Education Sec: Katrina was “best thing that ever happened” to NO school system

Posted by: ST on January 30, 2010 at 10:34 am

Jake Tapper’s Political Punch blog reports:

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” because it gave the city a chance to rebuild and improve its failing public schools.

In an interview to air this weekend on “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” Duncan said “that education system was a disaster. And it took Hurricane Katrina to wake up the community to say that we have to do better. And the progress that it made in four years since the hurricane, is unbelievable.”

The Education Department confirmed the quote to ABC and Duncan released the following statement in response: “As I heard repeatedly during my visits to New Orleans, for whatever reason, it took the devastating tragedy of the hurricane to wake up the community to demand more and expect better for their children.”

Read the full exchange at that same link.

Hey, did I tell you that 9-11 was the “best thing” that ever happened to NYC? It’s given them a chance to build some really nice, modern structures that give the city a whole new look. 8-|

Seriously, though – it’s tempting to say right now “imagine if someone in the Bush admin had ever said something like this,” but what the Ed. Sec.’s comments brought to mind for me was Obama COS Rahm “Rahmbo” Emanuel’s post-2008 election remarks that echoed a similar theme:

This opportunity isn’t lost on the new president and his team. “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s new chief of staff, told a Wall Street Journal conference of top corporate chief executives this week.

He elaborated: “Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.”

Video below:

Rob Port nails it:

We should perhaps not be surprised that big-government liberals such as Mr. Duncan view disasters such as Katrina (or the financial market meltdown, etc.) as a net positive for them. Because as another Obama administration member put it, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

Meaning that every bad thing that happens to the country is an excuse for government take over. Whether it be schools or banks or auto companies.

Once you’re locked into the view that everything should be run by the government, then everything becomes an excuse to expand the size and scope of government.

But, as Bastiat taught us with the parable of the broken window, there is nothing good about disasters.

Except if you’re a rabidly socialistic liberal …

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6 Responses to “Education Sec: Katrina was “best thing that ever happened” to NO school system”

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  1. NC Cop says:

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” because it gave the city a chance to rebuild and improve its failing public schools.

    So they may continue to fail in brand new buildings. Genius.

    Add this to the “What if a Republican had said it?” file.

    What an idiot.

  2. Chris in NC says:

    Well, I guess that means since Bush caused the hurricane to hit New Orleans and then he and Cheney blew up the levy, I guess they are saying that Bush did more for New Orleans than Obama and the local democrats…

  3. Carlos says:

    Now the teachers of the little local mushminds can fail to teach them in new, air-conditioned comfort. By “teach”, I don’t mean having their students learn how to keep from becoming pregnant from a cucumber or banana, I mean actually knowing how to read, actually knowing how to add, subtract, multiply and divide, that the Revolutionary War was in the 18th century and the Civil War followed that, and that treating your elders (teachers, parents, strangers on the street) is not only expected, it is demanded by society.

    But alas, such things are not part of the NEA’s curriculum, or even on their radar. It would go against their “dumbing down” program of producing inferior citizens who are more easily led to servitude.

  4. CS says:

    Can men get food too?**==

  5. Genie says:

    A friend of mine didn’t think it makes sense that the Cap And Tax bill would raise utilities astronomically, or that the health “care” bill would raise premiums for those who have decent coverage while forcing everyone to buy insurance…. Cuz, “How can the people who can’t afford it now be able to afford all those increased costs?”

    But the thing is, it makes PERFECT sense.

    The folks who can’t afford the new more expensive health insurance premiums/water or electrical bill etc. will get a subsidy.

    Voila!!!

    Marxism at it’s best!

    EVERYTHING (sorry for shouting…) this dud has done has had but ONE purpose….

    Redistributing wealth.

    Some are watching our income tax…. oh but no, we will see all sorts of fees increase all over the place….

    The sad thing is many Americans did not react to the term “Economic Justice” and many others that are code for progressives. Having grown up in a socialist country, his language was clear from get go. but most Americans have no experience, or know the language of the types of obama.

    Hopefully Americans will see the light real soon…