Sep 29, 2012
This is actually an old article I ran across today – from 1998. The same year Hillary Clinton spoke up about the “vast right-wing conspiracy”. Published in the conservative Washington Times, the article heaped a lot of scorn on the NEA’s findings. But that is not the object of this post…
The NEA report maintains that choking off NEA funding is not an end in itself, “but that the conservative movement considers it “a critical step in achieving its broader aims, a state-by-state assault on public education.”
The report, prepared by NEA researchers led by political
consultant Robert Watson, lists not only such high-profile groups as Heritage and Cato, but also focuses on lesser known organizations that help coordinate state and national conservative strategies, including the Council for National Policy, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the State Policy Network.
The study began in January when the California Teachers Association asked for help fighting Proposition 226, NEA
spokeswoman Kathleen Lyons said. Mr. Watson was hired as project leader for the NEA research effort. By the time Proposition 226 was defeated, the NEA “had compiled a lot of information and … saw it would be useful to a lot of our state and local affiliates,” Miss Lyons said, and decided to prepare a full report for nationwide distribution.
Miss Lyons did a great service documenting what she found back in 1998. Please check out the infographic that was made from the NEA studies–and then compare it with information that Bob Sloan has researched and published about “The Cabal” here and on the Daily Kos. Or from some excellent articles we have reposted on this site from Truthout or ALECexposed/Sourcewarch.
You can see the infographic if you will please click here. Should you print it, be sure to use at least 8.5×14″ paper so that you will be able to read everything very clearly.
The NEA’s work in 1998 was eerily prescient and well assembled as you will see. You can read the report if you will please click here. (The link in the article to the report is dead, but here it is from the Archive.)
And if you will please click here you will see that the tenor of conservative comments has not changed since 1998 either. This is either “extremely” (get the pun?) disturbing, or comedy worthy of George Carlin.