More on Matt Damon’s hypocrisy

I blogged a few weeks ago about Matt Damon and his opposition to charter schools and a big supporter of teacher unions and public schooling, this is despite now choosing to send his own children to a private school.

Like most mouths for hire he is nothing but a sanctimonious hypocrite.

Matt Damon, the most outspoken celebrity supporter of public schools and teachers unions, is moving to Los Angeles and enrolling his four children in private schools.

Damon told Britain’s The Guardian, which broke the Edward Snowden/NSA story (apparently, American journalism has been outsourced overseas), “Sending our kids in my family to private school was a big, big deal. And it was a giant family discussion. But it was a circular conversation, really, because ultimately we don’t have a choice.”

Actually, he has money and can send his kids to school anywhere, so he does have a choice. Damon wants to deny the rest of America school choice by opposing the voucher system. 

Choice is the thing that parents demand most from the school system, and choice is the very thing that teacher unions hate.

Like most who can, including me, we seek out the best schools for our kids. Mine attended public schools for grades K-5; then, when their public middle school was found lacking, we sought out the best possible academic private school. Not knowing what to look for, I just knew the 100-yard dash school record would start with 11.

Celebrities live by a different set of rules and inhabit a world of their own self-righteous delusions. This makes them perfect liberals. They fly Gulfstream G-5 jets that get 1.3 mpg 3,000 miles from New York to L.A. (roundtrip fuel cost about $25,000). They magnanimously do this so they can accept an environmental awareness award.

Sanctimonious hypocrites.

Question limousine liberals about their beliefs, and their answer is as awkward as one of Barack Obama’s when his teleprompter isn’t working. These people tend to speak of a Utopian world of equality, yet they seem very focused on who is on Hollywood’s A-list and who is relegated to the B-list.

Damon rationalized his decision to send his kids to a California private school by lamenting that the public schools weren’t “progressive” enough for him. Perhaps he would prefer a Montessori School of Engineering, focused more on feelings and drawing one’s own conclusions. It does not matter that the bridge you design is not structurally sound; it is more about your feelings about what a bridge could be and its metaphor for bridging racial divides. Sure, people will die because you did not design it properly, but that is really society’s fault. All that matters is “the journey.”

The joke is this is California…the Peoples Republic of california, how can the school system not be “progressive” enough for Mat Damon?

So let’s talk about the most liberal state in the Union and examine how it could not be “progressive” enough for Matt Damon’s kids.

Around stimulus time, Obama gave $2.5 billion to California teachers to spend as they pleased. They spent it on TV commercials asking for more tax money. Federal money was sent for earthquake relief, and they spent it the way Obama wanted – to straighten up his portraits in federal buildings.

In its health care plan, the University of California approved paying for sex-change operations. Many citizens were angered, saying that the money would be better spent on roads. California teachers were angry because they were only given two sex-change options. A prisoner in California had a sex-change operation paid for, then didn’t like the result. The state paid to change him back. This is why I never throw out old clothes.

California is last among the states in new business creation. People are leaving in droves, fleeing regulations, taxation, earthquakes and Kardashians. Millions have left for lower-tax states like Utah, Arizona and Nevada, which are now brimming with very tanned, fit and good-looking people with terrible FICO scores.

The only job growth is in medical marijuana shops, so the state held a job fair. About 3 million folks meant to show up.

Led by PETA, the town of Calabasas, in Los Angeles County, voted to ban the trapping or killing of coyotes, which plagued the town. The citizens said they wanted to live in harmony with nature – and without their dogs and toddlers.

If the schools in California are not progressive enough for the Damon kids, maybe on their first day of school they should try to unionize their shop class.

 


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  • Jimmie

    When we were in LA 3 years ago I was struck by how run down and out of date both LA and Hollywood had become.

    Kinda of like a tired old whore who still wants to turn a few tricks but can’t be bothered putting on her makeup properly.

    Sidewalks and streets all cracked and over grown with weeds. The sidewalks where the stars are placed for the most part are worn out (stars cracked and fading)

    We stayed in Palm Springs which is much more pleasant – I think Hollywood is a jaded beauty and with California’s debt problems only set to get worse.

    • Teletubby

      Cracked and fading? Are you talking about the sidewalk or Damon?

    • GazzW

      An interesting observation Jimmie. Have you noticed how many more Californians are residing in NZ now?

      • Jimmie

        Not surprising. Just like happened in France. You elect a ideologically driven socialist government and anyone with half a brain and liquid capital end up moving on.

        All that are left are the poor folk who end up being an even greater drain on the hapless state government. End result? Think Greece.

    • johnbronkhorst

      I was in Hollywood in 2008 (great weather), first time since 1983. If you think it is bad now , you should have seen it in 1983. Massive improvement! More modern shops, the place was cleaner, but still had the same Hollywood feel about it.
      Stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel (opposite Manns Chinese theatre), they had not long refurbished it.

  • Josh Metcalfe

    I think that there’s also a security element. Like it or not Matt Damon is a big star and Private schools probably can protect his kids better from paparazzi and also the instances of bullying his kids might experience would most likely be lower.
    California can be surprisingly backward, it is the state that got rid of gay marriage.

    From my research, charter schools are like any schools, there are good ones and bad ones. As somebody who lived in a town with only one High School to go to, school choice is a who cares policy. Nothing will really change in the end.

    • Michael

      The difference with Charter schools is the bad ones close. The bad state run ones remain open and parents without the financial resources to move to better areas get stuck with it.

      If there is demand for a second Charter school with a different focus (say arts or sports) then that would create a choice even in towns where there is only one high school.

  • conwaycaptain

    Look at the number of UK :Labour and Lib/Dem MPS who send their kids to private schools

  • Orange

    What do you think about his latest movie. It looked to me, on first glance at the trailer, to be exactly the same theme: “From my lofty place of wealth I get to be in a movie about wanting everybody to be in the lofty place apart from the wealthy who must all die.”

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Matt Damon talked to the Guardian because they share his prejudices and won’t put him in the uncomfortable position of having to defend his beliefs because that requires acknowledging that they are just that: beliefs. Not founded on anything factual. Naïve idealism.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    MATT DAMON!

    • Hazards001

      Who?

  • thor42

    Ok, this is just *too* tempting……. ;)

    Here you go – *four minutes* of Matt Damon –

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