Leftist darling Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is at it again. This time Fauxcahontas has aimed her arrows at President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
At the end of DeVos’ hearing earlier this week, she attempted to shake hands with the senators who interrogated her. In a total class move, Warren refused to shake DeVos’ hand.
A week before the hearing, the Massachusetts senator sent a letter to DeVos, in which she berated the nominee for her support of school choice and a voucher program to give lower-income students a chance at a better education:
Your history of support for policies that would drain valuable taxpayer resources from our public schools and funnel those funds to unaccountable private and for-profit education operators may well disqualify you from such a central role in public education.
But Warren seems to have forgotten that, nearly 15 years ago, she too spoke out in favor of school choice programs. In her 2003 book The Two-Income Trap, which she wrote with Amelia Warren Tyagi, the senator advocates a voucher program that bears fascinating similarities to what DeVos proposes.
Mark Calabria of the Cato Institute tweeted the passage that pushes vouchers for school choice, which reads in part:
Any policy that loosens the ironclad relationship between location-location-location and school-school-school would eliminate the need for parents to pay an inflated price for a home just because it happened to lie within the boundaries of a desirable school district.
A well-designed voucher program would fit the bill nicely. A taxpayer-funded voucher that paid the entire cost of educating a child (not just a partial subsidy) would open a range of opportunities to all children.
It’s tough not to wonder: did Warren’s position on school choice change to fit the whims of the Left, or are vouchers a bad idea in her eyes only when they come from someone on the other side? Either way, Fauxcahontas’ hypocrisy sticks out like a sore thumb yet again.