Friday, October 17, 2008

McHenry Loses a Debate -- With a H.S. Student

Little Patty McHenry (R-Munchkinville) was visiting a high school history class at the Pine Lake Preparatory School in Iredell County when he got taken down by a 16-year-old.

In an Advanced Placement history class, junior Ben Napper wanted to know how McHenry was going to deal with a probable Democratic sweep of the White House and both chambers of congress. McHenry showed his displeasure with the question by jokingly trying to step on the boy's toes.

Then Napper wanted to know how McHenry felt about non-discrimination and equal pay in the workplace.

When McHenry answered he was for equality, the student asked, "Then how do you defend your vote against it?"

According to the Record & Landmark reporter, Napper was likely referring to two bills McHenry voted against in 2007, the Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act and the Equal Pay Bill.

"I'm not against equal pay," McHenry said. "It's about how you achieve equal pay."

Gosh. Don't you achieve equal pay by paying equally? Is there some other way? But the rest of Napper's trouncing of McHenry didn't make it into the article. Though the reporter ventured this conclusion: "...if [McHenry] makes another trip to the new charter school campus again, he may want to restrict his tour to the art or music classes."

Because artistic types can't think logically? Or can't recognize a charlatan when they see one?

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