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Everything Within the State …

Most of you probably heard the news earlier this week that the Department of Health and Human Services is reportedly in talks with the NFL about a partnership to promote Obamacare (“This concussion timeout brought to you by the Independent Payment Advisory Board”). This is nettlesome for a couple of reasons.

First, it’s a further sign of the Obama Administration’s deathless belief that every policy shortcoming is just one clever ad campaign away from resolution. This I can forgive, because all White Houses at all times think that the only problem they have is “messaging.” If you can’t traffic in self-serving denial, you’re not long for a job in Washington.

Second, and much more importantly, it’s culturally invasive. If all of the goo goo civility thumbsuckers out there actually gave a fig about political polarization, they’d realize these kind of efforts are counterproductive. Want me to feel less set upon by my ideological adversaries? Then don’t make the two-point conversion an opportunity to relitigate the individual mandate. The culture wars get a lot hotter when we’re unwilling to limit the scope of the battlefield.

As bad as the NFL campaign is, however, it pales in comparison to this, from the Heartland Institute’s Loren Heal at Human Events:

The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.

LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”

Covered California spokeswoman Sarah Soto-Taylor said staff have not questioned this goal.

“We have confidence that the model LA Unified brought to the table will be successful in reaching our target population, which includes family members of students,” she said.

LAUSD will also use tax-paid staff to promote ObamaCare through phone calls to students’ homes, in-class presentations, and meetings with employees eligible for ObamaCare’s taxpayer-covered healthcare, the grant award says.

Invade my football game with a PSA that is (A) justification for discharging a firearm at my television and (B) underwritten by me, and I’ll be annoyed. Start deputizing my (purely hypothetical, to the best of my knowledge) children to dispense your agitprop and the situation is about to go thermonuclear.

This brings up an interesting question. Over on the Member Feed (it’s pretty cool in there, so you might as well pay the cover charge), member Scarlet Pimpernel wonders if the logic of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage means that young children in public schools are going to start receiving more … expansive, shall we say … sex education. That doesn’t strike me as a homophobic question. In fact, it strikes me as the kind of question a parent would avoid only if they were going out of their way to avoid seeming homophobic. You can probably be completely fine with gay marriage and still want to avoid your adolescent child being exposed to the sexual buffet theory of eros.

Is the day soon coming — perhaps the question is ‘has it already arrived’ — when conservatives will, as a matter of conscience, no longer be able to consider public education as a viable option for their children?

  1. Britanicus

    That ship has long since set sail. My (purely hypothetical, as far as I know) children will certainly not be going to a public school. There are only a few options that I see fit:

    1. Home schooling

    2. Catholic schools

    3. Some sort of private/charter school

    The good news is that the K-12 education racket, to say nothing of the higher education nonsense, is quickly becoming a national issue. Republicans would be wise to capitalize on this rising tide.

    Of course, that assumes that the Republicans are capable of not being the party of stupid. Oh well, better than the party of evil, I guess..

  2. Western Chauvinist

    Good thing I didn’t work too long on that California is a Fascist State post I was drafting. 

    Our oldest will be in a charter high school with connections to Hillsdale this fall, and I will begin homeschooling our middle schooler. We’re not even in California. What are the rest of you conservatives doing there?

    Has anyone mentioned that Acorn will be administering your Obamacare “benefits” in California? I guess the state figures if your kids can’t get to you…

  3. DrewInWisconsin
    Troy Senik, Ed.

    Is the day soon coming — perhaps the question is ‘has it already arrived’ — when conservatives will, as a matter of conscience, no longer be able to consider public education as a viable option for their children?

    Glenn Reynolds frequently tags Instapundit entries with the comment that sending your child to public schools is tantamount to child abuse.

    I can’t disagree.

  4. DrewInWisconsin
    The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.

    LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”

    Obama’s little brownshirts. I fully expect they will be required to report on family members who refuse to accept Obamacare into their hearts.

    The White House wants to know if Mom or Dad are saying anything fishy.

  5. Flagg Taylor

    The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.

    That’s the worst thing I’ve read in months.  “Train teens to promote…”  Think about that.  Every home a little reeducation camp.  Let’s pay teens to be smug and superior.  What could possibly go wrong?

  6. DrewInWisconsin
    Flagg Taylor:The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.

    That’s the worst thing I’ve read in months.  “Train teens to promote…”  Think about that.  Every home a little reeducation camp.

    Who’s going to stop them? Republicans?

  7. Casey
    Flagg Taylor: 

    That’s the worst thing I’ve read in months.  “Train teens to promote…”  Think about that.  Every home a little reeducation camp.  Let’s pay teens to be smug and superior.  What could possibly go wrong? 

    I’m no government efficiency expert, but wouldn’t it be a lot more efficient to pass out money in the voting booth?

    I’d hate to see my tax money wasted on future vote investments that never pay off.

  8. Valiuth

    I think the LA school district has missed one crucial detail. Which is that their teachers have so far proven inadequate at teaching their students much of anything, but Obamacare regulations will be the lesson plan that sticks? I won’t hold my breath. 

    I smell a scam here. A money making scam. 

  9. Flagg Taylor
    Valiuth: I think the LA school district has missed one crucial detail. Which is that their teachers have so far proven inadequate at teaching their students much of anything, but Obamacare regulations will be the lesson plan that sticks? I won’t hold my breath. 

