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February 25, 2004

From a reader responding to "Should Paige resign?"

Rod Paige, Bush's Education Secretary, called the NEA 'terrorists', and went on to explain that he often refers to teachers as 'terrorists.' It's easy to see why--the NEA might point out when Paige is lying.

In common with other Bush appointees, Paige made his reputation with an "education miracle" that never happened. When CBS investigated they found one school that had claimed zero dropouts actually had 463 dropouts in that year. Other schools in the district were just as bad, and the real bottom line was that no miracle, or positive change of any kind, had actually happened.

For Paige and the other Bush appointees, diverting attention from their lies by talking about 'terrorism' is as natural--and as common--as breathing. When they want to dodge bad news, pass another tax break for the rich, or hand out sweetheart contracts to their friends, it's time to talk about 'terrorism'.

They're right about one thing: the rest of us should be worried and afraid, because the nation is at risk.

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