Sen. Evan Bayh says he intends to keep fighting for the American people, but in a capacity where he can get things done. The Indiana Democrat shocked his colleagues Monday when he announced that he won't seek re-election, blaming gridlock in the Senate. NPR asked the senator if he was considering a run for president, and about a bill he is co-sponsoring targeted at ending the political log jam he feels that both the right and the left have brought upon out country. NPRs Daniels Schorr says 'since Sen. Evan Bayh's unexpected announcement that he will not run for a third term, the chorus of anti-politician anger on the call-in shows has become mingled with a chorus of dismay. It has become commonplace to blame politicians as a class and to suggest that what is needed is a new Congress, but it may be that what is really needed is a new electorate"
"Obama visit comes at a cost" reads the full banner lead headline of this morning's Las Vegas Review Journal, softened in the on-line version. The question I have is would the headline be the same (substitute name) if the president was a Republican? Did they ever imply Bush cost Nevada money? The story itself is pretty straight forward, about how air tour operators are grounded for security reasons, and that represents lost revenue for them, their employees and by extension the state. he storu did not mention the amount the Democratic Party is paying for the visit, or the citizen and therfore government obligation after the Kennedy assassination and more recently 9-11 top protect the president. Again, the editors write the headlines, and the editors answer more directly to the publisher and advertisers than the reporters who report the news and write the columns. Do you simply scan headlines or do you read full stories? How informed can head lines or short versions on the internet make you? Do you question views or statements you agree with? Is the thing most repeated the truth because you hear it so often? Do you vote?
Education is going to be cut. Funds will be down by thirty three cents on the dollar, despite growth in student demand. UNLV is now funded at a quarter on every dollar, or 24% less than it was in 2007. With expected minimum budget cuts under Governor Gibbons plan funding will be down more than a third from just two years ago, tutition will go up, programs cut and the school will grow considerably smaller, according to its president, as reported in this morning's Review Journal.
Is education a right? Is it a privilege? Is it a commodity? Is it something that only those who can afford it are entitled to? Are you consumer buying only what you want or think you need or should the educational system question your view and challenge you?