    I smell a scam here. A money making scam.  · 0 minutes ago

    It’s not teaching that has to be done, but ideological training.  The latter is much easier.  And the kids already inclined to self-righteousness will take to it like ducks to water.

  10. flownover

    Unfortunately the answer to your final question has been answered long ago. Remember Kevin Jennings ? GLSN ?

    Remember the school sponsored seminars for teens on “fisting” and alternative sex play ? 

    Tried to google those articles, memory holed probably. Bing had it right away, humm??

    I’m waiting for the first attempt to close down a church for the “hate speech” in the Bible. These folks have been tearing pages out of Gideon Bibles for a long time. Specifically, Lev.18

  11. Casey
    Flagg Taylor

    Valiuth: I think the LA school district has missed one crucial detail. Which is that their teachers have so far proven inadequate at teaching their students much of anything, but Obamacare regulations will be the lesson plan that sticks? I won’t hold my breath. 

    I smell a scam here. A money making scam.  · 0 minutes ago

    It’s not teaching that has to be done, but ideological training.  The latter is much easier.  And the kids already inclined to self-righteousness will take to it like ducks to water. · 0 minutes ago

    They’re paying kids who will be eligible to vote in 2016.

    No teaching or training necessary.

  12. Yudansha

    We’ve lost 2 perhaps 3 generations of Americans to the pernicious idiocies and indoctrination endemic in public education. I don’t believe there is any coming back from this.  Education in America is almost like a funhouse mirror image – the more schooling you aquire, the more ignorant and reflexively unthinking you seem to become. 

     (Excepting the highly credentialed here at Ricochet, naturally)

    Case in point – the prosecution’s star witness in the Trevon Martin trial – 19-yo high school senior can’t read the letter she supposedly ‘wrote’ because she doesn’t read cursive. Doesn’t read cursive?? How does one get beyond 3rd grade, to say nothing of attending the 12th, not being able to read and write in cursive?  She has been abysmally failed by the very people who consider themselves her best champions.  That poor soul has been prepared for nothing but but a life of failure and resentment.  Bad for her – good for Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson. 

    She can vote – God help us all.

  13. KC Mulville

    Just trying to figure this one out …

    It isn’t that parents and adults are teaching children … it’s that children are teaching parents?

    • So the presumption here is that the adults who pay bills and actually make healthcare decisions won’t accept ObamaCare? (Probably true, but there’s a reason for that.) 

    • And to convince the first group, they’re depending on people who neither pay bills nor have made any healthcare decisions?
    • The principle being what? That the people who don’t know anything should put pressure on the people who do?

    What’s next? Teaching patients to teach doctors on proper medical procedures?

    Up is down. Black is white. In the bush, tse-tse flies are the size of eagles. (Sorry, it was a line from The In Laws.)

  14. Western Chauvinist
    DrewInWisconsin

    The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.

    LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”

    Obama’s little brownshirts. I fully expect they will be required to report on family members who refuse to accept Obamacare into their hearts. 

    The truly scary part is, if you read comments on this, you realize that both residents and legislators have no idea how totalitarian it is. It’s all for a good cause. Why would anyone object?

  15. Douglas
    Britanicus: There are only a few options that I see fit:

    1. Home schooling

    2. Catholic schools

    3. Some sort of private/charter school

     

    1  will be banned.

    2 will be banned or co-opted

    3 will restricted and/or co-opted.

  16. PsychLynne

    “The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.”

    If they want the average parent to give in to their kid’s wishes, they should train 3-5 year olds…

  17. Duane Oyen

    If the NFL is so stoopid as to sign on to this pending PR debacle (Max Baucus… “train wreck”), so soon after Aaron Hernandez, and in the middle of a war against the lefty trial lawyers, they deserve the suicide they are courting. 

    I’ll never go to another live game after Sept. 29 Vikings-Steelers, for which I already have my tickets.

  18. Bryan G. Stephens
    KC Mulville: Just trying to figure this one out …

    It isn’t that parents and adults are teaching children … it’s that children are teaching parents?

    • So the presumption here is that the adults who pay bills and actually make healthcare decisions won’t accept ObamaCare? (Probably true, but there’s a reason for that.) 

    • And to convince the first group, they’re depending on people who neither pay bills nor have made any healthcare decisions?
    • The principle being what? That the people who don’t know anything should put pressure on the people who do?

    What’s next? Teaching patients to teach doctors on proper medical procedures?

    Up is down. Black is white. In the bush, tse-tse flies are the size of eagles. (Sorry, it was a line from The In Laws.) · 1 hour ago

    There is a lot of red tape in the bush!

  19. genferei

    Every time we think the other side has plumbed the depths, they go brazenly further. The supporters of liberty need to realize there are no rules, no lines that can’t be crossed, no traditions that will be respected, no limits that will not be breached. And take action accordingly.

  20. wilber forge

    This whole approach reminds one of the movie Equalibrium. The children  monitor the parents and report them if they have not been taking the mandated compliance drug.

    Seems the Borg motto has been adopted and promoted.

    “Resistance is Futile, You will be Assimillated”.

    May sound overly simplistic, yet it works.