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Former Teacher Dem Rep. Corrects TEApublican Letter With Red Pen–Gives Him an ‘F’

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)  wrote a letter last April addressed to House Speaker, John Boehner, proclaiming his discontent with the immigration reform bill.  When it got into former high school teacher Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) hands, he employed every teacher’s best friend, a red marker, to make some hilariously condescending corrections.

From Happy Place:

Hoping that members of the House of Representatives will start using facts and coherent logic to advance the nation’s interest is still a fool’s errand, but there’s one member of Congress, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), who’s willing to at least pretend it’s possible. Breaking out the teacher’s most potent weapon, a red pen, he marked up Republican House members’ letter to John Boehner forcing asking him to resist the immigration reform bill that has already passed America’s slightly-less-insane upper chamber.  Included in his comments are some words we haven’t seen on a Congressional document in years, like ‘evidence,’ as well as an awesome invitation to ‘come by my office’ if ‘you don’t understand the bill.’

Takano released this “corrected” version of the letter on both his Facebook and Tumblr  page last week with the caption,

Thought I’d offer my edits to the author before they submitted their final version… Still not signing it.

Mark Takano letter

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  • https://www.facebook.com/GayRightsForever Kassy Parker

    Makes me wonder where he went to school! If I turned in a paper like this, I would have gotten the same markups as Takano wrote. I’m a senior in high school, and I can write a better persuasive paper than this! Definitely scares me to think that this guy is in charge of laws that will change the way I have to do things!

  • Steve (II)

    I think “purposely” is better than “purposefully” considering the context.

  • Shawn Crippen

    This is great. Kudos to Mr. Takano!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/darius.d.smith.16 Darius Smith


  • Steve

    I love the lack of cited evidence. I have to wonder where and when the author of the piece went to school. Mr. Cassidy apparently doesn’t have a proof reader on staff. Albeit, he is from Louisiana.

    BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s overall score in an annual education report improved from a C to a C-plus, but the state dropped from a D-minus to an F in one of the report’s six indicators, according to the state Department of Education.

    Education Week’s Quality Counts report, released Tuesday, showed the state with an overall score of 77.6, up from 75.8 last year. It carries a C-plus grade, surpassing the national average of C, the department said in a news release.

    But in the category of “K-12 Achievement,” the state dropped to an F.

    annually to fourth- and eighth-graders.

    Associated Press. “Good and bad news for Louisiana in education rankings.” The Times Picayune.11 January 2011, Greater New Orleans.

  • Dale W. Devol

    Are these the same legislator, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), that write law that affect what is taught in our schools? He needs a proof reader on his staff to read what he writes before he makes it public!

    • Bob Cull

      LOL! He probably didn’t even write it himself! Most likely told a staffer what he wanted in it and then read it and signed it when it was done, thinking of course that it was eloquently written.

  • Bob Cull

    Saw this last weekend and loved it! What a perfect example of why the Teapubs are constantly crusading against education! They know that an uneducated electorate works to their advantage because ignorant people are much easier to manipulate and control, plus they resent those who are better educated than they are themselves. I know that my grammar is not perfect, far from it, but I know how to use spell check at the very least and these people don’t seem to be aware that it even exists.

  • GailP

    As a former English Teacher I find this to be a wonderful example of how not to write a persuasive essay. Takano’s remarks (in red ink, yet!) are spot on. Further, even without the corrections Cassidy’s letter is seriously lacking.

  • Lyndsay

    That’s amazing, and I want this to happen regularly.

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