Texas State Senator Don Huffines (whose name SpellCheck ironically keeps insisting is Huffiness).
Huffines represents the Dallas area. Some Texas high school students from his district came to visit him at the capitol. They were rightly concerned about “school choice” that Huffines supports like it was his own idea.
They asked how it could be fair when it wasn’t enough money for low income families to pay for private school? Huffines huffed up and lectured them thusly:
“Do you want me to give them $15,000? Is that what you want? So they can all go to Hockaday, so they can all go to St. Mark’s?” Huffines asked, referring to two expensive private schools in Dallas. “You want to give them a full tuition? That is the most selfish thing I’ve ever heard.”
Them? We can’t let all of “them” go to Hockaday or St. Mark’s. “Them” can’t have full tuition because that would be selfish of “them.” But, by gawd, it is not selfish of the fine upstanding rich kids at St. Mark’s or Hockaday to exercise their right to be rich. After all, they earned that by choosing to be born in the right family. If you wanted to go to St. Marks, you should have picked better parents, but you didn’t. Shame on you for being selfish like that.
When the students suggested that the money to fund school choice come from the citizenry, Huffines corrected them. Nope, he says, “62% of all property taxes come from businesses.” Well, there you go – a justification for business to make a profit off of school children.
You don’t believe me about all this, do ya? Well, here’s the best two minutes you’ll spend today watch raw unadulterated Republican greed.
There is, however, an upside to all this – it seems his district is raining some informed voters and – ta da! – His district was carried by Hillary Clinton last November. He knows his days are numbered.
He later apologized for the tone of his remarks but not the facts.
Hey Huffines – those kids and their public school educations are coming after you and you ain’t got a chance.
Thanks to everybody for the heads up.