Saturday, October 14, 2006

Who's an Elitist?

Well Steve Abrams the Chairman of the Kansas Board of Education is at it again, making life easy for us bloggers who have too much going on in our lives right now to do any serious blogging. His latest antic is to charge that Kansas Governor Sebelius is an elitist.

He is quoted in the Lawrence Journal World today as saying:

But that is typical for an elitist, thinking they know better than the voters...The governor has yet to talk about her vision for Kansas; she apparently prefers innuendo, name calling, deflection of responsibility and an attempt for a power grab.

What upset him? Well two things. First the Governor had the temerity to state that both the State Board of Education and Fred Phelps are both bad for the State's image. Personally I think she's spot on here. The second thing is that she has proposed to reduce the power of the Board to merely an advisory capacity with primary and secondary education issues currently handled by the Board in the hands of a cabinet secretary as are most other state functions.

Abrams responds in a predictible fashion:

The governor owes the Kansas State Board of Education as well as the
citizens of the state of Kansas an apology...Personal insults from this liberal governor are the only arguments she can make due to the lack of her own accomplishments.

So who is the elitist here: the Governor who wants to get the Kansas focused on education rather than providing an avenue for fundamentalists to espouse voodoo in the science class room, or Steve Abrams whose fundamentalist world view says we unsaved types are going to Hell while Steve and his cronies get all the perks of an eternity in heaven?

Sounds to me like the answer is obvious.

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