Anyway...at the conclusion of the post, modernesquire says this:
If this was any other government welfare program, conservatives wouldn't be able to control themselves in the face of such fraud (like enrolling a child and then calling them in sick while they still attend their private schools). Their silence would be sad, but their tacit approval is disgusting.Now, I for one am outraged by people who are gaming the system. If there is a violation of the law, these people should be prosecuted to fullest extent possible. If there isn't a violation ofthe law, the law should be amended to clarify the situation. Sufficient outrage? I think so...
But what I found stimulating was the idea that vouchers are a kind of welfare program. Which, it is. The reason why conservatives, such as myself, support it is that the vouchers system is less of a welfare system than the public school system. The idea is to introduce free market concepts to the field of education and eventually competition will eliminate the need for the vouchers. At least, that is the way I view it; you mileage may vary.
Really, our schools are failing us. We need to fix the problem. Clearly, the public school system as it has been run is in trouble. The problem isn't money. We could spend a tremendous amount of time discussing the problems that our schools face today and never get them all out on the table. If vouchers can help, I don't really see what is so BAD about that.
Lastly, when liberals point out that conservatives don't like welfare, the subtext is that conservatives are just meanies who don't like the poor. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Conservatives, just like liberals, want to bring those in the populace who don't wish to be poor out of that condition. Where liberals and conservatives differ is on how the best way to accomplish that. Liberals like handouts and programs; conservatives prefer incentivizing behavior that will lead to success.
6/9 UPDATE: modernesquire responds in the comments. Apparently, I have misunderstood his position and that he doesn't think vouchers are BAD, or at least, he didn't state so. At any rate, it seems there has been a misunderstanding. I want to extend my thanks to modernesquire for stopping by and participating in the debate.