Jeb Boasts He Helped 80,000 Kids Go To Christian Schools So They Could Be Told ‘Jesus Loves You’

Feb 19, 2016

Photo credit: Randall Hill/Reuters

By David Badash

Jeb Bush is in trouble, and on Monday, Presidents’ Day, he retooled his campaign and brought our his brother, George W. Bush, to speak for him. The former President spoke for 21 minutes, and the Jeb gave a passionate speech about all the things he believes a real, good president should do.

Among them, listen and admit you don’t know things and balance the federal budget – things President George W. Bush never did.

But it was a story Jeb chose to close his speech with that was truly stunning.

The former Florida governor boasted that he “took on really, really powerful interests” so that 80,000 students could transfer into private Christian schools. Those kids are going to private christian schools on the taxpayers’ dime, thanks to what Bush boasted at a GOP debate last year as “a voucher program that was created under my watch, the largest voucher program in the country, where kids can go to a Christian school.”

So much for separation of church and state.


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6 comments on “Jeb Boasts He Helped 80,000 Kids Go To Christian Schools So They Could Be Told ‘Jesus Loves You’

  • @OP – The former Florida governor boasted that he “took on really, really powerful interests” so that 80,000 students could transfer into private Christian schools. Those kids are going to private christian schools on the taxpayers’ dime, thanks to what Bush boasted at a GOP debate last year as “a voucher program that was created under my watch, the largest voucher program in the country, where kids can go to a Christian school.”

    Yep!
    The delusional will abuse any political position of trust, and ignore any sectarian laws in the interests of spreading their delusion memes!

    and the Jeb gave a passionate speech about all the things he believes a real, good president should do.

    Among them, listen and admit you don’t know things and balance the federal budget – things President George W. Bush never did.

    But wishful faith-thinkers have gods in their heads to tell them what to do! – They don’t need mathematical calculations, lessons from history, or scientific evidence! 🙂

    I mean US tax-payers don’t really care about being saddled with a $4 to $6triilion debt spent on silly wars! Do they???? – after all, – The Bushes are giving everyone Christianity and more faith-thinking!!

    https://research.hks.harvard.edu/publications/workingpapers/citation.aspx?PubId=8956
    The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets

    The Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, taken together, will be the most expensive wars in US history – totaling somewhere between $4 to $6 trillion.



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  • Oh Jeb. As a resident of Florida during his halcyon days as governor, I can attest that he was a middling governor. Meh. His education policies (mainly vouchers and charter schools) were limited due to his insistence on not using tax money. But as for his claim here, it’s simply his Hail Mary in his failed campaign. For the republicans it’s too bad since he’s better than the popular alternatives on that side. But not nearly enough fire and brimstone (or fantasy divisional walls, etc).

    My most disappointing memory of Bush as governor was in the Terry Schiavo case. I won’t elaborate here as it can easily be looked up. But in essence it involved a long brain dead woman whose husband wanted to remove her from life support against her parents’ wishes.

    After losing all appeals to have the decision by Schiavo’s husband to remove her from her feeding tube (based on her wishes), Bush, in an emergency session, used his influence to push through “Terri’s Law”, which was quickly passed by the Florida Legislature. This gave Bush the authority to intervene in the case. Gov. Bush immediately ordered the feeding tube reinserted. This was overturned by Florida courts on right to privacy grounds. Bush appealed to the Florida Supreme Courts (lest we forget, the state of Florida has long been kind to the Bush’s). Ultimately the court ruled that the legislative and executive branches of government (i.e., Jeb Bush) unconstitutionally intervened in a judicial matter and that Terri’s Law was unconstitutionally retroactive legislation. The parents then appealed to the Supreme Court and Justice Anthony Kennedy (and then later the entire Supreme Court) declined to grant certiorari upon appeal, effectively ending the whole fiasco. Had it not it likely would have ended up as a “constitutional crisis”, something that has only happened once since 1876.

    And that’s my lasting memory of Jeb.



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  • Jeb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Perhaps if he uses more exclamation points he can revive his moribund campaign. He must realize that he can not out religious nut bag Cruz!



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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    @neodarwinian

    Jeb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Perhaps if he uses more exclamation points he can revive his moribund campaign. He must realize that he can not out religious nut bag Cruz!

    Aw, c’mon! Give him a break…. 😉



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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    @neodarwinian

    Yeah. His SuperPAC donors probably told him to take a hike. I guess they got tired of pouring money into a dead-end candidate. I’m betting they’re itching to funnels those bucks over to Rubio instead.

    You could tell Jeb(exclamation point)’s campaign was in trouble when his mother went on TV to advocate for him (which made him look weak) and put out a campaing ad featuring his not-so-popular brother (which made him look desperate). A few weeks back at a town hall meeting, in between sentences during a speech, he asked the audience (who had probably gone to sleep) to “please clap”…. Totally clueless.

    But the absolute worst episode was about a week ago when he was shooed from the stage by the president of the Rotary Club after cutting Jeb’s speech short during a luncheon meeting. He complained and said “you’re kicking me out!”…. (gimme a break…). He looked like a little boy who’d just been told by his dad to go to bed.

    Worse yet, instead of leaving immediately and thus salvaging what little dignity he had left, he obediently sat down at a table by himself and ate some pudding or yogurt from a cup and listened to the Rotary Club president speak at the pulpit. It was so pathetic it almost made me feel sorry for him and I don’t even like the guy.

    Bottom line: he should have left the race much earlier. The more he lingered on, the worse it made him look.



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