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Sic Willie: “Extremist”

FITS’ PROPOSAL TO PRIVATIZE HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA DRAWS JEERS Last week this website reiterated its belief that the Palmetto State’s costly, duplicative system of higher education should be privatized. “It’s past time that all of our government-funded institutions of higher learning pursue their destinies as private institutions,” we wrote. This…

FITSNews Editor Sic Willie

FITS’ PROPOSAL TO PRIVATIZE HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA DRAWS JEERS

Last week this website reiterated its belief that the Palmetto State’s costly, duplicative system of higher education should be privatized.

“It’s past time that all of our government-funded institutions of higher learning pursue their destinies as private institutions,” we wrote.

This strikes us as an eminently sensible reform, unless of course you believe that there is some entitlement to a college education – or that a college education ought to be a core function of government.  It would also save South Carolina taxpayers literally billions of dollars each year – money that could be pumped into our state’s free market economy.

Anyway … our argument rubbed the editors of the uber-liberal SC Schools Report the wrong way.  In fact the publication ran a big story decrying our “extremism.”

Referring to FITS’ founding editor Will Folks as “a prominent Columbia-based political blogger and one of the state’s loudest voices in favor of private school choice,” the site ripped our suggestion as “another example of extremism and bombast associated with the private school choice movement in South Carolina.”

The article goes on to refer to Folks as a “grenade thrower,” “talented writer” and “terrific self-promotor.”

To which we can only say “check, check and check, baby.”

Anyway, the author of this post – who quickly shifts from defending South Carolina’s underperforming colleges to defending its worst-in-the-nation government-run K-12 schools – is correct in describing Sic Willie as talented and terrific.  It would have been nice had he consulted any number of women (including S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley) regarding Sic’s legendary lesbian-quality oral skills … but we won’t quibble with his assessment of our founding editor’s professional abilities.

Where we beg to disagree, however, is the author’s claim that Sic and other school choice supporters haven’t offered an alternative to the status quo “solution” of pouring more money into a failed monopoly that continues to produce diminishing returns in spite of an ever-escalating investment.

Specifically, SC Schools Report claims that “propagandists” like Folks have “failed to present workable plans, have not behaved in good faith and, in general, represent an extremist ideology.”

Really?  How’s this for a workable plan?

As for not “behaving in good faith,” we’re not exactly sure what that means.  If it means we’re assholes – “guilty as charged.”  But if this website is implying that we haven’t consistently advanced market-based reforms in education (the way we consistently advance market-based reforms at all levels of government) then we think a simple search through the pages of this site will dispel such a charge.

As for the claim that letting parents take a portion of their tax burden to find a better academic option for their child is somehow “extremist,” we would argue that it is common sense.  Not only that, it’s a reform that has been proven effective at raising achievement levels in private and government-run schools.

If liberals and conservatives truly zeroed in on the outcomes they claim to be pushing for – i.e. more jobs, more prosperity, better educated workers, etc. – then they would be forced to admit that government is not only failing to produce these outcomes, in many (if not most) cases it is actively undermining them.

(Don’t believe us?  Take a look …)

That’s not “extremist” people .. it’s the truth.

Make no mistake, though … the bolder government grows in robbing us of our income and depriving us of our liberties, the bolder we will grow in protecting both.

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Pic: David Asiamah

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22 comments

Fleet December 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

Get your weekly check from Howard Rich?

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Howie Rich's Neighbor December 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

He probably gets a monthly check.It really pains Howie to give it up.Thats why he sends them out monthly,instead of weekly.

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jimlewis,owb December 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

“regarding Sic’s legendary lesbian-quality oral skills”

Until you post a picture of willie licking his eyebrow he ain’t no different than any other monkey licking monkey

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tomstickler December 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

Too bad Norman Mailer beat Will to the punch with “Advertisements for Myself” as a book title.

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9" December 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Was this pic taken when Fits was in middle-school(while writing this dumb article)?

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David December 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Well said, Will. Many of us are now beginning to understand and agree with your opinion and assessment of public education. Keep it up.

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Thomas December 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Did not read it yet, busy, but you are on to something. Think high tuition, bogus student loans, and upfront pay as you go, then look up drop out rates and total cost for graduation. The state General Fund is making money at both ends? More later

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shifty henry December 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

…… inside info?

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Knott December 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Wil Folks interest in this is self serving, thus he should remove himself from the opinion on it. A the system being proposed is racist to the core, as it only would help rich property owners and we know that means white property owner. Plus the fact these academies are 99.9 percent white.

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Big Daddy December 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

How about some of the “education lottery” money? Is it not being used to offset some of the education costs? Just asking.

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BigT December 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

What FITS does not understand: Although you spend 80% of your keystokes, stroking the left and moderate-libertarians…they will HATE you for the 20% of the time you are reasonable and smart (Conservative)…

Liberalism is a god to them..and you cannot serve two masters, no matter how FITS tries…

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Raspy December 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

“…legendary lesbian-quality oral skills…”

God, that was a good one!!!!!!! I hope you don’t mind if I borrow that phrase for my own use.

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baker December 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Hey Will. I hope you’re doing well these days. Thanks for giving my column a look.

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toyota kawaski December 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

see what happens when you jack-off your shemale wife and Howie Rich at the same time. Have to wear a wrist guard to work!!

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varga December 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

While entertaining you are, your opinions and ideas are becoming so outlandish that you are becoming irrelevant. The State of South Carolina receives a far greater value than it’s almost non existant funding of public Higher education. The not for profit private schools in this state recieve greater state funding than many quote state supported schools. As to the private for profits that you are referring to, which is the example you hold up? They are mostly shams relying on federal finanacial aid to support themselves with default rates soaring through the roof because of their poor performance. If you are going to propose something give some specifics and back them up. Who are you taking lessons from John Bayner?

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baker December 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I wrote the piece Will is referencing: http://www.scschoolsreport.com/.

By the way, I went to a private college. Wofford — a great place. Had lots of fun and got a good education, I believe. I don’t have any USC or Clemson stickers on my car. I have taught a couple classes at USC-Upstate, though, and had a lot of students who were hard-pressed to pay for college as it is. For that school — and the rest of our public colleges and universities — to have to charge the sort of tuition that private colleges do would make higher education all but impossible for thousands of students.

Is college an “entitlement”? Not sure. But I think most folks figure that subsidizing a portion of tuition at public colleges, making a college education possible for more students, is good for our state.

As for the K-12 private school choice stuff…..I’ve written about that. And, yeah, a lot of the folks supporting are, in my view, pretty far out there.

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Old Bike Dude December 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

South Carolina’s worst in the nation private schools. Only had to wait a week to use that line.

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Earl Crapps December 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

he was getting a BJ from Wes Donehue when this pic was taken

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Todd December 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

3rd degree burns from the chronic masturbation.

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Judy Chop December 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Will Folks resembles Yasser Arafat or Ringo Starr in the above picture.

What’s with the thug style ass-backwards baseball cap and fluffy wristband? Looks like Ghetto chump meets skateboard dude. You wear this hook up when you be ushering at the Lutheran Church, Cuz?

Need a picture of your pants on the ground NBA shorts, too. They probably look like you toting a canned ham ‘neath your junk….

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davis December 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I am a retired veteran in education; 34 years. Today, public education is about socialization, not education. All you youngsters need to read “1984”. I would not send my dog to a public school, because I do love my dog.

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Todd December 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

So you would pay to send your dog to a private school to be taught by an uncertified teacher who is MUCH less qualified? Sucker

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