Political Tsunamis

Edd Doerr

It has been nearly a decade since fanatics hijacked planes and crashed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. As this is being written, multiple political tsunamis guided by other fanatics are engulfing the U.S. Capitol and many state capitols. This column has space for dealing with only two of them: those aimed at forcing all Americans to support faith-based private schools and those imposing faith-based restrictions on women with problem pregnancies who seek abortions.

The School-Voucher Tsunami

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) have introduced legislation to revive the school-voucher plan that was originally imposed on the District of Columbia by the Bush/GOP machine in the early 2000s but was ended by Congress in 2010. This plan is a warm-up for a massive nationwide voucher push. Meanwhile, many state legislatures (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Indiana, and Florida, for example) are facing similar battles.

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