Tomorrow is President Donald J. Trump’s 100th day in office. Although he campaigned on his 100-day “Contract with the American Voter,” he no longer seems enthusiastic about the milestone. Perhaps that’s because he is facing criticism for failing to achieve any major legislative victories. One thing he has accomplished: He has caused real harm to religious freedom and has made promises to do even more.
By law, the president must present a budget to Congress every year. In a president’s inaugural year, that budget contains less detail than in other years, and it’s often referred to as a “skinny budget.”
President Donald J. Trump visited a Catholic school in Orlando today for what has been described as a “listening session” on “school choice.” In other words, a rally for private school vouchers.
Trump, kids in school uniforms, and claims about widespread success of a government program may make for good political theater. But, “alternative facts” and anecdotes are a terrible basis for policy. The truth is that vouchers masquerading as “school choice” are a failure.
President Donald J. Trump last night again touted his misguided idea of funneling public money into the coffers of private schools.
It seems there is a universal rule for promoting school voucher schemes: “If at first you don’t succeed, lie, lie again.”
An excellent expose published by The New York Times explains how some states have been able to advance their “school choice” agenda despite court rulings that have blocked aid to religious schools in the past.
Louisiana has an incredibly bad record when it comes to taxpayer aid to religious schools.
Back in the 1920s, Gov. Huey Long pushed a bill through the legislature giving textbooks to Catholic schools at taxpayer expense. The state has been the site of repeated efforts to siphon tax dollars away from public schools into the coffers of religious schools ever since.
Thanks to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, it will now be a lot easier for the government to fund religion.
The high court, in a 5-4 decision in Arizona Christian Tuition Organization v. Winn, ruled that taxpayers have no right to challenge tax credits, exemptions or deductions that support religious organizations.