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Matt Damon's off script over stance on public education

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    damon is a typical hollywood liberal hypocrite. No news in that.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    Vouchers are the way to get choice and they save tax payer money too.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    Damon is a typical liberal leftist....do what I say NOT what I do. Hypocrisy is part of the DNA of every liberal...they can't help themselves.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    But because he a PC liberal, he gets the waiver of criticism for any hyprocracy. You know, it's not just Hollywood types that say one policy for us 99%ers, and then do the 1% thing. In D.C. you will get the most pro public education/ anti-voucher private school Democrats who talk that talk while driving their children to the most expensive private schools in the area. I will give President Jimmy Carter credit for sending Amy to public school though.

  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Aug. 9, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    He explained it pretty well. Republicans have ruined the schools. So what? No liberal says everyone has to go to public schools. Only republicans make all or nothing fallacy arguments.

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    downhill since saving private ryan

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    Wow that's a good one 007. It's the Republicans fault. The only way the Republicans contributed to the mess this country is in is by not winning elections, leaving people like Obama to make policy.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    Does anyone see the irony in this?
    American governmental(Republican) legislators are wealthy men, sending their children to private schools.
    These prominent, powerful, frequently "in the news" individuals are making decisions about public education.
    So other individuals with different careers, in the same economic category, have to keep their opinions to themselves?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    @no fit

    There is no irony at all, and no one said other individuals have to keep their opinions to themselves. But if an individual like damon engages in the hypocrisy he is engaging in then he deserves to be called out for it.

    Everyone has the right to say whatever they want to say but no one has the right to avoid the consequences of saying it.

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    Damon 'has criticized and opposed efforts by those who are working to make sure low-income parents have the same choice he had.’

    Let's be honest, there Republicans and the elite are not trying to provide choices for families, they are trying to further marginalize public education. The Des New had an article on Charter and Private schools in Utah vs Public Schools, the results of the Charter and Private Schools were not as impressive as many would expect.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 9, 2013 11:18 p.m.

    There are rules that we,the unwashed masses, should follow. But those rules don't apply to Hollywood elites and liberal hypocrites.

    But I repeat myself.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 11:44 p.m.

    It's not automatically hypocritical at all. I love the public education I had, that doesn't mean having kids then moving to L.A. would mean the same thing. A public school in L.A. and Utah aren't the same thing. In fact, the differences can be vast. Damon even made that point basically, so again... not hypocritical.

    A lot of judgement on here. I don't like how left Hollywood is, but stereotyping a human being because of their profession isn't good. Even if he was, it is still inappropriate and judgmental.

    Maybe the better we treat Hollywood actors, the more receptive they will be to us.

    There's a thought, being nice to someone. Who'd have thunk.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Aug. 10, 2013 12:58 a.m.

    Anyone who puts their kids in the public education system is setting them up for failure. Public schools are run mostly by liberals with a socialist agenda. I home schooled all my kids. I accomplished more in less than four hours instruction than a public school does in two days.

  • Joey D WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 4:49 a.m.

    He must have a new movie coming out, seems to be when he surfaces. Hypocrisy is a way of life for this young man!

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    Please don't let the thought enter your mind that the "private schools' being discussed by either Matt Damon or the "private schools" attended by Jeb Bush are in any way equivalent to the "charter schools' being touted in Utah. The private schools Matt Damon and Jeb Bush have the wealth to afford DON"T use taxpayer money to survive.Liberals will always be the first to defend the taxpayer's choice of a private school over a public school if the school in question operates with it's own money and the parent has an informed choice.Here in Utah, the only state in the Union that has legislated away(HB 220, Jul 2010)the teaching of Democracy in our schools, we are trying to create "private education" funded by the taxpayers through taxation revenue for the charter schools or vouchers subsidized by the taxpayers, who may or may not have any school age children at home.

  • Iancook Nevada, MO
    Aug. 10, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    No, vouchers are a way for rich people to get a discount on private school. Even with a voucher, poor families will still have to go public because vouchers will only pay for part of the private school tuition. Private schools will raise their prices the second that vouchers are passed.

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    Please don't let the thought enter your mind that the "private schools' being discussed by either Matt Damon or the "private schools" attended by Jeb Bush are in any way equivalent to the "charter schools' being touted in Utah. The private schools Matt Damon and Jeb Bush have the wealth to afford DON"T use taxpayer money to survive.Liberals will always be the first to defend the taxpayer's choice of a private school over a public school if the school in question operates with it's own money and the parent has an informed choice.Here in Utah, the only state in the Union that has legislated away(HB 220, Jul 2010)the teaching of Democracy in our schools, we are trying to create "private education" funded by the taxpayers through taxation revenue for the charter schools or vouchers subsidized by the taxpayers, who may or may not have any school age children at home.

