Greg Abbott is just no match for Wendy Davis. This is the second time in less than a week, Davis countered Abbott’s hypocrisy on an important policy with facts.
The last time, Davis pointed to Abbott’s discriminatory pay policies as Attorney-General when he claimed to support equal pay for women. Davis’ use of facts was effective enough to make the Texas boys club of Republicans more than a little nervous for their boy Greg.
This time, the issue was pre-K. Following Abbott’s announcement of his plans to improve Texas’s pre-K program, Wendy Davis gave 20 million reasons why Abbott’s promises prove he is a hypocrite. Twenty million is the number of dollars in cuts to Texas’ pre-K program that Abbot is defending in court.
The hypocrisy is astonishing. It’s completely dishonest for Greg Abbott to be talking about early education at the same time he’s defending deep cuts to Texas pre-k in the courtroom, Despite the pleas of students, teachers, parents and school boards across the state, Greg Abbott is using his office to undermine Texas’ effort to prepare its students for the jobs of a 21st century economy
Ouch! Facts strike again! Aside from using facts to prove, once again, that Greg Abbott’s statements need to be fact checked with his actions, Davis exposed Gregg Abbott’s true agenda of returning to yester-century when access to education was restricted to children of the rich and the privileged. No matter how Abbott tries to mansplain it, there is nothing about a $20 million dollar cut to Texas’ pre-K program that is conducive to improving the program, or improving access to it.
In reality, Gregg Abbott is saying that educating all of Texas’ children to ready them for 21st century challenges is a waste and by extension that access to 21st century opportunities should be limited to a chosen few.
By calling him out, Wendy Davis is exposing Abbott’s short sightedness and unwillingness to prepare Texas’ children for 21st century jobs – something that is necessary for their well being and for Texas’ economy.
As importantly, Davis is proving to be a capable leader who relies on facts in her opponent’s record and actions instead of Koch style smear tactics and campaign appearances with radical has-beens like Ted Nugent.
This is the second time, that she caught Gregg Abbott making promises that contradict his actions. With the election season being this young, it’s inevitable that there will be others. Stay tuned.
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