6-6-14 – Shumlin’s Preschool Lie

Posted by John McClaughry

At a bill signing event for the child care providers pseudo-union Thursday, Gov. Shumlin said that “all the evidence shows if we can invest a dollar in Vermont’s children when they are youngest, we will get a $7 return later on — that’s the best news for taxpayers.”

This is a lie. First, it’s a false statement. The alleged seven to one return on early education spending has never been demonstrated in any universal preschool program.  But that doesn’t make it a lie, just a factual error. For Shumlin’s statement to be a lie, he has to know that the statement is false, and keep on saying it anyway.

Last July 25 at a Washington county event he claimed a “$12 to $14 return” on pre-K spending. When asked by a reporter, Shumlin confidently replied, “Every reasonable study, that I have read …suggests that there’s a direct correlation between early intervention, early services and those children and a bright future.”

The truth is that Shumlin has never read any study that found a seven to one return on universal preschool spending. I patiently explained this to his senior assistant Susan Bartlett, and I published a column in most of the state’s newspapers explaining the facts. And yet Peter Shumlin keeps right on spreading the “seven to one” lie.

Peter Shumlin knows his statement is false, but he keeps mouthing it. There’s a name for that:  it’s lying, and it tells you a lot about Peter Shumlin.

- John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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paul hudson June 14, 2014 at 3:29 am

Dear Sen. McLaughry,
Didn’t one of the governor’s former legislative colleagues say that Shumlin is the most ethically-challenged politician that he had ever seen? I guess he is just trying to emulate our paragon of virtue at 1600 Penn. Ave., Washington, DC.
Keep on,
PFH

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jim bulmer June 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Facts never get in the way of the idiots in Montpelier, respectfully – the Gov. is included, pursuing their agenda which in many cases is set by the NEA.

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