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Reps. Justin Burr & John Torbett have filed HB 858 to collect $500,000 from lottery proceeds to create funding for suitable portraits of George Washington for every public school that requests one from the governor's office!

SECTION 1.(a) There is established in the Office of the Governor for the
2015-2017 fiscal biennium a grant program to provide funding to the State's public schools for the purchase of suitable framed portraits of George Washington so that each public school that requests funding may display the likeness of the first United States President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in a dignified location and manner so as to educate students about one of the most important figures in the nation's history and an enduring model of character, leadership, and civic responsibility.

Not enough money for textbooks, teachers, teachers' aides, computers, copy paper, but Thank, Goodness, there will be pictures… excuse me, Portraits, of George Washington for our children to gaze upon in their schools.



Let me guess,

one of Justin Burr's friends got swindled and bought a thousand Washington portraits (made in China), and he needs to liquidate his stock...

The money's in the frame


According to the NC Department of Instruction, there are 2,524 public schools in North Carolina. That would allocate $198 for each Washington portrait if every school in the state requested one.

The picture itself would probably only be a few cents or maybe a buck or two for a decent reproduction. Individual frames from a place like Michael's are only about $20 each.

Do Burr and Torbett have a relative that operates a custom framing business?


that the bill specifically mentions a "framed" portrait.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Whoa wait ....

Did you know that the Mount Vernon Association will send a framed portrait of George Washington to any public school that requests it?

Now your school, public library, and local, state or federal government office can celebrate Washington’s character, leadership, and accomplishments by hanging a beautifully-framed replica of Rembrandt Peale’s Porthole Portrait of George Washington. It is specially sized (30”x 36”) to take a place of honor in your main office, auditorium, or library.

Someone should ask them how much each one costs and how it compares with the estimate these guys came up with for their bill.

The really sad thing is that George Washington

would be absolutely horrified at this proposal. It's something a king would do, and it's taking money away from students' education at a time when every dollar is needed.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Torbett & Burr

want to make sure that the picture of an old white guy is one of the first things that kids see when they enter the school.

After having a look at George, they can get a passable subsidized breakfast that is necessary because their parents work their asses off at WalMart and McDonald's but can't make a living wage; that's followed by the English lesson from a harried teacher who wonders if she'll be able to put food on the table for her own two kids that night. After lunch (now taxed), they get math homework but they can't complete it because there are no math textbooks. On their way home, they gaze fondly at George's portrait mounted on a stained, moldy, crumbling wall.

At home, they see a commercial from Reps. Torbett & Burr reminding them how fortunate they are because they can compete for vouchers to get a Christian education that will lead to careers at WalMart and McDonald's.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

George is everywhere.

We could save money on professors by instituting this at the college level as well as K 12. Perhaps a portrait in every dorm. Or we could simply change the name of every college and university to George Washington.