The Washington Post Does Not Have the Brightest Bulbs

by Brien Jackson

In a shocking development, The Washington Post has run a very nonsensical editorial, this time about school vouchers. Namely the D.C. school vouchers program, and efforts to eliminate the useless expenditure of funds. Fred Hiatt is not a particularly happy, and being Fred Hiatt he pulls out a bunch of right-wing tropes in order to explain why he’s not happy.

Apparently 38% of the members of Congress have sent their children to private school, a much higher number than that of the general public. This is presumably supposed to make you regard said members of Congress, at least the ones who want to eliminate the voucher program, hypocrites because “it’s too good for you.” Or something like that. Steve Benen makes the nice argument that this logic really wouldn’t hold for anything else you could substitute in from a public policy standpoint, especially from the right-wing perspective, but it seems to me that there’s a much simpler reason why this line of “argument” is completely inane on the face of it. Supposing for a second that the 38% figure is correct, and we concoct some hypothetical vote in which the specter of hypocrisy is removed totally, meaning that members who have sent their kids to private schools support vouchers and those who haven’t don’t. The problem here is that the anti-voucher position would win decisively. Of course that’s probably over-simplifying things a bit, but then, so was the editorial.

Thankfully, The Washington Post is dying. Hopefully we’ll let it go.

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