A little over three years ago millions of Americans heralded the inauguration of Barack Obama, who had offered them a legacy of hope and change. The reality, it turns out, has been drastically different. I could spend this blog listing the failures of Obama; the degradation of the United States as neither exceptional nor Christian; Obamacare, another unaffordable entitlement as government slips into default; a failed energy policy which has made the United States more dependent on our enemies when we have enough coal and natural gas to be completely independent within a decade; we could go on and on about the shortsightedness of the Obama administration.
However, Obama’s biggest failure, perhaps the one that damages the future of our country more than any other, remains pent-up in the background, receiving little notice. Barack Obama had the opportunity to enthusiastically lead an agenda that would have truly improved America’s future; the use of parental vouchers for all of America’s public and private schools.
On the same south side of Chicago where Obama worked as a community organizer he has witnessed and wiped his hands clean of the horrible public schools that cast aside tens of thousands of black kids every year. These are bad schools overseen by overpaid administrators and unionized public school teachers who enroll their own children in private schools or in wealthy suburban public schools. The sums spent per child in America’s urban public schools are enormous, yet there is no progress. Economists and political thinkers know that the problem of America’s public schools is a lack of competition that only parental vouchers would provide.
It is no mystery why Obama has decided not to make the “voucherization” of public schools a priority; he is beholding to the teacher unions, who will come out in big numbers this November to reward him with a second term.
Declaring his support for vouchers nation-wide could have really changed America and her future. Obama was the one President who had the mix of racial and practical experience that could have reformed the nation’s public schools. Barack Obama, a black man, decided that his political career was more important than the future of thousands of black and minority kids. Had Obama the courage to cast away the teacher unions and do right by young minority school children he could have gone down in history as more than a President. What a crying shame Obama couldn’t or wouldn’t rise to the level of Statesman.