of voting against whichever leftist loon secures the Democratic nomination for President. True, Tennessee is about the safest place in the country in which to not be a leftist and yet, not vote for Trump, because Trump will win Tennessee overwhelmingly without our vote, but still. . . .

      • MarLE says:

        the bill we are left with is a witness to the shake down artistry of the teachers union. the opportunity for escape in now limited to 2 counties and an income threshold that makes it just one more welfare program. Enter Trump …whose ego compels him to somehow elbow his way into the photo. There is little in the bill to congratulate ourselves about.

        Nashville and Memphis children, among the most trapped but not the Only trapped, will have a chance to make a better choice. What worse 2 counties could your worse academic nightmare imagine…or wait, we have a saying for that “thank God for Mississippi”.

        • FuzzyBagels says:

          MarLE, You’re doing a great job dispelling the misinformation about the ESA program. And, it IS too bad that more – if not all – counties weren’t included. But, it seems the unfortunate reality is that 2 counties was all that could pass the General Assembly at this time. On Trump chiming in, he was actually asked to do it (vs. it being an ego thing – not that it couldn’t have been that).

  • Donna Locke says:

    I will be voting against state Rep. Scott Cepicky, just as I did in the last election. I already had him pegged. My state senator, Joey Hensley, is against this scheme and is better on immigration enforcement bills, too.

    Folks, your legislature/your reliable flunkies for the business lobby and for religionists who want you to fund their private schools have sold you out in a number of ways that will be clear to you soon.

    For one thing, Tennessee remains essentially a sanctuary state for illegal aliens — for many years your state legislature has refused to require all employers to use the federal E-Verify system to help prevent hiring of illegal labor. Most of the employers using illegal labor are those who can claim fewer than 25 employees, and many employers skirt accountability by using subcontractor tricks. This can be countered, but your legislature won’t do it. Remember that.

    When you see those migrant tidal waves at our country’s southern border, be assured many of those illegal aliens and fake asylees gaming our system are heading straight to Tennessee, because the word has long been out about us. Mexicans came right up to me in Mexico several years ago and told me. Some of the men also proposed marriage, but that is another story. The current deluge will settle in here with the help of their well-funded networks and will start working at Tennessee jobs. The asylees can even get a work permit in a few months and start sliding into legality, eventual citizenship, and voting. Your Republican legislature is like your entire country — intent on suicide.

    Vote for sane independents and the handful of Republicans who have proven they have some sense. This won’t help things much now, but at least you will have broken your own spell.

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  • Phil Lassiter says:

    But wait a minute-I thought Joe Carr solved the E-Verify problem? That’s what he tells everyone? What’s up with that?

  • David Collins says:

    Great! The ultimate fool on the hill in Washington is endorsing Lee’s voucher program? I wouldn’t be so fast to strut about that. It comes from a person who cannot give you the name of a single book he has ever read. From the ONLY person to ever own a gambling casino that went bankrupt. The guy is an absolute loser. If his father hadn’t given him millions he would be living in a cardboard box under a bridge in New York. This guy’s endorsement of ANYTHING should be a red flag to all.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      This “absolute loser” will stroll into his second term thanks to the fact that the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination have moved so far to the left out of the mainstream that they will have forced centrists to vote for Trump just in order not to vote for them.

      • MarLE says:

        He IS a crass, egotistical, liar. But the democrats are baby-killing, socialist, liars. Trump in a landslide when you present Americans with a choice between these 2

      • David Collins says:

        I don’t think the democrats will nominate a person who has moved “so far to the left.” And you sound like you may suffer from the same delusion that Trump does. Donald Trump wasn’t elected–Hillary Clinton was rejected. There is a world of difference. Getting into office because the opponent was rejected by the voters makes that candidate the “consolation prize” not the real winner in the conventional sense of the word “winner”. I would argue that the true number of pro-Trump votes hovers at about that 39-40% number that presently gives him a favorable rating. The difference, that margin and the number that put him over the finish line represents the anti Hillary vote and he cannot count on them again next time to automatically vote for him. I agree, should the democrats nominate an extremist, then maybe. The big unknown is whether the majority of the voters are so sick and tired of being lied to on a daily, if not hourly basis, and his idiotic foreign policy decisions, that they will support almost anyone to replace him. It’ll be interesting to see.

