More nonsense from the Double-Speaker

Sometimes, you have to wonder if the Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, has been nipping at the cooking sherry.

This is from a story in Raleigh’s News & Observer based on an interview Tillis gave to the paper yesterday:

“He said some children who haven’t received the education they need early in life are being wasted as productive members of society.

‘I’m absolutely certain that some number of those people who are being lost were lost before they ever get out of third grade,’ Tillis said. ‘They didn’t have early childhood development opportunities. They didn’t have the core ability to read by third grade. They didn’t have the skills they needed to be educated past third grade.'”

This is from the same man who presided over a budget that slashes early childhood funding and transforms the state’s excellent pre-K program, More at Four from a free, education-based program into a fee-based childcare program.





  1. […] Double-Speaker’s apprentice Post on July 7, 2011 by Rob Schofield No Comments It appears that Rep. Bryan Holloway of Stokes County has been drinking from the same truth-altering Kool Aid as House Speaker Thom Tillis (see the post below). […]

  2. JeffS

    July 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I think you’ve missed the point.

    He’s asserting (as all Republicans have been) that they did not cut classroom jobs. This is a preemptive attack on the school systems. I’m assuming they are going to blame them for the corresponding drop in performance they are expecting to see. The conspiracy theorist in me would speculate that they will then use this drop to justify their next change – more defunding probably.

    The entire party seems to have their head in the sand here. Counties all over the state are having to cut teaching positions. Everyone who is paying attention knows this is happening. It’s public knowledge and the numbers are being tallied as they come in.

    To deny this is a blatant lie. Yes Thom, you’re a liar. I said it.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    July 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I have watched every moment of the redistricting hearings. I will never vote for a Democrat again. Asheville has lost it mind. Asheville does not represent Bryson City, Murphy Rosman, or Burnsville.

  4. Heidi

    July 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    @Frances– never vote for a Democrat again? Then who will you vote for, Republicans? Yeah, cuz we all know how their track record is regarding education. Seriously– not voting for someone because you disagree with them is the American way. Not voting for an entire political side because of ONE person? And under the guise of your uneducated words? That’s American ignorance.

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  6. TellTillis

    July 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Amazing. He says the state can’t afford to keep More at Four free for these children, yet he finds money to give his staff fat raises as high as $30,000. Go to http://www.telltillis.com and let him know what you think by signing the petition telling him to give that money back to the taxpayers.

  7. […] he’s come up with another doozy. NC PolicyWatch points to a Tillis interview in the Wednesday edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer in which […]

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