Further Evidence of Bipartisan & Corporate Corruption & Betrayal on ESSA & Common Core

January, 2016

In addition to the evidence we provided in our statement at the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 100% Democrat support, the Obama administration's glee to so rapidly sign it, and their declaration that few if any states will get out of Common Core because of the way the law is written, there is new evidence of collusion between the Obama administration and Republican leaders House Education Chairman John Kline, Senate Education Chairman Lamar Alexander, and Speaker Paul Ryan.

The following are excerpts from a Politico Pro article as analyzed by our friend Emmett McGroarty at American Principles Project:

In Duncan's own words, speaking of Alexander and Kline:
We had many, many conversations behind the scenes . . . . And I said for us to support it, they'd have to shed their far, far right [i.e., constituents who support the Constitution and oppose Common Core] . . . . I honestly didn't know if they'd have the political courage to do that. But they both said they would and they did. I give them tremendous credit for that.

And here he recounts his interaction with Ryan:
About a month before [final Senate passage of the bill], I ran into Speaker [Paul] Ryan and we just talked briefly. I asked if he was going to back this, whether he's willing to take on the far right. I just asked him straight up. And he said, "Absolutely. We're going to back this." And, he did. That's when I thought it had a real shot.

Here is where Duncan describes the tactics of the Republican betrayal:
We were intentionally quiet on the bill they asked us specifically not to praise it and to let it get through. And so we went into radio silence and then talked about it after the fact. . . . Our goal was to get this bill passed intentionally silent on the many, many good aspects of the bill . . . [W]e were very strategically quiet on good stuff . . . .

So Alexander, Kline, and Ryan asked the Administration to keep quiet while they slipped its policies into the bill that they would then market to their "far right" as something that overturned those policies. The "far right" wasn't fooled [witness the letter from over 200 parent groups in 46 states], but many, many members of Congress were.

And then Duncan took a victory lap:
The final thing is we have every ability to implement, to regulate the law . . . it's just a Washington typical storyline. . . .  And candidly, our lawyers are much smarter than many of the folks who were working on this bill. There are some face-saving things you give up, some talking points you give up, which we always do because we're focused on substance.  And we have every ability to implement.  That's all I've ever wanted.

So, just as we warned, the talking points put out by Kline and Alexander's committees were just that, talking points with all of the substance of wet toilet tissue. Add all of this to the fact that Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan freely admitted on the floor of the House that one of the main purposes of Common Core is psychological manipulation...

...and that the CEO of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, besides blackmailing states like Pennsylvania and Florida to continue Common Core or risk losing his corporation's business in their state, has also freely admitted in a panel discussion quoted in Fortune Magazine that our precious children are mere "products" of the public school system," "defective" ones at that, and  only chattel to be molded whatever way the corporate masters like he and Bill Gates deem appropriate...  

"I'm not sure public schools understand that we're their customer--that we, the business community, are your customer," said Tillerson during the panel discussion. "What they don't understand is they are producing a product at the end of that high school graduation."

The Exxon CEO didn't hesitate to extend his analogy. "Now is that product in a form that we, the customer, can use it? Or is it defective, and we're not interested?" American schools, Tillerson declared, "have got to step up the performance level--or they're basically turning out defective products that have no future. Unfortunately, the defective products are human beings. So it's really serious. It's tragic. But that's where we find ourselves today."
... and that Tillerson wrote about 21st century global skills in his letter that all but blackmailed Pennsylvania  into immediately implementing Common Core instead of delaying it as the parents of the state wanted...  (The US DOE and multiple other organiations have admitted that these 21st century skills are non-cognitive and psychosocial in several Orwellian reports showing their plans to carry out affective data mining and psychological profiling and manipulation of our children using Common Core)...

... and what we have is very clear evidence of crony capitalism large companies joining with the leaders of both parties to manipulate and use our children as fodder or drones for the corporate state.

The proponents of this system that has failed everywhere and every time it has been tried may think they have won with ESSA, but they are only fueling the rise of the outsiders and constitutional conservatives in the presidential election like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Ben Carson, as well as the growth and influence of the US House Freedom Caucus (87% of whom voted against ESSA), the Tea Party Caucus and other freedom minded groups within Congress to stand for the rights of parents and scale back the unconstitutional role of the federal government in education, as well as ever important state and local elections to reclaim state sovereignty. as more and more parents see what is being done to their children, it will also add momentum to the calls to boycott corporations like Exxon, Pearson, and Microsoft. Game on.

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