        • MarLE says:

          I hope it is Joe Biden. He lived in the neighborhood one over from my inlaws….my multi-millionaire in-laws. He went to a fashionable private Catholic school with grey flannel slacks and a bright red blazer. He may have Been from Scranton but he left that life in the rear view mirror by 9th grade.

        • James White says:

          David, it is the dialectic, they have “extreme” left with all the publicity and to scare you so they can get you to vote for the ‘moderate’ left, which is really more to the left than current so called moderate. 2 steps forward, 1 step back.

  • Eddie White says:

    AS a graduate of public education, a son who graduated, and a spouse who works in the Wilson County School system, I am not ready to get rid of public education. I would admit that public education has its ills, and that there is too much politics/political correctness in the classroom at all levels of education these days. However, I am not satisfied with the alternative. What would education run by the private sector look like? Who would be in and who would be out? I am afraid it would turn into education for those who can afford it, and no education for the least who could afford it. I suspect we would find that the quality of a private education will vary just like public education. I am not convinced vouchers is the answer. Will the money really be used by those who most need it? Will the money actually get used for education at all? Maybe if the funds are paid directly to the school selected, rather than to the family directly, it would make more sense. That is how it works in higher education.

    • MarLE says:

      Private school is Already for those who can afford it, Eddie….the ESA is intended, albeit with too low income thresholds, to help fix that.

      And you are right. The private schools are not going to put up with a disruptive class of those who don’t want an education and prevent others who DO want one. Public schools could have gotten these trouble makers out of the classroom. But instead they are going in just the opposite direction with claims that expulsion is a racially bigoted policy.

      Teachers have tons of votes. Everyone on earth it seems has an immediate family member (and that includes the legislators) who is or was a teacher. But instead of solving the main problem which is discipline and non-homogeneous learning environments they have used their considerable political capital mainly for pay issues and tenure issues.

    • James White says:

      The teacher’s colleges are dumbing them down too, trickle down….

      • MarLE says:

        How ridiculous is it to pay someone more because they hold a Masters+30 as a 4th grade Social Studies teacher remembering that their Pension is also tied to their salary????

        Teach that same class for 21 years and you, with your Masters+40, will be earning 69K, in Williamson county, as compared to your fellow BA teacher next door with 3 yrs experience who is earning 39K.

        This system is so flawed on so many levels even EBB could not count the ways.

        • Lenny says:

          I think I get your point, but a $30,000 salary increase over 37 years isn’t exactly highway robbery.

          • MarLE says:

            It is for doing the SAME job. We need to re-think teaching as a life-long, do-the-same-job 30 year stint.

            Make teaching a job for the fresh, the young, the energetic with a great head on their shoulders and a passion for learning. Make it a job you stay in for about 5 to 10 years (kind of like the military for those who get out early) where you take the skills you’ve learned and offer them to the corporate world.

            Our teachers are now a combination of lion tamer and matador and not every Susie Cupcake is cut out for this job. Bring back homogeneous grouping. Eliminate those who don’t want to learn from the classroom (have a school within a school) for those who want to squander their 10K per year taxpayer outlay and get a different type of teacher in front of those students.

            Susie Cupcake is not cutting it!

    • FuzzyBagels says:

      Is it a real thing that people think this ESA bill will get rid of public education?

      • MarLE says:

        In Florida and AZ which have the most widely used voucher system they have between 2-3%…..that’s all it takes for the hounds of hell to be set loose.

