Reason.tv: Dick Morris on School Choice

At FreedomFest in July, Reason's Matt Welch talked with political consultant and Fox News contributor Dick Morris about the school choice movement.

Morris argues that past reforms - such as increased spending, changes in curriculum, and standardized testing, have failed because they don't create the sort of competition and innovation that would come with the implementation of robust school choice that is already happening around the country. The former adviser to Bill Clinton believes school choice is a "game-changer" regarding partisan voting patterns, with Democratic-leaning women voters increasingly interested in broadening the ways in which K-12 education is delivered. As important, he says that the once-immoveable object of the teacher's union "ain't so immoveable."

Shot by Jim Epstein and edited by Anthony L. Fisher. About 2.30 minutes.

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  • Suki||

    Hi y'all.

  • jj||

    Morning bigot.

  • fish||

    Morning Bigot

    My favorite morning interview show.

  • John Stossel||

    Dick Morris is Dick Morris.

  • Tim||

    Didn't he used to be the spokesman for Friskies Buffet?

  • ||

    When I glanced the first paragraph, I misread that this occurred at DickFest.

  • Tony||

    "DickFest"? Why wasn't I informed?

  • Standarized Test||

    Teach To Me!

  • Joe M||

    Why the hell are you guys talking to Dick Morris?

  • John Stossel||

    Reason TV talks to people.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Dick Morris is not a people. He's something else entirely, not sure what.

  • Joe M||

    He puts the eaze in sleaze.

  • T||

    Dick Morris is at least as much of a person as MATT DAMON.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Hey, MATT DAMON understands TEACHERS ONLY DO IT FOR THE LOVE

  • ||

    TEACHERS ONLY DO IT FOR THE LOVE

    I agree. So let's pay them less. Can't let greed come between them and what they love, right?

  • T||

    I guess that explains why so many get busted for screwing students. They're just sharing that love.

  • MATT DAMON||

    IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!

    oh, and the money too

  • Warty||

    They could have sent the B-team to talk to Dick Morris instead of Matt Damon.

  • Joe M||

    Well, MATT DAMON was only an asshole to the lovely Michelle Fields. He probably would've just socked Matt Welch.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Hey, Dick Morris spews forth bullshit because he loves it, not because it pays well.

  • Platypus||

    Dick Morris doesn't believe in intrinsic paternalisticity.

  • Frank Luntz||

    What does Frank Lutz' hair hat think about school choice?

  • Montani Semper Liberi||

    Does Dick Morris have a master's degree? That is the important question.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    I heard he's got a master's in baiting.

  • PantsFan||

    Threadjack, but I just read this and the smugness broke my monitor.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com.....le2118698/
    "I knew what I wanted – finally. I wanted the stimulation of being in the city without living in a concrete jungle. I wanted to be able to walk everywhere and not feel like I was being held hostage by my car. I wanted to be close to arts and entertainment and excellent schools and parks for my kids."

  • Joe M||

    Dude, it's Canada, what do you expect?

    There they sat in all their majestic glory, like a salute to the North American dream: “Congratulations! You have arrived. You’ve made it!”

    See, they don't even know the right name. It's the American dream.

  • Warty||

    And I wanted – desperately wanted – “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,” to quote Thoreau again.

    You're supposed to move to the woods if you like Thoreau, not a tiny apartment in the city.

  • Montani Semper Liberi||

    Yeah, also, wasn't the term "concrete jungle" coined to describe the feeling of living in a large city?

  • Gus||

    "Yeah, also, wasn't the term "concrete jungle" coined to describe the feeling of living in a large city?"

    I always thouught it was a racial slur.

  • Obama||

    You're thinking of "Jungle Bunny".

  • ||

    And make your furniture out of sacks of lima beans.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Wait I thought Thoreau rode with Wyatt Earp.

    Didn't he say something like "I'll be your huckleberry?"

  • Skr||

    Thoreau wasn't all that far away from the city iirc.

  • Warty||

    Shh.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Thoreau was living essentially in his friend's backyard.

  • T||

    In other words, Thoreau really was the prototypical hippie.

  • ||

    And he was more like visiting the pond. He went home all the time.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    The home was also on land owned by Emerson. A fellow hippy was supporting him.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    This part is hilarious:

    "I wanted a colourful, vibrant, noisy community where the butcher knows me by name and a friendly coffee shop waits up the street. I wanted to live closer to family because, with my father turning 80, I know now more than ever that time is precious. And I wanted – desperately wanted – “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,” to quote Thoreau again."

    Yeah lady, I think you missed the point of what Hank was sayin'

    "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion."

  • T||

    This seems like the perfect place to point out that Walden is great and all, but Hank still sent his laundry out to get done. I'm not sure how sturdy and Spartan-like that is.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Even anarchists need someone else to wash their undies

  • T||

    Well, for most anarchists that's mom. Hank at least was a good free market an-cap in this instance and paid for the service.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Or there's: clothes are a sign of oppression! I'll only wear them to protect from the elements! Freedom and full-body farmer's tan!

  • T||

    Everytime somebody brings up nudism, my second thought is always 'bug bites on my junk'. That just never sounds like a good idea.

    My first thought, of course, is that most people are lumpy and unattractive when clothed. Why up the ante from there?

