Silicon Valley billionaires like H-P's Carly Fiorina & Ebay's Meg Whitman represent the, new ultra-conservative face of the Republican Party in Calif. What's their vision for schools and for an economy where increasingly little is produced but information about selling stuff to each other?
In a league with Bloomberg's race for mayor in N.Y., Whitman spent $71 million of her personal fortune to defeat another right-wing billionaire, Steve Poizner, in the Republican primary. Whitman and Poizner both favor expansion of privately-managed charter schools. Poizner, who only spent $25 million on his campaign, was a co-founder of California Charter School Assoc. Remember, he gave that racist, anti-immigrant speech at the CPAC convention back in February. Whitman, also virulently anti-immigrant, is also a big fan of off-shore drilling. She faces a close battle with former Gov. and Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown in what will be the most expensive governor's race in history. Brown also leans heavily towards charters and brought lots of resources to his favorite ones in Oakland, while neighborhood schools were left to fend for themselves. But overall, he's a lot better than Whitman. Who wouldn't be (besides Poizner)?
T-Party fav, Fiorina, who faces liberal incumbent Dem. Barbara Boxer, is a straight up voucher supporter. In this speech from 2001 at Aspen, she even used Hegelian dialectics to justify privatization of public schools.
"Who is your most influential business author?"I paused and said, "Hegel."
Let competition reign, give all students vouchers, and let the strongest schools prosper — and the weakest ones perish.