Drudge reports Sen. John Kerry claimed this morning on NBC TODAY that 53% of America's children do not graduate from high school -- a claim that raised eyebrows in the NBC control room, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
Kerry made the comments after host Katie Couric asked the former presidential candidate about Bush's State of the Union call to train 70,000 additional teachers in math and science.
COURIC: He wanted to train 70,000 additional teachers in math and science.
KERRY: That's terrific. But 53 percent of our children don't graduate from high school.
He must be counting the children that are aborted. They don't finish high school. They don't even get a chance to go to school.Kids don't have after-school programs...
They should spend that time doing their homework, and then they might not grow up to be Senators as dumb as Kerry.He didn't ask America to sacrifice anything to achieve great goals
Maybe Dems have to ask people to suffer to meet their goals. Bush wants to spread Democracy so people will not have to sufferand the biggest example is making the tax cut permanent for the wealthiest people in America.
Everyone that pays taxes benefited from the tax cut, and if it is not made permanent, everyone that pays taxes will see a tax increase.The average American struggles to find time to take carry of families, working two or three jobs... It's a disgrace. He did not tell the real state of the union.
Kerry's 53% claim conflicts with a recent press release from the U.S. Census Bureau: "High School Graduation Rates Reach All-Time High"
And the Census Bureau's own website states: 85.9 Percent Of Americans Aged 20-24 Are High School Graduates. (U.S. Census Bureau Website, www.census.gov , Accessed 2/1/06)
The Anchoress blogged Is John Kerry really this dumb?
Flip blogged According to National Center for Education Statistics, the high school graduation rate currently stands at nearly 75% (measured as the number of new graduates as a percentage of all 17-year-olds). What's more, this figure has risen consistently during Bush's Presidency. Pessimism, for all its ill consequences, is typically rooted in a cynical or overly negative evaluation of actual *facts*. Here, Kerry makes a heroic leap by incorporating pure fiction into his maligning of the President's policies.
Jayson blogged Riiiiiight. Yeah, sure, perhaps among those who get their news from DailyKos. On the other hand, here are the actual numbers for the general population:
86% = High school graduates among the age 20-24 demographic.
87% = High school graduates among the age 25-30 demographic.
88% = Among 35-40 year olds.
Memo to John Kerry:
I’ll have what you’re smoking, Chomsky.