The “Choice” Bait and Switch
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The word “choice” is rhetorically powerful in American politics. Who could be opposed to it?
But choice is a recent entry in the lexicon of language, used to convince working and poor people that our problems are of our own doing, so we — not the government or corporations or any larger force in society — must fix them ourselves.
Like the phrases “personal responsibility” and “pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” the rhetoric of choice seduces us into turning frustration with our lot in life towards competing for a piece of an ever-shrinking pie. It tells us not to be angry at our boss, elected officials, the wealthy — whoever is holding us down — but to simply demand better choices.
It’s no coincidence that liberals have come to embrace conservative rhetoric and policies — Bill Clinton’s welfare reform, 1996’s Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, is an early example — while often leading the charge for choice. Obamacare, originally a conservative policy, is meant to expand the number of choices in the insurance marketplace. “My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition,” Barack Obama said in his initial pitch to Congress. Charter schools, the centerpiece of the “school choice” movement, are most prominent in cities dominated by the Democratic Party, like Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
January 9, 2019 at 10:55 AM #10223retired liberalParticipant
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And the poorer performing students, that then are blamed on the teachers, as an excuse to not fully fund the public school systems. The money taxed for the public school systems, instead goes to business sponsored charter schools. Charter schools are often based in public school system buildings and classrooms, displacing public school system students, resulting in overcrowded class rooms.
Another way to starve the public schools is to teach to the test. The poorer performing students do not bring in enough money to properly fund the public school. This extra money taken from the public schools, goes instead to the charter schools, widening the divide between the well-to-do and the rest of us.
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January 9, 2019 at 11:48 AM #10244
January 9, 2019 at 11:02 AM #10225mmonkParticipant
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January 9, 2019 at 1:51 PM #10286OCMIParticipant
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Usually at about age 2-3, they begin arguing. My strategy is to provide them with options, chosen by me, from which they can then select. That way they can, for example, eat a healthy meal while also having an illusion of control. I’ve gotten dubious looks from children over the years who seem to realize that their ability to choose is being limited, but overall once they are used to having a choice between pre-selected options it becomes routine.
I’m now thinking I’ve done my children and grandchildren a great disservice, given that is exactly how systems put in place to control the populace are structured.
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