While Mitch enjoys stuffing the Republican coffers with as much money as one human being can possibly raise, he does have issues with funding education. After all, a smart kid might become a smart voter and toss his ass out of Congress.
Among Mitch's progressive moves, courtesy of ontheissues.org:
Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
Why? Because any good Republican knows you can entrust education to the Government.
Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
Corporations good. Education bad.
Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
Paying private insitutions public money ensures that their strong lobbyists will feed more money back to Mitch.
Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
Debt reduction and education? Surely you don't think Mitch wants our kids to have a better future. Maybe not funding our future will hasten the end times so part of my base will be happy.
Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
Hey, let's just create savings accounts for every problem in the country. Surely the poorest among us will start saving if we give them tax breaks.
Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
We need charter schools and vouchers! Public schools run by Government is for chumps and poor people. Screw them.
Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
Because we're against bigger Government or having Government tell us what to do, unless it is about sex. Sex scares us because we may have to address the urges that many of us Republicans have that frighten our base.
Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
This one actually might be good. As our country slides in the toilet because of Republican decisions, prayer may be our only hope.
Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
Standards? Who needs 'em?
Rated 20% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Damned uppity teachers.
Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
What's this? Could Mitch be getting a conscience? Could years of hoping our kids remain stupid have finally caught up with him? Could it be he knows he's facing reelection at a time when he's really going to be hated more than ever? Stay tuned.