  • ||

    For the average man in a nudist colony, the first two days it's the hardest.

  • Skr||

    So are you saying Thoreau wanted to do MORE yardwork? Cause that's just crazy talk. c.c

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    And I wanted – desperately wanted – “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,” to quote Thoreau again.

    Is a hipster coffee shop a good place in which to do that?

  • ||

    Next time you are at Starbucks try the Caffe-Late-Marrow. Non-vegan hipster heaven!

  • Tman||

    I wanted to be close to arts and entertainment and excellent schools and parks for my kids.

    Yes, because we all know that big cities have better parks and schools than quiet suburban neighborhoods.

    Just ask Detroit!

  • T||

    If I moved downtown, I'd be closer to excellent schools. They'd be private, and cost more than college, but those are just details.

  • Tman||

    But are they Intrinsically Paternalistic?

  • T||

    The (arguably) best high school in the city is run by Jesuits, so I'm gonna have to say yes.

  • MATT DAMON||

    HEY, DON'T MOCK HER, WE ALL KNOW THAT THE BIG CITIES ARE JUST THERE BECAUSE THEY LOVE BEING THERE AND THAT IT'S A SHITTY JOB, BUT THEY LOVE IT AND THAT'S WHY THEY DO IT

  • squishua||

    I first read that as "TITTIES"not "CITIES"

  • ||

    in the country, you don';t need parks. you have something called "outside"

  • Warty||

    Also, I note that her name is hyphenated. How odd.

  • T||

    Why is that odd? Does Canadiastan have a tragic hyphen shortage?

  • ||

    That's Soviet Canuckistan, T...

  • Joe M||

    Can someone answer me this question? What do hyphenated last name girls do when they get married? Double hyphenate? God forbid, triple hyphenate? When does it end?

  • Warty||

    I've read that this is somewhat of a problem in Scandinavia, since they're into their second or third generation of name hyphenation. This is what happens when you let the womerns have the vote.

  • cynical||

    Less stupid but similarly egalitarian societies just have women pass on their mother's name and men pass on their father's name to their children. No name aggregation in that case.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Both sides could adopt a new name. Or just string them all together without hyphens.

    Good to meet you, Ms. Smithjoneswilliams.

  • Juana De Los Apostoles Covadon||

    That's just fucked up.

  • ||

    Second generation hyphenation could easily lead to four last names, if both parties are hyphenated.

    Then, in your third generation, you're up to eight last names.

    Way to think ahead, liberated womyns.

  • Joe M||

    This is a interesting piece of reading on the subject.

  • ||

    Hey!

  • ||

    Dick Morris was at FreedomFest? <blinks> That is about as bizarre as seeing Alex Jones at a Bohemian Grove picnic.

  • H man||

    Allegedly Alex Jones did sneak in and got some footage.

  • ||

    Let me guess, he got footage of "the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine"?

  • STEVE SMITH||

    STEVE SMITH VOLUNTEER TO TAKE ONE FOR TEAM. STEVE SMITH RAPE HENRY KISSINGER.

  • ||

    He heard hookers would be there.

  • Alan Vanneman||

    Did Matt have to let Dick Morris suck his toes to get this interview? And where, I have to say again, is the interview with Freedomfest MC Joe Piscopo? I'm sorry, but I'm tired of all these interviews with the small-fry. Bring on the big enchilada!

  • Joe Piscopo||

    Dick Morris made me suck his toes once. Once!!

  • squishua||

    Ha! I loved that movie!

  • ||

    farging icehole!

  • Juana De Los Apostoles Covadon||

    Please go back to reviewing films poorly, mkay?

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Coming soon: Sherlock Holmes and the Bunions of Doom!

  • MATT DAMON||

    HAVING HYPHENATED NAMES IS A THANKLESS JOB BUT THEY GO ON ANYWAYS BECAUSE THEY LOVE SO MUCH

  • MATT DAMON||

    HYPHENS ARE INTRINCALLY PATERNALISTIC!!!! THEY SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH MUCH HIGHER PAID SEMI-COLONS INSTEAD, WHICH IS IRONIC CONSIDERING THAT THE WORD SEMI-COLON FEATURES A HYPHEN INSTEAD OF AN ACTUAL SEMI;COLON.

  • ||

    Dick Morris is no friend of freedom. More of a jackboot fetish kind of guy.

  • ||

    wwwDOTyoutubeDOTcom/watch?v=r1v7A5OH7XQ

  • Standarized Test||

    What the heck is that Warren? You're making MNG look like a web developer

  • ||

    Dick Morris is such a clown. He's foreseen Obama's impending doom every week since 2007.

  • Ol' Liberal||

    ... I think the next time someone makes the mistake of thinking that this non-partisan magazine is willing to believe any amount of right wing hooey, I'm going to direct them this interview with the always intelligent and correct Dick Morris.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    I wasn't aware that Dick was such a die-hard conservative, or that mere proximity to a conservative ipso facto made one a conservative. But other than that, sounds like a great idea, little guy.

  • Kolohe||

    "Dick Morris" and "Freedom" go together like "Prostate Exam" and "Happy Fun Time"

  • mr.vb||

    thank u

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