  • Jerry McDonough says:

    It would go a long way toward TN’s educational results if teacher educational requirements were more stringent. Some of the teachers would be challenged to pass the class they are teaching due to lack of knowledge. Of course, instead of whining and complaining, parents may look into requiring their more scholastic work at school and home toward their children’s own education. Ever hear of PTA? How about meeting with teachers at the end of a marking period to discuss how the student is progressing and what can be done to enhance the students performance. It would definitely help to punish the “little darlings” for repeated poor performance in the classroom.

  • Linda Baker says:

    This was a dark day for Tennessee, it is not a good day for public schools in Tennessee and for the Tennessee tax payer. People that want to home school or send their kids to private schools should have to pay the bill, they cry they are not getting their tax money because of their choice. The schools in our state that are not up to par should be helped with extra tax money, not private schools. This is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • James White says:


    Hello, this is Darrell Castle with today’s Castle Report. Today is Friday, April 26, 2019, and on this Report I will be talking History, and why it is important, and why so many who also apparently think it’s important seek to control and re-write it until it suits their world view.

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word history as having evolved from an ancient Greek verb that means “to know”. The Greek word historia originally meant inquiry, the act of seeking knowledge, as well as the knowledge that results. If one accepts that definition then the reason for rewriting history to suit today’s ideology becomes apparent and that is to control us and our destiny by controlling who we think we are. Control of culture determines whose group or what group will dominate and determine what is known and believed and what is left unknown or unbelieved.

    In Marxist philosophy, cultural hegemony is the domination of a society by a group whose control comes through control of culture. It would be hard to control a society’s culture without controlling and writing its history for it is history, which allows a people to know who they are, who their ancestors were, and where they came from. Were their ancestors’ people to be proud of, to be honored, perhaps even revered and memorialized through monuments, or were they people to be ashamed of in the dominant culture of the day?

    Continuing with our description of cultural Marxism and how it has gained control of our culture we can see that domination of society comes through control of culture and the ideology contained within that culture. Through control of all values, beliefs, norms, attitudes and their explanations the dominant group worldview becomes the worldview of the majority who come to see its values as good for all and even inevitable. The controlling group leads the majority to see that its view is the way things should be and its values are thus justified and legitimized.

    Christianity dominated the West and its people for so long, and it was so ingrained in the culture, that in order for Cultural Marxism to control and dominate, Christianity had to be destroyed as the majority world view because the two are not compatible., Christianity was so commonplace and accepted that even those who followed a different religion or who didn’t accept any religion as true understood that it was good for society and so they accepted its cultural dominance.

    Now it seems that we are embarrassed or not permitted to even say the word lest someone hear us and lift himself out of the mind prison that has been carefully built for him. Reporting on the recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, in which more than 300 Christians attending church on Easter were massacred, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton could not bring themselves to say the word Christian, listing the victims as “Easter worshippers”. Both used the expression almost simultaneously, which leaves little doubt that the expression was planned and discussed in advance. Nevertheless, through the phenomenon of hive think, I have heard the expression many times since. That is cultural dominance at its most obvious.

    Christianity is so fearful and dangerous to Cultural Marxists that they can’t, or won’t, say the word. We can’t be allowed to know that Christians are being massacred all over the world even here in America. They first erase it from the history books and schoolbooks, then from the minds of our children through school indoctrination, then through politicians and celebrities who fancy themselves thought leaders. Their plan has worked remarkably well, and they now have almost complete control of the culture. Christian clergy, quite often it seems, are pedophiles, rapists, or guilty of some other egregious offense, at least the ones on TV and in the movies are. These revisionists don’t seem to understand that if Christianity is true then all their machinations are only prophecy fulfilled, and if it is not true, why are they so afraid of it.

    Many in France are urging Mr. Macron to rebuild the burned-out Notre Dame cathedral with glass and steel instead of wood and stone with a Minaret tower instead of the medieval steeple that stood over Paris for 800 years. I have little doubt that the destroyers of history will have their day and the cathedral will reflect the modern cultural Marxist vision of what the New France looks like.