  • Beverly Eden, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    Most of us live obscure lives. Because of this, we never have to give much attention to security from the press, whackos, or or crazy people seeking the public spotlight. Check on the "big names" throwing stones in this discussion and you will find that they have security people protecting their children, and often their children attend secure schools.
    Yes, we are all vulnerable to some degree, but most of us do not experience the insecurity that American notoriety creates. Remember John Lennon, President Reagan, etc. Give this actor a break, standing up for public schools should not be grounds for criticism.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    patriot: " Hypocrisy is part of the DNA of every liberal...they can't help themselves."
    SurfIsUp: "But those rules don't apply to Hollywood elites and liberal hypocrites."

    I believe that "the personal is political" as much as anyone, but the drive to find a political dimension to events goes to absurd lengths sometimes. Hypocrisy is a universal human trait not confined to any particular band of the political spectrum. Everyone is guilty of actions not matching words at one time or another. In case you need reminding, there have been some notable cases of hypocrisy amongst the conservative set, viz.

    - a pro-family governor who went off "hiking the Appalachian Trail" with his mistress
    - a staunchly pro-life, pro-family Tennessee legislator recorded urging his pregnant mistress to get an abortion
    - a legislature full of anti-socialists that puts the warehousing, distribution, and retail of a legal product in the complete control of the state
    - strident antihomosexual legislators and televangelists who get caught soliciting or cavorting with boy toys
    - and on and on...

    There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around. There is no truth or useful argument in saying hypocrisy is a liberal trait.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 10, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    @Lagomorph. Perhaps hypocrisy is not indigenous to liberals; but they are well represented in it. And although you gave some stirling examples of other hypocrites who are supposedly conservatives-- in them you seem to have insinuated that I'm tolerant of those hypocrites as well, or that we should all ignore it.

    To the contrary I condemn them also. I have spent much of my life focusing on practicing what I preace; and I call it out when displayed by family, friends, and most especially those who are constantly in the public eye preaching one thing and doing another. These are usually politicians and celebrities.

    We have a president who seems to enact policies and then he spends his time campaigning against that policy and the results it has yielded. This article reminds me of that kind of hypocrisy which is killing our society.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    Priceless! A politician labeling someone else a "hypocrite." Matt Damon may be a hypocrite, but so are politicians--and on a much bigger scale on a host of issues.

  • MrTuscadero Houston, TX
    Aug. 11, 2013 5:53 a.m.

    Damon is one of our celebrity aristocrat champions of the common man, like Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. "The British sailor is the equal of any man -- excepting me."

  • Larceny Rural Hall, USA, NC
    Aug. 12, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    I think that's fine, that's the great thing about wealth in America. You really CAN have YOUR cake and EAT it too!

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    SurfIsUp: "...although you gave some stirling examples of other hypocrites who are SUPPOSEDLY conservatives..." [emphasis added]

    The examples I gave are people with impeccable conservative credentials. Can you get more conservative than the Utah legislature? If you choose to dismiss them as RINOs or CINOs and thus not worthy of being called conservatives, please look up the "No True Scotsman" logical fallacy.

    SurfIsUp: "...in them you seem to have insinuated that I'm tolerant of those hypocrites as well...To the contrary I condemn them also."

    Good for you. But you seem to be the minority. They keep getting re-elected or their careers keep getting rehabilitated. Liberals are not the only ones who "get a pass" from their constituents or the media (as suggested by some commenters above). Conservatives seem plenty willing to overlook double standards when it suits them. Given that conservatives like to claim the "unwavering adherence to unbending moral principles" high ground while dismissing liberals as squishy moral relativists and situational ethicists, such tolerance double standards is itself a bit hypocritical.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Aug. 18, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    The elite always exempt themselves from whatever they want to impose on the masses. No surprise here.

  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    Aug. 22, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    I don't see the hypocrisy. I feel the same way as Matt Damon. I received a first-class public eduction that I think was second to none. I think that the US can, and should, offer the kind of education I received to every child.
    The problem is that I don't live where such an public education is offered. It is not even close. Therefore, to my chagrin, we've opted to home-school (with high school diplomas via correspondence schools). We can't afford private schools. If there was any hope of even moving the local public school needle a little bit, I would be lobbying for that. We've tried each of our children in at least one year of public school. One of them tried a second year, latter on, in a Charter-school Middle School. Public Education in the US needs to be resuscitate because it is pretty well flat-lined in many places.
    I think everyone should be calling him a realist instead of a hypocrite.