Keith Koffler is a veteran White House reporter, and he writes the White House Dossier, because he believes power requires accountability.
by on NOVEMBER 18, 2013, 11:47 AM
President Obama claims his administration is all about helping the middle class. But that’s not really true. This administration is about transfer payments to the lower class. It’s about redistributing wealth. And ultimately, it’s about contempt for the hard work that it takes to make it into the middle class and stay there.
Once in awhile, the veneer drops, and the truth emerges. Obama’s justifiably infamous “you didn’t build that” tirade comes to mind.
It dropped again Friday when Education Secretary Arne Duncan said this about opposition to the new “Common Core” education standards:
It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary. You’ve bet your house and where you live and everything on, ‘My child’s going to be prepared.’ That can be a punch in the gut.
Just look at the simmering contempt that has bubbled up to the surface here.
The White House likes to deny that it engages in class warfare for political purposes. Well, those who make the charge are wrong only in the sense that it’s not just for political purposes. Class warfare is how this administration thinks.
White House suburban moms are, demographically speaking, the cornerstone of the middle class. Obama wants their vote. But that’s really all he wants to do with them.
I have news for you, Mr. Duncan. I know some of these suburban moms, white and otherwise. They are working their asses off, making sacrifices, juggling myriad obligations, and enduring limitless doses of stress to make it all work.
Criticism of the Common Core educational standards centers on their emphasis on “critical thinking,” which evens the playing field between these women’s hardworking children and the slackers. Critical thinking is subjective. Memorizing historical facts and learning your multiplication tables is not. The latter takes a lot more studying.
Mr. Duncan came out of Chicago with Obama. They’re friends. They are of the same mind.
And at bottom, they despise the very middle class moms whose tax dollars, culled from the fruit of hard work, are funding their schemes.
But in the end – and this is the problem with Socialism – they will kill the goose laying the golden eggs.