    Just as in times past, politicians of today give in to their zealot followers who seek to rewrite history and remove any photos and statues that might fall short of their version of modern morality. Often their hypocrisy screams out from the front pages. They purge their cities of Civil War Confederate monuments while people of all political persuasions flee their cities for quieter, safer neighborhoods in smaller rural areas. Many textbooks no longer teach America’s founders, and other great works of literature, such as Huckleberry Finn, are censored or removed from library shelves entirely. This destruction reminds me a little of the attitude of ISIS, which seems to be that history didn’t exist before Mohammed.

    Catholic Notre Dame University, it’s supposed to be Catholic anyway, removed paintings of Christopher Columbus, a Catholic, because they offended the modern sensibilities of some vocal students. Normally at the first hint of protest, University Presidents whimper and cave in. Sometimes the caving backfires, as it did at the University of Missouri, where both enrollment and endowments are down since the caving.

    It is also important to study history because it allows us to examine the past in order to guide us today. When we study the economic history of our time on earth for the last 2500 years, we come away with certain conclusions most of which are not popular during this period of deconstruction. For example, we learn that despite all the derogatory information being disseminated by the new socialists today about capitalism, it was capitalism which liberated the continent of Europe from the bonds of feudalism, which had reigned for centuries.

    In the feudal system, people were feudal serfs bound to the land and the product of their labor was owned or partially owned by the landowner. The landowners at first started bargaining with the serfs for their percent ownership, but as capitalism begun to take hold, the serfs were soon freed from the land. Usually the serfs got at least 50% of their production anyway, which is more than many of us keep after taxes today. We want to be free under socialism, but in reality it seems that we are headed in reverse or back into a feudalistic system where our labor is owned by the state. History reveals then that Socialism is just a glorified system of slavery, where the state as feudal owner of everything, decides how much of your production you will be allowed to keep.

    History also reveals the failures of socialism, and therefore it is history that must be rewritten or erased. In Nazi Germany, in Soviet Russia, in Communist China, as in Venezuela today socialism reveals itself to be a failure. It has accomplished nothing of import and has instead murdered and enslaved hundreds of millions and impoverished whole continents. When a country like the Soviet Union or Communist China refers to itself as Communist, it is really trying to hide the fact that it is socialist because Communism has yet to fully exist. Communism is the promised future Utopia that socialism tells us is out there at the ultimate end of the socialist rainbow. Communism will exist when all property and all labor are jointly used by everybody and nothing is really owned by anyone because there is no private property. This promise of a workers’ utopia is a lie, which is easily revealed by examining the examples I just mentioned. It is easy to see, but many push ahead with their insane ideas as if history had not happened.

    I will admit that it is hard to tell how much of the poverty, misery and breakdown in the division of labor in Venezuela today are caused by the socialist system under which its economy is managed, and how much is caused by U.S. sanctions. That is another reason I oppose sanctions as a form of economic warfare against people with a democratically elected government, who apparently haven’t harmed anyone, but brute force is the nature of government and the essence of power.

    I will give our Millennials and Gen Z’ers a prediction on where their flirtation with the new elite in the Democrat Party who advocate Socialism, and their idiotic new economic system usually called Modern Monetary Theory or MMT will take them. The skyrocketing debt that it will cause will be even greater than the enormous debt that exists for us and our progeny right now. They will not be happy about paying the increased taxes for debt service on all the free stuff such as free health care, free education, free transportation, etc., and therefore they will not pay. When they refuse to pay in large numbers we will be headed for debt-default, national insolvency, inability to borrow, capital and currency flight and ultimately economic collapse followed possibly by violence on a catastrophic scale with much poverty and hunger.

    Finally folks, in conclusion, George Orwell said it best in his book “1984”; “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

    Sound familiar? Maybe not totally but soon, very soon.

    At least that’s the way I see it,

    Until next time folks,

    This is Darrell Castle,

    Thanks for listening.

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