Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Rod Paige
Another Typical Bush Cabinet Member

From the Associated Press:
"WASHINGTON (Feb. 23) - Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union a ''terrorist organization'' Monday, taking on the 2.7-million-member National Education Association early in the presidential election year."

If that's not bad enough, Paige added to his lukewarm apology, "As one who grew up on the receiving end of insensitive remarks, I should have chosen my words better." (Paige is the nation's first black education secretary.)

I don't think Paige was at all sorry he called the NEA terrorists, I think he was sorry he got taken to task because he expressed his radical true beliefs.

This latest gaffe reminds me of another GOP appointed cabinet member, Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz. He was forced to resign his office after he said, "Black people are only looking for two things: comfortable shoes and a warm place to take a shit."

Whether it's Butz making racist remarks or Paige calling our nation's teachers terrorists, the GOP traditionally show their true colors by the people they appoint to represent us.

As education secretary, Paige should be at least neutral, if not pro-teacher. But he ripped off his own mask and told us what he thinks of those over whose professional fates he reigns.

How many more examples do we need of the Bush administration's utter contempt for the people they govern? Has even one Bush cabinet secretary shown so much as an iota of advocacy for the people who pay their salaries?

Paige called the teachers union a terrorist organization? I'm calling him what he is: another Republican Uncle Tom.
Rod Paige: Just one more reason to oust Bush and his jackass cronies.

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