Surprise, surprise. I’m shocked. SHOCKED I SAY!
Yet another goverment program finally comes to light that the Bush administration and GOP have totally politicized and used as nothing more than as means to enrich themselves by using their currently unbridled power to steal money from our country, directing our tax dollars to their crony backers. They always get big kickbacks of course. Though the GOP refers to them as donations by supporters to their party and candidates.
A scorching internal review of the Bush administration’s billion-dollar-a-year reading program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money how it wanted.
The government audit is unsparing in its view that the Reading First program has been beset by conflicts of interest and willful mismanagement. It suggests the department broke the law by trying to dictate which curriculum schools must use.
It also depicts a program in which review panels were stacked with people who shared the director’s views, and in which only favored publishers of reading curricula could get money.
~I have to warn everyone. I feel some big rants coming over the weekend on a few subjects: The current Republican Party (though referring to it as a political party has been repeatedly proven by their deeds to be, as the GOP would put it a “quaint” description of that organization). Other rants will likely concern their enablers (AKA GOP voters/supporters and wonderful “liberal” MSM). I now return your monitor to the rest of the usual GOP partisan corruption…~
In one e-mail, the director told a staff member to come down hard on a company he didn’t support, according to the report released Friday by the department’s inspector general.
“They are trying to crash our party and we need to beat the (expletive deleted) out of them in front of all the other would-be party crashers who are standing on the front lawn waiting to see how we welcome these dirt bags,” the program director wrote, the report says.
That official, Chris Doherty, is resigning in the coming days, department spokeswoman Katherine McLane said Friday. Asked if his quitting was in response to the report, she said only that Doherty is returning to the private sector after five years at the agency. Doherty declined to comment.
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings pledged to swiftly adopt all the audit’s recommendations. She also pledged a review of every Reading First grant her agency has approved.
“When something undermines the credibility of this department, or the standing of any program, I’m going to spring into action,” Spellings told The Associated Press.
Boy was I relieved when I read that. Now that they can no longer hide this one any more, Spelling will jump into action! Is there anybody except the droolers and MSM who actually still believes this GOP garbage?
Reading First aims to help young children read through scientifically proven programs, and the department considers it a jewel of No Child Left Behind, Bush’s education law. Just this week, a separate review found the effort is helping schools raise achievement.
But from the start, the program has been dogged by accusations of impropriety, leading to several ongoing audits. The new report from the Office of Inspector General — an independent arm of the Education Department — calls into question the program’s credibility.
The ranking Democrat on the House education committee was furious.
“They should fire everyone who was involved in this,” said Rep. George Miller (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif. “This was not an accident, this was not an oversight. This was an intentional effort to corrupt the process.”
No just firing GOP scum does nothing. What does that do to them? These creatures just laugh about that stuff. It means nothing happened to them and they got way with everything. Why do you think they keep repeatedly doing it? If caught, they just slither back into the private sector once again to make millions via their GOP government contacts. Then later they’ll just slither back into GOP government again. Rinse and repeat, ad infinitum.
Oops sorry, a tiny bit of the coming rants seems to have leaked out in this post, huh…
The report does not name Doherty, referring to him as the Reading First director.
It says he repeatedly used his influence to steer money toward states that used a reading approach he favored, called Direct Instruction, or DI. In one case, the report says, he was told a review panel was stacked with people who backed that program.
“That’s the funniest part — yes!” he responded in e-mail dating to 2002. “You know the line from Casablanca, ‘I am SHOCKED that there is gambling going on in this establishment!’ Well, ‘I am SHOCKED that there are pro-DI people on this panel!'”
Spellings took issue with the use of such e-mails in the audit. She said they could be used to draw unfair conclusions about a person’s intentions.
The inspector general rejected that. It said the e-mails were written by Doherty in his role as director, and there is no evidence they were inaccurate or pulled out of context.
Yes, I agree Ms. Spellings. It is very unfair to show a Republican hack’s actual words in context. Because people may “draw unfair conclusions about a person’s intentions”. Of course “unfair conclusions” in GOP speak translates in English to mean “obvious correct conclusions”. Which is of course is very unfair to them!
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